Herbs & spices

Freshly harvested turmeric roots

Turmeric is just the tonic

Wed, 29/06/2016 - 1:07pm

Turmeric is a cure-all plant that is easy to grow in all but the coldest regions, says PENNY WOODWARD.

Bunches of herbs

Make a bouquet garni

Sat, 11/06/2016 - 2:53pm

Add a bunch of flavour to your winter soups and stews with PENNY WOODWARD'S tips for beautiful bouquet garni.

Mixed spices

Mixed spices

Thu, 31/03/2016 - 9:50am

Home gardeners might consider spices too unusual and tricky to grow, but PENNY WOODWARD says there are good choices for warm and cool climates.

Herbs in a herb garden

Herb garden basics

Fri, 11/03/2016 - 11:37am

Autumn is a good time to plant herbs, so PENNY WOODWARD tells us how to start.

Bright green leaves of French tarragon

French tarragon

Thu, 17/12/2015 - 11:42am

With a delicious, mellow aniseed flavour, PENNY WOODWARD says French tarragon should be in everyone's garden.

Edible fishy leaves

A strange fish

Sun, 18/10/2015 - 3:43pm

Lizard tail, heartleaf and swamp pepper are other names for this intriguing edible plant, writes PENNY WOODWARD.

Sweet Basil

What's summer without basil?

Thu, 12/02/2015 - 11:36am

JUSTIN RUSSELL pleads the case for growing a big patch of basil in the summer garden.

Yellow button flowers of santolina

Sun-loving santolina

Wed, 31/12/2014 - 2:30pm

PENNY WOODWARD says grey-leafed plants like santolina thrive in hot, dry weather.

Dill flower

Dill is for digestion

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 10:01am

This ‘gallant expeller of wind’ eases indigestion caused by Christmas fare, says PENNY WOODWARD.

Bright orange turmeric

Why not try turmeric?

Sat, 15/11/2014 - 4:45pm

Turmeric is easier to grow than ginger, says PENNY WOODWARD, and has many varied uses.