Tea towel- Bees 'n' Butterflies

$12.00

I have also designed a teatowel featuring several herbs that attract  bees and butterflies into our gardens- again on good quality unbleached calico (77 X 53 cm), this time with the print in a nice mid-blue, as blue is the insects' favourite colour!

 A great gift for any kitchen, this tea towel is a good size and can be used in  several ways, such as: a throw to keep flies off; a wall hanging and of course to dry dishes! It also  washes well- my friends all love it, so I hope you all do too! A practical way to learn which herbs to plant for our insects!  

 Please note: scroll down through the courirer section to find the special $5.00 rate for all tea towel and book purchases.

Price: $12.00

Herb Recipes

2 cups wholemeal flour,
4tsp baking powder,
1/3 cup of oil,
1 beaten egg,
1 cup milk and water mix,
pinch salt,
2 tbsp finely chopped herbs (thyme, sage, rosemary or chives),
1/2 cup currants (or almonds or sunflower seeds).

Grease 12 muffin tins. Mix dry ingredients. Whisk all the rest except herbs and currants. Mix into dry ingredients. Add the herbs etc. Spoon into muffin tin. Bake at 190 deg.C for 10 minutes. Serve by splitting open and putting butter in.

Plants to Try

Coleus amboinicus, 30 cm Green fleshy serrated leaves, very aromatic. Mainly used as you would bay leaves, but can be chopped and used in salads etc if you like strong flavour. A succulent type...

$10.00

Cynara scolymus 1-2m Biennial, this large stately plant has leaves that are edible when young, and the edible fruit. It looks magnificent as a wind break or hedge, and the leaves are in demand for...

$4.45

Borago officinalis 50cm Annual, self-seeds; known as the friendly herb. Flowers can be crystallised and frozen in ice cubes, flower rings. Use small leaves in salads; they taste like cucumber. Try...

$4.50

Sanguisorba minor. 30cm. Perennial. Attractive plant with its small round leaves which taste like cucumber. Great in salads, herb butters, sauces and vinegars. Try floating them in soups, and...

$6.00

Cynara cardunculus, 1-2m. Perennial, and a magnificent foliage plant. Thistle-like blue or purple flowers in late summer - these are popular in dried flower arrangements. Plant 1 m apart. Young...

$4.45

Antheum graveolens, dwarf type. not recommended for midsummer or mid winter. Very versatile herb. Try leaves in savory dishes, soups as well as the traditional fish dishes, and for garnishing....

$4.50

Coleus cannis, 40cm. Another succulent type,does well in dry places as ground cover. It has a smell you either like or hate, which is said to repel dogs. The flower is purple, not unlike a...

$5.00

Chrysanthem parthenium, 50cm. A perennial, this daisy-like bush with its white and yellow flowers is attractive. It has a multitude of medicinal uses, but is most well-known as the `Headache'...

$5.00

1m square This vigorous spreading geranium has a strong lemon scent and pink flowers.

$5.00

Pelagonium tomentosum 50 cm Perennial. This plant is a large, sprawling grower, with very fragrant large furry leaves, and looks as if it is covered in snow when its flowers are out. It has been...

$6.00

Origanum onites, 50cm. A hardy perennial, this close relative of Sweet Marjoram has a strong aroma and flavour similar to thyme. It is a member of the mint family, so will creep.

$5.00

Artemisia vulgaris, 1-2m. This herb is not recommended for planting in a small garden - here in the North it grows rapidly with strong suckers, and can easily choke the rest of your garden! It is...

$6.00

Verbascum thapsus L. 2m in flower. Biennial, with huge woolly leaves and a magnificent flower spike of yellow flowers. This herb has been around for centuries, and has had many interesting uses,...

$5.00

70cm Perennial, this beautiful green-leaves oregano is a typical ground cover all year until summer, when it sends up flower stems, covered in little pink/white bell-like flowers. The leaves can...

$6.00

40cm. Perennial, with lime green leaves, which deter the insects. It has white daisies with yellow centres. A very pretty plant, and great as a border. A cousin of Feverfew.

$5.00

Salvia officinalis, 50cm. Perennial. This herb is another of the most well-known. It is great for cooking, eg, sage and onion stuffing, and also has many medicinal uses. A few leaves make an...

$5.00

Prunella vulgaris. This perennial ground cover has an unusual pinky/purple flower. It has several medicinal uses- as eyewash, mouthwash, poultice to clean wounds. It is also known as one of nature...

$5.00

Allium fistulosum, 50cm. Perennial, so nearly lost, these are bunching onions - use either the leaves (as you would chives), the bulbs (as you would shallots). Lovely mild taste.

$6.00

Achillea millefolium, 60cm. Perennial, spreads. Good ground cover. Many uses, including being one of the bio-dynamic preparation herbs. Use the young leaves in salads, make a tea from the leaves...

$5.00

Unsure what to give a gardener for a gift? I have available gift vouchers for $10.00 or $20.00. Note: gift voucher comes out to $10.00 when GST is added at the end of purchase.

$10.00

Unsure what to give a gardener for a gift? I have available gift vouchers for $10.00 or $20.00. Note: This gift voucher is for $20.00 when GST is added at end of purchase.

$20.00

Easy herbal Flea Spray
1 teabag each of chamomile, valerian,licorice and mint teas.
(or 1 tsp each of the fresh herb.)
Witch hazel
Small spray bottle
Method:
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Aromatic Herbal Flea Spray.

4 tbsp. white cedar essential oil
2/3 cup rosemary essential oil
4 tbsp. peppermint essential oil
½ cup citronella essential oil
4 tbsp....

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Anti-flea pet pillow.
2 pieces strong fabric, about 8 inches square.
2 cups dried pennyroyal
1 cup dried wormwood
1 cup dried lavender
1 cup dried rosemary
1...

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1 cup lavender flowers
1 cup rosemary
1 box baking soda
Mix well, sprinkle over vacuumed carpet. Leave overnight, then vacuum again.
To remove fleas from carpet: sprinkle...

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½ cup cloves
½ cup whole black peppercorns
4 sticks cinnamon, in small pieces
Mix altogether, put in little bags and use where needed.

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For all hair types.
Make a triple strength herb vinegar with finely chopped lavender flowers.
To use: ½ cup hair rinse to 4 cups warm water.

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Plectranthus tomentosa. Perennial, with succulent type leaves this plant is best kept indoors, as the leaves will rot with excess moisture. The name comes from the strong menthol smell of the...

$6.00

Plant tansy, wormwood or pennyroyal around henhouses to help deter flies. See herb catalogue for details.
Also, spread cold ashes from your fire around in the chook pen- they love to dust...

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To keep fleas off your dog add 2-3 cloves of garlic to your dogs food- the fleas do not like the taste. Also use handfuls of tansy in summer to rub down your dog to deter fleas.

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