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Herbs

Our personal selection of Herb seeds, to go with your own grown vegetables and produce

Basil

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Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilcum)

200 seeds of Genovese Sweet pr Pkt

100 seeds of Organic Red pr Pkt

One of the most useful herbs and a key ingredient for many Italian and Indian dishes and great when fresh in salads. Basil lives up to it's Indian origins and is best suited to the warmer areas of the UK although with correct positioning, it will thrive as a container plant outside in less protected areas. We offer Sweet Basil Genovese sweet which is slightly taller and more robust than the normal green bush form, and a red Organic variety.

Basil Dolce Fresca

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‘Genovese type Basil’ Aprx 100 seeds

A new introduction that has taken the gardening world by storm in the USA winning a 2015 All-America Selections award. The dark green, glossy leaves are sweet and fragrant with a compact growth habit on plants only reaching 30cm tall and wide. The stems resist stretching and are reluctant to flower for a continuous crop late into the season.

Basil Holy

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Holy Basil or Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) Aprx 100eeds

Holy basil grows to about 1 m high, depending on growing conditions. Tulsi is a perennial in tropics but is best treated as a half-hardy annual here as UK light levels are insufficent during winter for it to keep growing. It has long purple flowers and smooth green foliage with a spicy fragrance.

Basil Lime

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‘Lime Basil’ Aprx 200 seeds

Similar to lemon Basil but with a distinctive spicy lime flavour, excellent for flavouring in cooking, eaten raw or to make a delicious cup of lime tea.

Basil Mrs Burn's Lemon

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‘Lemon Basil’ Aprx 100 seeds
Mrs. Burns Lemon Basil is an heirloom cultivar of sweet basil from New Mexico. The lemon flavour is more intense, the leaves are larger, and the plant itself is more robust than the normal lemon basil.

Basil Purple Ruffles

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‘Red Leaved Basil' Aprx 100 seeds

A new fragrant and dramatic garden subject with large leaves, dark purple almost black in colour and heavily fringed and ruffled. Height 35-45cm.

Basil Thai

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‘Liquorice Basil’ Aprx 100 seeds
Thai Basil has a spicy anise or clove scented flavour and commonly used in Thai or Vietnamese cooking. Attractive plants 12” to 18” tall with medium green leaves, purple stems and blossoms and good for container gardening.

Basil Thai Siam Queen

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‘Thai Basil’ Aprx 100 seeds
A particularly fragrant selection and a distinct improvement over other Thai Basils. Thai Basil ‘Siam Queen’ has an extra large leaf with an intense fragrance. The bright green basil leaves make an attractive foil for its purple-red stems which bear violet-pink flowers. Superb as a container plant on the patio or you could try growing basil on the kitchen windowsill and in convenient containers outside the back door. Height to 40cm

Borage Herb

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Borago officinalis Aprx 100 seeds җ җ
Borage is a pretty if not robust herb to 2ft with hairy grey green leaves that have a cucumber flavour. The leaves are used to flavour drinks or chopped in salads and the pretty blue bell-shaped flowers can be used as a garnish in fruit cups. The flowering plants are very attractive to bees and this annual plant will self seed once established.

Chamomile Herb

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Matricaria Chamomilla Aprx 2000 seeds
Chamomile is famous for its flowers that are picked, dried and used for the famous chamomile tea which is said to aid digestion and treat insomnia. The plant is rich in calcium and also used in hair rinses.

Chives Herb

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Allium schoenoprasum Aprox 250 seeds җ җ җ
A well known member of the Onion family, with mild onion flavoured foliage Chives are useful for salads and soups. An early season herb quite hardy and easy to grow and one of our favourites.

Coriander Herb

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Coriandrum sativum Aprx 200 seeds
Grown as an annual, fresh coriander leaves are used in curries and chutney, but the seeds are also used in casseroles, pickles, soups, poultry stuffing, stews, sauces and desserts, and indispensable in hot spicy dishes. Excellent for micro greens where it can even be grown indoors in small pots on a sunny windowsill for baby leaf production.

