DO YOU POP OUTSIDE TO SEE YOUR GARDEN THEN FIND YOURSELF PULLING WEEDS, SNAPPING OFF CUTTINGS, DIGGING AND REPLANTING OR JUST TIDYING UP - THEN YOU FIND YOU HAVE INGRAINED DIRT AND STUFF UNDER YOUR NAILS THAT CAUSES YOU TO WONDER WHY YOU DO IT!? THOSE MEDICAL TYPE RUBBER GLOVESSee more...

DO YOU POP OUTSIDE TO SEE YOUR GARDEN THEN FIND YOURSELF PULLING WEEDS, SNAPPING OFF CUTTINGS, DIGGING AND REPLANTING OR JUST TIDYING UP – THEN YOU FIND YOU HAVE INGRAINED DIRT AND STUFF UNDER YOUR NAILS THAT CAUSES YOU TO WONDER WHY YOU DO IT!? THOSE MEDICAL TYPE RUBBER GLOVES ARE SO HARD TO GET ON AND THESE ARE SO EASY TO GET ON! THE EASE OF USE WILL ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THEM!

THEY CAN ALSO COVER YOUR DRINK TO KEEP THE FLIES OFF, AND EVEN A POT WITH A PRECIOUS SEEDLING TO KEEP THE MOISTURE IN!  THESE GLOVES ARE A QUICK FIX TO LOTS OF ISSUES, JUST PEG THE PACKET TO YOUR BACK FLYCREEN OR ANY PLACE THAT YOU WILL SEE THEM BEFORE YOU START MESSING UP YOUR HANDS! 100 GLOVES IN EACH PACKET.

Fits small hands to large. Great for food handling, painting, cleaning, in fact anywhere you need a bit of light protection! Once used they can be recycled as a seedling cover like I do! Simply tie the fingers and thumb in a knot then pop the glove over the small pot, it keeps the moisture in while still allowing the light!!

 

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YOU WILL GET 100 BAGS. PLANT YOUR SEEDS DIRECT INTO THESE AND PLANT THEM DIRECT INTO THEIR NEXT POT OR YOUR GARDEN! NO NEED TO REMOVE THE BAG! GREAT TO POT UP ALL YOUR SEEDS! Directions: Add soil to the bag and tamp down, as you fill each bag standSee more...

YOU WILL GET 100 BAGS. PLANT YOUR SEEDS DIRECT INTO THESE AND PLANT THEM DIRECT INTO THEIR NEXT POT OR YOUR GARDEN! NO NEED TO REMOVE THE BAG! GREAT TO POT UP ALL YOUR SEEDS!

Directions:

Add soil to the bag and tamp down, as you fill each bag stand them up in a box or tray, water the bags and plant your seeds, leave the seeds open to the light or add soil to cover as per the directions for each variety. Water from the base from now on by adding water to your tray. You can also cover them with a plastic bag or other cover to keep in moisture.

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YOU WILL GET 20 SINGLE SHOE COVERS. THESE ARE HANDY TO KEEP BY THE DOOR WHEN YOU WANT TO POP OUT TO THE GARDEN IN YOUR SLIPPERS OR JUST DON'T WANT TO GET YOUR SHOES WET! THEY WILL FIT SHOES (OR BARE FEET) UP TO SZ 12. LIGHTWEIGHT. DISPOSABLE. BIO-GRADABLE.See more...

YOU WILL GET 20 SINGLE SHOE COVERS. THESE ARE HANDY TO KEEP BY THE DOOR WHEN YOU WANT TO POP OUT TO THE GARDEN IN YOUR SLIPPERS OR JUST DON’T WANT TO GET YOUR SHOES WET! THEY WILL FIT SHOES (OR BARE FEET) UP TO SZ 12. LIGHTWEIGHT. DISPOSABLE. BIO-GRADABLE. 20 SINGLE SHOE COVERS = 10 PAIRS OF SHOE COVERS.

 

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GREAT FOR PUTTING OVER THOSE HOLES AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POT! SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T FIND SUITABLE STUFF TO FILL THAT LITTLE HOLE SO IT WON'T LET THE SOIL OUT AND THESE DO THE TRICK! TOTALLY RECYCLABLE! CAN BE USED OVER AND OVER! 4.5CM ROUND, RE-USUABLE. SET OF 50.  See more...

GREAT FOR PUTTING OVER THOSE HOLES AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POT! SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T FIND SUITABLE STUFF TO FILL THAT LITTLE HOLE SO IT WON’T LET THE SOIL OUT AND THESE DO THE TRICK! TOTALLY RECYCLABLE! CAN BE USED OVER AND OVER!

4.5CM ROUND, RE-USUABLE. SET OF 50.

 

 

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BUY A LUCKY DIP FROM OUR ENTIRE SEED STOCK! JUST 10C A GO AND YOU WILL GET A SEED PACKET PICKED AT RANDOM FROM OUR CURRENT SEED STOCKS! IT COULD BE ANYTHING AND THAT IS THE THRILL OF IT! LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON. PICKED AT RANDOM FROM OUR CURRENTSee more...

BUY A LUCKY DIP FROM OUR ENTIRE SEED STOCK! JUST 10C A GO AND YOU WILL GET A SEED PACKET PICKED AT RANDOM FROM OUR CURRENT SEED STOCKS! IT COULD BE ANYTHING AND THAT IS THE THRILL OF IT! LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.
PICKED AT RANDOM FROM OUR CURRENT STOCK, VALUE WILL BE BETWEEN $0.50C AND $3.50. ALL NAME TAGGED, FRESH VARIETIES.

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Please place the variety names into our search bar for germination notes and instructions once your seeds arrive.

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PAY $40 AND GET $50 IN SEED CREDIT! PERFECT FOR SEEDAHOLICS! WE NOW HAVE GIFT VOUCHERS! We can design your voucher for any occasion! Add your picture to the voucher and design it the way you want! If you are just going to use it for yourself we can sendSee more...
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Turmeric, Curcuma longa, is one of the ancient spices of Asia. The root is an essential ingredient of curry and primarily responsible for the yellow colour. The fresh leaf is used as a wrap to flavour food in cooking. Current folk use of the root as a remedy for adultSee more...

Turmeric, Curcuma longa, is one of the ancient spices of Asia. The root is an essential ingredient of curry and primarily responsible for the yellow colour. The fresh leaf is used as a wrap to flavour food in cooking. Current folk use of the root as a remedy for adult diabetics, carpel tunnel syndrome, heart problems and immune system support. The powdered root produces a gold-yellow dye. A perennial plant, growing to 0.5m x 0.5m.

5CM X 3 CM CORMS. MAY ABLE TO BE DIVIDED.

WE RECOMMEND THAT IF YOUR PARCEL IS GOING TO TAKE MORE THAN 5 DAYS TO ARRIVE BY AUSSIE POST THAT YOU DO NOT BUY.  YOU CAN REMEDY THIS BY CHOOSING EXPRESS SATCHELS. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THE VIABILITY/CONDITION OF THE CORMS ONCE POSTED ALTHOUGH WE DO TAKE PAINS TO MAKE SURE THEY WILL BE HAPPY AND HEALTHY ON ARRIVAL.  REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN FILL A SATCHEL WITH OTHER ITEMS – UP TO 50 PACKETS OF SEEDS OR SOME BEE LIGHTS FOR YOUR GARDEN OR ANY NUMBER OF THINGS!  SHOP NOW AND MAKE THE MOST OF THE SATCHEL! ALSO SEE OUR GALANGAL CORMS IN STORE NOW!

Grow Notes
Make sure you remove them from any plastic wrapping and plant immediately.

Turmeric is native to India and Asia preferring rich, moist and well-draining, soils in a protected, shaded position.

Drought and frost tender.

Sow
Sow direct in Spring and Summer at 5cm deep into damp soil with 30cm between plants.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Maturity
160-190 days.

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HEALTHY, A+ GRADE GINGER RHIZOMES THAT ARE UNTREATED WITH GROWTH RETARDANTS, NATURALLY GROWN AND DUG OUT WHEN WE NEED THEM! THESE ARE GROWN WITH NO PESTICIDES AT A LOCAL HOBBY FARM THAT SUPPLIES US AS WE NEED THEM SO THEY ARE ALWAYS FRESH! THERE MAY BE A SLIGHT DELAY ONSee more...

HEALTHY, A+ GRADE GINGER RHIZOMES THAT ARE UNTREATED WITH GROWTH RETARDANTS, NATURALLY GROWN AND DUG OUT WHEN WE NEED THEM! THESE ARE GROWN WITH NO PESTICIDES AT A LOCAL HOBBY FARM THAT SUPPLIES US AS WE NEED THEM SO THEY ARE ALWAYS FRESH! THERE MAY BE A SLIGHT DELAY ON POSTAGE AS I HAVE TO PICK UP YOUR RHIZOMES FRESH.

YOU WILL GET ONE MEDIUM/LARGE RHIZOME.

Ginger is a member of a plant family that includes cardamom and turmeric. Its spicy aroma is mainly due to presence of ketones, especially the gingerols, which appear to be the primary component of ginger studied in much of the health-related scientific research. The rhizome, which is the horizontal stem from which the roots grow, is the main portion of ginger that is consumed. Ginger’s current name comes from the Middle English gingivere, but this spice dates back over 3000 years to the Sanskrit word srngaveram, meaning “horn root,” based on its appearance. In Greek, it was called ziggiberis, and in Latin, zinziberi. Interestingly, ginger does not grow in the wild and its actual origins are uncertain.

Indians and Chinese are believed to have produced ginger as a tonic root for over 5000 years to treat many ailments, and this plant is now cultivated throughout the humid tropics, with India being the largest producer. Ginger was used as a flavoring agent long before history was formally recorded. It was an exceedingly important article of trade and was exported from India to the Roman Empire over 2000 years ago, where it was especially valued for its medicinal properties. Ginger continued to be a highly sought after commodity in Europe even after the fall of the Roman Empire, with Arab merchants controlling the trade in ginger and other spices for centuries. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the value of a pound of ginger was equivalent to the cost of a sheep. By medieval times, it was being imported in preserved form to be used in sweets. Queen Elizabeth I of England is credited with the invention of the gingerbread man, which became a popular Christmas treat.

Ginger is used in numerous forms, including fresh, dried, pickled, preserved, crystallized, candied, and powdered or ground. The flavor is somewhat peppery and slightly sweet, with a strong and spicy aroma. The concentration of essential oils increases as ginger ages and, therefore, the intended use of the rhizome determines the time when it is harvested. If extracting the oil is the main purpose, then ginger can be harvested at 9 months or longer. Ginger is commonly pickled in sweet vinegar, which turns it a pink colour; this form is popular with sushi.

Ginger harvested at 8-9 months has a tough skin that must be removed before eating, and the root is more pungent and is used dried or pulverized into ground ginger. This is the form most commonly found in our spice racks and used in cookies, cakes, and curry mixes. Candied or crystallized ginger is cooked in sugar syrup and coated with granulated sugar. Ginger harvested at 5 months is not yet mature and has a very thin skin, and the rhizomes are tender with a mild flavour and are best used in fresh or preserved forms.

Grow Notes
Make sure you remove them from any plastic wrapping and plant immediately.

Plant in part or full sun with moist, well-drained soil.

Frost Tender Perennial.

Sow
Sow direct in Spring and Summer at 3cm deep into damp soil with 30cm between plants.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Maturity
150-200 days.

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The Hawaiian Sunshine sweet potato is a medium to large sweet potato with a lovely colour! Slice it and it starts out a rich cream, wait and it slowly turns purple with splotches of white and cream! Some potatoes when cut will have a single ring of purple around theSee more...

The Hawaiian Sunshine sweet potato is a medium to large sweet potato with a lovely colour! Slice it and it starts out a rich cream, wait and it slowly turns purple with splotches of white and cream! Some potatoes when cut will have a single ring of purple around the outer rim, some will have a ring and “stars” of purple splotches, some will have lots of purple. Beautiful!

You will receive one whole potato or a piece of a large one, you can plant it whole or cut it ensuring their is an “eye” on each piece and make more plants 🙂 Save some of your crop to plant again and have them endlessly!

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PIMENTA DOICA IS THE “ALL SPICE” WE USE FOR COOKING! FRESH PODS WITH FERTILE SEEDS! RARE TO FIND AND WITH AN AMAZING HISTORY, PIMENTA IS SAID TO ONLY GERMINATE IN JAMAICA BUT THEY GROW HERE JUST FINE TOO! YOU WILL GET 10 SEED PODS WITH TWO TO THREE SEEDS INSee more...

PIMENTA DOICA IS THE “ALL SPICE” WE USE FOR COOKING! FRESH PODS WITH FERTILE SEEDS! RARE TO FIND AND WITH AN AMAZING HISTORY, PIMENTA IS SAID TO ONLY GERMINATE IN JAMAICA BUT THEY GROW HERE JUST FINE TOO! YOU WILL GET 10 SEED PODS WITH TWO TO THREE SEEDS IN EACH ONE, WE SUGGEST STARTING PRE-TREATMENT AND PLANTING IMMEDIATELY UPON ARRIVAL.

Allspice, alternatively known as Jamaica pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta, or pimento, is derived from the dried unripe berries of the Pimenta dioica tree, originally indigenous to the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico, and Central America. While its cultivation has spread to various warm regions globally, its English moniker, “allspice,” dates back to as early as 1621, attributed to its ability to encapsulate the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove in one spice. In most local supermarkets, you’ll find it conveniently ground into a powder.

