A deluxe collection of three seed packets to help you make your own herbal teas. Traditional, warm, healing, at hand. Growing tips and recipes inside. Happy planting!
- 1 x Peppermint
- 1 x Quedlinburger Niederliegende Lemon Balm
- 1 x Holy Green Basil
Sowing: indoor not required, outdoors Feb-June
Timing: germination 7-15 days, harvesting 40-60 days
Spacing: when sowing 2-3cm, when thinning 3-5cm
Growing: full sun to partial shade, regular watering not overdone, well drained light and moist soil, addition of fertilizer is not necessary
Caring: to keep lemon balm vibrant, trim the plant about 30cm high after the plant has stopped blooming for the season
Supporting: attracts bees and butterflies, repels mosquitos and fleas
Harvesting: lemon balm can be picked at any time, but choose young, bright-green, and tender leaves to appreciate the citrusy flavour at its peak!
Medicinal: place lemon balm sachets under the pillow for a relaxing night’s sleep
Eating: add lemon balm to fruit salads, herb butters and sorbets, or use it to add a citrus hint to refreshing fruit drinks and cocktails like the delicious lemon balm honeysuckle
Sowing: indoors not required, outdoors Apr-May
Timing: germination 10-15 days, harvesting 60-90 days
Spacing: when sowing 3-5cm, when transplanting 5-10cm
Growing: partial shade to full sun, regular abundant watering, well drained light and moist soil, addition of fertilizer is not necessary
Caring: peppermint generally grows best in moist, shaded locations. Consider growing it in containers, as this bully plant could become hard to control!
Supporting: attracts bees and butterflies, attracts ladybirds that eat aphids
Harvesting: pick mint leaves individually only as needed. If you aren't using the mint immediately, place the stems in a glass of water up to seven days to preserve scent and flavour
Medicinal: peppermint is a popular traditional remedy for several conditions
Eating: toss leaves into fresh fruit salad or add them to salad dressings and marinade. Prepare classic mint sauce to add to peas or lamb recipes. Dry leaves for later use
Holy Green Basil
Sowing: indoors Feb-March, outdoors Apr-May
Timing: germination 7-14 days, harvesting 40-60 days
Spacing: when sowing 2-3cm, when thinning 5-10cm
Growing: full sun, regular watering not overdone, well drained light and moist soil, light feeder
Caring: as Tulsi plants are frost-sensitive, it can be grown in temperature climates as long as you wait until the last frost has passed before planting
Supporting: attracts bees and butterflies, caterpillars and aphids attack it
Harvesting: harvest the plants leaves regularly, in small amounts. Pinch the leaves gently as they can bruise easily, which can damage the scent or flavour
Medicinal: tees bring clarity and beat stress. The act of drinking itself can be as calming as yoga
Eating: Holy basil is used in Thai cuisine to mat phat kaphora, a signature stir-fried recipe with garlic, fresh chillies, and fish sauce. Holy basil's peppery spiciness has earned it the nickname 'hot basil'