Spring Cleaning With Herbs

Home-made household cleaners using herbs and other natural products are safer, inexpensive and better for the environment than chemically-based cleaning products. Lavender (Lavandula spp) Lavender derives its name from lavare, which means ‘to wash’ in Latin, and its earliest uses included cleaning clothes, furniture and the human body! The leaves also have anti-bacterial properties. Growing […]

Natural mosquito and insect repellent oil

Natural mosquito and insect repellent oil • 3 cups vegetable oil, • 1 cup of finely cut fresh Citronella leaves / ½ cup dried herbs. • 1 cup of finely cut fresh Rose Geranium leaves / ½ cup dried herbs. • 1 cup of finely cut fresh Southernwood leaves / ½ cup dried herbs. 1. […]

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Earthworms

Earthworms Do you want more natural diggers in your garden – composting and mulching will increase the natural indigenous earthworm population and will aerate the soil as they burrow through it, allowing precious oxygen and water to reach the roots of your lovingly planted herbs, veggies, flowers and shrubs. What more can earthworms do for […]

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Pest Control with Tansy

Pest Control with Tansy Strong smelling tansy is a must have in the organic garden to act as a natural insect repellent. In the Middle Ages dried tansy was one of the “strewing herbs” scattered across floors to keep pests away. Housewives also hung it from rafters, packed it between bed sheets and mattresses, and […]

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Aromatherapy from the garden

Aromatherapy from the garden Take a stroll through your herb garden, touch and smell the herbs for a natural balancing and de-stress affect after a tough day. As you walk through the garden, pick some of the herbs which fragrance you feel attracted to and place it in a small stringed bag. Later in the […]