The process begins with harvesting the green, unripe berries, which are then traditionally sun-dried until they attain a rich brown hue, resembling smooth, large peppercorns. Beyond its culinary application, the leaves of the Pimenta dioica tree, akin in texture to bay leaves, also find their way into cooking. Furthermore, both leaves and wood serve as popular agents for smoking meats, particularly in regions where allspice thrives.

Characterized as an evergreen shrub, the Allspice tree can attain heights ranging from 10 to 18 meters. It offers versatility in its growth, able to be pruned into a compact tree or allowed to grow into a towering canopy, often utilized to provide shade for crops like coffee planted beneath it. With suitable conditions, including normal garden soil and consistent watering, it flourishes outdoors in tropical and subtropical climates.

Grow Notes
Space multiple trees at least 20 feet apart to provide adequate room for root growth.

Smaller plants can be killed by frost, although larger plants are more tolerant. It adapts well to container culture and can be kept as a houseplant or in a greenhouse.

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WE SUGGEST STARTING PRE-TREATMENT AND PLANTING IMMEDIATELY UPON ARRIVAL.

Pre-treatment. Soak the pods to soften. Score around each pod with a utility knife and remove the two halves. Extract the twin seeds from inside the pod. Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours to weaken the outer hull.

Prepare a growing container for each allspice tree you want to grow. Fill 4-inch starter pots with a moistened mix of half compost and half coarse sand or perlite. Firm the mixture into the pot to collapse any air pockets.

Sow one allspice seed in each container. Poke a 5cm deep planting hole in the moistened mixture. Place the allspice seed in the hole and cover it with compost. Mist the compost to settle it.

Place the potted allspice seeds in a warm place, they will need at least 20 to 26 degrees daytime temps to germinate, and they need very bright natural light. Cover the pots with a propagation dome or plastic wrap to increase humidity around the seeds.

Check the moisture level in the compost mixture every day to make sure it never fully dries out. Add water whenever it feels mostly dry just below the surface. Water until the top inch is moderately moist.

Keep the seedlings under the wrap or the propagation dome, until they grow to 2 inches high. Transplant the allspice seedlings into 6-inch pots filled with a mix of half potting soil and half coarse sand. Grow them in a sheltered area with very bright, diffuse light during their first summer. Provide an inch of water every week. Shield them from direct sun at midday.

Transplant the allspice saplings into a permanent bed in autumn after the first rain. Choose a planting site with full sun and loamy, fast-draining soil.

Germination
Watch for germination in two weeks, but don’t be discouraged if it takes up to three months for some of the allspice seeds to sprout.

Allspice trees propagate best from seeds, which will produce a transplantable specimen in approximately six months.

Maturity
The trees will begin to bear fruit when they become three years old or older.

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AMARANTHUS VIRIDIS IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE SLENDER AMARANTH! USED IN JAMAICA, THE MALDIVES, INDIA AND OTHER CULTURES FOR FOOD AND MEDICINES! Description Edible leaves, it is cooked as a spinach substitute. The leafy stems and flower clusters are similarly used. Seed is very small, about 1mm in diameter, butSee more...

AMARANTHUS VIRIDIS IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE SLENDER AMARANTH! USED IN JAMAICA, THE MALDIVES, INDIA AND OTHER CULTURES FOR FOOD AND MEDICINES!

Description
Edible leaves, it is cooked as a spinach substitute. The leafy stems and flower clusters are similarly used. Seed is very small, about 1mm in diameter, but it is easy to harvest and very nutritious. The seed can be cooked whole, and becomes very gelatinous like this, but it is rather difficult to crush all of the small seeds in the mouth and thus some of the seed will pass right through the digestive system without being assimilated.

Medicinal plant, a decoction of the entire plant is used to stop dysentery and inflammation. The plant is emollient and vermifuge. The root juice is used to treat inflammation during urination. It is also taken to treat constipation. Always consult a medical or herbal practitioner before embarking on any program of using a new medical herb. Some herbs should not be taken in certain situations, for example pregnancy, or for certain health conditions where adverse reactions may be possible. Alternatively, you may have allergies to an herb, or induce side effects from other medication and health conditions. So please do not take without qualified medical advice.

Yellow and green dyes can also be obtained from the whole plant!

Grow Notes
Growing to 30 to 60 cm high from seeds each year. The stems are slender with leaves being broad near their base and narrow near the top. Plant in free draining rich, moist soil in sun for the best flowers. Preparing garden beds with well composted manure will give the best results.

Amaranthus seeds can be either sown in pots or directly where they are to flower. They are susceptible to frost so be sure to sow only after the last chance of frost has past and the soil has warmed a little.

Mulch plants to keep the shallow roots cool in summer. For an extra-long flowering season, remove spent blooms and feed with liquid fertiliser.

Sow
Small seeds, sow at a depth of 3mm or mix with fine grains of sand if needed to aid distribution of seeds. Can be sown direct or raised as seedlings.

Plant in Spring and early Summer at 30cm spacing.
Water seedlings regularly until established and continue to provide water especially during dry spells.

Germination
7-10 days @ 20-25°C

Maturity
105 days to Maturity.

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A fine cut flower and garden plant this native of Egypt produces beautiful 15cm lacy heads of soft white flowers. Last well in a vase and makes an exciting addition to a mixed border. Ammi Visnaga Essential Oil is processed from Ammi Visnaga seeds. Steam Inhalation of its vapours isSee more...

A fine cut flower and garden plant this native of Egypt produces beautiful 15cm lacy heads of soft white flowers. Last well in a vase and makes an exciting addition to a mixed border. Ammi Visnaga Essential Oil is processed from Ammi Visnaga seeds. Steam Inhalation of its vapours is said to be a good remedy to treat Asthma. It is said to have a relaxing effect on all kinds of Spasms in the tissues, especially in case of Bronchitis, thus, acts as an Antispasmodic. Kidney stones were treated with this in ancient Egypt.

Ammi visnaga is a natural substance long used in herbal medicine to treat conditions ranging from menstrual cramps to atherosclerosis. The extract is derived from a plant in the carrot family that is commonly found in the Eastern Mediterranean. Some people take ammi visnaga orally and others use it topically to treat certain skin conditions.

When to sow: Autumn until spring
Where to sow: Direct sow
Depth to sow: 5mm
Aspect:  Full sun or as sunny a spot as possible.
Soil:  Prepared, well drained, fertilised soil.
Spacing:            Between plants: 15cm-20cm
Between rows: 30cm

Directions:  If growing for cut flowers make a shallow drill and place three or four seed 15cm apart, thinning to one seedling after germination. For a long flowering, garden subject plant a few seeds 20cm apart. After germination thin to one seedling.

Always consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program. The information on this page is not diagnostic, therefore always consult a herbal practitioner or your GP in order to obtain a diagnosis. Never stop taking prescribed treatment without consulting your GP or a qualified herbal practitioner. Do not take without qualified medical advice.

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FOR THE HERBALISTS GARDEN! ANGELICA ARCHANGELICA IS A SWEET AND AMAZING HERBS WITH LUSH LEAVES AND AMAZING FLOWERS! Description Angelica makes an attractive backdrop for other plants. The flowers are small and numerous, yellowish or greenish, are grouped into large, globular umbels which bear pale yellow, oblong fruits. Together withSee more...

FOR THE HERBALISTS GARDEN! ANGELICA ARCHANGELICA IS A SWEET AND AMAZING HERBS WITH LUSH LEAVES AND AMAZING FLOWERS!

Description
Angelica makes an attractive backdrop for other plants. The flowers are small and numerous, yellowish or greenish, are grouped into large, globular umbels which bear pale yellow, oblong fruits. Together with its bright green leaves they are a pleasing contrast plant in the garden.

From the 10th century on, Angelica was cultivated as a vegetable and medicinal plant. Angelica is unique among the Umbelliferae for its pervading aromatic odour. The stems are both used as a vegetable and as a flavouring. Leaves are used as an herb for making teas or in salad. Its seeds are used as for flavouring liqueurs including absinthes, gin, aquavits, and bitters. Foods, desserts and confectionery are also flavoured with the seeds and it is also able to be turned into a jam. The hollow stems of Angelica archangelica may be eaten so the long bright-green stems are often candied or used as food decoration pieces.

There are about thirty varieties of Angelica, but Angelica archangelica is the only one officially employed in medicine. All parts of the plant have medicinal properties, and are used in the treatment of respiratory ailments, as well as an aid to digestion. Always consult a medical or herbal practitioner before embarking on any program of using a new medical herb. Some herbs should not be taken in certain situations, for example pregnancy, or for certain health conditions where adverse reactions may be possible. Alternatively, you may have allergies to an herb, or induce side effects from other medication and health conditions. So please do not take without qualified medical advice.

Grow Notes
Angelica grows only in well drained but damp soil, preferably near rivers or deposits of water so would be great in a pot or with its feet in your pond or water feature! Angelica grows to 2.4m in height. It can be susceptible to powdery mildew so water the roots not the leaves.

Sow
Start germination as soon as possible upon receiving as Angelica seeds have both a low germination rate and the seed is comparatively short lived. Plant direct in autumn or winter, or in spring after refrigeration has occurred. Keep the remaining seeds sealed in their packs, in the fridge as this will help to keep them viable.

The seeds should be placed into a fridge at 4°C for 30 days, then moved to the warmth of around 18°C for germination.

Plant in trays or pots containing a good quality seed compost. Barely cover the seeds as they need light to germinate. The seedlings should be transplanted when they have their first set of true leaves and are still small, plant into their final positions at about 1m apart.

Germination
30-35 days at 15-18°C. Seeds can be slow to germinate taking up to 6 months. Protect from aphids, slugs and snails.

Maturity
A hardy biennial plant, during its first year it grows only leaves as a leafy bush, but during its second year, its fluted stem can reach a height of 2.5 meters. It may die down to disappear completely from sight in winter, but it will reappear in spring. Self-seeding. Plants normally die after producing seed but the life of the plant can be extended 1 or more years if the flowers are removed before seeds are formed. Once established, Angelica can also be propagated by root division.

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SAID TO AID INDIGESTION, HEARTBURN , STOMACH ULCERS, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, CONSTIPATION AND MANY OTHER AILMENTS. IT'S A LARGE GROWING HERB USED AS FRESH LEAVES OR DRIED ROOT, STEM AND LEAF TO MAKE TEAS AND OTHER BEVERAGES. Extremely rare! This is a member of the carrot family and will sendSee more...

SAID TO AID INDIGESTION, HEARTBURN , STOMACH ULCERS, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, CONSTIPATION AND MANY OTHER AILMENTS. IT’S A LARGE GROWING HERB USED AS FRESH LEAVES OR DRIED ROOT, STEM AND LEAF TO MAKE TEAS AND OTHER BEVERAGES.

Extremely rare! This is a member of the carrot family and will send up a stem or small flowers and produce seeds each year. Harvesting a leaf at the break of day often results in a new sprout growing overnight, and being visible the following morning, hence the name “tomorrow’s leaf.”

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Surface sow seeds in greenhouse/indoors in moist medium barely covering with soil. Press seeds into soil and keep moist until germination in about 15 days. The seedlings will take about 60 days before transplanting as they are slow-growing at first. Once in the ground they are fast-growing and will produce a large and attractive plant.

Germination
15 -25 days at 15-20°C

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FROM The National Library of Medicine : An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda - PMC (nih.gov) Ashwagandha, scientifically termed Withania somnifera and belonging to the Solanaceae family, goes by the monikers "Indian Winter cherry" or "Indian Ginseng." Revered in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine, forSee more...

FROM The National Library of Medicine : An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda – PMC (nih.gov)

Ashwagandha, scientifically termed Withania somnifera and belonging to the Solanaceae family, goes by the monikers “Indian Winter cherry” or “Indian Ginseng.” Revered in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine, for millennia, it serves as a potent Rasayana, offering a spectrum of health benefits.

Rasayana, as described, denotes herbal or metallic formulations that foster a youthful state of physical and mental well-being, amplifying joy. Administered as tonics to children and embraced by individuals across all age groups, including the elderly, Rasayana herbs like Ashwagandha hold paramount importance in Ayurvedic practice, particularly recognized as a “Sattvic Kapha Rasayana” herb. Notably, many Rasayana herbs exhibit adaptogenic qualities, serving as anti-stress agents.

Ashwagandha commonly manifests as churna—a finely sieved powder—easily blendable with water, ghee (clarified butter), or honey. Its benefits span various realms:

  • Enhancing brain and nervous system function while augmenting memory.
  • Supporting a healthy balance within the reproductive system, fostering vitality in sexual and reproductive aspects.
  • As a potent adaptogen, fortifying the body’s resilience against stressors.
  • Bolstering the body’s defense mechanisms by enhancing cell-mediated immunity.
  • Exhibiting robust antioxidant properties, shielding against cellular damage induced by free radicals.

In essence, Ashwagandha stands as a cornerstone in Ayurvedic tradition, celebrated for its multifaceted health-promoting attributes, making it a cherished remedy in the pursuit of holistic well-being.

Classical Uses of Ashwagandha

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine dating back to 6000 BC according to Charak Samhita (1949), has long revered Ashwagandha as a Rasayana—a rejuvenating tonic—over the span of millennia. Renowned for its versatility, Ashwagandha’s root is esteemed for its manifold properties, including being tonic, aphrodisiac, narcotic, diuretic, anthelmintic, astringent, thermogenic, and stimulant. Its name, “Ashwagandha,” originates from its root’s horse-like odor (“ashwa”), believed to imbue the consumer with equine strength.

