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But I don’t have a garden!


Many city people tell me that they would love to grow herbs but they don’t have any space. I say that there is space in everyone’s home – even traveling homes – for living herbs. I also think that learning how to care for a plant is a skill that helps people to care for . . . → Read More: But I don’t have a garden!

365 Frankendael day 12

Comfrey Frankendael

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale, Symphytum uplandicum) is just coming into flower here in Amsterdam. It’s easy to identify now due to it’s broad, furry, fast growing leaves, it’s dropping purple or white flowers and it’s standout appearance as it towers over many neighbouring wild plants.

If you keep any plants, outside or in, I urge you . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 12

Kombucha – fermented tea drink

The amazing world of SCOBY fermentation, in a 2 litre pickling jar from Blokker.

Kombucha is something I’m being asked a lot about at the moment.  Here are some of my thoughts and experiences of it and also some links which you may find useful.  Please do let me know what you think of the drink, good or bad.  I’m including it in the Urban Herbology blog because tea . . . → Read More: Kombucha – fermented tea drink

Thyme (NL:Tijm)


Evergreen hardy perennial Thyme (Thymus spp.) originates from the Mediterranean, has a great number of medicinal and culinary uses and is easily grown in containers, making it ideal for the Urban Herbologist.  It is a strong herb containing volatile oils and should be avoided by pregnant women and used sparingly by others.

Growing Thyme in . . . → Read More: Thyme (NL:Tijm)

Ginger roots!

Ginger roots

There is life in my airing cupboard…  The ginger rhizome I wrote about on Monday has sprouted lots of strong roots, after just 4 days!  Each bud has started to look shoot-like, become slightly pink and sent out between 6 and 10 healthy roots.  I am delighted with this first attempt at growing one of . . . → Read More: Ginger roots!

Your favourite indoor herbs?

Lemon verbena

Which edible and medicinal herbs you prefer to grow indoors?

Last week I visited a friend, who would like to grow herbs but has no outdoor space at all, not even somewhere for a window box.

. . . → Read More: Your favourite indoor herbs?


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