Cumin

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Cuminum cyminum Aprx 250 seeds
Cumin seed are used in curry dishes and pickles, and as a flavouring in breads, cakes and biscuits. Cumin is a warm climate plant needing a sheltered position outside or grown under glass.

Cymbopogan citratus - Lemon Grass

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West Indian Lemon Grass  10 seeds
This is the type Lemon grass used for cooking - an excellent aromatic clumping tropical grass growing to 6' tall.  When the leaves are crushed the fragrance resembles the scent of lemon. The stem and leaves are used for cooking in the Asian kitchen but it is also used to make a refreshing tea and for perfume, oil and medicine.

Cymbopogan flexuosus - Lemon Grass

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East Indian Lemon Grass  10 seeds
East Indian Lemon grass or "Malabar Grass" is an alternative tropical lemon grass also growing to 6' tall.  When the leaves are crushed the fragrance resembles the scent of lemon. The stem and leaves are used for cooking in the Asian kitchen but it is also used to make a refreshing tea and for perfume, oil and medicine.

Dill Diana

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Anethum graveolens Aprx 1000 seeds җ җ җ
One of the best varieties for leaf production. Dill is a tall erect plant with dark green foliage, very productive and slow to flower. The feathery leaves are used most often with fish.

Eryngium foetidum

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Culantro, Mexican coriander or Thai parsley. Aprx 300 seeds

Eryngium foetidum known as Culantro or Mexican coriander or Thai parsley is widely used in seasoning and marinating in the Caribbean, in Peru's Amazon regions and extensively in Thailand, India, Vietnam, Laos, and other parts of Asia as a culinary herb. It dries well, retaining good colour and flavour, making it valuable in the dried herb industry. It is sometimes used as a substitute for cilantro (coriander in British English), but it has a much stronger taste.

Grows best in moist, shaded positions with good drainage. It can survive in poor soils, but it is best to feed frequently with high-nitrogen fertiliser to keep the leaves soft. Does not tolerate frost. Cut off the flower stalks frequently to ensure continuing production of new leaves. May be planted under glass in pots for the UK.

Fennel Bronze (Herb)

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Herb Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) Aprx 200 seeds җ җ җ
Fennel is a hardy European perennial herb with erect growth and dark bronze feathery foliage. The fern-like leaves taste of aniseed and is used for flavouring fish, sauces, salads and vegetables, egg recipes. (Do not confuse with Florence Fennel that produces bulbous edible roots)

Feverfew

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Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) Aprx 500 seeds  җ
Feverfew is an easy quick growing plant often used as a medicinal herb or general tonic and a mild sedative. Said to prevent and treat migraine headaches, rheumatism and to improve digestion, sometimes used externally for bruises and insect bites. The plant produces an oil used in perfumes and the dried flowers can be used to make a a form of tea.

Lavandula Vera Herb

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True Lavender Aprx 200 seeds җ җ
An attractive aromatic shrub for the sunny border, container or herb garden. Lovely silver-grey foliage and lavender blue flowers in summer. Prune hard in early spring to maintain a more compact shape. Lavender Vera is an extremely fragrant variety of Lavender.

Lemon Balm

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Mellissa officinalis Aprx 500 seeds җ җ җ
Lemon Balm has traditionally been used as a medical herb rather than as a spice but its fresh and pure lemon taste, makes it a perfect substitute for fresh lemon grass or, in dried form, sassafras. In Central Europe, lemon balm is sometimes used to flavour sweet drinks and the leaves make an interesting decoration on many dishes to go with fish, poultry and salads.

Lovage

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Levisticum officinale Aprx 150 seeds җ җ
Lovage a Mediterranean plant, is a beautiful hardy perennial herb belonging to Umbelliferae, the same family as angelica and carrot. A tall addition to the herb garden looking like giant celery, lovage is often placed at the back of the herbaceous border. Lovage seeds, leaves and stems have a similar flavour to celery and can be used in soups, salads and rice dishes and Lovage tea can be made from the dried leaves creating a very agreeable aroma.

Marjoram Sweet

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Origanum marjorana Aprx 750 seeds җ
From Portugal Sweet Marjoram is actually a perennial but best grown as an annual. In a warm sheltered position it might be possible to over winter outside. Strong sweet aromatic flavour. with small grey leaves and white flowers up the stem. Seed can be sown directly outside in April or earlier under cover.