Traditionally, Ashwagandha finds application in various ailments such as emaciation in children (especially potent when consumed with milk), debility from old age, rheumatism, vata imbalances, leucoderma, constipation, insomnia, nervous breakdowns, and goiter. Moreover, its crushed root paste alleviates joint inflammation and is topically applied to carbuncles, ulcers, and painful swellings. Additionally, Ashwagandha, often in combination with other herbs, is administered for snake venom and scorpion stings, as well as addressing leucorrhoea, boils, pimples, colic, worms, and piles.

Nagori Ashwagandha is hailed as the supreme variety, with optimum benefits derived from fresh Ashwagandha powder. Its leaves possess bitterness and are recommended for fever and painful swellings, while its flowers offer astringent, depurative, diuretic, and aphrodisiac properties. The seeds, when combined with astringents and rock salt, serve as an anthelmintic, removing white spots from the cornea. Ashwagandharishta, a preparation derived from Ashwagandha, aids in hysteria, anxiety, memory loss, syncope, and acts as a stimulant while bolstering sperm count.

Scientific scrutiny corroborates Ashwagandha’s adaptogenic and anti-stress effects, likening it to Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian Ginseng) and Panax Ginseng (Chinese/Korean Ginseng), thus earning the epithet “Indian Ginseng.” Extensive animal studies have showcased its efficacy in enhancing stamina, thwarting stress-induced ailments like gastric ulcers and hepatotoxicity, and bolstering resistance to stressors. Clinical evidence underscores its potential in averting stress-related conditions like arteriosclerosis, premature aging, arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, and malignancy.

As with any herbal remedy, consulting a healthcare professional is prudent before commencing any regimen. The information provided here serves as a reference and does not substitute professional medical advice. Always seek guidance from a qualified herbal practitioner or medical practitioner before initiating any treatment or altering prescribed regimens.

Growing Ashwagandha From Seeds 

  1. Sow Ashwagandha seeds indoors in early spring to early summer. The seeds need a soil temperature of at least 21C to germinate, and the plants can take up to 180 days to reach maturity. Starting them in pots is the best way to ensure a long growing season.
  2. Fill a seed propagation tray or several plastic pots with organic, well-draining, nutrient-rich soil.
  3. Place the seeds in the pots, cover them with a thin layer of soil, and water them well.
  4. Keep the seed pots in a warm place but not in full sun.
  5. Ashwagandha seeds can take between 10 and 14 days to germinate. Make sure the soil is kept evenly moist until the seedlings emerge. You can gradually reduce watering when you start seeing seedlings but never let the soil dry out completely.
  6. You can transplant the young Ashwagandha plants into the garden soil when they are at least 10cms tall.
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Astragalus, also known as Astragalus membranaceus or Huang Qi is a perennial herb that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Here's some information about how it grows, its uses, and precautions for use: Growing Astragalus: Plant Description: Astragalus is a member of the pea family and isSee more...

Astragalus, also known as Astragalus membranaceus or Huang Qi is a perennial herb that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Here’s some information about how it grows, its uses, and precautions for use:

Growing Astragalus:

Plant Description: Astragalus is a member of the pea family and is characterized by its small, yellow flowers and hairy stems. It typically grows in the northern and eastern parts of China, Mongolia, and Korea.

Cultivation: Astragalus prefers well-drained soil and a sunny location. It’s a hardy plant that can withstand various soil conditions.

Propagation: Astragalus can be grown from seeds or propagated through root divisions. It has a deep taproot, so it’s important to plant it in a location where it can establish a strong root system.

Uses of Astragalus:

Traditional Medicine: In traditional Chinese medicine, astragalus is often used to support the immune system, promote energy, and improve overall vitality. It is considered an adaptogen, helping the body adapt to stress.

Immune Support: Astragalus is commonly used to support the immune system and prevent respiratory infections. It may have antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Adaptogenic Properties: The herb is believed to help the body adapt to various stressors, both physical and emotional, and support overall well-being.

Cardiovascular Health: Some studies suggest that astragalus may have cardiovascular benefits, including improving heart function and reducing inflammation.

Anti-Inflammatory: Astragalus is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and may be used to alleviate inflammation in the body.

Energy and Vitality: It is often used to combat fatigue and boost energy levels, making it a popular choice for individuals experiencing low energy or weakness.

Precautions and Who Should Avoid Astragalus:

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to avoid astragalus due to a lack of sufficient safety data.

Autoimmune Conditions: Individuals with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, should exercise caution when using astragalus. The herb may stimulate the immune system, potentially exacerbating autoimmune conditions.

Organ Transplants: Astragalus may interfere with immunosuppressive medications taken by individuals who have undergone organ transplants. It’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional if considering the use of astragalus in such cases.

Allergic Reactions: Some people may experience allergic reactions to astragalus. If you have allergies to plants in the legume family (such as peanuts), you should exercise caution.

Always consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program. The information on this page is not diagnostic, therefore always consult a herbal practitioner or your GP in order to obtain a diagnosis. Never stop taking prescribed treatment without consulting your GP or a qualified herbal practitioner. Do not take without qualified medical advice.

To grow Astragalus from seed, start by preparing a well-draining soil mix. Sow the seeds in a sunny location, pressing them lightly into the soil. Water the seeds regularly to keep the soil consistently moist. Once the seedlings have grown large enough, transplant them into a permanent location with well-draining soil. Provide adequate sunlight, and consider supporting the plants as they grow. Harvest the roots when the plant is mature, typically after two to three years of growth.

Grow Notes

Prepare your soil in advance making sure it is well-draining. It prefers a sand based soil. This plant is a perennial, in that it will grow consistently once planted so make sure you plant them in the right spot as they will be there for some time!

Growing Astragalus from seed takes a bit more time than other herbs but it is surely worth it!  The seeds require a minimum three week cold stratification period. Put your seeds (in the ziplock bag) into the fridge for three weeks on the normal shelf. Once this is complete, to further aid germination, soak the seeds in water for 24 hours or scarify the seed coat with fine grade sandpaper before sowing. Seeds can take as long as nine weeks to sprout but generally can sprout within 24 hours to 2 weeks.

Put your seeds into the fridge in mid to late winter. Then start your seeds in pots inside your house or in your greenhouse. Don’t transplant seedlings outside until they are able to withstand it (they need to be strong and stable) and gradually get them used to sunlight – put them in partial then full sun.

Germination
1-14 days at 18-35°C or up to 9 weeks (don’t throw your pots out!)

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THE AMAZING ROOT OF THE HOLY GHOST OR BAI ZHI IS AN ANCIENT CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE AND COOKING HERB! IT’S USED FOR HEADACHES, NASAL CONGESTION AND HAY FEVER. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY. Description Angelica dahurica is also commonly known as Chinese Angelica, the Garden Angelica, Root of the Holy Ghost, and Wild Angelica,See more...

THE AMAZING ROOT OF THE HOLY GHOST OR BAI ZHI IS AN ANCIENT CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE AND COOKING HERB! IT’S USED FOR HEADACHES, NASAL CONGESTION AND HAY FEVER. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY.

Description
Angelica dahurica is also commonly known as Chinese Angelica, the Garden Angelica, Root of the Holy Ghost, and Wild Angelica, as well as its Chinese name, Bai Zhi.

Bai Zhi is a wildly grown species of angelica native to Siberia, Russia Far East, Mongolia, North-eastern China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. This species tends to grow near riverbanks, along streams and among rocky shrubs. The root of the plant is widely used for its medicinal properties and is known to contain furanocoumarins and angelicotoxin.

The medicinal properties of the Dahurican root have been dated back to Ancient China as early as 400 BC. Zhang Cong Zhen (1156–1228), a famous physician in the military, believed that diseases were caused by external evil factors, or pathogens, that entered the human body. He listed Bai Zhi as an herb that purges the body of any negative influences such as heat, clamminess, dryness, and cold on the skin. Today, the roots are used for other numerous treatments of illnesses such as headaches, relieving nasal obstruction, detoxification of the blood, as a pain reliever, an anti-inflammatory, a laxative, sedative, anti-fungal cream for skin, as well as treating swollen gums and toothaches.

The plant is very aromatic, so the stalks of this plant have also been commonly used as a food ingredient or have been made into decorative items. The seeds are often used as a seasoning condiment in food as well as a source of flavouring in liqueur. Another popular usage for this herb is its use in cosmetic products.

Always consult a medical or herbal practitioner before embarking on any program of using a new medical herb. Some herbs should not be taken in certain situations, for example pregnancy, or for certain health conditions where adverse reactions may be possible. Alternatively, you may have allergies to an herb, or induce side effects from other medication and health conditions. So please do not take without qualified medical advice.

Grow Notes
Self-fertile, it blooms in the summer with many large white flower heads which are pollinated by insects. They can be grown under semi-shade or full-shaded conditions, and prefer moist, rich soils. Can be grown in containers. Growing to 1-2mtall. The plant usually has a brown cylindrical root that grows approximately 2–5 cm thick.

All parts of the plant are edible. The leaves should be harvested carefully the first year so as not to damage the main stem. The root is harvested in the fall of the first year or in the spring of the second year.

Sow
Seed requires light to germinate, along with alternating temperatures of cold and warmth, so place in fridge prior to sowing in Spring, or sow in Autumn for winter chilling, when the soil warms up, they will germinate. Select soil with good water retention and organic matter.

When planting, the row spacing of plants should be between 15 and 20 cm and should not be too close.

Germination
You can expect germination in 3 to 4 weeks if planted in Spring after being in a fridge, otherwise as the soil warms up after winter they will pop up.

Maturity
This is an herbaceous perennial plant, so it should grow back naturally on its own, year after year. However, it is to be noted that this is more reliable if it is prevented from setting seed by cutting off the flower before they bloom in full. Once established, Angelica can also be propagated by root division.

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Mrs Burns Lemon basil (Ocimum basilicum var. citriodorum) is a delightful herb that adds a unique citrusy flavour to dishes. Mrs Burns is a larger leaved basil, it has more in common with sweet basil than lemon basil and has an intense lemon and lime flavour. It has scented leavesSee more...

Mrs Burns Lemon basil (Ocimum basilicum var. citriodorum) is a delightful herb that adds a unique citrusy flavour to dishes. Mrs Burns is a larger leaved basil, it has more in common with sweet basil than lemon basil and has an intense lemon and lime flavour. It has scented leaves and lovely pink flowers and is as ornamental as it is useful!

Here’s a brief overview of how to grow and cook with lemon basil:

Remember, the best time to use lemon basil is when the leaves are young and haven’t flowered, as this is when they are most flavorful. Pick them in the early morning after the dew has dried. This is when they are at their height as far as flavour goes. Experiment with different recipes to fully enjoy the unique taste that Mrs Burns lemon basil brings to your culinary creations.

Cooking with Lemon Basil:

  1. Flavour Pairings: Lemon basil complements a variety of dishes, especially those with a Mediterranean or Southeast Asian influence. It pairs well with tomatoes, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, fish, chicken, and vegetables.
  2. Fresh Use: Add fresh lemon basil leaves to salads, sandwiches, or wraps for a burst of citrus flavor. You can also use it as a garnish for soups and stews.
  3. Pesto: Make a lemon basil pesto by blending fresh lemon basil leaves with garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil. Use it as a pasta sauce, sandwich spread, or dip.
  4. Infused Oils and Vinegar: Create infused oils or vinegar by steeping lemon basil leaves in olive oil or vinegar. These can be used in dressings, marinades, or drizzled over dishes.
  5. Tea: Steep fresh or dried lemon basil leaves in hot water to make a refreshing herbal tea. It’s soothing and aromatic.
  6. Grilled Dishes: Use lemon basil to flavor grilled meats, fish, or vegetables. The citrusy notes add a bright and summery touch to grilled dishes.

 

Grow Notes
Annual growing to 80cm tall, grow in part or full sun in moist well drained soils.

Frequent and consistent watering will result in lush, green growth from plants without the need for frequent fertilization. At harvest time, make certain only to remove about one-fourth of the plant to ensure continued basil harvests throughout the season.

Sow
Spring and Summer planting. Start basil seeds in seed trays at 2mm depth and keep soil moist but not wet till germination. Or plant direct, 40cm apart at 2mm depth.

Germination
5-10 days at 18-35°C

Maturity
70 days to maturity. Annual.

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FOR YOUR HERBAL GARDEN! GREEN RAMI TULSI SACRED BASIL IS A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL HOLY BASIL WITH GREEN COLOURED LEAVES AND SO MANY USES! HARDLY SEEN, IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND VERY USEFUL TOO! Tulsi or Holy basil is a herb native to the Indian subcontinent, loved for its slightly spicySee more...

FOR YOUR HERBAL GARDEN! GREEN RAMI TULSI SACRED BASIL IS A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL HOLY BASIL WITH GREEN COLOURED LEAVES AND SO MANY USES! HARDLY SEEN, IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND VERY USEFUL TOO!

Tulsi or Holy basil is a herb native to the Indian subcontinent, loved for its slightly spicy and refreshing fragrance, with many tiny colourful flowers. Revered by people who follow Hinduism and Jainism for its great medicinal and spiritual characteristics, which have been proven through many scientific studies.

Ayurvedic texts describe Holy basil as a pillar of holistic herbal medicine and a goddess incarnated in plant form (the mother medicine of nature). Many traditional Hindus worship an alter bearing a Holy basil plant that is placed in the courtyard of their home or in another prominent location. Today Holy basil remains one of the most cherished of India’s sacred plants. Also used to repel insects.

Ocimum tenuiflorum features a purple stem with green leaves and small white/mauve flowers. The leaves smell of peppermint, cloves, liquorice and/or lemon. They are usually steeped to make Holy basil tea, Tulsi tea or incorporated into herbal infusion blends, said to support immunity health to help you stay feeling your best.

