Why the focus on gardens, plants, & herbs?
Gardens give wonderful gifts to their visitors. Not only do they provide a wonderful, nature-filled environment but they also serve many different purposes. Herb gardens in particular provide aromatic delights for cooking or simply enjoying on a summer’s day.
Even the smallest herb garden of only a few pots and plants can provide a wonderful bounty for its carer. Herbs, at their most basic, are practical, beautiful, and pleasing to the soul. There are so many wonderful ways to use them.
In our eyes each herb plant has its own story, flavour, history – where it was planted, how it got there, how it is tended to (by nature or human) and so on.
While we know cover everything related to plants and garden, at Botany Factory we initially focused on growing and using herbs because, well let us face it, there are many gardens to be crafted but none are as easy and practical as your own herb garden. The best thing about fresh herbs in your life and straight from your own garden?
You can have a small grown at home herb paradise hanging off the veranda railings, catching the sunlight on its green aromatic tips as you sip a glass of your favourite something. You can plant them in pots of your choosing and make a fantastic feature upon entry to your great outdoor area, steps, or kitchen.
Or just go totally nuts and get a flippin’ sensational vertical garden or herb planter to make the most spectacular sweet-smelling wall your world has ever seen.
The second best thing about growing your own herbs? The practical application to cooking. Recipes, old and new, help us bring out the wonderful flavours of herbs in cooking. Transform your fast food and drinks (homemade quickly, naturally) into works of art. Snap off a sprig of fresh lemon thyme. Whizz past and nip a bunch of parsley on your way to the kitchen.
Throw a sweet just plucked bay leaf or a Frenchy style bouquet garni (a mixed fresh herb bundle) into your bolognese sauce and feel European in an instant. This, my friends, is just the beginning. When you find the flavors you love the most, on your favorite foods, you’ll wonder how you ever wanted to buy pre-made [email protected] before.
Or why you spent way too much money on plastic boxed herbs from the supermarket, most of which went rotten in the fridge because you only needed a bit.