Browse our herb diary

If you have time take moment to have a look through our herb diary. There are quite a few newsletters to look through, with some time of year relevant growing tips and updates on what is happening on the nursery. There are recipes to follow using some of the common and not so common varieties – if you have any that you would like to share please email them into us. Medicinal herbs are very popular now and there are some articles on their uses, plus articles on the history and folklore of some of the herbs, with articles from different people at Herbal Haven.

January 2017 News

January is often the month when you are least likely to venture into the garden. It is cold and there isn’t very much growing herb wise. It is a good time of year for sorting out your mint...

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Hearty Lentil Soup

Here is a hearty lentil soup using herbs available at this time of year. Perfect for cold wet days like today: 1 onion finely chopped, 1 large carrot finely chopped, 1 leek sliced, 2 stalks...

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Summer Newsletter 2015

We had a bit of a sell out of lemon verbena a couple of weeks ago when Mary Berry was on TV making lemon drizzle cake with it. For those of you who missed it and wished they hadn’t here is the...

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Maybowle - using sweet woodruff

Sweet woodruff (Galium Odoratum). A beautiful white flowering spring herb for shady/woody places, – it has a crystalline substance - courmarin - which when dried smells of new mown hay.it...

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April 2015 - mint plants

I can’t believe we are in April again already. It has been pretty cold here in the South but is warming up nicely this week, a good thing too as we are waiting for the mints to...

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Summer newsletter 2014

Impossible that we are halfway through June already and tomorrow is the longest day of the year. It has been a  great spring/summer weather wise so far this year in this part of the UK. We are...

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Herbal Haven Newsletter October 2013

The temperature has certainly dropped over the last few days – it is back to woolly jumpers and scarves. It has been a fabulous summer this year, once the prolonged cold spell finally...

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Lavender and Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Lavender and Chocolate Chip Cookies  250g butter at room temperature 125g sifted icing sugar 1 tsp lavender flowers 100g plain chocolate in small chunks 225g sifted plain...

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Lovage and Apricot Stuffing

Lovage and Apricot Stuffing  4 rashers streaky smoked bacon chopped into small pieces 1 onion chopped 1 tsp olive oil 2 sticks celery chopped 2tbsps dried apricots chopped 150g...

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New herbs for 2011

New herbs for the 2011 season. We always try to grow a couple of new varieties each year and this year it is summer savory, (which we often get asked for) and calamint.     Summer savory...

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Geoffrey Soma - Herbalist 'Notes From Beyond The Veil' June 2007

Notes From Beyond the Veil   Every month Herbal Haven asks the shade of a well-known herbalist to, briefly, drift back from those Elysian fields, to discuss herbs of particular interest at this...

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Geoffrey Soma - Herbalist 'Notes From Beyond The Veil' Sept 06

Notes From Beyond the Veil   Every month Herbal Haven asks the shade of a well-known herbalist to briefly drift back from those Elysian fields to discuss herbs of particular interest at this...

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