Herbs Gardener Secret:

Spring bulbs are now in store at greengate along with all the supplies you may need to get them pre-started.

Pot herbs in Sea Soil. Slower growing herbs have more flavour.

Outdoor herbs will be healthier. Try not to grow herbs inside due to dry air conditions.

Basil should not be put outside until all threat of frost has passed due to it's extremely delicate nature.






Types of herbs

Herbs can be purchased in seedling form in spring from the greenhouse or in seed form most times during the year. Herb kits are also available for growing herbs indoors during winter. Ask a greengate expert if you are new to herbs, as they can be tricky, but also very rewarding.

 

Mint Herb

Mint





Growing herbs indoors:

If you have a room that gets consistent direct, natural sunlight, you could actually grow your own edible herbs indoors and spring is a great time to sprout the seedlings. Herbs like basil, mint, and parsley will thrive indoors.

Give plants Evolve Rage Plus 0-0-6 in early spring. Trees and shrubs can benefit from a quick dose of this fertilizer while they are budding out. It takes about a month before you will see results, so April is a great time to give them a shot to get them going.




Earth Alive



Try Earth Alive in your seedling trays, pots or in your garden. Earth Alive is a beneficial fungus that breaks down organic materials into the nutrients that your plants need. Just mix into the soil at the time of planting. This product is super beneficial especially if you use organic materials like compost for fertilization, as it speed-up the delivery of nutrients to the plant roots through colonization.








MYKE vegetable & Herm fertilizer


Use Myke!

Myke is also a beneficial fungus that is applied directly to the roots of your plants. Myke offers a 75% better survival rate for your plants by increasing the root system. Whether it's trees, shrubs, annuals or perennials it doesn't matter! If you are planting use Myke for amazing results. Myke comes in several containers as they have different microbes in each, so buy specifically for the plants you will be planting. If you're not sure Myke tree and Shrub has all the MYCORRHIZAE necessary for any plant.

Did you know that if you purchase Myke with your trees and Shrubs we offer a 5-year warranty?







Herbs and their Culinary Uses:

  • Bouquet
  • Condiment
  • Flavouring
  • Fragrance
  • Potpourri
  • Sachet
  • Salad Garnish
  • Seasoning

 

While we endeavor to keep all of the following herbs in stock, we may experience occasional shortages between deliveries.

 

Anise - licorice-flavored, cookies & cakes, teas, curries
 


Basil - fish, chicken, seafood, pesto, pasta, salads, soups, sauces
   Varieties:

  • Lemon              
  • Lime
  • Purple              
  • Spicy Globe
  • Sweet               
  • Thai
     

Borage (self-seeds) - cucumber-flavored, salads, drinks

 

 

Chives - mild onion/garlic flavor, vegetables, stews, soups

  Varieties: 

  • Common (perennial)   
  • Garlic (perennial) 

 

Chamomile - aids in digestion, tea, cream sauces

   Varieties: 

  • German (mild)        
  • Roman (perennial)

 

Chervil (self seeds) - salads, fish, soups, stews, vegetables
 

Cilantro (leaves) - salads, chutney, salsa, soups, sauces
 

Coriander (seeds) - curries, pickles, beer
 

Dill - pickles, soups, sauces, dips, vegetables
 

Fennel - fish, salads, soups, egg dishes, use bulbs like celery
 

Lovage (perennial) - celery-flavored, soups, stews, vegetables
 

English Lavender - herbal jellies, vinegars, and oils
 

Lemon Balm (perennial) - tea, fish, potpourri, insect deterrent
 

Lemon Verbena - desserts, sauces, fish, rice, ice cream
 

Marjoram (perennial) - meat, eggs, vegetables, salads, vinegars
 

Mint - tea, baking & candy making, sauces, drinks, potpourri

  Varieties: 

  • Banana (perennial)  
  • Chocolate (perennial)      
  • Ginger (perennial)   
  • Mojito
  • Orange (perennial)  
  • Peppermint (perennial) 
  • Pineapple             
  • Spearmint (perennial)

 

Oregano - soups, sauces, pasta, vegetables

  Varieties: 

  • Greek               
  • Golden (mild

 

Parsley - vegetables, meat, salads, sauces

  Varieties: 

  • Curled (biennial)    
  • Italian (biennial)

 

Rosemary - chicken, lamb, pork, beef, vegetables

  Varieties: 

  • Arp (fragrant, upright) 
  • Barbeque (long upright stems)
  • Foxtail (semi-trailing)  
  • Irene (bright blue flowers)
  • Madalene Hill/Hill Hardy (fragrant, upright)
  • Roman Beauty (dense foliage, semi-trailing)
  • Salem (fast-growing, upright)  
  • Tuscan Blue (fragrant, columnar)

 

Sage - poultry, pork, salads, stuffing, sauces

  Varieties: 

  • Garden/Common (perennial)
  • Berggarten (gray-green foliage)
  • Pineapple (jams & jellies, drinks, salads)
  • Purple (colorful & tasty)
  • Tangerine (bright red flowers, orange-scented)
  • Tricolor (great for the kitchen or in containers)
  • Sorrel - salads, soups, sauces

 

