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 […]

Rosemary

Rosemary  How easy it is to take rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) for granted. Once it is in the garden it is just there – doesn’t demand water, doesn’t over-grow everything, and doesn’t mind heat or cold. Winter is a fine time to become reacquainted with this herb. It flavours succulent roasts, can be added to bathwater […]

Super Herbs For Soups

Super herbs for soups The best thing about winter is that is the season for soup, providing yet another reason for using herbs. Besides log fires and red wine, a hearty soup is one of the great pleasures of winter and in most cases herbs are the magic ingredient. Whether herbs are used as seasoning […]

Winter Edible Flowers

Winter edible flowers There is a simple antidote for the winter blues. Use edible flowers in salads, snacks and desserts as a colourful and tasty ingredient. Do’s and don’ts As with vegetables and herbs, don’t use pesticides or else use products labelled for edible crops, making sure you observe the safety period. Pick the flowers […]

cream

Soothing Herbal cream

Soothing herbal cream Gather some skin healing herbs from your garden such as Rose Geranium, Lavender and Chamomile and follow our step by step method for a soothing herbal cream. Do remember to make some space in you herb garden for Calendula, the winter herb that heals from within.

Tussie Mussie

Winter Herbs

Winter Herbs These can be added to a winter feast bouquet, tucked into napkin rings, added to sprays on side tables and tucked into the ribbons tied on presents as extra gifts from the garden. • Rosemary represents remembrance for special friends. • Lavender is a fragrant scent of the sweetness of life. • Marjoram […]

Sleep

Quality sleep keeps you healthy

Quality sleep keeps you healthy Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can have a lasting impact on your health and contribute to everything from hypertension to depression and obesity. During the sleeping period the brain and body are busy performing a number of restorative processes, especially strengthening the body’s immune system. Improve the quality of […]

Calendula

Calendula

Calendula What if you could have a natural medicine chest growing in your own garden, especially if it will help to keep you healthy during the challenging winter months? Look no further than the bright and cheery Calendula winter annual. It must be one of the most unappreciated herbs around and so easy to grow. […]

Frost

Winter Protection

Winter Protection Taking precaution during the coldest periods of winter will help to keep the herb and vegetable garden productive and a source of outdoor pleasure on sunny days. Frost tolerant herbs such as Parsley, Oregano, Thyme, Marjoram, Coriander, Rocket and many more will still reward you with fresh flavour for your favourite dishes. Clouds […]

Harvest

Winter solstice

Winter Solstice On 21 June it is the shortest day and the longest night – the deepest point of winter. From now on the days will get longer and the nights shorter as we start heading for the 2011 Spring season. Although still cold, it is a very good time to start planning your herb […]