How to Cultivate Herbs
Herbs

How to Cultivate Herbs

HERBS As any good cook will soon tell you, even with all these vegetables in our gardens, there are some vital ingredients missing – herbs. These plants and shrubs take up little space and are invaluable in the kitchen for flavouring food. There is room in every garden to grow a few herbs – they…

Herbs

Herbs And Spices

HERBS Herbs have been used as much for their healing powers as their flavours at least since 2500 BC, when the earliest detailed information was recorded in China. Growing herbs Make a herb bed in your garden, or grow herbs in pots on your windowsill. Grow thoSee that you will use most frequently in the…

How To Grow Sage
Sage

How To Grow Sage

The word ‘sage’ is an Anglo-Gallic corruption of the Latin ‘salvia’ which is derived from salvere meaning to be well or to be in good health. This indicates how highly the Romans thought of sage. Our ancestors thought likewise and we inherit from them the ditty ‘Eat Sage in May and live for aye’. Common…

How To Grow Thyme
Thyme

How To Grow Thyme

Thyme along with sage, parsley and mint is one of the very few, very well known herbs but most people know it as one of the ingredients of proprietary mixtures rather than as a garden plant. Thyme has been used as a food flavouring for at least 2,000 years. It was also a noted medicinal…

Growing Mint
Mint

Growing Mint

Man has made use of mint as a flavouring in food since time immemorial and a mention is made of this useful herb in the gospels of both Luke and Matthew. The Ancient Greeks used mint as a scent. The Romans added it to their baths. In Britain, where having a bath is more or…

The Herb Garden
Herbs

The Herb Garden

It is a pleasure for the housewife to walk out of the kitchen door to pick sprigs of mint and parsley as and when these herbs are required. Herb growing remains as simple as that in some gardens. But for many gardeners there is a special fascination about herbs and the collection increases until part…

Setting Up A Herb Garden
Herbs

Setting Up A Herb Garden

Herbs fascinate me. I find romance in their histories and take delight in their names. Think, for example, of Rosemary: Ros-marinus, from the Latin ros, dew, and marinus, the sea. The common rosemary, R. officinalis, was most probably introduced to Britain in Roman times and has been widely grown here ever since as a culinary…