Herbs & spices

'Majorca Pink' rosemary.

Growing rosemary

Tue, 12/10/2021 - 11:38am

Rosemary is an incredibly versatile and beautiful plant, writes Penny Woodward. It attracts birds and insects, flowers in winter and lifts the spirit if drunk as a tea.

Herbs in pots can be moved around your garden as needed.

Top herbs for pots

Wed, 04/08/2021 - 12:53pm

Having fresh herbs at your doorstep saves money and adds flavour and diversity to your cooking, and Penny Woodward has some tips to get you started.

Betony flowers


Mon, 12/07/2021 - 11:01am

Betony flowers provide nectar for bees, butterflies and beneficial insects explains Penny Woodward

Winter savory in flower

Winter savory

Tue, 25/05/2021 - 11:42am

Spicy, fragrant, warming. This little-known herb is perfect for cool weather meals, writes Penny Woodward.

Sweet cicely has a mild sugary aniseed flavour.

Unusual herbs to grow now

Thu, 24/09/2020 - 12:05pm

Sweet cecily and summer savory are just two flavourful culinary herbs you can easily grow in your own garden.

Herbs for spring

Sun, 16/08/2020 - 4:25pm

Most herbs are perfect for spring planting says Penny Woodward but its a bit early for basil.

raining gold

Ginkgo raining gold

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 11:59am

This tree grew when the dinosaurs roamed the earth says Penny Woodward.

Salad burnet flower

Salad burnet

Sat, 07/12/2019 - 3:00pm

Cucumbery salad leaf and a cure for a drunkard's thirst, what more could you want? Penny Woodward asks.


Heartwarming heartsease

Mon, 14/10/2019 - 2:13pm

In medieval times, Penny Woodward explains, heartsease was used in love potions.

Golden yellow flowers

Tree marigold

Tue, 10/09/2019 - 4:20pm

Flowers provide bright splashes of colour for many months says Penny Woodward