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Make use of any herbs you have grown that pro­duce volatile oils. Thyme, as fea­tured across many Cen­tral Otago land­scapes, smells strong­est and best when tem­per­a­tures are high­est. The oils must be some sort of pro­tec­tive re­sponse to heat, I’m guess­ing, so when con­di­tions are ex­tra hot at your place, as they are at mine, the fra­grant herbs are at their best. Mints, de­spite pre­fer­ring to grow in wet­ter parts of the gar­den, are smelling their best right now, so pick­ing now and mak­ing use of them is op­ti­mal. I’ve been us­ing herbs to pro­vide de­light­ful fra­grances for visi­tors, cre­ate re­fresh­ing and fresh teas, keep bit­ing in­sects at bay and to gen­er­ally steep my world in lovely smells. My balms and mints and ev­ery­thing else that smells nice, have been plucked, quite hard, and have re­sponded with fresh growth and re­newed vigour. It’s de­light­ful to have bushes of ‘‘smelly’’ herbs

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