Herbs & spices

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...

Heartsease (Viola tricolour) has a long history of use in herbal medicine.


Sun, 25/03/2012 - 10:35pm

Viola tricolor; Commonly known as ‘heartsease’ or ‘Johnny-jump-up’, Viola tricolor is a cheery little annual guaranteed to brighten up the bleakest winter’s day.

organic garlic

Get going with garlic

Wed, 14/03/2012 - 9:33am

Garlic is a winter crop in most areas, and if you live in warmer parts of the country, it pays to start planting now, says PHIL DUDMAN

Glen Large Garlic

When to Harvest Garlic?

Fri, 28/10/2011 - 10:15am

To harvest, or not to harvest? It can be tricky to know when garlic is ready to be dug up, but JUSTIN RUSSELL has a simple method that doesn't involve counting leaves, and ignores the theory of...

How to grow organic ginger

Tue, 30/08/2011 - 1:27pm

Fresh organic ginger is expensive to buy, but incredibly easy to grow. PHIL DUDMAN shares his tips.

Autumn is the time to be planting garlic

How to grow organic garlic

Wed, 23/03/2011 - 11:15am

Autumn is the time to be planting organic garlic. PHIL DUDMAN shares his tips for getting you started.

On the Spice Trail

Mon, 08/11/2010 - 6:04pm

There’s no need to wait for spices to arrive via ancient trade routes. In the right climate you can grow your own and savour the heady fragrance and flavours of a fresh harvest. NICK ROMANOWSKI...

Burdock leaf in early autumn, ready for the roots to be harvested.


Fri, 12/02/2010 - 12:06pm

Burdock (X Arctium lappa X) may be a tough, unglamorous and thistle–like, but it has a delicious edible root and invaluable medicinal uses, writes PENNY WOODWARD.