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Grow Your Health

I love the sunny orange flowers of calendula; they brighten my day. A good way to preserve their orange glow is to make infused oil. It is very easy to make. Once you have made this vibrant infused oil you can use it to soothe and heal minor wounds, itchy, inflamed skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and nappy rash. It is also useful for stings, burns, bruises and cradle cap.
Vinegar is a cheap and safe way to clean surfaces around your home. It is free of toxic chemicals that many of the store-bought cleaners contain. 
The Astrological Calendar and Moon Planting guide is a must for gardeners with information about the best time to plant, weed, fertilise, compost and control pests. 

Many years ago we used to visit a cafe in Burleigh that had the most delicious zucchini bacon muffins. I hinted that I would love the recipe ..but it was a well-kept secret. So I set off on a quest to produce a delicious savoury muffin, only mine would contain plenty of herbs and omit the bacon. 

The cool fresh mornings and warm sunny days herald the start of Spring. Some of the early flowering annuals such as calendula, Californian poppy and the many salvias are buzzing with native and european bees. It is a great time to garden. 

Preserved lemons are easy to make and are a great way to make use of the abundance of lemons at this time of year. They keep well for more than a year. 
Nourishing herbal infusions are a great way of getting minerals from your herbs. Read the blog where we show you our method, as well as giving you some knowledge, tips and tricks to get the best result.
This health tonic is easy to make at home from ingredients you are likely to have on hand.
Picture this: Your garden is looking magnificent, the herbs are all healthy and happy, it's all going well... then along comes Jack Frost!!! ❄️
This nutritious herb has been a favourite of the French used in many classic French dishes. Bernaise and Ravigote sauces are flavoured by chervil. When a recipe calls for "Pluches de cerfeuille" -- it is leaves of chervil that are required.
To satisfy my winter craving for basil, now is the time to cut the bush back by about a third and use all those flavour filled leaves in a batch of pesto.
There are many herbs that just don't hang around all year. Drying herbs allows you to enjoy them after they are long gone or while they are taking their winter break.