Bob Purnell is a writer, broadcaster, lecturer, and award-winning garden designer who also co-runs a small nursery in southwest England specializing in plants for containers. Purnell writes regularly for numerous gardening publications and has designed gardens for clients throughout England. He is the author of Reader’s Digest Container Gardens by Number. Purnell resides in North Somerset.
Crops in Potsby Bob Purnell
With easy recipes using ingredients grown in your window box or the local market, Ethnobotanist James Wong shows you how easyand cheapit is to make simple creams, salves, teas, lozenges, and much more. James uses his top-class academic knowledge to reveal how many plants contain the same active ingredients as over-the counter drugs, and offers recipes
With easy recipes using ingredients grown in your window box or the local market, Ethnobotanist James Wong shows you how easyand cheapit is to make simple creams, salves, teas, lozenges, and much more. James uses his top-class academic knowledge to reveal how many plants contain the same active ingredients as over-the counter drugs, and offers recipes to relieve a whole range of common conditions, including:
-Digestive disorders: bad breath, heartburn and indigestion, digestion, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, flatulence, diarrhea
-Skin complaints: athlete's foot, eczema, insect bites and stings, acne, sunburn, age spots, fungal conditions, burn scars, poor foot circulation, chapped hands and sores, insect deterrent
-Kids' remedies: vitamin booster, head lice, eczema, ear wax build-up, colic
-Aches and pains: water retention, varicose veins, aching muscles, arthritis
-Female-specific problems: hot flashes and night sweats, morning and travel sickness, PMS, cystitis
-Under the weather: colds and flu, coughs and sore throats, cholesterol reducer, hangover, cold sores, immune system booster, mouth ulcers, restorative
-Mind: memory enhancer, insomnia, migraine prevention, anxiety, memory booster
-Face and body: hair strengthener, body scrub, bath and massage oil, deodorant, face mask, hand care, bath bomb, exfoliator, face toner/hair rinse, sore eyes, tired/red eyes, glycerine soap, plague remover and gum soother, chapped lips
With over 150 full-color photos, this book outlines all of the tools, oils, waxes, and powders necessary to get started, and also directs you to suppliers for easy shopping. You'll also find a 60 page reference of the top 100 plants you should consider growing in order to make herbal remedies out of your own garden. So unleash the power of plants and soothe the symptoms of everyday ailments the natural way.
Witch Hazel Gel
200 g witch hazel twigs and (preferably young) leaves (see Resources on page 218)
2 cups (500 ml) hot water
6 packets vegetable gelatin
2 tbsp vodka
1. Place the witch hazel in a pan with the hot water. Over a gentle heat, slowly reduce mixture to a third of its volume until it reaches about 2/3 cup of liquid (this will take about 1 hour).
2. Line a sieve with cheesecloth, then strain the liquid into a mixing bowl. Add the gelatin, stirring to dissolve. Set aside to cool.
3. Once cool, add the vodka and stir well. Pour the gel into a wide-mouthed jar.
4 handfuls (approx 40 g) German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) flowerheads
4 cups (900 ml) water
2 1/4 cups (450g) sugar or 1 cup (340g) honey
1. In a pan, put the chamomile in the water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low, then cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer for about 20 minutes.
2. Reduce the mixture to 3/4 cup (approx 200 ml) by simmering very slowly with the lid off for an additional 20 minutes.
3. Add the sugar and simmer for a few more minutes, stirring until the mixture looks like syrup. Be careful not to boil rapidly; allow it to bubble just a little.
4. Strain through a mesh sieve and then pour it into a sterilized bottle. Seal with a cork; if the syrup ferments, the bottle might explode.
For a child, 1 tsp, 3 to 6 times a day.
For adults, 2 to 4 tsp, 3 to 6 times a day.
Caution: If you are diabetic, do not use.
STORAGE Keeps unopened for up to 1 year. Once opened, keeps for 1 week in the refrigerator.
Echinacea Throat Spray
5 peppermint leaves, finely chopped
5 sage leaves, finely chopped
2 tbsp (30 ml) Echinacea purpurea tincture (from natural food stores)
1. Place the cloves, peppermint, and sage leaves in a small glass bowl, then add the echinacea tincture. Cover and let stand for 2 weeks in a cool,
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Bob Purnell says growing CROPS IN POTS has the draw of affordably fresh variety in workable amounts and time. For what makes or breaks container gardening are the start-up choices. That means getting it right on types of pots, planting mixes, mulches, and fertilizers. It also means regular cleaning up and watering. And it means companion planting to bring in pollinators, and beneficial insects such as ladybugs. The book is beautifully arranged, illustrated and indexed. Specifically, Freia Turland's photography is mouth-watering. One of my favorite photos is red-cobbed sweet corn pot-sharing with trailing strawberries. In fact, the author groups plants by whether they're food for starters, main courses, or desserts. Each one of the 50 planting suggestions has a scrumptious recipe. So read the book hungry, because the fullest stomachs will rumble long before the last page.