Add some Zen…

A popular gardening trend is small space woodland gardens, which are cool, mossy and damp that bring a welcome sense of organic Zen and a respite from digital overload. To benefit, find a spot to relax where the atmosphere is calm and solemn, which is perfect for meditation. Zen is a way of being and Read More

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

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

Herbs are magic

Say what you like about folk medicine, it certainly has an irresistible fascination for me, especially when I learn that there are people that believe nettles will cure boils, cleavers a carbuncle, and Hawthorn is a remedy used for hemorrhoids. Chickweed is useful for boosting sperm count (apparently you just add a spoonful of the dried Read More

Loosen up with lavender

I’m sure that when the Romans packed their favourite deodorant, sprigs of lavender, in their toilet bags before they crossed the stormy seas to invade Britain they wouldn’t have thought that almost 16 centuries later lavender be one of our favourite garden plants. Lavender’s unforgettable perfume pops up in all kinds of places from furniture Read More

Herbs for beauty potions

It’s a well know fact that gardening can help relieve the stresses and strains of daily life. The garden is also for many a sanctuary for relaxation and quiet moments. But have you ever thought of your borders as containing all the ingredients for your good looks and well-being? Beauty expert, Angela Lopez of Belle-Toi Read More

Country wisdom

It’s a well know fact that gardening can help relieve the stresses and strains of daily life. The garden is also for many a sanctuary for relaxation and quiet moments. But have you ever thought of your borders as containing all the ingredients for your good looks and well-being? Since time began plants have been Read More

Sleep better and feel good

Tired, cranky, and out of sorts are not the only symptoms of lack of sleep. It affects your concentration and memory, weakens your immunity and you may even put on weight if you feel too tired and lethargic to exercise. Worse still, not getting enough shut eye night after night also puts your physical well- Read More

DIY compost – it’s as simple as ABC

  getcomposting.com are working with councils across the UK to deliver great value compost bins, water butts and more to help you, so make your mantra this year “recycle and reuse”. Garantia Thermo-King compost bins are easy to fill and make speedy compost – cost for 600L size is around £65 Turning garden waste into Read More