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How to grow herbs in the kitchen

Have you ever bought herbs, plonked them in a pot on the window sill, watered them lovingly, only to have them die shortly after they arrive home? I absolutely understand.

If you have experienced this, then like me, you are probably not looking after them correctly. However, I have found a new way to keep your kitchen herbs happy and thriving, and producing delicious leaves.

You will need a plant pot that can be watered from the bottom, essentially a pot that stands in a tray. Herbs seem to be much happier if you put water into the dish at the bottom of the pot and let them draw up the water that they need. It is also a good idea to have them near a window so they can blow in the breeze. A little light wind will help strengthen their stems and make a healthier plant. A small water spray next to the plants for the odd leaf spray will be a good idea too. You can even use one of your empty Gyre and Gymble glass sprays. Just remove the electrostatic label so you will know it is a water spray. I like to mark mine "H20" with a whiteboard marker. 

Since learning this technique, I have had a basil, mint and parsley growing well for a couple of months. They also give me lots of fresh leaves for cooking. 

I know this is not a cleaning tip as such, but I was so delighted to learn about this I wanted to share it with everyone. Good luck and happy healthy herb growing!

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Video: cleaning knives with a potato

Who knew the humble potato had another purpose in our life beyond just being eaten in its multitude of forms. If you have a set of knives there is a wonderful way to keep them clean and rust free without heading to the specialist cleaning aisle of the hardware shop.

Recipe

  • 1x potato 
  • 1x Tbs bicarb soda
  • Water

All you need to do is cut the potato in half and dip the cut end into the bicarb soda. Then rub the knife clean paying particular attention to the rust marks. Once you are happy with the result clean the knife under the tap and dry thoroughly before you put the knife away. 

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