Stevia - a very sweet sugar substitute

 

Savory - egg dishes, vegetables, soups, meats, salads

  Varieties: 

  • Summer (mild)             
  • Winter (perennial)
  • Tarragon - sauces, salads, fish, poultry, vinegars

 

Thyme - poultry, fish, salads, vegetables

  Varieties: 

  • English (perennial, the most common)
  • Lemon (glossy green lemon-scented leaves)
  • Silver (variegated leaves, great with roasted vegetables)

 



Herbs Growing Guide

Image Plant Name Botanical Name Annual / Biennial / Perennial Sun / Shade Indoor/Outdoor Seed Date Days Until Harvest Available As
XXX ANISE Pimpinella anisum Annual sun na/May 15-30 70-75 seed/plant
XXX BASIL Ocimum basilicum Annual sun n/a/May 15-30 80-85 seed/plant
XXX BAY/LAUREL Laurus nobilis Shrub, indoors for winter sun to part shade n/a n/a plant
XXX BEEBALM Monarda didyma Perennial sun or part shade n/a/May 1-15 90-120 plant
XXX BORAGE Borago officinalis Annual sun n/a/May 15-30 80-85 seed/plant
XXX CARAWAY Carum carvi Biennial sun/part shade n/a/May 15-30 harvest seeds 2nd year seed/plant
XXX CATMINT/CATNIP Nepeta cataria Perennial sun or part shade n/a/May 10-20 75-80 seed/plant
XXX CHAMOMILE Matricaria recutita Annual sun or part shade n/a/May 10-20 75-80 seed/plant
XXX CHERVIL Anthriscus cerefolium Annual sun or part shade n/a/May 15-30 70-80 seed/plant
XXX CHIVES Allium schoenoprasum Perennial sun n/a/May 15-30 80- 90 seed/plant
XXX CHIVES-GARLIC Allium tuberosum Perennial sun n/a/May 15-30 85-90 seed/plant
XXX CILANTRO/CORIANDER Coriandrum sativum Annual sun/part shade n/a/May 10-20 20- 90 seed/plant
XXX DILL Anethum graveolens Annual sun n/a/May 15-30 90 seed/plant
XXX ECHINACEA Echinacea angustifolia Perennial sun Apr. 1-15/n/a 120 plant
XXX FENNEL Foeniculum vulgare Annual sun n/a/June 1-10 80-90 seed/plant
XXX FENUGREEK Trigonella foenum Annual sun n/a/May 10-20 90-120 seed/plant
XXX GARLIC Allium sativum Annual sun/ part shade n/a/May 1-15 100-120 bulb/plant
XXX HORSERADISH Armoracia rusticana Perennial sun n/a/May 1-15 100-120 bulb/plant
XXX HYSSOP Hyssopus officinalis Perennial sun n/a May 10-30 30-60 seed/plant
XXX LAVENDER-ENGLISH Lavandula angustifolia Perennial sun Mar. 1-10/n/a 100-120 seed/plant
XXX LEMON BALM Melissa officinalis Perennial sun to part shade Apr. 10-20/n/a 90-100 seed/plant
XXX LOVAGE Levisticum officinale Perennial sun to part shade Apr. 1-15/June 1-10 harvest leaves as needed seed/plant
XXX MARJORAM-SWEET Origanum majorana Annual sun Apr. 10-20/n/a 90 seed/plant
XXX MINT/PEPPERMINT Mentha x piperita Perennial part shade Apr. 1-10/n/a 90 seed/plant
XXX MINT/SPEARMINT Mentha spicata Perennial part shade Apr. 1-10/n/a 90 seed/plant
XXX OREGANO Origanum vulgare Perennial sun Apr. 10-20/n/a 80-90 seed/plant
XXX PARSLEY-CURLED Petroselinum crispum Annual part shade Apr. 15/May 30 90 seed/plant
XXX PARSLEY-ITALIAN Petroselinum neopolitanum Annual part shade Apr. 1-15/May 15-30 90 seed/plant
XXX ROSEMARY Rosemarinus officinalis Perennial, indoors in winter sun Feb. 1-15/May 10-20 125 seed/plant
XXX SAGE Salvia officinalis Perennial sun Apr. 10-20/n/a 80-85 seed/plant
XXX SAVORY-SUMMER Satureja hortensis Annual sun n/a/May 10-20 60-65 seed/plant
XXX SAVORY-WINTER Satureja montana Perennial sun n/a/May 10-20 60-65 plant
XXX SORREL-FRENCH Rumex acetosa Perennial sun or part shade n/a/May 15-30 60 seed/plant
XXX STEVIA Stevia rebaudiana Annual sun to part shade n/a 60-80 plant
XXX TARRAGON-FRENCH Artemesia dranunculus 'sativa' Perennial sun or part shade April 1-10/n/a 110 seed
XXX THYME-ENGLISH Thymus vulgaris Perennial sun or part shade Apr. 1-10/n/a 85-90 seed/plant
XXX THYME-LEMON Thymus citriodorus Perennial sun Apr. 1-10/n/a 85-90 seed/plant
XXX VERBENA-LEMON Aloysia citrodora Annual sun April 1-10/n/a n/a plant


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