Posts tagged vegetable garden
Raspberry Shrub with Lemon Verbena and Rose Geranium

The weather is hotting up again and raspberries are in season, so here’s summer shrub (aka drinking vinegar) recipe for some zingy refreshment. It’s a sweet/sour syrup you can mix with sparkling water (like a cordial) or add to cocktails. (See also my Gorse Flower Shrub on the blog for more history on these drinks).

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Summer Herbal Honey Salt Scrub

Sadly I inherited my Dad’s feet, not my Mum’s little dainty ones. They need a bit of extra TLC to look acceptable in the summer and this scrub is a great help! Salt scrubs are abrasive, so great to use on stubborn areas of dry skin like soles of feet, elbows and knees for a bit of a polish. They are also an easy way of incorporating more nourishing summer herbs into your self-care and beauty routine.

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Coconut Calendula Salve

This was the first salve I ever attempted as it is so easy, and is still my favourite. Calendula is a great herb for numerous skin complaints, with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Think stings, wounds, burns, eczema, cracked nipples or just tired old gardener’s hands like mine!

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April Sow Off

This is the month to pack your greenhouse and window sills with seedlings. There’s also a big selection of crops to sow direct outside, and no doubt lots of potting on to do if you have sown your tomatoes already. I’ve been potting on mine this week.

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Nettles = Fine Fettle

If you go down to the woods today…you’ll be lucky if you find any bloody Wild Garlic, but nettles (Urtica dioica) will be abundant. Instagram is dripping with Wild Garlic shots at the moment – every scroll reminds me of what I can’t find! Living in Cornwall I had it on my doorstep, and even in the centre of Oxford there was a magic spot in a churchyard that provided (the ‘bonemeal’ fertiliser must have helped…). But so far in Suffolk it’s alluding me. If you’re like me and it’s giving you the slip, set your sights on nettles. You won’t have to look far.

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Know Your Seed

Every time I open a packet of seeds, I’m in awe of the transformation about to unfurl. I’ve always felt compelled to grow my garden from seed. I enjoy the mothering - nurturing that helpless little seedling into adulthood. Of course it is more time consuming than buying ready grown plug plants, but who said there needs to be shortcuts in everything we do. The act of home gardening should be unrushed and a valuable lesson in patience.

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