PROVEN THROUGH THE AGES Heirloom tomatoes offer colour, flavour and endless variety, and more and more wonderful varieties are becoming available locally. Heirloom fruits and vegetables are varieties that have stood the test of time, the seed being passed down from generation to generation of gardeners, often within a family (hence the term ‘heirloom’). Some companies […]
Mint is often seen as the delinquent in the food garden, overgrowing other plants, slurping up their food and water, interbreeding and running wild. Such unruly behaviour surely needs to be contained, which is why gardeners are advised to plant it in a pot and keep its roots clipped! But if you are a free-spirited […]
An olive, to many, is no more than a humble lump at the bottom of a martini… Olives have oiled the wheels of civilization since Jericho built walls and ancient Greece was the morning news. From the first Egyptians, they (olives) have symbolised everything happy and holy in the Mediterranean. But it is simpler than […]
The genus name ‘Salvia’ comes from salvare, which means ‘to cure’ in Latin, and is indicative of the fact that the herb’s healing powers have been recognised since early times. Interestingly, folklore associates sage with wisdom and now laboratory studies are suggesting that it may be useful in helping prevent or delay the onset of […]
Winter Ways with Rosemary Frost-hardy rosemary is a boon in winter: it makes the perfect protective, edible hedge, infuses a steamy bath with its invigorating essential oils, helps take away winter blues, and is an essential ingredient of the most succulent, winter-warming roasts. We often take rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) for granted. Once it is in the […]
Robust Rhubarb Rhubarb is a strange plant; it’s grown in the vegetable garden, eaten as a fruit, and possesses medicinal properties, which entitles it to be a herb. It is also fairly easy to grow, which makes it a good plant for gardeners who want to try something different. The best way to start growing […]
Rough Lemon is one of the hardiest types. It can grow into quite a large tree. The lemons, which ripen in June, are medium-sized, with a thick rough peel.