Starter Pack of five different herbs:
Calendula Officinalis, Pot Marigold.
Easy to grow hardy annual, often grown to add colour to flower beds, borders & containers, blooming from summer to autumn.
Pot marigold is one of the best known and versatile herbs in Western herbal medicine and is also a popular domestic remedy.
Sow indoors 6 weeks before last frost, setting out 12 weeks after last frost when warm.
Or sow directly in flowering position late spring or September, thinning to 20-30 cm spacing.
Plant seed 6mm deep.
Full sun, well drained soil. Prefers relatively poor soil.
Height 30- 60 cm, spread to 30 cm.
Easily self sows.
The growing plant acts as an insect deterrent, it reduces the soil eelworm population.
Echinacea Purpurea, Echinacea.
Echinacea is considered to be the most effective detoxicant in Western herbal medicine for the circulatory, lymphatic and respiratory systems.
Its use has also been adopted by Ayurvedic medicine.
Prefers a deep rich loam with plenty of leafmold and a sunny position. Succeeds in dry soils and tolerates drought once it is established.
Foeniculum vulgare, Fennel Common
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils but prefers a sunny dry position. It grows well in sandy soils and is drought tolerant once established.
Plants often self-sow freely in the garden. Plants can be grown in quite coarse grass, which can be cut annually in the autumn.
Although hardy in most parts of Britain, plants are liable to die out over the winter if the soil is not well-drained or the weather is persistently cold and wet. Fennel is often cultivated in the herb garden for its edible and medicinal uses. Especially in mild winters, the leaves can be available all year round. It is best to cut a few plants back to ground level occasionally during the growing season, thus ensuring a constant supply of fresh young shoots.
Petroselinum Crispum, plain leaved parsley
Parsley is a commonly grown culinary and medicinal herb that is often used as a domestic medicine. The fresh leaves are highly nutritious and can be considered a natural vitamin and mineral supplement in their own right.
Parsley has a long history of use. The ancient Greeks believed that it sprang from the blood of Archemorus, the forerunner of death, and so did not eat it but used it for making wreaths to adorn the dead. The Romans wore garlands of it at feasts in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. They kept it away from nursing mothers, however, believing that it could cause epilepsy in the infant. Parsley is superficially similar to several poisonous species, including Fool's Parsley (Aethusa cynapium). Great care should be exercised if harvesting the plant from the wild. A good bee plant.
A good companion plant, especially for growing near roses, tomatoes, carrots, chives and asparagus, giving them all added vigour and protection against certain pests, especially carrot root fly and rose beetles.
Prefers a moist well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Prefers a good light soil that is not too light or acid, growing poorly in light acid soils.
Hypericum Perforatum, St Johns Wort
Easily grown in any reasonably good well-drained but moisture retentive soil. Succeeds in dry soils. Plants grow well in sun or semi-shade but they flower better when in a sunny position.
St. John's wort is often found as a weed in the garden. It grows well in the summer meadow and is a useful plant for attracting insects. The whole plant, especially when in bloom, gives off a most unpleasant smell when handled.