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Bay tree or bay laurel

Bay tree or bay laurel grown at home

Radek Štěpán 14. 11. 2023

Bay leaves come from a tree known as the bay laurel (Laurus nobilis). This tree is widespread in the Mediterranean today, but it probably originated in Asia Minor, also known as Anatolia. Given the geographic location it is not a…


You can grow dill in a flowerpot even in November

Radek Štěpán 10. 11. 2023

Dill is a very popular and healthy herb and it is very effective against irritating cough for example, and that comes handy especially in winter! Wouldn’t it be excellent if you can grow this herb all year round? Yes, it…


Lovage is not only a soup spice, but it is also a plant of love!

Radek Štěpán 12. 09. 2023

It grows in almost every garden in Europe and we all know how to use it but today we may surprise you and you may learn some interesting facts about lovage. Lovage is a very popular spice. It offers anintense…


Grow lemongrass in a flowerpot

Radek Štěpán 03. 07. 2023

Lemongrass needs sun and warmth. These are the most important requirements. If you can provide these two conditions, you can grow it in your garden or on your balcony and use it as a great aromatic addition to various foods.


With the right pruning, your basil will grow wild

Radek Štěpán 24. 06. 2023

Do you love flower pots or containers that are literally overflowing with the leaves of this wonderfully aromatic herb? You can have them too, but you need to do one important thing and that is to cut basil correctly.

Great taste and cloth moth repellent in one

Radek Štěpán 05. 06. 2023

Who doesn’t know curry the yellow and strongly aromatic powder mainly used in Asian cuisine. You can get this spice in a powder form, but also fresh. All you have to do is buy a plant called Italian strawflower (Helichrysum…


Monarda should have a reserved spot in your garden

Radek Štěpán 19. 05. 2023

Monarda comes from North America and it is considered a very potent medical plant that can treat various problems, but it is also attractive and undemanding plant. There are many interesting varieties, but today we shall introduce Monarda didyma. You…

Wild garlic

A tincture from wild garlic is easy to make and offers great medicinal benefits

Radek Štěpán 28. 04. 2023

Many of us add wild or bear garlic (Allium ursinum) to soups, bread spreads or herb butter, right? This is a rather limited use of this great herb, because in addition to a great taste, it also contains many useful…

Milk thistle

Milk thistle supports liver function – if used properly

Radek Štěpán 22. 04. 2023

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a well know among enthusiasts of natural medicine. It supports function of the liver, gallbladder, the immune system and speeds up metabolism. But in order to reap maximum benefits, you should learn as much as…

Freezing wild garlic properly – so you can use it in salads

Radek Štěpán 21. 04. 2023

This herb, which grows almost everywhere, is unique. Unfortunately, freezing degrades it so much that if you use it after thawing it is almost a worthless piece of a “green” stuff. However, there is a little trick that will help…