Herbs to treat winter illnesses

Monday, 06 April 2020 14:45
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Many of the herbs growing in our gardens have wonderful antibacterial, antifungal and anti-oxidant properties.

If made into an herbal infusion (tea), and taken regularly, they can banish winter sicknesses like the common cold and flu.

Feed the birds during lockdown

Monday, 30 March 2020 11:55
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Lockdown can teach families the simple pleasures of life

With South Africa under strict lockdown for COVID-19 and our shopping malls and restaurants, as well as open spaces like parks and playgrounds strictly out of bounds, our country has become eerily quiet. Early in the mornings, instead of the steady drone of traffic on our roads, all that can be heard are the sounds of ‘mother nature’ and especially the lovely sound of bird song.

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Tips for cleaning the home during self-isolation and improving air quality indoors with pot plants.

In order to stem the spread of Covid-19, several countries across the world are under lockdown, with people being forced to stay indoors, with only brief forays allowed outdoors for a little solitary exercise or some essential shopping.

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Radishes Image by Couleur from PixabayRadishes Image by Couleur from PixabayHow to boost your immune system and the health benefits of growing these easy winter crops.

Covid-19, market mayhem and lockdowns….how fast our world has changed! And two things this disaster is teaching us are how interdependent we really are and how fragile our current system is.

A shout out for Alliums

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 16:33
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Purple Allium growing at Hidcote Manor, Lawrence Johnsons Garden. Image by Ron Porter from PixabayPurple Allium growing at Hidcote Manor, Lawrence Johnsons Garden. Image by Ron Porter from PixabayAllium bulbs are lovely in spring flowering borders, and excellent cut flowers.

Do yourself a favour this autumn and plant some eye-catching flowering alliums, they are indispensable in the late spring and early summer garden, where they flower for ages alongside the last of the daffodils and tulips, and before the first irises burst into bloom.

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Anemone Double Mixed Picture courtesy www.hadeco.co.zaAnemone Double Mixed Picture courtesy www.hadeco.co.zaAnemones are one of the most eye-catching and productive winter and spring bloomers, and have always been a favourite with gardeners because they are easy-to-grow, and bloom abundantly just 3 months after planting out.

The pretty blooms are available in single or double forms.

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Kohlrabi Image by Pezibear from PixabayKohlrabi Image by Pezibear from PixabayThe usual planting time for planting a winter vegetable garden in the colder regions of South Africa is March, April and May, but in warm frost free areas, most crops can be planted throughout winter.

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Image by Jill Wellington from pixabayImage by Jill Wellington from pixabayIn many regions of South Africa, in the evenings and early mornings, there is a distinctive ‘nip’ in the air reminding us that autumn is knocking on the door and it’s time to get our gardens ready for a stunning winter and spring garden.

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Brussels Sprouts Farm. Image by Florin Birjoveanu from PixabayBrussels Sprouts Farm. Image by Florin Birjoveanu from PixabayWhen you prepare them the right way, Brussels sprouts have a mild, sweet, almost nutty flavour, but when they're overcooked, they have a bitter taste with a slimy texture, and a strong, sulphur-like smell, giving them a bad rap, especially with children. However, Brussels sprouts are finally getting their due, with simple yet creative recipes from around the world taking centre-stage in homes and restaurants alike.

All you need to know about Orange Jasmine

Thursday, 20 February 2020 13:26
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Murraya exoticaMurraya exoticaOrange Jasmine (Murraya paniculata 'Exotica') is a handsome evergreen which has been widely planted in warmer parts of the world, and in South Africa. It is a close relative of the citrus family and a really handsome medium-sized to large evergreen shrub with gorgeous glossy, deep green leaves that emit a citrusy aroma when crushed. Even its clusters of sweetly scented pure white flowers smell like orange blossoms, hence the common name "Orange Jasmine."

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Image by Selling of my photos with StockAgencies is not permitted from PixabayImage by Selling of my photos with StockAgencies is not permitted from PixabaySweet Basil remains one of the most popular kitchen herbs, and in summer when the intoxicating scent of fresh basil fills produce markets, enjoy its brief season fully. The sweet-and-spicy flavour of basil is welcome in so many cuisines and will add a whole new dimension to your dishes!

Figs are best eaten fresh under the tree

Saturday, 15 February 2020 16:43
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Image by jhfl from PixabayImage by jhfl from PixabayWorldwide, the common fig remains one of the most popular fruits, prized for its soft sweet flesh which goes in so many delectable dishes, and everybody loves them – fresh, dried, stewed, preserved, roasted, paired with cheese, or just toast with fig jam - figs are simply irresistible! And one of the best ways to enjoy them is to eat them fresh from the tree, so if you really love figs, why not try your hand at growing your own!

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Modern gardeners are looking for good-looking plants which perform at their best with a minimum of fuss. They also want plants which are not susceptible to many pests and diseases, because they wish to reduce or eliminate the need to spray poisons in the garden.

Onions are the staple of every major cuisine

Thursday, 23 January 2020 09:31
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Smoked Salmon Salad. Image by Free Photos from PixabaySmoked Salmon Salad. Image by Free Photos from PixabayToday onions are grown and eaten in more countries than any other vegetable, and unlike wheat, are a staple of every major cuisine and truly a global ingredient. This devotion to the onion is shared by most cooks, and it is rare to find a cookery book that that is onion-free.

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