Herb cordials

Summer cordials are all the rage for pepping up your G&T or assuaging a summer thirst. Experiment with this basic herb cordial recipe and make it yours.

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Summer GYO advice

Martyn Cox shares his advice for peak summer Grow Your Own success to keep your plot productive.

basil pesto with greek basil

Does all basil taste the same?

Vicki Cooke explores the virtues of The king of herbs – basil and offers some expert advice regarding taste and flavour

ornate teacup and saucer with mint leaves

Grow your own tea garden

Herbal teas are a fantastic way to enjoy home-grown herbs, Debi Holland offers some sage advice on how to grow your own tea garden.

Harvesting basil

Great windowsill herbs

If you are starting out in gardening, or just want to extend your growing range to the windowsill or window box, herbs are a great place to start says Jean Vernon.

Keep your veg garden productive

With a little care and attention you can keep all your herbs, fruit and vegetables at the peak of perfection, Martyn Cox offers some timely advice

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Grow attractive edibles

In his Grow-Your-Own feature Martyn Cox recommends plants that look good and taste great.

red and green apples

Winter edibles to grow and pick now

As the garden starts to slow, there are still plenty of edibles to pick, store and grow for winter, says Martyn Cox.

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Winter herbs

Harvesting herbs fresh from your own garden is easy, fabulous and provides unlimited flavour potential. Even over winter you can grow herbs outdoors.

How to grow supermarket basil

How to make the most of supermarket basil. You can make your pot of supermarket basil last much longer by potting it into a larger pot. It’s one gardening job that is easy and will save you money!

What is companion planting?

Some plants offer additional benefits when grown in close proximity with others. Jean Vernon explores

Edible herb flowers

Herb flowers are not just pretty faces: they are also useful in so many ways in the kitchen according to Barbara Segall.

Grow Your Own

Summer advice to get the best from your home-grown fruit, vegetables and herbs

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How to Grow Your Own Food

Martyn Cox helps you start growing your own fruit, herbs and vegetables in your own garden, with lots of timely tips and advice.

Rosemary and sage with bay and peppers

Get festive with herbs

Herbs are not just great for cooking. Use your herbs creatively this Christmas to add their essence, presence and power to the festivities.


Five plants to rub and sniff

Gardening is not just all about colour. Add interesting leaves and floral fragrance to bring additional richness to your surroundings and you’re on your way to something far more satisfying.

mint julep

Growing mint

Mint is an essential kitchen herb: it has an unforgettable fresh, clean taste says Barbara Segall, and will remind you of peppermints, chewing gum and toothpaste.

Five pretty and practical herbs

Many of our garden plants, beyond those we instantly recognise as culinary herbs, have a history of usefulness as traditional medicinal plants, going back centuries.

Herb or spice?

When is a plant a herb and when does it become a spice? Some plants can even be both herbs and spice.

rock samphire

Rock samphire

Rock samphire was popular back in the 1700s, but lost favour. Vicki Cooke has been growing this old herb in the kitchen garden at Hampton Court Palace.

Variegated lemon thyme

Plant long-lived herbs

Herbs are not just short-lived plants for summer. Many will survive year after year in the garden. Choose from lovage, rosemary, sage, thyme and chives.


Lemon-scented herbs

You don’t have to grow lemons to get a fresh citrus flavour. Barbara Segall grows some varieties of lemon-scented herbs that have a sharp lemon kick.

Power to the herbs

Herbs are the powerhouse plants of the garden, says Barbara Segall. They deliver ‘va va voom’ to our food, enhancing all the fruit and veg we grow.


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