Growing Herbs

Seed Saving – Sunflower Seeds

Seed Saving – Sunflower Seeds

Quintessential to a perfect vegetable and herb garden (I think!) are the beautiful large bright yellow heads of sunflowers!             Besides their happy looks, they are quite useful too, sunflowers – >attract a host of beneficial insects such as bumblebees, bees and […]

Thyme selections

Thyme selections

A recent discussion that ran on a Facebook page, and an article I wrote on growing footpath herbs, prompted me to do a post on the different Thymes we have at MeadowSweet. I do so love this common culinary (and medicinal herb), and am slowly but surely […]

Gardening in January

Gardening in January

Ah! The midsummer garden… If all went well with your planning and planting, you will be reaping the rewards continually now. Harvest daily all your ripening crops of tomatoes, chillies, bell peppers, cucumbers, beans, peas, zucchini, globe artichokes, and eggplant. Timely picking of fruit and […]

Radish pods

Radish pods

Did you know radish pods are edible? I never gave it a thought…till today, when I saw all the beautifully swollen green pods on my radishes (which I let go to flower so I could save some seed). The pods were just so … delectable looking! […]

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) Opening its pretty yellow blooms rapidly at twilight, often a spectacular visual, gives the delicately fragrant flower the name Evening primrose, or perhaps it is more because of their mysterious phosphorous emissions that make them seemingly glow in the dark. However the name may have […]

Marigold (Calendula officinalis)

Marigold (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula officinalis is commonly known as pot marigold or just Calendula. The name comes from the Latin kalendae “first day of the month” in the Roman calendar, perhaps because it can be found flowering at the beginning of most months of the year. Description Calendula […]

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) “It is a principall herbe for all kinde of bleedings, and to heale up new and old ulcers and greene wounds. The plant Achilles is thought to be the very same, wherewith Achilles cured the wounds of his soldiers.” ~John Gerard, The Herball, 1597 […]

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum syn. A. anethiodora, Stachys foeniculum) Although they both belong to the mint family, Lamiaceae, anise hyssop or giant hyssop (A. foeniculum) should not be confused with true hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis). Agastache is from the Greek agan, “very much” and stachys, “ear of wheat”, referring […]

Cape Gooseberry (Physalis edulis)

Cape Gooseberry (Physalis edulis)

Cape Gooseberry (Physalis edulis syn. P. peruviana) Not originally from the Cape (native to Peru), and not related to gooseberries at all, the Cape gooseberry belongs to nightshade family which includes tomatoes, aubergines and potatoes. The French name is “amour en cage” meaning “love in a cage” while […]

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) Lemongrass oil can be used as a lure when trapping bee swarms. Description A densely clumping perennial grass with cane-like stems and linear arching leaves that can reach up to 1.8m in height. Greenish flowers with a red tinge are borne in clusters in […]