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Jane Griffiths’ Top Tip for Preserving Fresh Garden Herbs

Jane's Delicious HerbsJane's Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014With winter set in, Jane Griffiths, author of Jane’s Delicious Herbs, has some hints on how to preserve your fresh herbs.

Griffiths suggests preserving your herbs in olive oil, which can then be stored in a dark place and used as you need. The aromatic oil can also be used for cooking, as long as you top it up after using it.

Before frost hits your herbs, such as basil, harvest the leaves and pack them into bottles and add olive oil. Shake to remove air bubbles and make sure the top of the herbs are covered with oil otherwise they can go mouldy.

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Jane Griffiths Harvests a Home-grown Crop of Sweet Potatoes

Jane's Delicious HerbsJane's Delicious GardenJane Griffiths, author of Jane’s Delicious Garden and Jane’s Delicious Herbs, has written a blogpost about harvesting her sweet potatoes.

Griffiths says she planted her sweet potatoes a little late this year, and so left them in the ground for longer than usual:

There are three different types in this bed. The normal red with green leaves, another darker red with dark bluish-purple leaves and orange with the yellow pink leaves. *Sweet potato feast coming up*

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Jane Griffiths Explains Why She Plants Her Broad Beans Inside Tripods

Jane's Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014Jane's Delicious HerbsJane Griffiths, author of Jane’s Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014 and Jane’s Delicious Herbs, has shared photos of her broad bean plants, noting that, besides the beans themselves, she really loves their flowers.

Griffiths says she plants her broad beans in tripod perches and explains why she does it this way: “This gives the floppy stems support and also provides a moist micro climate which is good on the dry highveld.”

I love broad bean flowers. I grow my broad beans inside my tripods. This gives the floppy stems support and also provides a moist micro climate which is good on the dry highveld. Around the tripods I grow cauliflower and broccoli.

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Jane Griffiths Recommends Harvesting Rainwater for Your Garden

Jane's Delicious HerbsJane's Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014When it comes to gardens Jane Griffiths knows what she’s talking about and she has shared her wealth of information in her various gardening books, including Jane’s Delicious Herbs and Jane’s Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014.

Griffiths recently partnered with JoJo Tanks and suggests using them for harvesting rainwater for your garden.

Watch the video in which she explains how they work and why it is important to recycle and conserve water:

The Future of Water, JoJo Tanks from Sifiso Ngobeni on Vimeo.

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Jane Griffiths Explores Cape Town’s Urban Farming Community

Jane\'s Delicious HerbsJane's Delicious GardenRenowned gardening expert Jane Griffiths spend an inspiring afternoon at the Oranjezicht City Farm in Cape Town.

Griffiths, author of Jane’s Delicious Garden and Jane’s Delicious Herbs, talks about the rich history of the land that the urban farm exists on, the sustainable farming practices it uses, and the weekly Saturday market, which focuses on the “local, fresh and seasonal”.

In addition, the farm hosts groups of pupils from nearby schools, who are taught about sustainability and organic food production.

Sheryl Ozinsky, the founder of the garden, tells Griffiths about their future plans:

With the success of the OZCF, they are now looking at other unused or under-utilised public green spaces. “There are hundreds of spaces that have the potential to serve our communities as places that beautify, educate, feed and strengthen residents,” says Sheryl. “We are hoping OZCF will serve as a model, providing mentoring, support and resources to inspire and strengthen other groups keen to do something similar.”

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Video: Mystery Squash Plant Provides Jane Griffiths with a Pleasant Surprise

Jane\'s Delicious HerbsJane's Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014Jane Griffiths, author of Jane’s Delicious Herbs, has shared a video of a pleasant gardening surprise she experienced recently.

“Sometimes my garden provides me with unexpected delights,” she says, explaining how a squash plant she almost uprooted yielded “over 50 perfect miniature pumpkins”. Griffiths says the plant, which seeded itself, is an excellent example of how a small garden can provide a very rewarding crop of vegetables.

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Plant the Right Greens at the Right Time with this Plan by Jane Griffiths

Jane's Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014Jane\'s Delicious HerbsJane Griffiths, garden expert and author of Jane’s Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014 and Jane’s Delicious Herbs, has created a printable planting plan “that’ll tell you what to plant in April and May and remind you when it’s time to harvest your crops”, shared by Garden and Home SA.

Follow the link to print your own plan and start planting the right greens at the right time:

“Plants such as broccoli (pictured) and cauliflower form the largest heads in the coolest months, but need to be planted a few months in advance. Drawing up a planting plan will ensure these go into the ground at the right time, and if you sow seed of quick cool season crops like leafy greens successively, you’ll be able to harvest them regularly throughout winter,” says Jane Griffiths, author of Jane’s Delicious Garden (Sunbird Publishers).

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Jane Griffiths Shares Six Tips to a Happy, Healthy Garden

Jane\'s Delicious HerbsJane's Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014Renowned gardening author Jane Griffiths has shared six easy steps to create a healthy and productive home garden.

Griffiths, who has written several gardening books, including Jane’s Delicious Herbs and Jane’s Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014, has some unusual advice for aspiring gardeners, including never digging the soil, which will be welcome tip for most gardeners!

Create small beds about the size of a door – with pathways around and enrich the soil with well-rotted manure and compost. Once enriched, don’t ever dig the soil again: No-dig gardening creates healthy, rich soil. When you need to replenish, simply add compost, manure and organic fertiliser to the surface of the beds. To avoid the soil becoming compacted, don’t ever stand on the soil – use the pathways.

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Jane Griffiths to Head-up Judging Team for Giant Pumpkin Competition

Jane\'s Delicious HerbsJane's Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014Jane Griffiths, author of several gardening books including Jane’s Delicious Herbs and Jane’s Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014, will be heading up the panel of judges for the Standard Bank Livingseeds Giant Pumpkin Competition, which is being held at The Shed on Route 59 in Gauteng this Saturday.

Last year Griffiths was the the “Gardening Celebrity” guest judge of the inaugural competition and ended up adding a whole new pumpkin category to the competition after coming across the Most Unique Pumpkin. This year Griffiths will be judging the Main, Junior and Fun categories, the latter of which is divided into Best Looking Pumpkin, Ugliest Pumpkin, Smallest Mature Giant Pumpkin, Best Dressed Pumpkin and Most Unique. The first prize winner will walk away with R10 000.

The preparation for this day by the entrants has been a daily effort to grow the biggest and the best, and the weigh-in is the test.

With over 140 entries, this competition is set to be the largest competition of its kind in South Africa. The response from the public and entrants has been outstanding and entrants from as far away as Mpumalanga, KZN and the Eastern Cape have entered.

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Jane Griffiths’ Nine Step Guide to Building a Vertical Garden

Jane's Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014Jane\'s Delicious HerbsJane Griffiths has shared an ingenious way to cover water tanks with attractive and practical vertical gardens.

Griffiths, author of Jane’s Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014 and Jane’s Delicious Herbs, built one succulent garden and one herb and strawberry garden, and provides a step-by-step guide to building them both.

Listen to Griffiths’ podcast:

Last year I collaborated with Talborne Organics and Grant Gove of GLC Design Studio to create a magical cottage garden for the Garden World Spring Festival. One of the ideas we came up with was to cover the JoJo water tank with a vertical garden and fill it with vegetables and herbs. I loved the result. Many people want JoJo tanks but they don’t want to waste limited garden space to install one – this JoJo water tank wrap garden actually created more garden space.

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