But they’re weeds!

Written by Herb Society Member - Hilary Knowles Such was the remark made by a friend walking around my herb garden! She saw a patch of nettles nestling in a hidden corner. Dandelions were raising their sunny yellow heads in a wild patch of garden. Then there was Comfrey, all manner of plants from the Carrot family … the Umbelliferae – ...
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- June 13, 2017

In praise of rocket

The herb rocket The herb rocket, Eruca sativa, is my favourite salad item. It is easy to grow, and in my opinion has a much more interesting flavour than lettuce, being slightly peppery. I think it's great on pizza, or teamed with steak and new potatoes as an alternative to peas and chips. Being high in ...
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- October 19, 2016

The herb Marsh Mallow | Althaea officinalis

Growing the herb marshmallow As the name would suggest, marsh mallow grows in damp places. It is a tall perennial, with flower spikes growing to about a metre high, and forms a clump of soft grey leaves. The flowers come in shades of pink and white. It enjoys a sunny position and will even thrive ...
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- June 19, 2016
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Self-seeding herbs

Live and let live in the garden Many flowering herbs do have a tendency to set seed, often in the most unlikely places. In my garden, I believe in letting seedlings stay where they are until I can identify them! Wall herbs Herb robert, Geranium Robertianum, readily self-seeds into cracks in the wall, and was traditionally used for ...
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- November 4, 2014
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Flowering herbs in my garden | Summer

Memories of Summer herbs Now we are into November, and Autumn is truly upon us, I'm enjoying looking back at a Summer of flowers in my Sussex garden. The term 'herb' is pleasingly general I look around my garden and ...
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- July 2, 2014
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Bees and insects in the garden

Encouraging insects in the garden Did you know it was National Insect Week last week? It is well known how important insects are in the pollination of food crops, and recently honey bee colony collapse disorder has brought new fears of a decline in this vital insect. There is much information available online about encouraging ...
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- June 13, 2014
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Flowering herbs in my garden | Spring

Many herbs in my garden are now in flower I live on the Sussex coast in a Victorian terraced cottage about a mile from the sea. I have a small town garden and try to squeeze in a few herbs wherever I can. From March onwards you can see a succession of traditional culinary herbs ...
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