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Spring in the Herb Garden

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. Get those summer herbs planted now, basil, chillies, ceylon spinach, amaranth and sambung to name a few.

The dandelion is flourishing in the garden now, add the bitter leaves along with chicory, kale and other greens to salads or smoothies to wake up your body and get the digestive juices flowing.

Plant some nasturtiums to give vibrant colour to your garden and your food.The larger leaves make great wraps and both leaves and flowers add a peppery bite to salad.

Fertilise and prune bushy growth in areas that no longer have the threat of frost.

Spring clean the house using essential oils mixed into your cleaning bucket of water to freshen and add a subtle uplifting aroma - you only need a few drops for a powerful effect.

Drink herb teas to gently warm and detox the body, brew a pot full and drink warm in the morning then refrigerate the rest for a cool refreshing drink after a day in the garden. Welcome Spring!

Herb Cottage staff around the bay tree in our vegetable garden