A hardy shrub, often evergreen, the strong flavour is delicious when combined with all types of robust meat and vegetable dishes.
Sow thinly, cover lightly with fine compost. Firm gently. Keep at 15-20˚C and keep moist. Seedlings appear 21-35 days.
When large enough transplant 5cm apart in further trays.
Transplant to final position spacing 25cm apart, in a warm sunny position in well drained soil./n/nAverage 1000 seeds
Superb aromas and flavours for a huge array of culinary dishes
Superb range of aromas and flavours for a vast array of culinary dishes. Grow in beds, borders and containers and all year round on the windowsill. Lemon – fresh, uplifting lemon flavour and aroma. Lettuce Leaf – largest basil leaf, with traditional flavour, also looks great when used as a garnish. Minette – sweet, slightly spicy flavour, the traditional basil used for pizzas. Red Rubin – subtle flavour and deep red leaves, gives a colourful ‘lift’ to salads, soups and stir-fries. Sweet – the most popular, aromatic large leaved basil, imparts a sweet, slightly aniseed flavour. Thai – traditional ingredient for oriental dishes, the flavour combines both aniseed and spice, simply wilt the leaves into soups, noodles and rice dishes.
This is a perennial herb with spreading habit and apple-scented leaves. It also has lilac flowers in the summer. Mint likes rich, moist soil and can be grown in partial shade. It is very invasive, so should be confined in a pot or a separate area. Pick the leaves as required, which are best used fresh. Pinch out the tip of the main stem to encourage bushy growth.
Perfect with richly flavoured meats and grilled fish
Very versatile with a somewhat floral, strongly aromatic flavour. A traditional ingredient of robust Greek food, popular in dishes such as moussaka. Excellent with cheese, grilled fish and for flavouring oils.
Strawberry red and white mixed seed by Mr. Fothergill’s. Fantastically sweet berries. An exceptional mixture of red and white, amazingly sweet alpine strawberries. Generally fruiting in the first year, they are a must have for patio containers. With generous crops and the added benefit of birds not recognising the ripe white strawberries.
Sow and grow: Sow indoors, January-March. A warm kitchen windowsill is all you need for starting these seeds. Sow thinly on the surface of a small tray or pot of pre-watered compost. Place in a warm, light position. A temperature of 20 degree C (68 degree F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 14-21 days. Transplant to individual pots when 10 cm (4-inch) tall. Grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions. Gradually accustom plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out, May-June, 25 cm (10-inch) apart, into warm, well-drained soil, or individual containers, when frosts are over. Harvest: August-October.
Hints and tips: The size of the small fruit is more than made up for by their delicious flavour. A mulch in summer will help keep plants moist and the berries off the ground. Plants will fruit for several years.
Decorative and versatile, with a mild garlic flavour
A decorative herb with attractive white flowers and fleshy, mild garlic flavoured leaves which are great in salads, stir-fries or finely chopped in cream cheese or omelettes.
Suitable for Containers Suitable for Attracting Bees New for 2012
Unusually Attractive Plants
Well-filled bicolour cobs on unusually attractive plants with red streaked foliage and stems. This deliciously sweet tasting ‘synergistic’ variety also has high yields and the reliability expected of a top quality F1 variety.
Picasso F1 can be grown alongside other varieties without affecting quality, which is ideal if space is limited. Cobs measure 20cm(8in) long.