The juice of leaves possesses diaphoretic, antiperiodic, stimulating and expectorant properties. It is used for catarrh and bronchitis, applied to the skin, used to treat ringworm and other cutaneous diseases and dropped into the ear to relieve earache. An infusion of the leaves is used as a stomachic in gastric disorders of children. Decoctions of the root are given as a diaphoretic in malarial fevers. The seeds are mucilaginous and demulcent and are given in disorders of genito-urinary systems.

Not for use in pregnancy or during nursing except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Always consult a medical or herbal practitioner before embarking on any program of using a new medical herb. Some herbs should not be taken in certain situations, for example pregnancy, or for certain health conditions where adverse reactions may be possible. Alternatively, you may have allergies to an herb, or induce side effects from other medication and health conditions. So please do not take without qualified medical advice.

Grow Notes
Growing to between 30-60cm tall, place them 40cm apart and place in part or full sun, in moist well drained soils. To promote healthier, bushier plants, many gardeners may choose to pinch basil seedlings early in the season to help promote the plants’ branching habit.

Frequent and consistent watering will result in lush, green growth from plants without the need for frequent fertilization. At harvest time, make certain only to remove about one-fourth of the plant to ensure continued basil harvests throughout the season.

Sow
Place the Tulsi seeds on top of the soil in Spring or early Summer and tamp them for good soil to seed contact. Cover the seeds with 1mm layer of compost or soil. Mist the seeds with sprayer and place them where they receive warmth, bright shade, and some part morning sun. Keep the soil constantly moist until the germination occurs.

When the seedlings have grown two or three sets of true leaves, transplant them carefully in individual containers or outdoors, taking care not to disturb the roots.

Germination
8-14 days @ 21-23°C

Maturity
100-110 days to maturity. Tulsi grows as a perennial plant in frost-free areas with mild winter and as an annual in cold and temperate climates.

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FOR YOUR HERBAL GARDEN! RED RAMI TULSI SACRED BASIL IS A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL HOLY BASIL WITH MIXED COLOUR LEAVES AND SO MANY USES! HARDLY SEEN, IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND VERY USEFUL TOO! Description Tulsi or Holy basil is a herb native to the Indian subcontinent, loved for its slightlySee more...

FOR YOUR HERBAL GARDEN! RED RAMI TULSI SACRED BASIL IS A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL HOLY BASIL WITH MIXED COLOUR LEAVES AND SO MANY USES! HARDLY SEEN, IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND VERY USEFUL TOO!

Description
Tulsi or Holy basil is a herb native to the Indian subcontinent, loved for its slightly spicy and refreshing fragrance, with many tiny colourful flowers. Revered by people who follow Hinduism and Jainism for its great medicinal and spiritual characteristics, which have been proven through many scientific studies.

Ayurvedic texts describe Holy basil as a pillar of holistic herbal medicine and a goddess incarnated in plant form (the mother medicine of nature). Many traditional Hindus worship an alter bearing a Holy basil plant that is placed in the courtyard of their home or in another prominent location. Today Holy basil remains one of the most cherished of India’s sacred plants. Also used to repel insects.

Ocimum tenuiflorum features a purple stem with green-purple leaves and white-to-purplish blossoms. The leaves smell of peppermint, cloves, liquorice and/or lemon. They are usually steeped to make Holy basil tea, Tulsi tea or incorporated into herbal infusion blends, said to support immunity health to help you stay feeling your best.

The juice of leaves possesses diaphoretic, antiperiodic, stimulating and expectorant properties. It is used for catarrh and bronchitis, applied to the skin, used to treat ringworm and other cutaneous diseases and dropped into the ear to relieve earache. An infusion of the leaves is used as a stomachic in gastric disorders of children. Decoctions of the root are given as a diaphoretic in malarial fevers. The seeds are mucilaginous and demulcent and are given in disorders of genito-urinary systems.

Not for use in pregnancy or during nursing except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Always consult a medical or herbal practitioner before embarking on any program of using a new medical herb. Some herbs should not be taken in certain situations, for example pregnancy, or for certain health conditions where adverse reactions may be possible. Alternatively, you may have allergies to an herb, or induce side effects from other medication and health conditions. So please do not take without qualified medical advice.

Grow Notes
Growing to between 30-60cm tall, place them 40cm apart and place in part or full sun, in moist well drained soils. To promote healthier, bushier plants, many gardeners may choose to pinch basil seedlings early in the season to help promote the plants’ branching habit.

Frequent and consistent watering will result in lush, green growth from plants without the need for frequent fertilization. At harvest time, make certain only to remove about one-fourth of the plant to ensure continued basil harvests throughout the season.

Sow
Place the Tulsi seeds on top of the soil in Spring or early Summer and tamp them for good soil to seed contact. Cover the seeds with 1mm layer of compost or soil. Mist the seeds with sprayer and place them where they receive warmth, bright shade, and some part morning sun. Keep the soil constantly moist until the germination occurs.

When the seedlings have grown two or three sets of true leaves, transplant them carefully in individual containers or outdoors, taking care not to disturb the roots.

Germination
8-14 days @ 21-23°C

Maturity
100-110 days to maturity. Tulsi grows as a perennial plant in frost-free areas with mild winter and as an annual in cold and temperate climates.

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ONE OF THE BEST OF THE LETTUCE LEAF BASILS, A WONDERFUL COOL GREEN COLOUR, VERY EXOTIC AND TROPICAL LOOKING AND WITH A SUPERB SWEET TASTE! Description Sweet Mammoth Basil is a desirable tender-leafed basil with leaves as big as your hand! With ruffled, jagged leaves, Sweet Mammoth has a sweetSee more...

ONE OF THE BEST OF THE LETTUCE LEAF BASILS, A WONDERFUL COOL GREEN COLOUR, VERY EXOTIC AND TROPICAL LOOKING AND WITH A SUPERB SWEET TASTE!

Description
Sweet Mammoth Basil is a desirable tender-leafed basil with leaves as big as your hand! With ruffled, jagged leaves, Sweet Mammoth has a sweet flavour that’s perfect for sauces, pesto salads and even fresh on a sandwich. Basil Sweet Mammoth produces tender crisp leaves with a Genovese-like aroma and flavour.

Try growing this basil on a sunny windowsill – it loves filtered light. Removing flowers from basil encourages maximum growth and the best leaf production. Pick before flowering for the best flavour. Very ornamental too – looks great on the patio!

Grow Notes
Annual growing to 30-50cm tall, grow in part or full sun in moist well drained soils.

Frequent and consistent watering will result in lush, green growth from plants without the need for frequent fertilization. At harvest time, make certain only to remove about one-fourth of the plant to ensure continued basil harvests throughout the season.

Sow
Spring and Summer planting. Start basil seeds in seed trays at 2mm depth and keep soil moist but not wet till germination. Or plant direct, 40cm apart at 2mm depth.

Germination
5-10 days at 18-35°C

Maturity
50- 60 days to maturity. Annual.

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PARTY ON DOWN WITH THE SPECIAL INSECTS AND WILDLIFE THAT CALL YOUR GARDEN HOME! Description You can grow over 50 different varieties that you can eat too! This is a great way to get dozens of different plants! Attract bees, birds and beneficial insects to pollinate and clear your gardenSee more...

PARTY ON DOWN WITH THE SPECIAL INSECTS AND WILDLIFE THAT CALL YOUR GARDEN HOME!

Description
You can grow over 50 different varieties that you can eat too! This is a great way to get dozens of different plants!

Attract bees, birds and beneficial insects to pollinate and clear your garden of annoying pests naturally!

Bee mix can include all these plants (plus more!) so you can also get a good garden out of this mix! Alyssum, Basil, Borage, Buckwheat, Calendula, Caraway, Coriander, Cosmos, Dill, Gypsophila, Lucerne, Marigolds, Radish, Schizanthus, Californian Poppy and other Poppies, Coreopsis,  Phacelia,  Rudbeckia, Sunflowers.

300+ Seeds.

Grow Notes
Natural plantings for beds or field areas. Plant in late spring or early summer in full to part sun. Average, well-draining soils recommended.

Sow
Direct seed sowing recommended. Weed area, then broadcast seed, rake area lightly and water in to ensure good seed to soil contact.

Keep area moist to aid germination.

Germination
10-30 days at 18-25°C

Maturity
Varies. Mix of Perennials and Annuals

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YOU WILL GET 5 PAIRS OF SUPER CUTE ANKLET STYLE SOCKS WITH BEE DESIGNS. PLANT YOUR FOOTSIES DIRECT INTO THESE AND KEEP YOUR TOOTSIES HAPPY! Directions: Add feet, one per sock, mix and match as you desire. Pull up and adjust them around your toes. Show off your buzzy feetSee more...

YOU WILL GET 5 PAIRS OF SUPER CUTE ANKLET STYLE SOCKS WITH BEE DESIGNS. PLANT YOUR FOOTSIES DIRECT INTO THESE AND KEEP YOUR TOOTSIES HAPPY!

Directions:

Add feet, one per sock, mix and match as you desire. Pull up and adjust them around your toes. Show off your buzzy feet or pop them into shoes! At the end of the day, remove worn socks and add them to the washing basket. add a new pair of fresh socks to cold tootsies and wear them to bed.

Suits sz 2 to 8.

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HERBALISTS GARDEN INCREDIBLE BLUE FLOWERED BORAGE – EVERY BIT EXCEPT THE ROOTS CAN BE EATEN! STUNNING BLUE EDIBLE STAR FLOWERS – LUSCIOUS TASTING LEAVES FOR TEAS, JULIPS AND SMOOTHIES! ADD THE GORGEOUS FLOWERS TO SALADS AND THEY LOOK WONDERFUL ON CAKES AND CUPCAKES TOO! Description The borage herb is anSee more...

HERBALISTS GARDEN INCREDIBLE BLUE FLOWERED BORAGE – EVERY BIT EXCEPT THE ROOTS CAN BE EATEN! STUNNING BLUE EDIBLE STAR FLOWERS – LUSCIOUS TASTING LEAVES FOR TEAS, JULIPS AND SMOOTHIES! ADD THE GORGEOUS FLOWERS TO SALADS AND THEY LOOK WONDERFUL ON CAKES AND CUPCAKES TOO!

Description
The borage herb is an old fashioned plant that can get up to 2 feet or more. It is native to the Middle East and has an ancient history in war as an enhancement for bravery and courage.

Growing borage provides the gardener with cucumber-flavoured leaves for tea and other beverages as well as bright starry blue flowers for decorating salads. All parts of the plant, except the roots, are flavourful and have culinary or medicinal uses.

While not as common as thyme or basil, borage herb (Borago officinalis) is a unique plant for the culinary garden. It grows quickly as an annual but will colonize a corner of the garden by self-seeding and reappearing year after year.

June and July are heralded by the presence of the borage flower, an appealing, small, brilliant blue bloom with attracting qualities. Indeed, the plant should be included in the butterfly garden and brings pollinators to your veggies.

Planting borage with strawberries attracts bees and increases the yield of fruit. It has limited culinary use in today’s foods, but the borage flower is often used as a garnish. Traditionally the borage plant was used to treat many ailments, from jaundice to kidney problems.

In medicinal use today it is limited, but the seeds are a source of linolenic acid. Borage flowers are also used in potpourris or candied for use in confections.

Be assured you want the plant to regrow annually or remove the flowers before it seeds. Growing borage requires a dedicated space in the home garden. Borage Herb Harvest Sowing the seeds every four weeks will ensure a ready supply of borage flowers. The leaves may be picked at any time and used fresh.

Dried leaves have little of the characteristic flavour so the plant is best consumed after harvest. Leave the flowers alone if you are hosting a honeybee colony. The blooms produce an excellent flavoured honey!

Borage is a very important flower for both bees and beekeepers. The flowers which grow around the stem appear from early spring right through to autumn, provide both pollen and nectar in prodigious amounts throughout the season.

Garden visitors can be converted to herbal advocates simply by offering a taste of its white flower. They are pleasantly surprised to find it has a definite but subtle cucumber aftertaste. The edible, star shaped flowers add an unusual touch to summer salads and cakes, or can be used to decorate drinks like lemonade, iced cocktails and cordials.

External contact with fresh borage leaves may cause skin rashes in some sensitive persons. The prickly hairs can be irritating so you may wish to use gloves when handling the plant.

Plant Uses:

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flowers Borders and Beds or Wildlife Plants. Beekeeping, Companion Plant, Culinary Herb

Companion Plants:

Borage is good companion plant to have in the vegetable garden as the insects it attracts make good pollinators for crops. It is a very useful companion plant to strawberries, as they are believed to stimulate each other’s growth.

As a companion plant to tomatoes, it is believed that borage deters tomato worm, and is thus a natural form of pest control. Borage is attractive to blackfly, this can be used to advantage by planting it as a decoy close to one’s fruits and vegetables to prevent them being blighted – an excellent companion plant for beans and peas.

Borage is also good as a green manure. Its long taproot brings up nutrients from the subsoil that remain in the leaves. Before the plant flowers the plants can be dug back into the ground to release the nutrients back into the topsoil.

Culinary Uses:
The flower, which contains the non-toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid thesinine, has a sweet honey-like taste and as one of the few truly blue-coloured edible things, is often used to decorate desserts.

Vegetable use of borage is common in Germany, in the Spanish regions of Aragón and Navarra, in the Greek island of Crete and in the Italian northern region Liguria. Although often used in soups, one of the better known German borage recipes is the Green Sauce (Grüne Soße) made in Frankfurt. In Italian Liguria, borage is commonly used as filling of the traditional pasta ravioli and pansoti. It is used to flavour pickled gherkins in Poland.

