Herbs & spices


Hyssop highlights

February 3, 2019

Hyssop, says Penny Woodward, attracts bees and butterflies and dispels the ‘nits and itchings of the beard’!

Bay tree leaves and flowers

The virtuous bay

February 10, 2017

Plant a bay, says PENNY WOODWARD, it's one of the most useful trees you can grow.

Yellow primose flowers

Shady herbs

July 26, 2016

PENNY WOODWARD suggests some shade-loving herbs for those difficult positions.


Freshly harvested turmeric roots

Turmeric is just the tonic

June 29, 2016

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

June 11, 2016

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

Mixed spices

Mixed spices

March 31, 2016

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

March 11, 2016

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

Bright green leaves of French tarragon

French tarragon

December 17, 2015

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

Edible fishy leaves

A strange fish

October 18, 2015

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