Grow your own after dinner mints

There’s no post-dinner treat, tastier than an after dinner mint. Peppermint tea has been used for centuries to aid digestion and studies have shown that it helps relieve gas and bloating, and can reduce heartburn and indigestion as well, so why not have a go and grow your own. You must use peppermint or Mentha x Read More

How to grow and make liquorice

If you ever chewed on liquorice root as a child you may be surprised to know that it’s possible to grow your own and even make delicious Pontefract Cakes – a black liquorice lozenge that originate from Pontefract. The root’s compound glycyrrhizin is 50 times sweeter than sugar and has been used to make confections Read More

Growing grapes in your garden

Grapes are tremendously satisfying plants to grow and hardy varieties such as white Theresa, an outstanding dual purpose variety, which produces unusually long, sparkling white berries with a fine aromatic flavour which ripen in late September, or black Muscat Bleu, which have a rich sweet flavour, can be grown outdoors.  The best spot for planting Read More

MARSHMALLOW…more than just a sweet treat

Marshmallow or Althaea officinalis is a perennial and cousin of the hollyhock. It grows large, bee-pollinated, white flowers from July to September, followed by seedpods that ripen from August to October. You’ll find it growing wild in sunny but cool places on the edges of marshland and on grassy banks along lakes and watercourses. Plant Read More

Drink your garden

If you grow your own fruit and vegetables you will no doubt have made jams and chutneys galore and probably given much of it away. So what are you going to do with the glut this year? The best advice is to make soft drinks, tisanes, wine and all manner of tipples and join the Read More

Preserving the pick of the crop

Now that pickles and preserves are no longer a necessity to get us through the winter when native fruits are scarce, they’ve become something of a delicacy. Homegrown and homemade enjoy a cachet that that can’t be matched by anything bought, however expensive. If you’re lucky enough to have an apple tree or perhaps some Read More

Rosemary – helps memory loss

Rosemary tea makes an excellent breath freshener and is a good antiseptic gargle too. Beauty expert, Angela Lopez of Belle-Toi ( in Bournemouth, recommends having plenty of these attractive evergreens growing in your garden but remember there’s a wise old saying that Rosemary will not grow well unless the mistress is ‘master’! Place pots of rosemary Read More

GYO Summer puddings

You can buy garden-ready soft fruit bushes and strawberry plants that are bulging with ripening fruits from garden centres now. These are a bit more expensive than the bare rooted plants that nurserymen lift to order from their fields in autumn but it’s well worth taking this short cut to be able to PYO from Read More

It’s bbq time!

The beginning of June is usually National Barbecue Week, when all will be encouraged to fire up the grill and fill the air with smoky delicious smells and the sounds of summer. Gone are the days when a few burnt bangers would do, today we want nothing but tasty food grilled to perfection. Jamie Oliver Read More

Feel the heat – GYO chilli

Eating chilli peppers will help you to feel good. This is due to the body producing endorphins that deal with the sizzling pain, which often follows a meal that’s laced with these fiery capsicums! There’s more to these vegetables than just fire though, they come in a wide range of flavours to suit all tastes. Read More