Bay trees

There is nothing better than having a bay tree outside that you can pop out and use whenever you need it. The fact that it is relatively easy to grow, either in the ground or a container is a bonus, plus there is more than just the usual variety (Laurus nobilis) to chose from if you want something different. There is golden bay (Laurus nobilis aurea), willow leaved...

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Wild Garlic

Tasty wild garlic (allium ursinum) is always one of the early stars of spring, with its pungent leaves, and pretty white flowers, both of which are edible. It naturally grows in woodland and carpets the ground under trees giving a heady scent of garlic to the air. Although it likes shady damp woodlands, it doesn’t like to be sat in wet soils. Woodlands are...

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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 grow.  The stock plants are brought into the heated tunnels in December. At that stage they are just roots in the soil – nothing showing above the compost. They...

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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 (satureja hortensis) is an annual herb and very popular culinary herb in many parts of Europe. In Bulgaria it is added to dried and ground to salt and paparika and...

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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 time of year.  This month we are proud to welcome back the noblest of the centaurs, Chiron.  Born of Kronos he was of the old gods, long before Zeus came and...

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