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Get your kids involved in the garden

Get your kids involved in the garden! Summer holiday is just around the corner and a good time to get the kids involved in their own veggie patch with sweetcorn, beans, peas and cherry tomatoes. Do a chess board pattern with blocks 30cm x 30cm and plant one plant in every “white” square, using the […]

Thyme

Thyme is a Healer

Thyme is a healer Common thyme, that is often used to flavour culinary dishes, has powerful medicinal properties and may be beneficial for digestive ailments, intestinal worms, bronchial problems, throat infections, diarrhoea and lack of appetite. Drink 3 cups of tea a day, limited to 7 consecutive days. A strong thyme infusion with some salt […]

Horseradish

Herb Focus – Horseradish

Herb focus – Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) The pungent horseradish sauce that delivers a kick to salads, sauces, mustard and even mayonnaise, is made from the grated raw root. The ground root also has many healing actions; as a mild antibiotic, expectorant and diuretic that promotes perspiration making it useful for breaking fevers, especially those associated […]

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Garden Ideas

Garden Ideas Give the following some thought: • Start planting more companion plants in your garden. Companion plants improve the growth of other plants, making them less susceptible to diseases. They attract beneficial insects and birds, keeping pests away from your edibles and ornamentals. This way you will not only be able to have a […]

Asparagus

Companion plants for Asparagus

Companion Plants for Asparagus Companion planting increases yield and minimizes the potential for fungal and insecticidal problems. Asparagus grows well with: basil, tomato, nasturtium and parsley. It doesn’t grow well with: onion, garlic and potatoes. Remember to allow enough space between plants to ensure proper air circulation, this will reduce the development of fungal diseases […]

Cabbage

Companion plants for Cabbage, Roses and Brinjals

Companion Plants for Cabbage, Roses and Brinjals Benefit the growth of your cabbages by interplanting with Sage, Rosemary and Thyme that will help to repel the cabbage butterfly. If you can’t grow it in between the cabbages then use the herb leaves as a mulch at the base of the plants and repeat as often […]

Beetroot

Organic Beetroot

Organic Beetroot Become healthier with home grown, organic beetroot. It is easy to grow and packed with goodness. A great source of carbohydrates without any fat, high in fiber, antioxidants which help to fight various diseases and folic acid. Even the young leaves are edible, a great source of iron, foliate and beta-carotene. To make […]

Herbs

Companion plants for Tomatoes

Companion Plants for Tomatoes Improve the growth and yield of your tomato crop by planting the following herbs as companion plants, between and with the tomatoes: • Asparagus, basil, lemon balm, borage, celery, chives, mint, parsley, pot marigold, If you have limited space then plant one tomato, one basil and one parsley together in a […]