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Must Have Mints
Must Have MintsWhenever people ask me for my list of "must have" culinary herbs Mint is always high on the list. Quite beside its traditional uses, I find that a handful of chopped mint gives most dishes and salads a lift.
Organic Gardening and the Humble Weeds
Organic Gardening and the Humble WeedsI have been growing organic fruit and vegetables around my house for five years now, and the most interesting things have become apparent. As the soil is getting richer, due to the natural farming, more and more indigenous flora is emerging.
February in the Kitchen Garden with Di-Di Hoffman
February in the Kitchen Garden with Di-Di HoffmanIf you haven’t yet started your garden there is still time to get going. Spinach, lettuce, rocket, carrots and beetroot can be sown, and you can also start on the winter vegetables - cabbage, Swiss chard, radishes, and peas.
Start a Kitchen Garden - with Di-Di Hoffman
Start a Kitchen Garden - with Di-Di HoffmanJanuary always seems to offer a fresh start and although it is midway through the growing season why not start a kitchen garden that combines herbs and vegetables. Growing your own herbs and veggies is the healthy option because you can produce your own organically grown produce.
Pineapple Sage
Pineapple SageGreen and red are the colours of Christmas and one of the most festive herbs that come to mind is Salvia elegans 'Scarlet Pineapple', otherwise known as pineapple sage. It is in full flower right now and the spikes of post box red flowers against the lime green foliage are simply spectacular.
Soil for Life
Soil for LifeHave a good look at what you are throw­ing into your garbage can everyday. Much of what we throw out is actually either food for the soil, or materials which can generate some income somewhere along the line by them be­ing re-used or recycled. This article shows you how to grow your own organic vegetables using the waste your household produces every week.
101 Spring Tips
101 Spring TipsRead our tips from top garden experts like Didi Hoffmann and Keith Kirsten and get ready for Spring. Don't worry most of them are quite simple and don't require lots of hard work, some even just suggest sitting and enjoying the fruits of your labour!
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Lemon ThymeThyme couldn't be more aptly named. Recent research has discovered that it has anti-aging and tonic properties, which maintains vitality and helps prevent or reduce the consequences of aging, like poor memory, digestive and circulatory problems.
Potted Sunshine
Winter HerbsGrowing herbs in winter does take a bit more effort and care; after all it's not their natural growing season. But growth does continue, although at a slower pace and by choosing hardy herbs that prefer cooler conditions it is possible to keep a supply of fresh greens on the table.
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
SageLooking for some quick and easy natural remedies this winter? Sage (Salvia Officinalis) is a good place to start. Its leaves have strong antiseptic properties and they can be used to make a gargle for throat and mouth infections.
Italian Parsley (Petroselinum crispum 'Italian')
ParsleyMay is the month to start strengthening the immune system for winter. Which doesn't mean that you have to spend a fortune on exotic sounding and pricey supplements. The answer is quite simply on your doorstep - Parsley.
StrawberriesStrawberries are always a treat - whether it's a grand occasion or just an impromptu picnic. If you love the idea of growing your own strawberries now's the time to look out for young plants at nurseries and herb centres. Young strawberries planted in April will bear fruit in September. Recommended varieties are Selecta or Chandler.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
PeppermintDon't underestimate the power of peppermint (Mentha piperita). This quick and easy growing garden herb is the least invasive of the mint family and it has a multitude of uses in the home.
How To Start Your Own Herb Garden
Herb GardenThe rewards of growing herbs are far greater than with other plants. Other plants in the garden are mostly planted for their decorative value. Herbs, on the other hand, can also be used for a myriad of other purposes that stretch from flavouring your food to curing your flu to ridding your home of insects.
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