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Herbs in Action - BAY LAUREL
Bay leaves are an important part of many wonderful sauces and main dishes, and nothing can beat the flavor and aroma of fresh-cut Sweet Bay leaves. The tree is easy to grow and does very well in containers – here is all you need to know to grow your own fresh Bay leaves!

Herbs in Action - CHILLIE PEPPERS
An herby bush or is it bushy herb? – Chillies are favourites in any garden or kitchen. On their own or not, this wonderful herb is easy to eat, easy to use and it's easy to harvest your own organically grown crop right on the balcony! And for choice we're spoilt, from nought to meltdown in seconds

Herbs in Action - CILANTRO
Cilantro or Coriander - it doesn't matter what you call it. This versatile herb is easy to cultivate, tastes good in cooking, leaves, stalks and seeds are harvested and it even chases away flies and mosquitoes. It's a sunshine herb and likes cool weather planting. Grow some - you will be pleased!

Herbs in Action - CURRY PLANT
Grow something different - grow a Curry Plant. It's an aromatic herb, looks good, repels bugs and deer, smells spicy and sweet and like curry (nice I say) and while its effect in the kitchen is mild, the growing of this unusual herb is easy, low maintenance and low on water requirements too. Try!

Herbs in Action - LAVENDER
Many plants and herbs share their fragrances readily with us which makes our container gardening efforts well worth it. Besides the many other uses of Lavender, the pleasure we get from this exquisitely scented group of plants makes them a real garden favourite! Plant a container soon, it's easy.

Herbs in Action - MINT
Mint, a most useful herb and amongst our favourites is so easy to grow and use that it makes all the effort a real pleasure! Made a Mint Julep recently? Had some mint sauce with your roast lamb? Enjoyed a cup of refreshing Peppermint tea? It's all calming and healthy; and it adds fragrance too.

Herbs in action - NASTURTIUM
Make good use of your Nasturtium green seeds and pickle them for the joy of using your own home-grown produce. Making these ‘poor-man’s-capers’ makes sense too. So easy to grow, so easy to harvest, so easy to use, they will make a good hostess gift too and it’s your container garden in action!

Herbs in Action - TARRAGON
For pleasure and fragrance, for taste tingles and recipe zing and for easy if caring growing in containers, you won’t go too wrong with French Tarragon. This ‘phat’ feathery green herb is a wonderful addition to your herb collection so plan to grow some soon.

Herbs in Action - VERDOLAGAS
Verdolagas? Purslane? Pigsweed? Portulaca oleracea? Use any of these names and internationally someone somewhere would know about it. This edible herbaceous plant and beneficial weed is as versatile as they come. Shakespeare wrote of it! In containers? Of course! In the kitchen? Definitely.

Ideas with Fresh Cut Herbs
Here are some ideas for instant uses for your cut herbs in your home. You know about them, you may have thought about them but do you do them? One of the simplest ‘gardens’ you can have is to display a cut selection of your favourites in glasses on the kitchen window sill for a daily dose of calm.

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