I call myself an avid gardener. If the truth was told I am probably more of a lazy gardener with moments of avidity. I really love that some of the things I have planted actually grow and bear fruit or whatever they are meant to produce despite my lack of attention.

I have planted citrus trees (orange, lime, lemon, lemonade and tangelo) and a pomegranate. The citrus just keep on producing and I can’t give enough of the fruit away! I love how nature ensures that we have these sources of Vitamin C at just the right time of year. Mrs Pomegranate however is taking umbrage at being planted so close to Madame Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus). Mrs P has thus far produced four pomegranates that have looked ok but taste as tart as lemons! Maybe she needs some more horse poo. My garden is totally organic and I use only my compost and some horse poo (from an organic source) as fertiliser. A couple of months ago I noticed a large JAP pumpkin perched in the branches of the lemonade tree. I thought wow that’s cool, then after hunting around the jungle found, under the wandering jew (Tradescantia fluminensis) another three pumpkins! Another couple of weeks after that revealed two more pumpkins – one under the tangelo and another parked in the wooden wheelbarrow.

The wheelbarrow was an attempt at garden art and I planted it with chives, basil and parsley. You would think a herbalist could grow culinary herbs! Well the chives last time I looked were still alive but as fine as sewing sharps. The basil grew spindly and went to seed quite quickly and I think I managed one harvest off the parsley.

I think my point is, I may not be able to grow culinary herbs that well, but my medicinal herbs are fabulous both in the garden and in bottles in my dispensary. If you would like to learn more about herbal medicine and what it can do for you, please contact me.