Hey! I've been a busy BEE lately sharing lots of tips and growing from seed tutorials over at Back to the Basics (our blog). First, *Just a reminder* we will be offering ORGANIC GARLIC as a pre-order only item as early as July 2015. Last year we sold out in late August so orders must be placed in advance. We will send out the official announcement in July.
Next, check out a few NEW varieties we added yesterday!
If you are looking for a
different flavor from traditional spinach, then this gorgeous
combination of deep green leaves set against burgundy stems and violet
blooms will be perfect in your herb garden. Edible leaves grown from
Malabar Spinach seeds can be used throughout summer and will flourish
in heat and humidity. Young leaves of this herb plant can be cooked and
added to recipes and fresh leaves make a great salad. Climbing to 10
feet or more, Malabar Spinach is a lovely vine for trellises and
arbors. It is also commonly referred to as Climbing Spinach Vine, Red
Vine Spinach or Creeping Spinach. The Malabar Spinach herb is one of
the very few garden herbs that is a vining plant.
Stevia is a rewarding plant to
grow in the herb garden! It is a tender perennial that is native to
subtropical regions. Wild Stevia plants often grow on the edges of
marches or streams. The Sweet Leaf herb plant can be successfully grown
in the herb garden in most any region. It prefers a well-drained sandy
loam. Raised beds ensure that the roots do not have too much moisture,
and organic compost and regular watering give adequate moisture and
nutrients. In colder, northern climates, grow Stevia herb plants as
considered to be rather weedy, it now has improved cultivars and is
grown throughout Europe and North America for an early spring
nutritious herb. Corn Salad, also called Mache, grows from a basal
rosette of rounded, spoon-shaped leaves. The succulent leaves that can
be 6 inches long have a nutty, sweet flavor that is excellent in tossed
green salads. The Mache herb is a nutritious addition to grow in the
herb garden with leaves that provide vitamins and minerals, especially
Commonly called Rigid Goldenrod or
Stiff Goldenrod, this perennial is easily propagated from Solidago
seeds. This Goldenrod wildflower is very versatile, native to the
United States and has many uses such as roadside plantings, providing
wildlife with food and habitat, naturalized settings and wild flower
gardens. Solidago Goldenrod is one of the best wild flowers for late
fall blooming and is very showy with large heads and flower clusters.
Butterflies, hummingbirds, goldfinches, and other small birds are
attracted to Solidago and feed on its nectar and flower seeds. Not only
are the flowers lovely, but the leaves are also attractive all summer
long turning to a rose color in fall. The Rigid Goldenrod wildflower is
best grown in full sun and well-drained garden soil.
This variety is commonly called Fern Leaf
Lavender or Egyptian Lavender. Use them in fresh arrangements or dry
them for dried floral arrangements, potpourri, and crafts. Fernleaf
Lavender herb plants are tender perennials. In USDA zones 8 and colder
this variety will grow as an annual.