Herbs & spices

Yellow button flowers of santolina

Sun-loving santolina

December 31, 2014

PENNY WOODWARD says grey-leafed plants like santolina thrive in hot, dry weather.

Dill flower

Dill is for digestion

December 15, 2014

This ‘gallant expeller of wind’ eases indigestion caused by Christmas fare, says PENNY WOODWARD.

Bright orange turmeric

Why not try turmeric?

November 15, 2014

Turmeric is easier to grow than ginger, says PENNY WOODWARD, and has many varied uses.

Spicy sprawling nasturtiums

Flower snatchers

July 22, 2014

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

Tea Camellia

Bush tea saves the day

February 14, 2014

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

Purple chive flowers


October 25, 2013

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

May 20, 2013

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.