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.
Lavender 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 […]
Cumin 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. Cuminum cyminum is native to Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean areas, but its exquisite flavour made it an integral spice in […]
This annual herb is equally at home in the herb, veggie or cottage-style garden. The plant forms a basal platform of large, rough, hairy leaves from which many flower stems up to 60cm tall emerge, carrying cymes of starry, five-petalled flowers. The individual flowers are clear, sky-blue with a white and black centre. The flowers […]