Herbs & spices

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.


Plant coriander for winter

Wed, 11/04/2012 - 2:00pm

Don’t fall for the myth that coriander loves to be grown in blazing hot sun during summer. JUSTIIN RUSSELL writes that the world’s most widely consumed herb does brilliantly in winter, even in the...