Not so with many herb plants!
Finding fresh seed for basil, cilantro, parsley, and all the popular culinary
herbs is easy. Unlike our neighboring greenhouses which will be full with
geraniums and other flowering plants; if we run out of rare and unusual herbs,
then we are out! But this inconvenience is small compared to consistently
finding seeds for the less known herbs such as White Sage and Holy Basil. Only
a few seed companies sell rare herb seeds. Once certain seeds have been
located, they must also be viable. Meaning they must be fresh enough to
Finding fresh seed for rare
herbs is always chancy. We watch closely to see that we can try again if a
batch fails to germinate. To even the odds that we will sow fresh viable seed,
we have grown our own herb plants in a garden next to the farm office. Seeds
are harvested and dried in an old smokehouse. We still must buy seeds, but we
also have the fresh seeds we grew. This doesn't solve all the problems, but
helps plenty and gives us a proactive way to keep a fresh supply of seeds.
My dad always told me 'if it were
easy, everyone would be doing it!' Growing rare and unusual plants is
definitely not for the faint of heart. It is a challenge but also very
rewarding. Since launching a web business, we have connected to thousands of
gardeners who are interested in the original herbs such as; Lavender, Mint,
Oregano, and Thyme. Much of our recent editions are due to those requests. We
strive to be an exchange for gardeners. We want to know what you need to for
your garden and success stories so that we can share that knowledge with other
growers. Rest assured; we are committed to serving all of your gardening needs.