Category: Half a Hundred Herbs

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Half a Hundred Herbs – the culinary patch

The new herbs are in – sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme, winter savory and lemon thyme. They are too small to make much impact yet, but they seem to be settling in well, and the current good weather is certainly helping. The chives are flourishing, lemon balm is coming through, and the sorrel plants are beginning…
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April 9, 2015 0

Half a Hundred Herbs – chamomile cuttings

The chamomile lawn looks like this just now, a little bit battered, and very small. But considering it was only one plant when I got it, I don’t feel too bad about it. There are tulips coming through, and some madonna lilies, which apparently like to have their roots shaded, so I hope they will…
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March 19, 2015 0

Half a Hundred Herbs – Sowing the Seeds

  The cloud has come down and it feels bitter outside, although the frost has gone. But on Tuesday, the sun was shining and I took the first photos. The garden is beginning to wake up and put on colour. The crocuses are out under the rowan tree,           and the…
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March 12, 2015 0

Fascinating article for a herb geek

I am not quite old enough to have had to learn these weights and measures tables at school, but you could still buy exercise books which had them printed on the back for handy reference. If you are a historical herb usage geek, you’ll find this article fascinating! http://www.justbotanics.co.uk/blog/Old-Apothecary-Measures/


March 11, 2015 0

Out of my Head and into the Garden

We hit a milestone this week. when I went out this morning it was light for the first time, and although it is cold and wet, and was seriously icy this morning, this is the week that gardening finally got outside. I’ve done a bit of clearing, and weeded the world’s smallest knot garden. Nothing…
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February 25, 2015 0

Half a Hundred Herbs – the seed list

Well, as firefox would say, this is embarassing! After saying I was cutting back on seeds this year, because of time and space constraints and all that, I went out and spent £30 on seeds from Chiltern Seeds. If you add to that the seeds I saved last year, which I will try to propagate…
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February 3, 2015 0

Half a Hundred Herbs – a Booklist

This is today, so you can imagine there is not much going on in the garden. We lost a couple of fence-panels in the wind – and there is another being propped up from next door. I took this photo in an interval of bright sun, but snow is falling again, and all the gardening…
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January 13, 2015 0

Half a Hundred Herbs – Looking Forward to 2015

    This is the stock bed at the concept stage  last year, and this is the same bed in May when things were beginning to move. By September, it looked like this: a bit overgrown and weedy, but you can see that there are more plants, everything has grown bigger and sprawled about a…
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January 6, 2015 0

Hedgerow Medicine

This lovely book arrived yesterday, from the people at Just Botanics whose blog I mentioned last time. I won it in their facebook competition, and I am very glad to have it. It is beautifully illustrated, which makes the plants it mentions easy to identify, and it’s full of interesting information about the folklore and…
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December 16, 2014 0

The Year Among Herbs

This was taken in the wonderful garden at Poyntzfield this summer – one of the highlights of a busy, fascinating and frustrating year of Half a Hundred Herbs. There were the three gardens I visited in the summer – Culross, in Fife, Poyntzfield, near Cromarty, and the Secret Herb Garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh,…
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December 8, 2014 0