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

Make your own soap

The beauty of making your own soap is that you can choose and use the ingredients you like. The process is both a science and an art and a perfect activity for anyone that likes to experiment. Whilst your aim might be to make a bar of soap that looks and smells great, you might Read More

First aid for hands and feet

Before the hard work begins to get your garden in good order for planting and the soil ready for sowing, you should prepare your hands, and feet, to heal and moisturize any cracks and dryness that will only get worse when the wellies are on and the gloves are off. No matter how careful you Read More

Unleash the power of herbs

Anyone can grow herbs and you don’t even need a garden so next time you open a dingy jar of dried herbs from your kitchen cupboard imagine how much tastier your meals will be if they are laced with the freshness and vitality of home gown herbs. And you don’t end need to have a Read More

Time for tea – immune boosting drinks

To combat the winter blues, try perking yourself up with a few of my home remedies plucked straight from the garden and I guarantee that you’ll soon be back in the mood to party. Fresh mint in winter is a wonderful pick-me up. The familiar aroma of the leaves has an uplifting effect and relieves Read More