Oregano

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Origanum vulgare (Pot Marjoram) Aprx 750 seeds җ җ

Oregano is a semi hardy perennial growing to 50cm, with pink flowers and spade-shaped, olive-green leaves. It prefers a hot, relatively dry climate, but will do well in other environments. To cultivate, it should be sown in early spring under glass in heat, then planted out from May onwards in a fairly dry soil, with full sun. The plants should be spaced 12 inches apart or grown in pots on the patio. Needs some frost protection or perhaps best grown as an annual in the UK.

Parsley Champion Moss Curled

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Parsley Aprx 500 seeds  җ җ
A selected strain of Parsley with tightly curled dark green leaves used for garnishing. Parsley Champion Moss Curled can be grown on a windowsill or planted out alongside lettuce and other salad crops. To harvest keep up a regular picking routine which will encourage fresh new growth.

Pennyroyal Mint

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Pudding Grass Aprx 500 seeds җ җ җ

This species of Mint is a native of most parts of Europe, one of its popular names is 'Pudding Grass,' formerly used in stuffings using pepper and honey. It is the smallest of the Mints with the flowers held in whorled clusters. Like most of its near relatives, Pennyroyal is highly aromatic, perhaps even more so than any other Mint. An infusion of the leaves, known as Pennyroyal Tea, is an old-fashioned remedy for colds and menstrual derangements.

Peppermint

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Mentha piperita Aprox 500 seeds җ җ җ
This mint has dark green leaves sometimes with a touch of red. A slightly stronger mint flavour than the spearmint and the dried leaves and flowers of peppermint mint can be used in cosmetics and pot-pourris as well as flavouring salads etc.

Rosemary

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Rosmarinus officinalis Aprx 200 seeds җ җ
Rosemary is one of the best known herbs but they like a sheltered warm situation to replicate more Medirerranean climates. Alternatively grow in pots under glass or indoors.  The aromatic leaves as well as the blue flowers can be used to flavour roast lamb or vegetables. The leaves can be used fresh or dried.

Sage English

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Salvia officinalis or Broad Leaved Sage Aprx 100 seeds җ җ
English Sage is a grey-green leafed shrub with oval leaves and purple flowers. Height 1ft to 2ft.  This is a well known herb used extensively for seasoning. Sage should be lightly cut back after flowering to avoid leggy plants.

Spearmint

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Mentha spicata Aprx 500 seeds җ җ җ
Spearmint is a common mint used for flavouring peas and potatoes and to make a mint sauce, Also used in a tea, for desserts and iced drinks. This is the best mint for making mint tea and as a bonus the plant bears lovely blue flowers.

Tarragon Russian

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Artemisia dracunculus Aprx 250 seeds җ
This Russian Tarragon, unlike French Tarragon can be grown from seed. The leaves have a strong and sweet anise flavour and are used in salads and sauces for seasoning, especially popular for fish dishes. Sometimes used for flavouring vinegar. The plant is a perennial but will need protection from cold winters and can also be grown as a container plant.

Thyme Purple Creeping

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Herb Thyme Aprx 400 seeds җ җ җ
This variety of Thyme has a creeping habit forming matts of foliage about 10cm tall. With the attractive purple flowers this variety can be used for both ornamental and culinary applications.

Trachyspermum ammi

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Ajwain or Carom seeds Aprx 100 seeds

Trachyspermum ammi, commonly known as ajwain or carom is a plant from India, Pakistan and commonly used as a spice. The plant looks a bit like parsley but its the seeds that are harvested and often confused with lovage seed; even some dictionaries mistakenly state that carom seeds come from the lovage plant. The fresh seeds smell like thyme but are more aromatic and more pungent. In India it is believed to be a digestive aid. This plant is a tender annual and best sown in small pots under glass before planting out in a sheltered hot sunny position in June.

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Germination -- Easy Moderate and Challenging

Backlog for Fresh Seed Flavour

Hardiness - To -5°C җ To -10°C җҗ Fully Hardy җҗҗ

Needs Shady Position Sunny Position Water Loving