The leaves and flowers were originally used in the manufacture of Pimms before it was replaced by mint.

Historical Uses:

In folk tradition, borage has long been believed to dispel melancholy and ease grief and sadness.

According to Dioscorides, borage can ‘cheer the heart and lift the depressed spirits’, while Gerard wrote that its flowers were used in salads ‘to exhilarate and make the minde glad’ while cooks used them ‘for the comfort of the heart, to drive away sorrow, and increase the joy of the minde’.

The Greeks and Romans believed that the herb was a source of courage and comfort, and there are references to the flowers being embroidered into medieval tapestries and the colours of jousting knights. The blooms were even floated in drinks consumed by Crusaders before battle. The American settlers carried borage seed with them on their long journeys across the Atlantic Ocean.

Medicinal Uses:

European herbalists use borage for both internal and external uses. It is used in homeopathic remedies and as a flower essence. It is a cooling, cleansing and refreshing herb with adaptogenic, demulcent, diuretic, expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties.

The starflower has been chosen as the emblem for National Cancer Day by the Cancer Research Campaign. The flower will adorn buttonholes on May 23 has been used in the worldwide treatment and research of cancer for 700 years, according to the charity. In recent years, borage has been shown to contain gamma linoleic acid (GLA), an omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid, which is active against various cancers, including breast, brain and prostate. It prevents the spread of malignant tumours by restricting blood vessel growth.

Borage has the most potent concentration of gamma linoleic acid found in nature, containing twice as much as is found in the evening primrose, and which is used to treat pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). It is now possible to buy capsules of borage seed oil from health food shops for this purpose.

Home Uses:

A poultice of crushed Borage leaves is soothing and healing to skin inflammations. It will relieve insect bites and stings, reduce swelling and bruising and is also helpful for clearing up boils and rashes.

Borage tea can be made by taking a small bunch of leaves and flowers and simmering in boiling water. Steep for five minutes and strain. If mixed with honey, this can help if one is suffering from a cold. Borage tea will relieve fevers and promote sweating. It is a beneficial treatment for dry cough, throat irritation, chest colds and bronchitis.

Borage tea is also a good remedy for such digestive disturbances as gastritis and irritable bowel syndrome. It is also said to help cure a hangover.

Always consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program. The information on this page is not diagnostic, therefore always consult a herbal practitioner or your GP in order to obtain a diagnosis. Never stop taking prescribed treatment without consulting your GP or a qualified herbal practitioner. Do not take without qualified medical advice.

SEEDS ARE MEDIUM/LARGE, RICH BROWN COLOUR, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
The oval leaves are hairy and rough with the lower foliage pushing 6 inches in length. Borage plants may grow 12 or more inches wide in a tall bushy habit.

Borage grows well in a position with full sun and will tolerate partial shade. The plants will happily grow in just about any soil type if it drains well and likes to be kept somewhat moist throughout the growing season.

Borage can be perpetuated by allowing the flowers to go to seed and self sow. Pinching the terminal growth will force a bushier plant but may sacrifice some of the flowers. Borage herb is not a fussy plant and is easy to grow.

Sow
Borage can be grown year-round if you avoid planting in extremely hot or cold weather which can affect germination and growth.

Borage can be sown early indoors or directly outdoors once the soil has warmed. It is not suitable for container growing as it has a very long tap root.

For direct sowing prepare a garden bed that is well turned over with average organic matter. Ensure that the soil is well drained.

Sow seeds directly into the garden after the last date of frost at a depth of 3mm. Space 10-15cm apart and water in well.

Thin the Borage herb to at least 1 foot when the plants measure 4 to 6 inches tall.

For raising seedlings, fill trays with a good quality seed-raising mix and sow to a depth of 10mm. Keep soil moist till germination.

Transplant the indoor seedlings when large enough to handle into boxes, spacing them 5cm apart. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10 to 15 days before planting out after all risk of frost 15cm apart in full sun and well-drained soil.

The young Borage must be handled carefully; especially when it is being transplanted from one place to another as it has a very long tap root that is easily damaged.

Germination
5 – 21 days at 21°C

Maturity
80-90 days

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Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum), or common buckwheat, is a plant cultivated for its grain-like seeds and as a cover crop. Despite the name, buckwheat is not closely related to wheat, as it is not a grass. Instead, buckwheat is related to sorrel, knotweed, and rhubarb.

Buckwheat is referred to as a pseudocereal because its seeds’ culinary use is the same as cereals’, owing to their composition of complex carbohydrates.

Buckwheat was one of the earliest crops introduced by Europeans to North America. Dispersal around the globe was complete by 2006, when a variety developed in Canada was widely planted in China.

In India, buckwheat flour is known as kuttu ka atta and is culturally associated with the Navaratri festival. On the day of this festival, food items made only from buckwheat are consumed.

Buckwheat is a short-season crop that grows well in low-fertility soils; too much fertilizer – especially nitrogen – reduces yields, and the soil must be well drained. In hot climates buckwheat can be grown only by sowing late in the season, so that it blooms in cooler weather.

The presence of pollinators greatly increases yield and nectar from flowering buckwheat produces a dark-coloured honey.

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Description
Clitoria ternatea, commonly known as Asian pigeonwings, blue bell vine, blue pea, butterfly pea, cordofan pea is a plant species belonging to the Fabaceae family. The flowers of this vine were imagined to have the shape of human female genitals, hence the Latin name of the genus “Clitoria”, from “clitoris”.

People: make tea from purple pea flowers, broth from leaves, add fresh green leaves to stews and soups.

FROM WIKIPEDIA:

The most striking feature about this plant is the colour of its flowers, a vivid deep blue; solitary, with light yellow markings. They are about 4 cm (1.6 in) long by 3 cm (1.2 in) wide. Some varieties yield white flowers.

The fruits are 5–7 cm (2.0–2.8 in) long, flat pods with six to ten seeds in each pod. They are edible when tender.

It is grown as an ornamental plant and as a revegetation species (e.g., in coal mines in Australia), requiring little care when cultivated. As a legume, its roots form a symbiotic association with soil bacteria known as rhizobia, which transform atmospheric N2 into a plant-usable form (a process called nitrogen fixing), therefore, this plant is also used to improve soil quality through the decomposition of nitrogen rich plant material.

In Southeast Asia, the flower is used as a natural food colouring. Known as bunga telang,[4] in Malay cooking, an aqueous extract is used to colour glutinous rice for kuih ketan (also known as pulut tai tai or pulut tekan in Peranakan/Nyonya cooking) and in nyonya chang.

In Kelantan, east part of Malaysia, by adding a few buds of this flower in a pot while cooking white rice will add bluish tint on the rice which is served with other side dishes and such meal is called nasi kerabu.

In Thailand, a syrupy blue drink is made called nam dok anchan, it is sometimes consumed with a drop of sweet lime juice to increase acidity and turn the juice into pink-purple. In Burmese and Thai cuisines, the flowers are also dipped in batter and fried.

Butterfly pea flower tea is made from the ternatea flowers and dried lemongrass and changes color depending on what is added to the liquid, with lemon juice turning it purple.[5]

The flowers have more recently been used as a botanical in a colour-changing gin. Blue in the bottle, this turns pink when mixed with a carbonated mixer such as tonic water.[6]

Traditional medicine:

In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, it is ascribed various qualities including memory enhancing, nootropic, antistress, anxiolytic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant, tranquilizing, and sedative properties.[7] In traditional Chinese medicine, the plant has been ascribed properties affecting female libido due to its similar appearance to the female reproductive organ.[8]

Chemical constituents:

Chemical compounds isolated from C. ternatea include various triterpenoids, flavonol glycosides, anthocyanins and steroids.[7] Cyclic peptides known as cliotides have been isolated from the heat-stable fraction of C. ternatea extract.

A traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, Clitoria Ternatea has been consumed for centuries as a memory enhancer, brain booster, anti-stress and calmative agent.

Always consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program. The information on this page is not diagnostic, therefore always consult a herbal practitioner or your GP in order to obtain a diagnosis.
Never stop taking prescribed treatment without consulting your GP or a qualified herbal practitioner. Do not take without qualified medical advice.

SEEDS ARE LARGE, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Grows as a vine or creeper, doing well in moist, neutral soils. Support or trellis is recommended.

Sow
Plant in Spring through to Summer.

Raise as seedlings or sow direct at a depth of 20mm, with 50cm between plants and 100cm between rows.

Keep soil moist but not wet until germination.

Germination
7-14 days at 20-30°C.

Maturity
90 days. Frost tender Perennial which is grown as an annual in cool climates. Regrows annually from last season’s fallen seeds when conditions are favourable or to be sure collect seeds from your best seed pods.

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Description
The Fiesta Gitana is a compact plant producing double flowers in a richly coloured mixture. Easy to grow – ideal for beginners. The brightly coloured flowers are cheerful in borders whatever the weather. Award of Garden Merit. Drought resistant. Calendula flowers are edible and ideal in salads.

Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Easy to Grow & Maintain, Edible, Extended Bloom Time, Fragrant

Calendula is a traditional cottage garden flower and culinary herb, which has recently become a popular choice for bedding displays.

Calendula is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects and other pollinators. It has pollen rich flowers.

Calendula is a bright and cheery plant! It is native to the Canary Islands, South and Central Europe, and North Africa.

Calendula deters asparagus beetles and tomato hornworms making them a good companion planting for tomatoes.

Grow Notes
Plant in full or part sun in a well-drained soil for them to thrive. They are tolerant of poor soil and will bloom satisfactorily in all conditions except deep shade and extreme heat.

Self-seeding plant that drops seeds onto the soil at the end of the season so choose a semi-permanent position or deadhead plants before they can drop seed or to prolong flowering.

Sow
Plant 15mm deep and 30cm apart in Spring and Autumn, sown direct or raise as seedlings in good quality potting mix.

Keep soil moist, not wet or dry.

Germination
10- 14 days at 20-22°C

Maturity
60-70 days. Annual that will regrow every year if left to go to seed.

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CALENDULA – A GREAT HERBAL AND TOTALLY SPECTACULAR!

Description
The calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month with every new moon. The term “marigold” refers to the Virgin Mary, and the flowers are used to honour her during Catholic events.

The Egyptians considered them to have rejuvenating properties. In the Hindu world, the flowers were used to adorn statues of gods in their temples, as well as a colorant in food, fabrics, and cosmetics, and of particular interest, in the 18th and 19th century calendula was used to colour cheese.

Calendula has historically been used as a food, adding flavour to cereals, rice, and soups. The petals can be added to salads for their brilliant colour. As recently as 70 years ago, American physicians used calendula to treat amenorrhea, conjunctivitis, fevers, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns, as well as minor infections.

This old-fashioned flower has a long history as both an ornamental garden plant and as an herb. When dried, the petals of Calendula flowers provide a culinary substitute for saffron; in times past, they were used to give a rich colour to cheese or butter.

Medicinal uses included treatments for measles and smallpox, as well as for dressing wounds on the battlefield. As well as being the traditional flower for October birthdays, calendula symbolizes sorrow and sympathy.

Pacific Beauty Mix Calendula Germination: Direct sow in spring, planting ¼” below the surface. To start seed in pots, plant ¼” deep in individual pots or a flat; keep evenly moist and at a temperature of 15-20 degrees until germination, which should take place within 5-10 days.

If deadheaded regularly, it will produce profuse blossoms all season long; in hotter regions, it may stop blooming in the heat of summer and begin again in autumn. This plant will readily reseed itself. Calendula can also be grown in containers.

Harvesting Calendula: For fresh flowers, cut the stems long and place them in water immediately. For culinary use, cut flower heads that have just opened; spread them out away from direct sunlight to dry completely, turning them occasionally. When the flowers are crisp and dry, store them in an airtight container for up to a year. The dried petals can be used in place of saffron, or as a garnish to add colour and spice to dishes.

EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE SEEDS.

Grow Notes
Plant in full or part sun in a well-drained soil for them to thrive. They are tolerant of poor soil and will bloom satisfactorily in all conditions except deep shade and extreme heat.

Self-seeding plant that drops seeds onto the soil at the end of the season so choose a semi-permanent position or deadhead plants before they can drop seed or to prolong flowering.

Sow
Plant 15mm deep and 50cm apart in Spring and Autumn, sown direct or raise as seedlings in good quality potting mix.

Keep soil moist, not wet or dry.

Germination
7- 14 days at 20-22°C

Maturity
70 -80 days. Annual that will regrow every year if left to go to seed.

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CALENDULA – A GREAT HERBAL AND TOTALLY SPECTACULAR!

Description
The calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month with every new moon. The term “marigold” refers to the Virgin Mary, and the flowers are used to honour her during Catholic events.

The Egyptians considered them to have rejuvenating properties. In the Hindu world, the flowers were used to adorn statues of gods in their temples, as well as a colorant in food, fabrics, and cosmetics, and of particular interest, in the 18th and 19th century calendula was used to colour cheese.

Calendula has historically been used as a food, adding flavour to cereals, rice, and soups. The petals can be added to salads for their brilliant colour. As recently as 70 years ago, American physicians used calendula to treat amenorrhea, conjunctivitis, fevers, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns, as well as minor infections.

This old-fashioned flower has a long history as both an ornamental garden plant and as an herb. When dried, the petals of Calendula flowers provide a culinary substitute for saffron; in times past, they were used to give a rich colour to cheese or butter.

Medicinal uses included treatments for measles and smallpox, as well as for dressing wounds on the battlefield. As well as being the traditional flower for October birthdays, calendula symbolizes sorrow and sympathy.

