Horseradish is a clump-forming perennial with a deep, fleshy taproot and bright green oblong leaves and white flowers in spring. It needs full sun and regular watering. It prefers moist soil but will grow in most conditions. Once established it grows vigorously, dies back in winter, but produces new growth in spring. The leaves and […]
Rosemary imparts a delicious flavour and aroma to food. It is a healing herb for the body and soul, a beauty herb for hair and a fragrant air freshener for the home. In the garden it is a versatile plant that can be clipped into a neat hedge, shaped for topiary, grown in containers, or […]
Herb Project: Rosemary Bath Smoothie A long, soaking bath is one of the rituals of winter. A strong infusion of rosemary added to the bathwater revives the body – especially easing tired and aching muscles. Take the pampering one step further by making a bath smoothie. You will need: rosemary, coarse sea salt, and oil […]
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 […]
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 […]
Bravo For Brinjals The eggplant, aubergine, or brinjal is something of an acquired taste. If you like that slight bitterness, then it opens up a culinary world that includes India, the Mediterranean countries and even classical French cuisine. In South Africa we commonly use the term ‘brinjal’ for this fruiting vegetable that is native to […]
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, […]