Grow a better sex life!

Winter is a great time for sitting indoors with a hot drink and planning what you are going to grow on your allotment next year. But don’t just go for the same old dreary seed list, consider growing plants that not only taste great, but also have the ability to boost your libido? Passion boosters 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

There’s beauty in weeds

Many plants that are classified as weeds have a bad reputation with gardeners, due to their ability to quickly take over the garden. But Angela Lopez from Belle-Toi in Bournemouth, says some of the pesky plants that grow in unkempt gardens and waste ground are in fact just as nutritious, or more so, than the Read More

Witch hazels – firecrackers with fragrance

As our sense of smell is linked directly by the brain to our emotions and the garden is a great source seductive pleasures that re-alight a flood of memories. To concoct a memorable garden of delightful smells, it’s important to take care when combining plants. Throughout the miserable and gloomy winter months you can successfully embroider Read More

GYO Oranges and Lemons

Dwarf oranges or calamondins make great houseplants as the leaves have a lustrous polish on their upper surfaces and given enough light, they produce tasty citrus fruit. The fruits, mostly ripens in winter, so to add that familiar fruity fragrance of Christmas to your home, you should buy plants now. Mini Calamondin trees make excellent Read More

Aloe Vera – a pharmacy in a flowerpot

The remarkable healing plant, Aloe Vera flourishes in warm, dry climates such as the Mediterranean. A member of the Lily family, it is a succulent perennial, which grows in a clump and has easily recognisable, long, spiky, grey-green leaves, which hold amazing healing powers. There are approximately 400 species of Aloe, but it is only Read More