If deadheaded regularly, it will produce profuse blossoms all season long; in hotter regions, it may stop blooming in the heat of summer and begin again in autumn. This plant will readily reseed itself. Calendula can also be grown in containers.

Harvesting Calendula: For fresh flowers, cut the stems long and place them in water immediately. For culinary use, cut flower heads that have just opened; spread them out away from direct sunlight to dry completely, turning them occasionally. When the flowers are crisp and dry, store them in an airtight container for up to a year. The dried petals can be used in place of saffron, or as a garnish to add colour and spice to dishes.

EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE SEEDS.

Grow Notes
Plant in full or part sun in a well-drained soil for them to thrive. They are tolerant of poor soil and will bloom satisfactorily in all conditions except deep shade and extreme heat.

Self-seeding plant that drops seeds onto the soil at the end of the season so choose a semi-permanent position or deadhead plants before they can drop seed or to prolong flowering.

Sow
Plant 15mm deep and 50cm apart in Spring and Autumn, sown direct or raise as seedlings in good quality potting mix.

Keep soil moist, not wet or dry.

Germination
7- 14 days at 20-22°C

Maturity
70 -80 days. Annual that will regrow every year if left to go to seed.

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OUR CATNIP IS 100% PESTICIDE FREE! CATNIP CHASES OFF FLEAS, MOSQUITOES AND OTHER NASTIES! CATS LOVE CATNIP!
SOME PEOPLE THINK IT’S A BAD IDEA – IF YOU FEEL BAD FOR GIVING IT TO THEM YOU CAN THINK OF IT LIKE A GLASS OF WINE FOR CATS, ONE A DAY IS FINE! AFTER 5 MINUTES OR SO THE CAT ‘GETS USED’ TO THE SMELL AND THE STIMULATION IS OVER?THEREBY MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO BECOME ADDICTED!
OLD CATS WILL GAIN SOME COMFORT AND PAIN RELIEF FROM CATNIP PLUS IT LOOKS LOVELY!

Description
Nepetalactone inside catnip is a mosquito and fly repellent. Oil isolated from catnip by steam distillation is a repellent against insects, in particular mosquitoes, cockroaches and termites.
Research suggests that, while ten times more effective than DEET it is not as effective as a repellent when used on the skin when compared with DEET or SS20 so when it touches the skin it dissipates, but the cat rolls in the oil and coats it’s fur so maybe this is why it’s attracted!
With domestic cats, N. cataria is used as a recreational substance for pet cats’ enjoyment.
Common behaviour’s cats display when they sense the bruised leaves or stems of catnip are rubbing on the plant, rolling on the ground, pawing at it, licking it, and chewing it.
Eventually they will leave the plant easily after becoming immune as their olfactory nerve becomes used to the substance.

Grow Notes
Grow in containers or plant in the garden in full sun. They prefer moist, well-drained soil.
Growing to 150cm, keep at 60cm spacing between plants.

Sow
Best raised as seedlings in Spring, Summer or Autumn, then planted out.

In good quality seed raising mix sow seeds 10mm deep in Spring.

Keep the soil damp, not wet.

Germination
10-20 days at 21-27°C

Maturity
90 days, Perennial.

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CATS LOVE CATNIP! SOME PEOPLE THINK IT’S A BAD IDEA – IF YOU FEEL BAD FOR GIVING IT TO THEM YOU CAN THINK OF IT LIKE A GLASS OF WINE FOR CATS, ONE A DAY IS FINE!
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Description
Nepetalactone inside catnip is a mosquito and fly repellent. Oil isolated from catnip by steam distillation is a repellent against insects, in particular mosquitoes, cockroaches and termites.
Research suggests that, while ten times more effective than DEET it is not as effective as a repellent when used on the skin when compared with DEET or SS20 so when it touches the skin it dissipates, but the cat rolls in the oil and coats it’s fur so maybe this is why it’s attracted!
With domestic cats, N. cataria is used as a recreational substance for pet cats’ enjoyment.
Common behaviour’s cats display when they sense the bruised leaves or stems of catnip are rubbing on the plant, rolling on the ground, pawing at it, licking it, and chewing it.
Eventually they will leave the plant easily after becoming immune as their olfactory nerve becomes used to the substance.

Grow Notes
Grow in containers or plant in the garden in full sun. They prefer moist, well-drained soil.
Growing to 150cm, keep at 60cm spacing between plants.

Sow
Best raised as seedlings in Spring, Summer or Autumn, then planted out.

In good quality seed raising mix sow seeds 10mm deep in Spring.

Keep the soil damp, not wet.

Germination
10-20 days at 21-27°C

Maturity
90 days, Perennial.

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HERBALISTS GARDEN! GROW YOURSELF SOME CALMING GERMAN CHAMOMILE! A GREAT GROUND COVER FOR POOR SOILS! AND AN AGES OLD REMEDY FOR EVERYTHING FROM A SORE THROAT TO GINGIVITIS! AND A LOVELY FLOWER! BEES LOVE IT TOO! Description A non-GMO, heirloom variety which is the age old variety used throughout theSee more...

HERBALISTS GARDEN! GROW YOURSELF SOME CALMING GERMAN CHAMOMILE! A GREAT GROUND COVER FOR POOR SOILS! AND AN AGES OLD REMEDY FOR EVERYTHING FROM A SORE THROAT TO GINGIVITIS! AND A LOVELY FLOWER! BEES LOVE IT TOO!

Description
A non-GMO, heirloom variety which is the age old variety used throughout the centuries.

This is great for sandy areas that need coverage, it is a ground cover variety that thrives on neglect and give hundreds of flowers to pick every year. A Chamomile pillow can be made by using a netting jewellery pouch type bag tied at the top, pop it inside your pillow case. Dry the flower heads to make your own tea!

German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) has been used throughout history for multiple purposes. Chamomile is one of the most popular herbs in the Western world.

There are two plants known as chamomile: the more popular German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman, or English, chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).

Although they belong to different species, they are used to treat the same health problems. Both are used to calm frayed nerves, to treat stomach problems, to relieve muscle spasms, and to treat skin conditions and mild infections.

Chamomile has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. Historically, it has been used to treat many conditions, including:

Chest colds
Sore throats
Abscesses
Gum inflammation (gingivitis)
Anxiety
Insomnia
Psoriasis
Acne
Eczema
Minor first-degree burns
Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis)
Stomach ulcers
Children’s conditions such as chickenpox, diaper rash, and colic

Animal studies have shown that German chamomile reduces inflammation, speeds wound healing, reduces muscle spasms, and serves as a mild sedative to help with sleep. Test tube studies have shown that chamomile can kill bacteria, fungus, and viruses.

Plant Description

The tiny daisy-like flowers of German chamomile have white collars circling raised, cone-shaped, yellow centers and are less than an inch wide, growing on long, thin, light green stems.

Sometimes chamomile grows wild and close to the ground, but you can also find it bordering herb gardens. It can reach up to 3 feet high. German chamomile is native to Europe, north Africa, and some parts of Asia.

It is closely related to Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), which, although less commonly used, has many of the same medicinal properties.

What’s It Made Of?

Chamomile teas, ointments, and extracts all start with the white and yellow flower head. The flower heads may be dried and used in teas or capsules, or crushed and steamed to produce a blue oil, which is used as medicine.

The oil contains ingredients that reduce swelling and may stop the growth of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Pediatric

Ask your doctor before giving chamomile tea to a child. Children under 5 should not take more than half a cup of tea per day.

To relieve colic: Some doctors suggest 1 – 2 oz. of tea per day. Your doctor may recommend other doses.

Adult

Tea: Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 – 3 heaping Tbs. (2 – 4 g) of dried herb, steep 10 – 15 minutes. Drink 3 – 4 times per day between meals

Gargle or mouthwash: Make a tea as above, then let it cool. Gargle as often as desired.

Inhalation: Add a few drops of essential oil of chamomile to hot water (or use tea) and breathe in the steam to calm a cough.

Bath: Use 1/4 lb. of dried flowers per bath to a full tub of water to soothe hemorrhoids, cuts, eczema, or insect bites.

Poultice: Make a paste by mixing powdered herb with water and apply to inflamed skin.

Cream: Use a cream with a 3 – 10% chamomile content for psoriasis, eczema, or dry and flaky skin.

Precautions

The use of herbs is a time-honoured approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should take herbs with care, under the supervision of a health care provider.

German chamomile is considered generally safe but pregnant women should avoid chamomile. Asthma sufferers should not ingest chamomile but can grow it.

Always consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program. The information on this page is not diagnostic, therefore always consult a herbal practitioner or your GP in order to obtain a diagnosis.

Never stop taking prescribed treatment without consulting your GP or a qualified herbal practitioner. Do not take without qualified medical advice.

Grow Notes
Chamomile will bloom more often when there is good drainage in the soil, a soil with a PH of 5.5-7.5 is optimal. It likes full to part sun, plant 30cm apart.

Sow
Chamomile does not like too much disturbance so if you can sow direct into the garden you should, however a tray is fine if you can wedge the seedlings out with the soil that surrounds them and them space them out in your garden.

Spread seeds over the moist soil and cover very lightly at 1mm, keep the soil moist until germination then gradually cut down the watering times.

The best time to plant is from late Winter to mid-Summer, I have been able to germinate this between these times very well. If you are in a colder environment wait until daytime temps are around 22C.

Germination
7-14 days at 20-30°C

Maturity
65 days

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EVER WANTED A DELICIOUSLY SCENTED CHAMOMILE LAWN AND/OR FRESH CHAMOMILE TEA? IT SOUND SO ROMANTIC AND IT REALLY IS SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL! AND NO MOWING – EVER!!! YOU WILL NEVER KNOW THE FEELING OF LAYING ON THE SOFTNESS OF A CHAMOMILE LAWN UNLESS YOU MAKE ONE! ROMAN CHAMOMILE IS THESee more...

EVER WANTED A DELICIOUSLY SCENTED CHAMOMILE LAWN AND/OR FRESH CHAMOMILE TEA? IT SOUND SO ROMANTIC AND IT REALLY IS SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL! AND NO MOWING – EVER!!! YOU WILL NEVER KNOW THE FEELING OF LAYING ON THE SOFTNESS OF A CHAMOMILE LAWN UNLESS YOU MAKE ONE!

ROMAN CHAMOMILE IS THE LAWN CHAMOMILE THAT EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT! GREAT UNDER SEATING IN YOUR GARDEN AS YOU CRUSH IT WHEN YOU SIT AND PUT YOUR FEET ON IT RELEASING THE AMAZING SCENT, PERFECT IN AREAS THAT REAL LAWN IS NOT WANTED OR IS A BUGGER TO MOW – PLUS YOU CAN DRINK IT IN TEAS AND INFUSIONS, USE IT IN HERBAL MEDICINES AND PUT IT INTO YOUR PILLOW TO CREATE RESTFUL SLEEP!

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Lawn chamomile is not hardy enough to withstand heavy traffic but you can sprinkle the seeds in the cracks of your pavement or open the slabs up a bit and pop some soil in between, this way you can still walk on it and create that stunning scent without damaging the plants! You can also make a sleeping garden – one where you would lay down and breath it all in without actually using it as a thoroughfare.

If you want to seed a whole lawn, then grow your seeds in trays so you get the maximum spread and can plant them in equal spaces – once you have the seedlings up you can use every single one to create your lawn, your thinning out will basically be planting in! Chamomile is one of the nicest lawns I have ever laid on! And we are going to create one in our own garden soon which I am really looking forward to!

Chamomile is also a great lawn for fairy gardens, it makes tiny white and yellow flowers adding to the sights, smells and giving that little bit of extra realism to your gardens!

Grow Notes
Chamomile will bloom more often when there is good drainage in the soil, a soil with a PH of 5.5-7.5 is optimal. It likes full to part sun and a moist soil.

Sow
Chamomile does not like too much disturbance so if you can sow direct into the garden you should, however a tray is fine if you can wedge the seedlings out with the soil that surrounds them and them space them out in your garden.

Spread seeds over the moist soil and cover very lightly at 1mm, keep the soil moist until germination then gradually cut down the watering times.

The best time to plant is from late Winter to mid-Summer, I have been able to germinate this between these times very well. If you are in a colder environment wait until daytime temps are around 22C.

Germination
7-14 days at 12-25°C

Maturity
230 days

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ATTRACTIVE AND MUCH SMALLER THAN THE CLOSE UP PICTURE - BLACK CHIA SEEDS ARE A SUPERFOOD THAT HAS SEEN A METEORIC INCREASE IN THEIR USE ACROSS THE WORLD! Black chia seeds come from the plant Salvia hispanica, which is a flowering plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae). Chia seeds areSee more...

ATTRACTIVE AND MUCH SMALLER THAN THE CLOSE UP PICTURE – BLACK CHIA SEEDS ARE A SUPERFOOD THAT HAS SEEN A METEORIC INCREASE IN THEIR USE ACROSS THE WORLD!

Black chia seeds come from the plant Salvia hispanica, which is a flowering plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae). Chia seeds are known for their nutritional benefits and versatility in various culinary applications. Here’s an overview of black Chia seeds, their benefits, uses, and how to grow them from seed:

Benefits of Black Chia Seeds:

  1. Nutrient-Rich: Chia seeds are a good source of essential nutrients, including fibre, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and various vitamins and minerals.
  2. Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Chia seeds are one of the plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for heart health.
  3. High in Fiber: The high fibre content in chia seeds can help support digestive health and promote a feeling of fullness.
  4. Versatile: Chia seeds have a mild, nutty flavor and can be easily incorporated into a variety of dishes, such as smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, salads, and baked goods.
  5. Hydration: Chia seeds can absorb water and form a gel-like consistency, which can help with hydration and may be beneficial for athletes.

