Harvesting Thyme

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is one of my favourite herbs because it is so easy to grow, easy to harvest and easy to use. Any one who knows me knows that I am a haphazard gardener who depends on hardy plants. I like it when they can look after themselves most of the time. That is incidentally one of the reasons that I love culinary and medicinal herbs, I feel that their hardiness lends a certain potency to their restorative powers. Thyme can be grown in the ground or a pot and can be harvested with a pair of scissors as below. The roots tend to be quite shallow, so if you don't use scissors you will inadvertently pluck half the plant out. Don't worry if you do. Just cover the roots back over, wa

Warm up with Ginger!

Recent snowfall at King Lake and Mount Dandenong quickly sent the temperature plummeting in Melbourne, so if you have freezing hands and toes, don’t despair. I have a great home remedy and some easy recipes using the deliciously warming and zingy Ginger root ~ Zingiber officinale. Admittedly, ginger is a tropical plant, not a common Melbourne backyard plant. However it is readily available fresh, dried, ground or crystalised, and most people will have some in their kitchen. ​Ginger has been used as a medicinal and culinary spice in Asian, Indian and Arabic herbal traditions since ancient times. It is cited by Confucius (551-478BC) and was recommended to assist digestion, ease stomach upset a


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