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 […]
1. Sweet basil does best with morning sun and afternoon shade. Grow in fertile, wellcomposted soil that drains well. For lush leaves water regularly and feed with a liquid feed once a month. Pinch off the white flower heads to prevent plants going to seed. Purple basil and cinnamon basil are also delicious in salad. […]
Grow a Mojito No herb garden should be without mint to add flavour to food and minty freshness to punches and cocktails. Plant it at the base of a potted lime tree, and you have the perfect combination for a mojito! Citrus trees grow well in pots, but ensure you choose a large container – […]
Five Herb Amigos Make sure your herb garden includes this convivial band of herbs, so frequently used to complement Mexican ingredients like chillies, garlic and limes Mexican food is a rich, colourful mix of flavour and texture, born of the indigenous Aztec peoples, but much influenced by the Spanish, French and Americans who came later. […]
How to dry herbs The most natural process of preserving herbs is to dry them in a cool, airy room, out of direct sunlight. Simply spread out the herbs in a single layer on a sheet of brown paper or newspaper and allow them to dry 2-3weeks, until the leaves are crisp. Check them occasionally […]
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 […]
If your eagerness to grow your own herbs and vegetables is being stymied by the lack of an area that gets full sun then all is not lost. Read on for some inspiration and ideas.