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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.

Keep a Garden Journal
Keeping a garden journal is not an exact science! No-one is going to check if yours is neat enough; and anyway your notebook is a unique and personal garden diary which summarises your container gardening actions. It is a fine memory jogger, and an excellent record of all - start one today!

Lemon Trees in Containers
Growing your own container lemon tree is a treat for many reasons – least of which is being able to have lemon tea! It's a versatile fruit with many uses in several arenas not the least of which includes the kitchen, for health, for homecare, cleaning and just for plain garden beauty. Here’s how.

LEMONS for Hearth and Home
Lemons are so versatile and have so many uses in all sort of ways that it is one of those comfortable facts of life - it’s just great to know that they are there for the growing and using. And if life does hand you lemons - make lemonade of course, but count yourself lucky and reach out for more

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