Prepare your Herb garden for summer

Herbs are not only valuable for their flavour or healing properties, they also contribute to the health of the garden! Herbs are an organic gardener’s best resource, especially when it comes to preparing the garden for summer. Quite a number of herbs are a valuable source of nutrition, help to improve the quality of the […]

Globe Artichokes

Globe artichokes are much more than a gourmet food; they are a powerful detoxing herb too. As a vegetable globe artichokes (Cynarascolymus) are considered a gourmet delicacy. As a garden plant, the spiky silvery green foliage is striking and unusually beautiful. But as a herb, would you guess that it is one of the most […]

Growing Tips For Winter

 There is no need to go short of fresh herbs in winter with these savvy suggestions. Both Thyme “Silver Posy’ or Lemon thyme are attractive low growing plants that can be used in a sunny border in front of pansies, violas or petunias. They are also easy to grow in pots, provided the potting soil […]

Best Herbs To Use When Baking Bread

Baking bread is an age old craft and adding flavour with fresh garden herbs makes it even more satisfying. There is not much that surpasses the aroma, taste and texture of bread warm from the oven. Adding fresh herbs to bread adds even more to the flavour and turns a basic loaf, flatbread or muffin […]

Bay Leaf

A Mediterranean herb that is inextricably linked to our diverse and colourful culinary tradition is the bay leaf. What would Malay food be without bay leaves, especially bobotie? Or venison, for that matter? Whether it is game or beef, bay adds a deep, spicy note to slow cooked red meat dishes as well as to […]

Rosemary

Rosemary It is no exaggeration to describe rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) as a ‘complete’ herb. It imparts a delicious flavour and aroma to food. It is a healing herb for body and soul, a beauty herb for hair and a fragrant air freshener for the home. To top it all, it is a versatile garden plant […]

Lavender

Lavender never seems to lose its allure. Besides all its qualities as a healing, soothing and fragrant herb, lavender is a landscaper’s dream. It always stands out, whether it is used in formal or informal gardens, planted en masse, in containers or in combination with other plants. Be creative and use Lavender in different ways: […]

Mint

Mint is one of those common and garden herbs that can easily be taken for granted unless you stop at a herb stand and rub the leaves of each of the different mints and experience their powerful individual perfumes. There are 25 species of mint and at least 14 different varieties are grown in South […]

Savoury Herbs

The category of ‘savoury’ herbs covers a huge range of flavours. These herbs each have their own, strong, identifiable taste and in many cases stand up to long, slow cooking which releases a flavour that cannot be replicated or mimicked. The secret of using herbs in cooking is that herbs should add to the overall […]

Calendula

In winter Calendula officinalis rubs shoulders with pansies, petunias, and violas on the seedling rack in garden centres. That’s because they are sold as bedding plants; easy growing, colourful and pickable. Their rightful place is actually on the herb rack. Calendula has serious flower power in its petals! Their key actions, according to herbal references, […]