Herby Plant Pot Painting

March 12, 2009

The mother’s day craft activity that I recently created for the ichild website is now available here:

http://www.ichild.co.uk/activities/crafts/painting-plant-pots-new.php

Hope you like it.

If you’re interested in the more detailed instructions to expand the activity for older children just drop me a line or leave a comment below.

Please also note that the pot shown is for short term use – you’ll need a larger pot for your herbs to thrive in the long term or you’ll need to plant them in the garden depending on which herb it is.

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I love getting post but especially this kind of post; today there was a large packet containing a couple of these books and I’m in them!  I’m one of many contributors.

My contributions are ‘Rosemary’ in which I cover how to grow rosemary and how to make a rosemary hair rinse and ‘Bountiful Basil’ where I cover growing, harvesting, preserving and making basil pesto.  It’s great to see the whole book and how good it all looks.

This book has been written and laid out in an engaging way, there are lots of little projects you could do in a weekend.  It doesn’t matter how much space you have or your location or budget, there is something for everyone in this exciting and unusual book. It is ideal for beginners or enthusiasts due to its inspiring nature.

There is a section at the beginning of the book that covers the basics for anyone getting started in gardening and most of the projects give a step by step guide to completing the project.

There are plenty of photos and illustrations and it focuses on the fun aspects of gardening. It shows how things can be grown in the most unexpected places and with minimum prior knowledge or skill.

I like the way that a lot of the projects start from scratch i.e. how to grow a plant right through to how to use it. Some examples are: Grow Your Own Mojito, Peas in Pots, Grow Your Own Chilli Jam and the Mediterranean window box amongst many others.

There are also wildlife & practical projects like making your own mini polytunnel, ladybird house, organic plant feed and lots more.

The main sections are:

  • Getting Started
  • Ideas for edibles Fruit & Veg
  • Herbs & Flowers
  • Wildlife & Practical Projects
  • Curiosities & Other Things
  • Resources

There are some really interesting ideas and useful tips in the book. I won’t say too much more and spoil the surprise so if you want to grab yourself a copy, I’m pleased to say that Black Dog Publishing are offering a 40% discount to Mad About Herbs blog and ezine readers! The official launch is on the 26th March.

To take advantage of this generous offer, please email jess@blackdogonline.com but make sure you enter the subject of your email with ‘Mad About Herbs Discount’.

Happy Reading, Growing and Stuff!

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Grow Your Own Drugs

February 26, 2009

The BBC are showing a six part series of programmes called ‘Grow your own Drugs’ starting on 2nd March 2009 at 20:30 on BBC Two.

In the programme ethnobotanist (a scientist who studies how people use plants) James Wong will be demonstrating how to use familiar plants for natural remedies to ease the symptoms of minor everyday ailments and also how to make some pampering beauty treatments.  You can read some more background about the programme on the BBC website here.

The first episode covers the many uses of various fruits.  I’m really looking forward to this series and hope that the programme does have some substance as so eloquently outlined in the blog post here written by Max Drake, a medical herbalist.

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