Vegetables & Herbs / Recipes

Healthy Herb: July – Lovely Lavender

Lavender, a magnet for bees and other insects, is the queen of herbs – loved for its beauty, fragrance and the sense of well-being that it imparts.
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Vital Veggie – June: Growing Broccoli

It is hardly an exaggeration to describe broccoli as “the wonder vegetable”. It is the most nutritionally rich of all vegetables and, as everyone knows by now, a major agent in preventing different kinds of cancer and heart disease.
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Vital Veggie for April – Oriental Veggies

Growing Oriental Veggies Heading into winter the fresh flavour of Oriental vegetables balances the richness of winter food and are also good sources of sources of vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamins B2 and B6, folic acid, iron, magnesium and calcium.
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Healthy Herb for March – Celery

Celery (Apium graveolens) Is it a herb or a vegetable? Whichever way you view it, celery has been grown for its nutritional and medicinal properties for at least 3000 years.
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Strawberry Fields

To enjoy sweet strawberries in spring and early summer, start preparing now. There are 2 ways to grow strawberries: From healthy runners, removed from growing established plants Planting new strawberry plants obtainable from your favourite GCA garden centre Strawberry plants are usually sold individually and are ideal for planting into vegetable or edible gardens.
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Cheeky Chillies

  Chillies are the most rewarding plants to grow. They are as hot on the eye as on the tongue, with glossy, multi-coloured fruit that glows against the dark green leaves.
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Cool Cucumbers

Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) are one of the few vegetables that can be sown in December in most areas – their planting window generally stretches from September to December.
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Chives

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are members of the Allium family, along with garlic, leeks, onions, scallions and shallots, but with a mild onion flavour.
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Bountiful Basil

To experience one of nature’s most delicious perfumes, just bury your nose in a handful of freshly picked basil leaves.
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Tomatoes

There is just nothing to beat tomatoes in terms of taste, variety and satisfaction.
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Tasty and healthy chow with salad leaves!

In yesteryear, the humble lettuce leaf was used mostly as a limp, green garnish next to a meaty dinner, or to keep one’s picnic sandwiches fresh.
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Baby Cabbages – dynamite in small packages

Like all things miniature, baby cabbages have an appeal all of their own.
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peas

Know your peas

  Frozen peas can never match the sweetness and tenderness of home-grown garden peas, especially when they’re eaten straight from the pod.
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Building an edible garden from scratch

One of the most exciting types of gardening is creating your own edible garden.
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Edible Doorstep Garden

South Africa’s favourite holiday is surely our National Braai Day, and fresh-picked herbs transform good food into the best of meals.
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Edible Garden make-over

July is the time of year when the garden takes a holiday, packs up and leaves for sunnier climes.
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Making a Mother’s Day feast from your Garden

For Mother’s Day, why not treat your Mum to a new plant for the garden.
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Father’s Day Celebrations

With both Father’s Day and Youth Day falling on June 16th this year, what better reason to throw a family kitchen garden party?
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New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year has rung in, the naughty Christmas elves have sown all our clothes at least two sizes smaller and we’ve all got a long list of New Year’s resolutions we’re intending to keep for at least a month or two sitting at the top of our minds.
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‘Rooted’ to culinary delight with carrots!

Carrots were probably one of your first ‘solids’, boiled and mashed with other stuff into a tasteless goo and force-fed into you as soon as you were weaned of breast milk.
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