Culinary Uses: Black chia seeds are often used in the following ways:

  1. Smoothies: Add chia seeds to smoothies for a nutritional boost and to create a thicker consistency.
  2. Puddings: Chia seeds can be mixed with liquids like milk or plant-based alternatives to create a pudding-like texture when left to soak.
  3. Baking: Incorporate chia seeds into baking recipes such as muffins, bread, and granola bars.
  4. Yogurt and Oatmeal Toppings: Sprinkle chia seeds on top of yogurt or oatmeal for added texture and nutrition.

Growing Black Chia Seeds from Seed:

Plant in late Spring to late Summer or when the temperatures for the next three months will be 20-30 degrees during the day.

  1. Soil Preparation: Chia plants prefer well-draining soil. Prepare the soil by mixing in organic matter to improve fertility.
  2. Planting: Sow chia seeds directly into the garden or in containers. Plant the seeds at a depth of about 5-10mm. This out seedlings as they grow keeping the strongest.
  3. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Chia plants are drought-tolerant, but regular watering helps with germination and growth.
  4. Sunlight: Chia plants thrive in full sun. Ensure they receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day.
  5. Temperature: Chia plants prefer warm temperatures so plant them in late spring to late summer.
  6. Harvesting: Chia plants typically start flowering about 8-12 weeks after planting. Harvest the seeds when the flower heads dry up and the seeds are mature. Cutting too early can reduce the nutrient value of the seeds. Cut the flower heads and allow them to dry further before collecting the seeds.
  7. Drying and Storing: Once harvested, allow the seeds to dry completely before storing them in a cool, dry place. Properly dried chia seeds can be stored for an extended period.

Growing chia seeds is relatively straightforward, and they can make a valuable addition to a home garden, providing both ornamental value and a nutrient-rich harvest.

Germination
2-7 days at 20-30°C

Maturity
70-90 days

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CHICK MIX! THIS WILL ATTRACT THE CHICKS! LITERALLY! PUT IT IN WITH YOUR CHICKENS, BIRDS, SMALL ANIMALS AND EVEN YOU CAN GRAB SALAD FOR A SANDWICH FROM THIS GREAT MIX! Description It's easy to grow and they can also be put in with your birds and small animals of allSee more...

CHICK MIX! THIS WILL ATTRACT THE CHICKS! LITERALLY! PUT IT IN WITH YOUR CHICKENS, BIRDS, SMALL ANIMALS AND EVEN YOU CAN GRAB SALAD FOR A SANDWICH FROM THIS GREAT MIX!

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It’s easy to grow and they can also be put in with your birds and small animals of all kinds and you can even pinch some of it for yourself! It contains so many kinds of chicken (and human) forage such as Chicory, Endive, Millet, Sunflowers, Mustard Greens, Sorghum, Lettuce and so many more herbs and plants that chickens love!

Because you put the flats or pots into the run bit by bit you can pace them so they don’t get too much green, and the eggs they produce will be so much healthier and fuller of all the right things!

ready to feed to the chickens! When ready, just place one of your planted containers into the chicken run and watch the girls go crazy! They love it and will quickly devour it all.

Using mini-pastures is especially good if you are going on vacation and can’t let the girls free range for a period of time too.

The mix contains all of the things below!

Parsley
Coriander
Dill
Basil
Kale
Endive
Rocket
Lettuce
Cress
Mustard Greens
Chicory
Millet
Sorghum
Plantain
Amaranth
Wheat
Medic
Pak Choi
Silver beet
Buckwheat
Amaranth
Quinoa
Fenugreek
Linseed
Millet
Wheat
Triticale
Dun Peas
Maize

So your chickens and birds (and small animals of all kinds!) will adore these!

Grow Notes
If you have chooks or any kind of birds they will love this! Just like you can grow a nursery flat (those flat containers they put the punnets in) or a shallow tub or any container with salad greens for yourself and your family, you can also grow a portable forage bed for your birds and small animals!

And if you have the space, you can also plant this blend in an open area of your garden. To keep the plants going, only let the chickens “mow” it half way down and then move them out to let it regrow. You can keep rotating them through the “pasture” for an entire season with minimal reseeding!

Sow
No matter what container you choose, simply fill it with potting soil and pat down lightly. Sprinkle some of the forage blend seed over the soil. Cover with a thin layer of additional soil and gently water in.

Keep soil moist not wet until germination.

Germination
4- 7 days at 10-15°C

Maturity
10-20 days. You don’t need to grow them right to the end, just to the new leaf stage and each time they get eaten down they will re-grow if not completely devoured. If they were simply re-pack your soil and plant your container again.

 

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NEW VARIETY! Description Blows your head right off so it is also grown as an ornamental and what a lovely plant it is! CHILLI New Mexican (NuMex) Twilight Scoville heat units (SHU): 30,000 – 100,000. Fruits in a myriad of colours all at the same time! All held upright onSee more...

NEW VARIETY!

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Blows your head right off so it is also grown as an ornamental and what a lovely plant it is! CHILLI New Mexican (NuMex) Twilight Scoville heat units (SHU): 30,000 – 100,000.

Fruits in a myriad of colours all at the same time! All held upright on an emerald green plant!

This variety has fruit in all colour states at the same time.

Plants produce good yields of 2 cm long by 1.25 cm wide hot, edible peppers.

Peppers grow upright in clusters and are very hot.

This ornamental pepper is suitable for growing in pots or containers.

Adaptable to most garden soils but prefers a well-drained, well fed soil in a sunny position. Annual in temperate climates perennial in the tropics.

Grow Notes
These are hot! Wear gloves when handling seed and fruit, keep away from children. Wash hands thoroughly after handling, especially before touching your face.

Plant in full sun but keep well-watered. They need a well-drained soil enriched with plenty of organic matter.

Can be grown in containers or gardens. Once fruiting plants may need staking if starting to lean. Pick regularly to encourage more fruit.

Chilli plants are susceptible to mildews and need protection from aphids.

Sow
Sow direct or in pots in Spring, after chances of frost has passed. If living in a warmer climate they can be grown in any season. Sow 5mm deep with 50cm spacing and 100cm between rows.

Keep soil moist but never wet.

Germination
7-21 days at 22-35°C

Maturity
70- 90 days.

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Description Perfect to add to so many recipes and adds an oniony flavour! This heat and cold tolerant variety is perfect for Australia! Green slender bunching Chive high in vitamin B and C. Widely used in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cuisine. Chives are a member of the onion family, butSee more...

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Perfect to add to so many recipes and adds an oniony flavour! This heat and cold tolerant variety is perfect for Australia!

Green slender bunching Chive high in vitamin B and C.

Widely used in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cuisine.

Chives are a member of the onion family, but unlike most onions, the greens are harvested instead of the bulb.

In comparison to standard onions, chives have a much milder taste.

The small grass-like herb is often added to soups, salads, and sauces for it’s light flavour and aesthetic appeal.

Whether you’re using chives for cooking or as an ornamental addition to your garden, the entire process from choosing a species of chive, preparing your garden, planting, and harvesting is quite easy.

Grow Notes
Plant in full sun, well-draining soils.

Natsuyo is a cold tolerant and heat tolerant variety that is a good bunching onion for all year round production.

Resistant to disease especially downy mildew.

Sow
Sow direct or raise seedlings all year round. Plant seeds 5mm deep and 3cm apart with 30cm row spacing.

Keep soil moist but never wet.

Germination
7-14 days at 15-25°C

Maturity
60-90 days, hardy Perennial.

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QUEEN ANNE'S LACE – A MEDIEVAL MARVEL AND A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN FLOWER! SURVIVES DROUGHT WITH EASE! YOU CAN EAT THEM TOO! NOW AVAILABLE IN CHOCOLATE! ALSO KNOWN AS THE CHOCOLATE LACE FLOWER. Early Europeans cultivated Queen Anne's lace, while the Romans incorporated its root into their cuisine as a vegetable.See more...

QUEEN ANNE’S LACE – A MEDIEVAL MARVEL AND A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN FLOWER! SURVIVES DROUGHT WITH EASE! YOU CAN EAT THEM TOO! NOW AVAILABLE IN CHOCOLATE! ALSO KNOWN AS THE CHOCOLATE LACE FLOWER.

Early Europeans cultivated Queen Anne’s lace, while the Romans incorporated its root into their cuisine as a vegetable. With research revealing its remarkable sugar content, second only to beets among root vegetables, this plant became a sweetening agent for the Irish, Hindus, and Jews. Across various cultures, its seeds have served as aromatic flavorings in soups and culinary dishes.

Notably, Wild Carrot leaves contain porphyrins, known to stimulate the pituitary gland and elevate sex hormone levels, as well as induce uterine contractions. Herbalists historically used it to prompt delayed menstruation, making it unsuitable for pregnant individuals.

Today, both the roots and flowers find diverse applications. The roots, preferably harvested in the first year but still viable in the second, can be enjoyed raw, cooked, or roasted, with roasting being a favored method. Post-roasting, they can be ground into a powder akin to coffee. Additionally, the flowers are harvested for beverages and jellies, adding to the plant’s versatile uses.

Scientific Name: Daucus carota

Life Cycle: Annual

Characteristics: Produces lovely dark purple, pink, or white lacy umbels, ideal for floral arrangements.

Plant Height: Reaches up to 1.5 meters.

Season: Best suited for sowing in autumn and early spring.

Sowing Depth + Method: Optimal results are achieved when sown directly into the soil, covering lightly.

Tips: Prior to sowing, chilling seeds at 5-8°C for 1-2 weeks enhances germination. Seedling establishment thrives in cooler temperatures ranging from 14-17°C.

Spacing: Recommended spacing is 30cm.

Position: Flourishes in full sun.

Days until Germination: Typically germinates within 7-21 days when kept at temperatures of 16-18°C.

Seed to Bloom: Blossoms emerge approximately 14 weeks after sowing.

Sowing Timing Guide:

  • Cool Climate: March, April, and May
  • Temperate Climate: March, April, and May
  • Sub-tropical Climate: April, May, and June

Warning: pregnant women should never ingest this herb. Always consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program. The information on this page is not diagnostic, therefore always consult a herbal practitioner or your GP in order to obtain a diagnosis. Never stop taking prescribed treatment without consulting your GP or a qualified herbal practitioner. Do not take without qualified medical advice.

 

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LOVE IT OR HATE IT, YOU HAVE TO ADMIT THAT IT HAS SO MANY USES AND IS A VERY VALUABLE HERBS! Description CORIANDER Eureka has a strong aroma and is best suited for fresh leaves, a tall standing type plant which is slow in bolting. The entire plant is edibleSee more...

LOVE IT OR HATE IT, YOU HAVE TO ADMIT THAT IT HAS SO MANY USES AND IS A VERY VALUABLE HERBS!

Description
CORIANDER Eureka has a strong aroma and is best suited for fresh leaves, a tall standing type plant which is slow in bolting.

The entire plant is edible and delicious. Most vegetables gain advantage from having these Herbs planted nearby.

COLLECT SEEDS AND NEVER BUY AGAIN!

Grow Notes
Coriander grows best where the climate is hot and humid. In most parts of Western Australia, we can provide the heat that coriander loves but not the humidity so growing from Autumn to Spring is usually the most successful. Plant in part or full sun, in moist well-draining soil.

Coriander has a terrible habit of bolting to seed whenever the conditions that it is in changes. If the weather turns from hot to cold or cold to hot, it will decide that it is time to produce more seed and will send up flower heads from the centre of the plant.

There are several ways to grow strong and healthy Coriander without it bolting to seed. The main one is to choose a slow bolting variety! A tall standing type plant, which is slow in bolting, Coriander Eureka can be grown during the warmer times of the year when kept out of direct afternoon sun, then it will take off once the weather cools down. The second way is to sow it directly where it needs to grow as seed instead of transplanting the seedlings resulting in a stronger plant and root system.

By seeding a new planting of coriander every two or three weeks, a continuous supply of coriander can be achieved fresh from the garden since, when one plant is finishing being harvested, the next will be ready.

Sow
Sow direct in Autumn or Spring at a depth of 6mm, spacing plants 20cm apart.

Keep soil moist but never wet.

Germination
7-10 days at 18-22°C

Maturity
45 days

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ATTRACTS BEES AND BENEFICIAL INSECTS TO YOUR GARDEN! MORROCAN CORIANDER SHOULD BE LIGHTLY TOASTED TO BRING OUT THE UNIQUE AND AMAZING FLAVOURS IT HOLDS! Description Coriandrum sativum. A uniquely flavoured coriander with subtle hints of sweetness and citrus. This variety is mostly used in Indian, Latino and Middle Eastern cooking,See more...

ATTRACTS BEES AND BENEFICIAL INSECTS TO YOUR GARDEN! MORROCAN CORIANDER SHOULD BE LIGHTLY TOASTED TO BRING OUT THE UNIQUE AND AMAZING FLAVOURS IT HOLDS!

Description
Coriandrum sativum. A uniquely flavoured coriander with subtle hints of sweetness and citrus.

This variety is mostly used in Indian, Latino and Middle Eastern cooking, it pairs exceptionally well with fish and chicken dishes, and really lifts any dish that requires fresh coriander!

Grow Notes
Coriander grows best where the climate is hot and humid. In most parts of Western Australia, we can provide the heat that coriander loves but not the humidity so growing from Autumn to Spring is usually the most successful. Plant in part or full sun, in moist well-draining soil.

