Many of us lead increasingly busy lives. With the pressures of juggling a demanding job, taking care of family and trying to have a social life. Very often we find ourselves feeling tired, stressed, and anxious and run down, which lowers our resistance to catching colds and the dreaded flu. The ‘busyness’ of life can be like a merry-go-round, you just can’t get off. Sound familiar? So, what can you do, how can you balance out your hectic lifestyle?
You’re making dinner and preparing the veg, let’s say cauliflower and broccoli. Without even thinking about it, you tear or chop off the cauliflower leaves and throw them in the bin, then you chop off the leaves and stalks of your broccoli and throw them in the bin or if your times limited, you buy the florets pre-cut and bagged, and these can be a bit pricey! Does that sound about right?
Just one question…why?
There’s a lot to be said about gardening outdoors and growing your own food and plants. Research proves it’s beneficial to our mental health and makes people ‘feel good’ when they are getting fresh air and exercise. But, what if you don’t have a garden or any outside space?
Most gardeners know what plants need to grow healthy. The obvious are air, light, water and nutrients. But what about the debatable; talking to your plants! Is there some truth about this or is it just an old wives tale?
Many of us are mindful that drinking water on a daily basis is something that we need to do. But, do we all heed the advice given to us? Do we all drink roughly 1.2 litres a day? Probably not!But why, when we know it’s essential in order for our bodies to function properly.
Until you’ve grown your own food yourself, you really can’t imagine what you are missing. There really is nothing more rewarding. But, just to give you an idea, here are a few reasons that we think are worth mentioning.
The nights are drawing in and the winter months are upon us, bringing with it plunging temperatures, icy cold winds, and snow (if we’re lucky!) not forgetting … the dreaded cold weather ailments!Unfortunately, most of us will succumb at some point over the winter season to having a cough, cold, sore throat or the flu. Once one of these ailments takes hold, none of us is too happy are we? After all, it’s a busy time of the year and we don’t have time to be poorly and we certainly don’t want to miss out on any festivities that are going on, especially around Christmas.
Getting children interested in growing plants is a great way to teach them about nature and science. They will be able to see the growing process of a plant when it emerges from the seed and closely follow the different stages of a plants development. As plants are living things, it also helps them develop a nurturing side.
Whether its spring, summer, autumn or winter, pizza is one food which many people enjoy whatever time of year. It's no wonder that it is one of the most well-known and popular foods in a lot of countries around the world. After all, who doesn't just love the scrumptious, mouth-watering taste of fresh homemade pizza when it's just come out of the oven?
Over the years, allotments have become hugely popular; with housing plots getting smaller, agricultural land being snapped up by developers and with the ever increasing gardening programs making it look so easy and fun, more and more people are looking at allotments as a way to grow their own food and benefit from not only being self-sufficient but also the social, health and well-being benefits of allotment gardening.
Are you stuck inside your culinary box? Ever thought of stepping outside? Are you up for bending the rules? If so and you want to challenge your palette then here’s something to think about… When you use herbs in your cooking, do you usually add them to the customary meat dishes, potatoes, salads or sauces to liven up the taste, or have you ever thought of using them in desserts? When you pair them correctly, the result is fragrant, fresh and irresistible, and it just shows you how invaluable herbs can be. For many, it’s that ‘secret family’ ingredient which brings out the undertones and sweetness to a huge range of desserts.
It is not surprising that houseplants are now more popular than ever before, and it’s easy to see why. They have tremendous appeal and not only do they add a splash of colour, texture and interest to your interior decoration, but they also have a beautiful way of breathing life and good energy into your home.
Now, most of you may think that greenhouse gardening is for the sole purpose of growing your plants in a protected environment. Being able to grow out-of-season tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, herbs and other vegetables, not forgetting flowering plants without having to worry about the unpredictable weather conditions throughout the year, but in reality it’s so much more than that.
You’ve been looking forward to this moment all day and all you want to do is curl up and enjoy the delight of a sleepy night! Finally you climb into bed utterly exhausted, snuggle down then….ping! You’re more awake than you have been all day. You toss and turn and try every imaginable sleep position, even positions you’d not thought of. Your duvet is off then it’s on again. You huff and you puff and your mind runs all over the place. You keep looking at the clock, one o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock…five o’clock. As a last resort you try the old remedy of counting sheep. Then when you do eventually nod off and wake up in the morning, you wonder if you ever slept at all. Sound familiar?
Step back in the time of mysteries and evil spirits, magic potions and mythical monsters, gods and goddesses and some truly bizarre myths. Stories that once upon a time were believed to be true! None more so than the many stories about the uses of our humble herbs and the importance of how they featured in peoples day to day lives.
When you plant your perfect garden and what you want to growyou need to take a look at plants that will thrive from the word go
Whose friend or foe in the plant world you may just have to ask as you want your plants to grow happily and not find it a task
It’s highlighted in the news at the moment regarding the shortage of fruit and vegetables from growing countries due to extreme weather conditions, particularly Spain and Italy. Here in Britain it is especially noticeable as we import an estimated 50% of vegetables and 90% of fruit.
For most of us who grow our own humble herbs we have some understanding of which herbs complement each other, and when to use together. Also which herbs complement different foods, to bring out their best flavours. It’s mostly through trial and error, but that’s not a bad thing as we all have different taste buds and it is “each to your own taste” after all!
Yes...it's that time of year again when most of you will have made a 'New Year Resolution' and I'm sure most of you will have at the top of your list; eat healthier, lose weight, get fit, or try to be less stressed! These are usually top of the list and I'm wondering whether we make those decisions because it's just after Christmas?
Most of us love this time of year and have happy memories of Christmas's gone by....As children! How we made paper chains and snowflake decorations. The excitement of Santa coming down the chimney delivering our presents... but only if we went to sleep before midnight or he wouldn't come! (Or so our parents said). The joy of family coming for Christmas dinner which somehow tasted different to the usual Sunday dinner for some reason! The whole house enveloped in love, warmth and...Chaos!