Tag: herbs

Home-grown Herbal Tea

A mug of builder’s tea may be a traditional kick start to the day but more of us than ever are now drinking herbal tea. And what can better than growing and then making your own?

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brown rescue hens feeding

Herbs for Hens

Longer days mean that those of us lucky enough to be keeping hens in our gardens and on allotments will be seeing an increase in egg production.  Unfortunately, the warmer weather will also see an increase in harmful insects, mites and lice but the herbs you are growing can be a natural helper.

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Indian Marigold Kushi Mix

Mention Indian Marigold to many people and the conversation will turn to exotic hotels or cheap rubber gloves, but it is the flower that this blog will focus on.

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Elephant Herbs

Dobies continue to supply seeds and plants to Michelin star chef Simon Hulstone to grow on his farm and to then serve in his Torquay restaurant, The Elephant. In addition to vegetables, fruit and edible flowers Simon grows plenty of herbs and tells us “We’ve invested in a kitchen herb grower which is in pride of place in our brasserie.”

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potagers combine vegetables and flowers

Flower Garden Vegetables

How many gardeners, I wonder, are adamant that flowers and vegetables should never mix, but be kept apart – one is pure decoration, the other grown for the kitchen. This was certainly so in former times, when the vegetable plot was kept well out of sight of the house. In reality, the nearer it is to the house the easier the harvesting.

I’ve always hankered after thoughts of an established potager where all is a glorious mix, though not all flowers and veg co-habit as happily as one might wish. Sometimes a surprise occurs and the notion of flower garden vegetables is almost forced upon one. A vegetable runs to seed – what a beauty – and hey-presto; a new entrant for the cutting patch. I had forgotten the joyous exuberance of my original potager, back in the late 60s, before digital photography was a possibility – not that that had anything to do with it, only that I wish I had more images of that rather special form of growing so much of what I love in a small space.

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