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The Vertical Veg Guide to Growing Food.

1. Why a vertical garden? Where gardening space is non-existent or at a premium, vertical gardens are a great solution. Any available vertical surface such as on a balcony, in a courtyard, in an alleyway can be used to have a food garden. You can have fresh, healthy...

Citrus & Snapdragon flower Autumn Salad

What you will need: 1/2 cup Snapdragon flowers in varied colours – calyces removed (and checked for creatures inside!) ½ cup Pansy, Viola or Dianthus flowers – checked as above 1 Rosy Grapefruit, peeled and segmented, (or Naartjie or Orange) Salad leaves from the wall...

Herbs of the World: PARSLEY (Petroselinum Crispum)

Curly Leaf Parsley Flat Leaf ParsleyParsley is a biennial plant – lasting two years before needing to be replaced. The Flat leafed variety may last longer – up to 4 years. There are two common varieties – the Curly-leafed and the Italian or Flat-leafed one. Italian...

Herbs of the World: ORIGANUM & MARJORAM

Origanum vulgare Origanum marjorana OrIganum and Marjoram are closely related but differ slightly in these ways:  OrIganum tends to be tougher and broader-leafed and generally have a sprawling, trailing habit. It is stronger in flavour and is a more robust plant. ...

World of Herbs: THYME (Thymus vulgaris)

Thyme is a tough small shrub-like plant with woody stems and tiny leaves. There are very many varieties – some edible and some merely ornamental. They vary in height from some being erect -up to 30cm tall to low growing creeping Thymes. They make ideal pot plants and...

World of Herbs: BASIL (Ocimum basilicum)

BASIL - (Ocimum basilicum) Generally Basil is an annual herb – growing in Spring and Summer. Some varieties are perennial – but they tend to be tougher and have coarser leaves – great for stews but not for salads. There are so many varieties from tiny-leaved Greek...

World of Herbs: Introduction

Why grow your own…? When you start to grow your own food you enter into a whole experience and a process. You become connected to your food in a whole new way and it gains new meaning. It becomes an opportunity to work with the earth, and with nature - in a world that...

21 Days Of Lockdown Gardening: Our Final Recipes

This was to be the last day of our ‘lockdown’ and we were to celebrate our victory over COVID19 in style. However… this has not come to be and we continue to stay in isolation for a while longer. Let us not lose heart but take strength in being given more time to...

21 Days Of Lockdown Gardening: Mini Rocket and Nettle Quiches

With Autumn beginning to set in here in South Africa, the days are getting shorter and there is a definite nip in the air. In the Western Cape this also heralds the start of our rainy season and with that we find Stinging Nettles springing up all over. These are a...

21 Days Of Lockdown Gardening: Chocolate Mint Mousse

What would Easter be without the “food of the Gods? “ Chocolate Mint Mousse You will need: 250g plain dark chocolate, broken into pieces 1 Tblsp finely chopped mint – peppermint, garden mint or spearmint 4 large eggs – separated 1 cup cream – lightly beaten 1 Tblsp...

21 Days Of Lockdown Gardening: Chicken with Sage in a Clay Pot

Chicken with Sage in a Clay Pot “….also fowl were prepared for me…”   Nehemiah 5:18You will need: 1 Clay Pot (Römertopf) well soaked as per instructions for use 1 Chicken – cleaned and dried 2 Tblsp Olive oil ½ cup Parsley finely chopped 3 Tblsp fresh Sage leaves ½...

21 Days Of Lockdown Gardening: Roman Broccoli Goat Cheese Soup

Roman Broccoli Goat Cheese Soup ..You shall have enough goats’ milk for your food, for the food of your household….” Proverbs 27:27You will need: 6 medium Spring onions chopped 1 Tblsp Olive oil 2 heads Broccoli 5 cups Water (or meat stock) 125g fresh Goats’ cheese...

21 Days Of Lockdown Gardening: Green Butter Herb Cheese

For the next two days I have included recipes that have Biblical origins – they are very old middle eastern ones which have been mentioned in the Bible, and the herbs used were found in the region millenia ago. Ur: Green Butter Herb Cheese: …For as the churning of...

21 Days Of Lockdown Gardening: Let’s Keep It Nice And Clean

After being under lockdown for so long perhaps a little ‘spring cleaning’ of our dwellings will be necessary. Did you know that herbs have a long history of use for their disinfectant capabilities? Herbs offer antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antifungal properties. Here...

21 Days Of Lockdown Gardening: Four Thieves Vinegar

I thought since we are dealing with a continual need to disinfect things this might be useful if not intriguing!! This is a lovely herbal disinfectant but can also be used as a flavoured vinegar and with the addition of oil – turned into a delicious dressing. I have...

21 Days Of Lockdown Gardening: Tasty Lemon Thyme Tart

Delicious ‘Something Sweet” for your picnic. Lemon Thyme Tart This is originally an old Hungarian recipe which has become a South African favourite. The one below is a Margaret Roberts adaptation using Apricot jam and Lemon Thyme leaves.You will need: 125 g melted...