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GARDENING NEWS


Breathe life into your living space

Breath new life into your living space and add a touch of x-factor, indoor plants are a great way to freshen up a room, helping make the space seem softer and more inviting. And in many cases it's even good for you! Various studies have looked at the benefits of houseplants, which can include filtering toxins from the air, increasing your sense of wellbeing and when in an offoce environement a study has shown that they can even improve your productivty. 




Herb of the Month: Horseradish

While they aren't a looker, their fabulous flavour should allow you to get past this. The peppery root of this member of the mustard family can be used in a variety of delicious ways. And it's healthy! Many even believe that it helps with weight loss, digestion, reducing blood pressure and improving heart health.




Recipe of the Month - Caremelised Pear

Make use of this seasons windfall and treat yourself! We cooked this recipe using Garden Belle pears (a dwarfing variety) that hold their shape well when cooked, but it also works well with Beurre bosc (other varieties will still taste delicious but may not hold their shape as well).




To Prune or not to Prune

And when should I ask the question?

The first time I pruned unsupervised it seemed an easy task. I began staring at a quince thicket. But then, with secateurs and chainsaw in hand, I quickly demolished the thicket to uncover the pear tree below.




Spring Bulbs




Growing Grapes

Grapes have been grown by humans for millenia, and given how delicious they are (not to mention the invention of wine) it's not hard to see why. Once established, their vigorous vines produce a mass of delicious fruit. They can be grown along a fence, over trellis or up a pergola and can provide delicious fruit and delightful shade right in the heat of summer.  And, they are easy to grow, provided you get things right from the get go!




Herb of the Month: Lavender

Given how often lavender turns up in soaps and shampoos, it is very appropriate that the name derives from the Latin word 'to wash' (Lavare). Easy to grow and delightfully fragrant, lavender looks great by itself, in hedges or as part of a cottage garden. 
 




A Quick Guide to Growing Edible Flowers

Decorate your garden, help keep the bees happy and brighten up many a drab salad or meal with the glorious addition of a tasty dash of colour. In recent years edible flowers have been all the rage, but to ensure you pick the right flowers from the right place here are a few tips on what to do.




Caramelised Plum Cobbler




Summer Frittata

Stuffed from the Christmas and tired of slaving over the stove. This Summer Frittata is light, easy to make, delightfully summery and goes well with a summer salad.



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