Raise a Kitchen Garden: The initial effort required to build a raised garden is handsomely rewarded once it is up and running – it makes growing vegetables and herbs a very organised and easy undertaking. Other advantages include: You have full control over the condition of the soil you use in the beds, in […]
Companion Planting for Pest Control: Companion planting has a long tradition in organic gardening practice. The principle behind companion planting is that certain plants either enhance each other’s growth or help control pests when planted close together. There are also plants that enrich the soil. In addition, companion planting increases bio-diversity in our gardens, by […]
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 […]
Spicy, steamy, exotic, mysterious… there are so many more words that can be used to describe the subcontinent of India, and that applies equally to its cuisine. While this varies from region to region an essential ingredient that is common to all is the chilli pepper. Described as the queen of Indian cuisine, the dried […]
The new Grow to Eat magazine presented by The Gardener team is on sale now at your local store. This Spring / Summer issue is packed with practical information about the best ways to grow veggies, herbs and fruit, even in the smallest of spaces. Highlights include: Less water, more veggies Hot season crop tips What […]
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, […]
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 […]