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Gardening terminology explained

When I first started gardening in earnest, I took it for granted that I knew the exact meanings of the words gardeners use. Now I wish I had taken the time to understand the lingo. It would have made some things easier and maybe saved me some time and money. For example, soil, compost and […]

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BLACK WALNUTor Juglans Nigra

I’ve planted two walnut trees over the years here in our gardens and neither of them have survived. People always tell me ‘but they grow like weeds!’ Yeah right, not for me they don’t. For many years whenever I took a trip down South I would see these beautifully lush trees growing along the banks […]

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Garlic glorious Garlic

Oh how I love garlic, and salt, and oil. I can’t imagine preparing food without them. Good organic garlic, mineral rich sun-dried sea salt and cold-pressed oil. Organic avocado oil drizzled over fresh salads straight out of the garden. Whole roasted garlic cloves nestled amongst crunchy olive-oiled potatoes and sprinkled with a good grainy salt. […]

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Herpes Treatments and Causes

Spring or Autumn is here (depending on which side of the world you are on) and with the change of weather so many of us can be prone to cold sores. Cold sores and genital herpes are both caused by different strains of the herpes virus, but the eruptions can have the same triggers. Often […]

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Calendula Officinalis

Calendula Officinalis is such an easy plant to grow, so common-place, a weed really, like so many of our first aid herbal healers, and yet on further investigation this not-so-ordinary plant holds possibilities for healing on so many levels. In truth, our gardens could be our first port of call if only we wanted to […]

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Make your own Calendula herbal tincture.

Don’t you sometimes wish you could just gather up some of your seasonal medicinal herbs and stick them in a bottle and keep them for later use. Well you can, and it is literally that easy. The main concern is that you select the correct plant! Make sure you know your stuff. All plants have […]

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Spicy Pear and Ginger Chutney

Everyone in our family loves to eat home-made chutney and relish….peach chutney, fresh fig chutney, pear chutney, quince chutney, apple and date chutney, tomato relish, beetroot relish, feijoa chutney, plum chutney and tamarillo chutney. When a chutney making session is in progress ahhh the different smells, you can almost see them! The tendrils of aroma […]

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Make your own apple cider vinegar Part one.

Every year, when the apples are ripening and falling off the trees faster than they can be eaten or bottled or given away it’s the time to turn some of them into apple cider vinegar. Apple Cider vinegar is touted as an amazing cure-all by many. Unfortunately there is a dirth of research, yet I […]

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