Coriander has a terrible habit of bolting to seed whenever the conditions that it is in changes. If the weather turns from hot to cold or cold to hot, it will decide that it is time to produce more seed and will send up flower heads from the centre of the plant. You can choose a slow bolting variety or sow it directly where it needs to grow as seed instead of transplanting the seedlings, this help develop a stronger plant.

By seeding a new planting of coriander every two or three weeks, a continuous supply of coriander can be achieved fresh from the garden since, when one plant is finishing being harvested, the next will be ready.

Sow
Sow direct in Autumn or Spring at a depth of 6mm, spacing plants 20cm apart.

Keep soil moist but never wet.

Germination
7-10 days at 18-22°C

Maturity
70 days

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SLOW-BOLT CORIANDER CURES THAT BOLTING PROBLEM SOME HAVE! IN HOT AREAS CORIANDER CAN RUSH TO SEED BUT NOT THIS ONE! AND RIGHT THROUGH TO SPRING - OFFERS A DELICIOUS FLAVOUR AND EASY GROWING! Description Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) has a pungent, citrus flavour to the leaves that some people adore andSee more...

SLOW-BOLT CORIANDER CURES THAT BOLTING PROBLEM SOME HAVE! IN HOT AREAS CORIANDER CAN RUSH TO SEED BUT NOT THIS ONE! AND RIGHT THROUGH TO SPRING – OFFERS A DELICIOUS FLAVOUR AND EASY GROWING!

Description
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) has a pungent, citrus flavour to the leaves that some people adore and others detest. In fact, its name is derived from the Greek word for bug as they thought that it smelt like one that had been squashed! (I added that for the coriander haters! I think it smells gorgeous!)

All parts of coriander can be used. The leaves are used in Chinese, Thai and Mexican dishes to give a spicy flavour and the chopped root can be included in dishes that require more cooking. Coriander seed is also powdered and used in both sweet and savoury dishes.

There are several varieties of coriander. Slow bolt coriander will grow to about 60 centimetres tall.

The first step to direct sowing coriander is to choose a pot that is about 25 centimetres across. Fill it to about three centimetres from the top with a premium potting mix that contains slow release fertiliser and wetting agents.

Coriander is extremely fast growing and should be harvested often by taking the outside leaves from the base of the plant. The best flavour comes from the younger leaves, so it is best to accept that it is a short-lived plant.

Growing coriander is well worth the effort if just to add a touch of the exotic to both the garden and the dining table!

LARGE SEEDS, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Coriander grows best where the climate is hot and humid. In most parts of Western Australia, we can provide the heat that coriander loves but not the humidity so growing from Autumn to Spring is usually the most successful. Plant in part or full sun, in moist well-draining soil.

Coriander has a terrible habit of bolting to seed whenever the conditions that it is in changes. If the weather turns from hot to cold or cold to hot, it will decide that it is time to produce more seed and will send up flower heads from the centre of the plant.

There are several ways to grow strong and healthy Coriander without it bolting to seed. The main one is to choose a slow bolting variety! Slow bolt Coriander will be more uniform and slower to produce flower heads so will be produce leaves for longer. The second way is to sow it directly where it needs to grow as seed instead of transplanting the seedlings.

By seeding a new planting of coriander every two or three weeks, a continuous supply of coriander can be achieved fresh from the garden since, when one plant is finishing being harvested, the next will be ready.

Sow
Sow direct in Autumn or Spring at a depth of 6mm, spacing plants 20cm apart.

Keep soil moist but never wet.

Germination
7-10 days at 18-22°C

Maturity
45 days

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THIS HALLOWEEN MIX CONTAINS EDIBLE FLOWERS! RED AND BLACK CORNFLOWERS! SUCH A SPOOKY COLOUR COMBINATION! THEY ARE A MAGNET FOR BEES, BUTTERFLIES, BIRDS AND LOADS OF BENEFICIAL INSECTS! IT NEEDS NO SPECIAL SOILS, DRY, SANDY AND DEVOID OF FERTILISER? WELL, THESE WILL LOVE THAT! IN FACT DON'T GIVE THEM TOOSee more...

THIS HALLOWEEN MIX CONTAINS EDIBLE FLOWERS! RED AND BLACK CORNFLOWERS! SUCH A SPOOKY COLOUR COMBINATION! THEY ARE A MAGNET FOR BEES, BUTTERFLIES, BIRDS AND LOADS OF BENEFICIAL INSECTS! IT NEEDS NO SPECIAL SOILS, DRY, SANDY AND DEVOID OF FERTILISER? WELL, THESE WILL LOVE THAT! IN FACT DON’T GIVE THEM TOO MUCH GOODNESS AS YOU WILL GET LEAVES BUT HARDLY ANY FLOWERS!

Best with at least half a day of full sun, these thrive in dry areas! Well-drained soil is best. Cornflowers do best in soil with low fertility so there’s no need to add fertiliser or organic matter. They are an edible bloom that has a slightly sweet to spicy flavour. Cornflowers are often used as a garnish; although, the flower can also be used as a natural food dye.

Grow Notes
For best results, grow in full sun in well-drained soil. Avoid planting in extremely hot or cold weather which can affect germination and growth.

Sow

Sow seeds directly in the garden 5mm deep and 20-35cm apart. Keep soil moist but never wet or dry. Seeds should germinate in around 7-14 days at a soil temperature of 15-18°C.

 

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PLANT AND HAVE NEVER ENDING SALAD GREENS FOR YOUR TABLE THAT ADD PIZZAZZ TO ANY RECIPE! GARNISH AND ADD TO SOUPS, SALADS, STIR FRIES AND MORE! Cress has broad leaves and frilly edges. The leaves have a mild peppery bite to them, with a bit of sweetness. The plant reachesSee more...

PLANT AND HAVE NEVER ENDING SALAD GREENS FOR YOUR TABLE THAT ADD PIZZAZZ TO ANY RECIPE! GARNISH AND ADD TO SOUPS, SALADS, STIR FRIES AND MORE!

Cress has broad leaves and frilly edges. The leaves have a mild peppery bite to them, with a bit of sweetness. The plant reaches 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm) tall.

Grow Notes
Prefers full sun in well-draining soil.

Sow
Autumn sowings are ready to harvest in the early Spring, and you can get a second crop by planting in Summer and harvesting in the Autumn.

Sow direct or raise seedlings by planting seeds at 4mm depth.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
10-14 days at 7-15°C

Maturity
20-25 days.

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USED A PURGATIVE BY DR CULVER, A PIONEERING PHYSICIAN IN THE 18TH CENTURY, IT'S AN ATTRACTIVE HERB WITH WHITE, LAVENDER AND BLUE BLOSSOMS THAT BUTTERLIES, BIRDS AND BENEFICIAL INSECTS ADORE! Blooms mainly in summer with about 8 weeks of colour, this is native to North America and is often foundSee more...

USED A PURGATIVE BY DR CULVER, A PIONEERING PHYSICIAN IN THE 18TH CENTURY, IT’S AN ATTRACTIVE HERB WITH WHITE, LAVENDER AND BLUE BLOSSOMS THAT BUTTERLIES, BIRDS AND BENEFICIAL INSECTS ADORE!

Blooms mainly in summer with about 8 weeks of colour, this is native to North America and is often found in the prairies there. Bees love it for its sweet nectar and our native bees are included here.

Most at home along streams and waterways on the prairies, it is at home in any garden that can reticulate its plants, it is hardy down to at least ?20 °C , and grows in full sun to part shade and any moist, well-drained soil.

Grow notes:

Culver’s root grows best in full sun and medium to wet, well-drained, humus-rich soil. It tolerates light shade, but too much shade may cause the plant to develop a weak central stem and fall over. Regular watering and a 10cm thick layer of mulch will help Culver’s root grow well in average soil.

Sow:

Put seeds into a zip lock bag and put them in the fridge for 6 weeks over winter or plant them direct into the garden in early winter, they need cold to break hibernation. Plant your seeds into rich moist and well drained soil in late Winter to mid spring. Cover seeds very lighy and press down, water in with a fine spray.

Keep seeds damp. Don’t allow them to dry out, if needed you can wrap them in plastic wrap right over the whole pot to keep moisture in.

Plant them out when a few inches tall.

Germination: 10 to 20 days at 15C to 20C

These can wait for the right conditions so don’t throw you pots out!

 

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NEW! DIETES IRIDOIDES IS ALSO CALLED THE FORTNIGHT LILY!! STRAP LIKE FOLIAGE WITH DOZENS OF IRIS FLOWERS BLOOMING OVER A VERY LONG SEASON! IT IS ACTUALLY ALSO A HERB THAT IS USED TO CURE DYSENTERY, PAINFUL PERIODS AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. IT’S ALSO SAID WHEN IT BLOOMS RAIN IS COMING!See more...

NEW! DIETES IRIDOIDES IS ALSO CALLED THE FORTNIGHT LILY!! STRAP LIKE FOLIAGE WITH DOZENS OF IRIS FLOWERS BLOOMING OVER A VERY LONG SEASON! IT IS ACTUALLY ALSO A HERB THAT IS USED TO CURE DYSENTERY, PAINFUL PERIODS AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. IT’S ALSO SAID WHEN IT BLOOMS RAIN IS COMING! ATTRACTS BENEFICIAL INSECTS!
This plant gets the name ‘Fortnight Lily’ because mass plantings flower then rest for two weeks before they flower again. They do this over a period of six months in their natural habitat. The other common names – Moraea Lily from a previous genus placement, African Lily from its origin but why Australians call it Vegeta of the Forest is unknown!
Dietes is derived from the Greek dis, meaning twice, and etes, meaning an associate, thus two relatives, drawing attention to the position of this genus between Moraea and Iris. The plant can self-pollinate when the flower closes, bringing the male flower and female flower parts together. Bees and other insects also pollinate the flowers.
Infusions made from the inner part of the rhizome are taken orally in enemas to treat dysentery. Rhizomes are used during childbirth and also for hypertension (Pujol 1990). Ground rhizomes are ingredients in tonics for goats (Hulme 1954). Roots are used for first menstruation.
Some people call this the rain iris as they believe that flowering of this plant presages rain.
Some African cultures believe that, if you have been to a funeral or entered a house with a corpse, you must chew the rhizome and spit on the ground to take the bad luck away. And if you do not chew the rhizome, an immediate member of your family is going to die.
Dietes iridioides is a rhizomatous, evergreen herb, up to 600 mm high, with sword-shaped, dark green leaves in a loose fan. This prolific flowerer carries its flowers on a wiry, arching stem. The flowers are dainty and each bloom lasts a single morning. New flowers open continually during the flowering spell.
Its flowers are subtended by white sheathing bracts; the inner petals are often marked with brown streaks near the base; the style branches are lightly flushed with violet, 30-40 mm wide. The flowers are closed by midday except on overcast days. Flowers are produced from spring through to summer. Fruit is a capsule, oval shaped and it disintegrates to release black seeds.

Grow Notes
These tough, drought-resistant plants will thrive in semi-shade as well as full sun, often where little else will grow. Dietes Iridioides will tolerate both wind and frost.

Sow
Pour boiling water over them and leave to soak overnight.

Raise seedlings in Spring or Autumn by sowing on the seed raising mix and covering very lightly. Do not bury deeply as seed requires a degree of light to germinate.

Keep soil moist but never wet.

Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.

Germination
18- 25 days at 15-20°C

Maturity
Perennial.

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HERBALIST’S GARDEN, LONG ISLAND DILL MAMMOTH IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDERESTIMATED HERBS EVER! HUGE STARBURST FLOWERS, LUXURIANT FOLIAGE AND PERFECT FOR THE BACK OF A GARDEN BED OR COMPANION PLANTED WITH YOUR VEGGIES! Dill is well known for the pickles it flavours and as a lovely flavour added toSee more...

HERBALIST’S GARDEN, LONG ISLAND DILL MAMMOTH IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDERESTIMATED HERBS EVER! HUGE STARBURST FLOWERS, LUXURIANT FOLIAGE AND PERFECT FOR THE BACK OF A GARDEN BED OR COMPANION PLANTED WITH YOUR VEGGIES!
Dill is well known for the pickles it flavours and as a lovely flavour added to salads, cold soups and fish. The seeds and the foliage are both flavourful, and the seeds are reputed to be a cure for flatulence.
ATTRACTS CATERPILLER AND APHID PREDATORS – CAN BE EATEN OF COURSE AND IS GREAT FOR MAKING PICKLES!
STUNNING FLOWERS TOO!
Dill is an annual, self-seeding plant with feathery green leaves. It is used most commonly in soups, stews, and for pickling. Dill is easy to grow and attracts beneficial insects to your garden, including predatory insects such as ladybugs and others that eat pests.
As an herb, A. graveolens is commonly grown for the culinary attributes of its leaves and seeds. Its distinctive foliage texture and flower colour and form make this plant a nice companion in a mixed border. It provides a valuable food source for butterfly larvae and attracts beneficial insects also.
Dill has been used in ayurvedic medicines since ancient times and it is a popular herb widely used as a spice and also yields essential oil. It is an aromatic and annual herb of apiaceae family. The Ayurvedic uses of dill seeds are carminative, stomachic and diuretic.
There are various volatile components of dill seeds and herb; carvone being the predominant odorant of dill seed and ?-phellandrene, limonene, dill ether, myristicin are the most important odorants of dill herb. Other compounds isolated from seeds are coumarins, flavonoids, phenolic acids and steroids.

Grow Notes
Plant in full sun in well-draining soil.

Dill does not grow well when transplanted so sowing directly is best.

Sow
Sow direct in Spring, Summer or Autumn at 2mm depth and 20cm spacing.

Keep soil moist but never wet.

Germination
7-21 days at 15-25°C
Maturity
60 days.

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