Kitchen garden at Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand

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Marigold flowers are dried and used as tea to treat coughs, eczema, sunburns.

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Chives?

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Kale

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Who says vegetables patch cannot be pretty. Pansy salad bowl recipe.

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Nasturtium with orange blossoms.  They are the tastiest and easiest to grow, have a peppery taste to decorate your salads?  Do not need rich soil and thrive on neglect. But need full sun and cool soil.

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Did you know artichokes are not running on the ground.

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Rosemary. I’ve seen some homes growing rosemary as a hedge or a bush to frame the front podge.

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In the sustainable garden, the chickens are placed in a coop but able to scratch for food and till the ground. The poop is used to fertilise the plants.

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Vine decorating the walls and escapalier style.  What a smart way to use space. I’ve seen apple trees trained this way too and fruiting. Even the beautiful, magical foxgloves have medicinal properties and used to treat dropsy in the 1700s.

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Designing them by usage. Plants for culinary, western and Asian. Plants for cosmetic and plants for dyeing. We spent close to one hour here, taking photos and enjoying the light. It was cool spring, so very pleasant.

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