Herbs & spices

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.

Red daylily flower

Delightful, delicious daylily

Sun, 27/07/2014 - 2:26pm

Tough, easy to grow, beautiful and delicous. What more could you want asks PENNY WOODWARD

Spicy sprawling nasturtiums

Flower snatchers

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 2:59pm

STEVE PAYNE contemplates his profusely performing nasturtiums that have forgotten it is mid-winter.

Tea Camellia

Bush tea saves the day

Fri, 14/02/2014 - 9:31am

After a hard morning gardening, a cup of bush tea makes a refreshing pick-me-up.

Purple chive flowers


Fri, 25/10/2013 - 4:56pm

Spring is such a lovely time in the garden with an abundance of flowers. Chives is a very useful and quietly pretty plant that is often overlooked amongst this profusion.

Herbal Tea, grow your own

Herbal teas from the organic garden

Mon, 20/05/2013 - 2:39pm

If the cold, winter days are making you feel a little run down, then maybe a warm cup of tea made from some regular garden herbs is just the thing to lift your spirits, writes PHIL DUDMAN.