The last of the growing season…

A few quick pictures of some of the last produce from the garden and allotment for the summer/late autumn time…

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Product review: Herbarium Book

So I was lucky enough to receive a very exciting, new book through the post the other day- Herbarium by Caz Hildebrand for Thames and Hudson. I unwrapped it and found this below!

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So with enthusiasm and eagerness and flicked through the book! It is a very useful guide to all things herbs and I think it will be a quick reference book for me to use both in the garden and in the kitchen. I first noticed that it looks modern, crisp and has bold, bright pictures that add to the book. Then once flicking through it in more detail I realise that it is going to be so helpful for my foraging for herbs (such as Dandelion) too! It has a very easy reference section to use and lots of interesting snippets of quotes and historic facts to add to the reading experience.

One of the main things I loved about it was that it not only provides you with ideas for the kitchen and how to cook with the herb; but also it has information about how the herbs can be used medicinally or for beauty reasons.

The section at the back entitled ‘Everyday Herbarium’ is very informative and easy to access including sections on the symbolism of herbs, herbs for well-being and more importantly herbs which taste perfect in accompanying cocktails!

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Overall, I thought that this newly published book Herbarium was a fresh idea for a reference book with more substance than a classic gardening or recipe book – I will be using it a lot for smallholding, the garden, the kitchen, beauty, remedies and more.

If you want to learn more about this book or other books by Thames and Hudson (such as the Geometry of Pasta) click here: http://www.thamesandhudson.com/Herbarium/9780500518939

Katy, The Good Life In Practice xx

Blog for Thompson and Morgan

Another quick link here to my regular blog posts for Thompson and Morgan – a seed and plant company locally. There are a number of useful and detailed blog posts on their website from a number of guest bloggers on a range of garden topics. Here is link to my most recent post for them:

http://blog.thompson-morgan.com/katys-a-good-life-in-practice/

Recipe: Simple salad

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Really easy, tasty salad here! I grew all the ingredients from seed and sourced these from Thompson and Morgan: http://www.thompson-morgan.com/

-Tasty, fresh Nasturtium flowers, different varieties

-Pea shoots from tops of pea plants

-Mixed salad leaves

-Wasabi Rocket leaves

-Chives and Chive flowers

Simply mix together and decorate with the edible flowers. Drizzle with a little lemon juice and olive oil – done!

Garden update

Taking a few moments to check up on the garden. Lots of watercress, salad seedlings and Wasabi Rocket growing. Also strawberries in the hanging baskets have started their lovely little white flowers. The Spring Onions are popping up, the Cornflowers are growing slowly and the Sorrel is being useful in sauces. Woodruff has been fantastic in sweet early Summer cocktails and the Chamomile is useful in teas with honey! Phew, all in all a successful, steady session the garden.