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Oregano

April 2, 2020 9:41 am Published by

Oregano is a flavourful herb that is used extensively in Mediterranean cuisine, especially Italian and Greek food.  Why grow it?…

Artemisia dracunculus

November 7, 2019 10:36 am Published by

French Tarragon French tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) is a frost-hardy perennial with narrow green leaves that have an anise flavour. It…

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Lavender is trending

April 10, 2018 1:15 pm Published by

Purple is the ‘new colour of health’, as well as the choice of Pantone’s trendsetters. Foodies flirting with ‘botanical’ flavours…

Watermelon and Herb Salad

March 14, 2018 6:15 pm Published by

Watermelon and Herb Salad Watermelon and herbs make the idea complement to any summer braai. The freshness of the herbs…

Growing Herbs In Pots

February 16, 2018 10:12 am Published by

There is no need to ever be without herbs. For a year-round supply, grow them in pots. Herbs grow so well…

Sage

February 5, 2018 10:36 am Published by

Sage Winter is generally a difficult time for growing herbs, but one herb that is certainly worth nursing through this…

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Noble Bay

January 29, 2018 11:53 am Published by

Bay, the noblest of leaves It may come as a surprise, but sweet bay (Laurus nobilis) has a long association…

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Lavender fragrance

January 29, 2018 11:26 am Published by

Make your own fragrance The allure of lavender is its aromatic yet fruity fragrance that always lifts the spirits. The…

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Lavender

January 29, 2018 11:21 am Published by

If you plant just one herb, it should be lavender, for no other herb combines so many qualities in one…

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Perennial Basils

January 29, 2018 10:55 am Published by

Basil is regarded as the king of summer herbs – and that includes the perennial varieties which have as many…

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Dilly for Dill

January 29, 2018 10:35 am Published by

Dilly for Dill With its feathery, blue-green leaves and clusters of yellow flowers in summer, dill (Anethum graveolens) is an…

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Calendula

January 29, 2018 9:20 am Published by

Calendula In winter, Calendula Officinalis rubs shoulders with pansies, petunias and violas on the seedling rack in garden centres. That’s…

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Myrtle

January 26, 2018 3:34 pm Published by

Myrtle What comes to mind at the mention of myrtle? Topiary, or hedging, or maybe a sprig in a bride’s…

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Wonders of Lovage

January 26, 2018 2:58 pm Published by

The Wonders of Lovage Use lovage to revitalise your meatless Mondays! The strong, meaty taste of its leaves is a delicious…

Coriander

January 26, 2018 2:44 pm Published by

Whether you know it as coriander, cilantro, dahnia or Chinese parsley, Coriandrum sativum is commonly used by cooks across continents…

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Aïoli

January 25, 2018 2:04 pm Published by

Ingredients: 1 clove garlic, chopped2 egg yolks1 tablespoon lemon juice1 teaspoon Dijon mustard½ cup light olive oil½ cup sunflower oil2…

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Growing Garlic

January 25, 2018 1:59 pm Published by

Planting garlic The bulbs should be planted in autumn (March or April) about 10cm deep, pointed end up, and covered…

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Flavourful Fennel

January 25, 2018 1:06 pm Published by

Flavourful Fennel Spicy and sweet, fennel is a cook’s dream and a delight for gardeners who love its striking foliage…

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Hot Pot Herbs

January 23, 2018 2:55 pm Published by

Herbs for a hot pot Herbs grow so well in pots that there is almost no excuse for not growing…

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Hot and Spicy Oregano

January 22, 2018 2:19 pm Published by

This herb can take the heat There’s no place for mild herbs in Mexico’s hot and spicy food. Herbs have…

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Grow a Mojito

January 22, 2018 10:57 am Published by

Grow a Mojito No herb garden should be without mint to add flavour to food and minty freshness to punches…

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Five Herb Amigos

January 19, 2018 8:39 am Published by

Five Herb Amigos Make sure your herb garden includes this convivial band of herbs, so frequently used to complement Mexican…

How to Dry Herbs

January 18, 2018 11:29 am Published by

How to dry herbs The most natural process of preserving herbs is to dry them in a cool, airy room,…

Thyme for All Seasons

January 18, 2018 11:20 am Published by

Thyme for All Seasons Although its growing season is in the warmer months, thyme is the perfect choice for the…

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Winter Ways with Rosemary

January 18, 2018 11:14 am Published by

Frost-hardy rosemary is a boon in winter: it makes the perfect protective, edible hedge, infuses a steamy bath with its…

Herbal Eye Candy

January 17, 2018 10:38 am Published by

Herbal Eye Candy Although herbs are mostly grown for practical reasons such as for culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses, there…

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Artichoke

January 15, 2018 2:52 pm Published by

The Gourmet Herb Artichoke As a vegetable, globe artichokes (Cynara scolymus) are considered a gourmet delicacy. As a garden plant,…

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Superb Celery

January 15, 2018 2:27 pm Published by

Before 2019 celery was an elusive vegetable that appeared in the occasional salad or disguised in a chef’s mirepoix. But…

Basil Varieties

January 15, 2018 12:52 pm Published by

Sweet basil is the basil that everyone knows, with large, soft green leaves and sprays of white flowers. It grows…

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Ocimum Basilicum

January 8, 2018 12:56 pm Published by

Sweet Basil Ocimum basilicum Sweet basil has a unique taste that is closely related to its spicy sweet fragrance. Of…

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Foeniculum Vulgare

December 19, 2017 10:27 am Published by

Perennial Fennel, Bronze Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Foeniculum vulgare is a beautiful garden herb that grows into a stately two-metre high…

Borago officinalis

August 21, 2014 9:41 am Published by

Borage This annual herb is equally at home in the herb, veggie or cottage-style garden. The plant forms a basal…