Herbs & spices

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

Heartsease

March 25, 2012

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

March 14, 2012

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?

October 28, 2011

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 set planting and harvesting dates.

How to grow organic ginger

August 30, 2011

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

March 23, 2011

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

On the Spice Trail

November 8, 2010

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 whets our appetite.

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

Herbs

February 12, 2010

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.

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