Thyme is one of the top five herbs used in Caribbean cooking, being the mainstay of green seasoning. In addition to the normal thyme, Caribbean cooks use a broad-leaf thyme and Guyanese thyme, which is like oregano and strongly aromatic. Thyme is used in marinades to tenderise meat, which is then called ‘jerk meat’. Jerk […]
This is the snack that everyone loves, and it is so easy to prepare. The simplest way to do it is to brush a slice of French bread with olive oil and garlic and toast it in the oven, then add finely chopped tomato, a mix of herbs, and top with your favourite cheese. Pop […]
Formal gardens have been fashionable around the world since the times of early civilisations and still today they remain popular, especially with the resurgence of Tuscan and Victorian landscape styles.
There are many legends and stories about magic and romance that involve the herb rosemary, and claims are even made that regular use improves the memory.
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 for the soil, helping to improve its quality, others act as insect repellents or as trap crops.
As the size of modern gardens continues to diminish, the space available for traditional herb and vegetable patches decreases. Pots and containers, window boxes and hanging baskets provide simple alternatives in these restricted areas. Furthermore, hanging baskets add an extra dimension to the garden, utilising the vertical space that would otherwise remain empty. Remember, though, […]
Most gardens have a pathway and generally we think of it as being no more than a means of getting from one area to another.
Their fragrance and range of flower colours, from lilac to deep purple, pink and blue, make lavender irresistible to most gardeners, while many pesky insects, including aphids, are repelled by the aromatic perfume that characterises these plants. This insect-repelling ability means that lavender is a perfect companion for ‘juicier’ plants, such as vegetables, herbs and […]
A visit to the gardens earlier this year highlighted MANY different ways of using lavender.
Cuminum cyminum by Margaret Roberts Cumin is a true exotic, a flavour-filled treasure! It has played a vital role as both food and medicine and its journey across the world is utterly fascinating.