Category Archives: herbs

Soapwort and tulips

I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the tulips in the front garden to open. We’re not completely there yet but there is more purple, my favourite colour, than there was yesterday. Somewhat hidden amongst the greenery is a recent … Continue reading

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Marjoram or oregano

On Sunday, one of our jobs at Old Sleningford Farm was clearing some of the raised beds for this year’s plants. It was then that Rachel, who runs the farm, offered me the following herb: It may be marjoram or … Continue reading

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Rosemary trumps strawberries

After the rosemary had to come indoors on Wednesday evening in order to shelter from the storm (which wasn’t really more than a bit blowy where we are), it needed to get outside as soon as possible. Thus, having woken … Continue reading

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White borage

This year, my borage has fared very poorly. Hardy annual it might be but drought resistant, no. However, it has started to re-emerge, now that we’ve started to get rain again. What I wasn’t expecting was to find a white … Continue reading

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Two ounces of caraway seed

The forecast was for rain this evening, so it seemed appropriate to collect the caraway seed, which has been drying on the plants in the recent hot, dry weather. Just as well I did collect it, as we have had … Continue reading

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An alternative to soapwort?

A year or two back, I read Mark Boyle’s The Moneyless Manifesto, which I found quite inspirational. Now, I am aware that if we didn’t have money, people would find plenty of other ways of being, say, corrupt or envious. … Continue reading

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Ground elder

The warmer weather seems to have galvanised me into working (willingly) in the garden again. Thus, yesterday the first of the bean poles went up and then I wandered round my budding mini forest. It certainly does feel increasingly like … Continue reading

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