Growing Herbs in Containers

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The first known documentation of herbs was in about 2000 BC in Babylon  and they, along with herbs and spices from the Orient and India, were exported right through the continents through to the ancient Egyptians, who learned the traditional uses through their trade.

Today, we have a renewed interest in herbs with many people creating their own culinary and medicinal gardens. This is easy to achieve, as herbs are generally undemanding and because they are able to be grown on ...

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Garden Tours

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If you have an interest in garden tours as well as travel, then you have myriad of destinations to choose from which will be bound to satiate your thirst for new gardening ideas and information. From the Chelsea Flower Show, hosted in London, to the wild tundra of the Himalayas – or for the more intrepid traveller –  the wild jungles of Borneo, there is much to discover and explore. There are plenty of gardening and botanic clubs, together with ...

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Edible Herbs – A Boon to Mankind

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Plants are the mainstay of human survival and advancement. From time immemorial, humans have been using plants as a source of food and fuel. We are aware that photosynthesis by plants plays a major role in maintaining the level of oxygen in the atmosphere.

If all of us grow our own gardens for self-sustenance, we would be healthier and the Earth would be a greener planet.

Plants – ornamental and edible – can be grown at every home, small or big; space ...

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ADVANTAGES OF HAVING YOUR OWN HOMEGROWN FRUIT TREE NURSERY

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You didn’t think it was possible, did you? That one day you would be standing in front of your own tree nursery just waiting for the luscious fruits to ripen so that you can dig into those juicy, tasty treats. Wait, is this still a dream for you? Well, if you have some extra space in your yard, then converting it into a nursery can be a great idea. Here are a few reasons why.

Save that extra dollar

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Why You Need Basil In Your Garden?

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Basil is one of the most important herbs, used in Thai, Italian and Indian cooking. Basil, sweet Italian (Ocimum basilicum) not only adds flavour to the food, but has many medicinal properties as well. It is used for healing many ailments in many tropical Asian regions.  This aromatic herb has bright green leaves and can be grown in your garden on the ground or in pots. This plant grows approximately to a height of 45 cm.

Culinary uses

Basil can be ...

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Have you thought of growing your own herbs?

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Do you like cooking with food? This week we had a lively discussion on our Facebook Page on suggestions for how to make the finest bruschetta. From adding a touch of sugar to the finest balsamic vinegar to letting the mix stand in the sun for ten minutes, it became obvious that the making of this Italian classic was taken very seriously by many readers.

This included your correspondent who added his own tip for making the best bruschetta ...

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The versatile Rosemary — for healing, flavouring and visual display

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The aromatic leaves and individual taste of the rosemary plant have been highly sought after for generations as a flavouring for foods. However the versatile woody perennial herb — a member of the mint family — has been used in a number of other different ways. As well as making an ideal and hardy decorative hedge, rosemary has been venerated throughout history as a medicinal plant ...

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