Growing Herbs

Aloe vera

Aloe vera

Aloe vera Aloe vera is an evergreen succulent perennial with narrow fleshy dull green leaves with spiny margins. Its healing gel (plant sap) is used externally for scrapes, cuts, burns, bruises and skin irritations. Internal use is cautioned as it may cause some discomfort. Aloe is also […]

Mustard family (Brassica spp)

Mustard family (Brassica spp)

Many herbs and vegetables fall in the mustard family (Brassica spp). Commonly known as cruciferous vegetables, they include numerous species of wild plants, weeds, and cultivated crops that give us fresh foods, medicines, and processed foods such as mustard and oil. The mustard family give us various […]

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

You either love it, or hate it. Coriander, cilantro or dahnia, is an annual herb much used in Indian and Thai cuisine. Apparently the love/hate relationship towards cilantro can be explained by genetics! The plant is prone to bolting in very hot climates, and are […]

Chillies!

Chillies are a personal favourite of mine. With the differences in cultivars among the five domesticated species of Capsicum, there’s shapes, colours, flavours and heat-levels to suit anyone! Great in food, good for you, and easy to grow, chillies make a rewarding herb/spice to keep in […]

Basil (Ocimum spp)

There is such a large variety of basil available! From sweet to spicy cinnamon or lip-smacking lemon flavoured, some are small-leaved and bushy while others make large lettuce-like leaves, there are bright green or deep purple leaves, some with frilly edges and others with straight margins. Used as […]

Rockets – Salad (Eruca sativa), Wild (Diplotaxis tenuifolia) and Perennial (Eruca sylvestris)

Rockets – Salad (Eruca sativa), Wild (Diplotaxis tenuifolia) and Perennial (Eruca sylvestris)

Fresh peppery leaves of rocket (either the cultivated salad rocket, or what is known as wild rocket) are a delightful addition to salads and sandwiches. Salad Rocket Belonging to the mustard family (Brassicaceae), salad rocket, or simply rocket is also known as rucola, rugula, colewort, […]

Poppy – Shirley Summer Mix (Papaver rhoeas)

Poppy – Shirley Summer Mix (Papaver rhoeas)

These beautiful poppies are a delight in any springtime garden – their nodding heads of fragile looking tissue-papery blooms come in many shades and tints and can be single or double blooms. Selected for their colour variations in the late 1800’s from the Flanders Poppy, and painstakingly […]

Shoo-fly (Nicandra physalodes)

Shoo-fly (Nicandra physalodes)

The shoo-fly plant is a pretty addition to any garden with its beautiful bell-shaped purple flowers and Chinese-lantern style fruit, but it is for its purported insect repellent properties that it is sought after in the herb and vegetable garden. Although some texts mention it […]

Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Even-though Agastache, or Liquorice Mint, is also known as Anise Hyssop, Lavender Hyssop, or Blue Giant Hyssop, it is not a true Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), but it is probably because it has similar looking flowers that it inherited the hyssop name. This drought-tolerant perennial herb has very fragrant anise-scented […]