All seeds are organically grown, and certified organic unless indicated otherwise.
Agastache foeniculum – [Certified Organic] insectary plant, its long-blooming edible purple flowers attract bees, parasitic wasps, butterflies & hummingbirds. Try them fresh in fruit salad or dry them with the leaves for a minty-licorice flavoured herb tea or culinary seasoning, or filler in mixed bouquets. The tea induces sweating and strengthens the heart, was used also for fevers, colds, & by Native Americans as a cough medicine. Perennial can grow 3′ tall, 2′ wide and flower from mid- summer through fall. Perennial. Zone 4
Dolce Fresca – [Certified Organic] A true dwarf plant with full size leaf & flavour. ½ size of other basil so ideal for containers
Italian Large Leaf – Genova Strain’. Italian heirloom is stocky & grows to 14”. Commercial selection of Genovese basil with sweeter flavour & plant habit. Slower to bolt & leaves more uniform in colour. Note: this is organically produced seed but not certified.
Eleonora EE-602 [Certified Organic] Downy Mildew tolerant Large leaf basil. Upright plant with great flavour, big leaves & excellent field quality.
Pluto – [Certified Organic] Compact & smallest leaf is ideal for containers as forms a perfect ball-shaped plant.
Sacred/Tulsi – Ocimum sanctum [Certified Organic] (100 days) Native to India and used in Indian as well as Thai cuisine. Spicier than other basils and quicker to go to seed, but still usable when covered with purple flowers. Used in Ayurvedic medicine as a poultice on acne, ringworm, eczema and insect bites. Makes a delicious tea. Strengthens the immune system and increases oxygen uptake in the brain. Plants stand a bit more cold than other basils. Leaves are clove scented.
Borago officinalis – [Certified Organic] 55 days. Easy to grow plant with fuzzy cucumber-flavoured leaves & flowers that open blue, turn purple and then pink and make colorful additions to salads. Bushy 2–3′ annual likes sun, prefers moist well-drained soil & will self sow. Young plants are easy to move around. Makes a great border for the vegetable garden where the dense plants smother weeds and attract bees. Used in cough syrups or frozen in ice cubes to lend cucumber flavor to cold drinks. A nourishing tea for nursing mothers. Survives early frosts
Catgrass (Hordeum Vulgare Variegata) Grow your own variegated barley in the summer garden & save the seeds. Plant in a pot during the winter, cover lightly with soil. Within a few days it will sprout & the cats can eat it in a week. Note: this is organically produced seed but not certified.
Catnip – Nepeta cataria -[Certified Organic] Irresistable to cats. Beautiful European wildflower is a magnet for bees. Catnip grows readily in poor soil. Used for centuries by peasants to make tea before Chinese tea replaced it. Promotes a good night sleep & reduces fever & cold.
Garlic chives –[Certified Organic] Grows like regular chives but leaves are flat, blossoms are white & flavour has a garlic twist. Pollinator friendly. Hardy & easy to grow from seed. Perennial.
Polyvit EE-603 [Certified Organic] Early, high yielding, bunching chives with vigorous upright growth.
Genesis – [Certified Organic] 50-55 days. Superior variety for fresh leaf use. Slow to bolt even in hot weather.
Santo EE-604 [Certified Organic] Extra slow-bolting type producing broad, fresh green leaves on strong stems. Great for bunching.
Diana – [Certified Organic] Uniform dark green foliage, excellent for bunching with strong stems & resistant to bolting.
Hera EE-606 [Certified Organic] Slow bolting market quality variety producing high yields of besutiful blue-green ferny foliage.
Elecampane Inula helenium [Certified Organic] Open-pollinated. Also known as Horseheal, Wild Sunflower and Elf Dock. Large dramatic plant is an excellent lung tonic. Important to the ancient Greeks, said to have sprung from the tears of Helen of Troy, thus its botanical name. Mucilaginous root relaxes lungs and helps clear mucus, calms cough. Antibacterial and antifungal, also used for asthma, bronchitis, cough and flu, especially in children. Helpful for scabies, herpes and other skin disorders (an old name is Scabwort). Plant in heavy moist well-drained loam with generous helpings of compost. Dig root in mid fall. 5–8′ perennial with 2–3″ bright yellow rayed flowers, blooming May to August. Self-seeds. Zone 3.
Levisticum officinalis. [Certified Organic] Commonly known as ‘Magi Plant’. Adds strong celery flavour to soup, beef & sauces. An essential for making flavourful stock. Slow germinating but hardy & long-lived for sunny locations. Perennial
Greek – [Certified Organic] White flowered ‘Greek’ oregano has the strongest flavour of the oreganos. This is the true oregano used for cooking. Use fresh or dry in tomato sauces.
Zaatar (Origanum syriacum) [Certified Organic] – Staple in Middle Eastern cuisine & used for centuries in the Mediterranean for Za’atar blends. Great flavour includes hints of oregano, marjoram & thyme. Strong aroma with soft gray green fuzzy foliage & white flowers. Great in salads, on pizzas & olive oil infusions. Plant is 3’ high & wide & does well in containers. Poor to medium soil.
Green Pearl – Top German bunching variety, double curled, slow bolting. Hot & cold tolerance. Note: this is organically produced seed but not certified.
Laica Flat Leaf – High yielding variety with large dark green leaves & long strong stems. Note: this is organically produced seed but not certified.
Ceres – [Certified Organic] Dries well & retains its colour & aroma. High content of essential oils. Spikey mauve flowers & grey-green velvety leaves.
German Winter – [Certified Organic] Produces a strong aroma & dries well for culinary use.