Manor Farm Herbs
Manor Farm
Fringford
Bicester
Oxfordshire OX27 8DP

Manor Farm Herb Seeds

Borage blue flowered seeds (Starflower)

Borage blue flowered seeds (Starflower): Borago officinalis

Borago officinalis

Height:
60 – 80 cm
Suitable for:
Full sun in most garden soils.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Borage is a well known annual herb in the herb garden, with loads of small brilliant blue flowers from June right through until winter sets in. The foliage is edible, if rather rough and hairy, and the plant self seeds liberally for the next season.

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Borage white flowered seeds (Starflower)

Borage white flowered seeds (Starflower): Borago officinalis 'Alba'

Borago officinalis 'Alba'

Height:
50 – 70 cm
Suitable for:
Full sun in most garden soils.
Seed Price:
£2.30
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Borage is a well known annual herb in the herb garden, and the white flowered variety is most unusual with striking white flowers which make a delightful change from the traditional blue. The foliage is edible, if rather rough and hairy, and the plant self seeds liberally for the next season.

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Leaf Celery seeds (Soup celery)

Leaf Celery seeds (Soup celery): Apium graveolens

Apium graveolens

Height:
Up to 25cm
Suitable for:
Partial shade in moist soil, good in containers.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Also called soup celery, leaf celery is darker than the standard celery which we buy in the greengrocers with much thinner stalks.

It is grown for its foliage which has a strong almost peppery flavour which is great in cooking. It looks very similar in all respects to flat leaf parsley, but with a characteristic celery flavour.

Pick the leaves on a cut and come again basis and use it in soups, sauces and stews, adding at the end of the cooking time. Give a kick to salads but use sparingly so that it doesn't overwhelm the other ingredients.

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Chervil seeds

Chervil seeds: Anthriscus cerefolium

Anthriscus cerefolium

Height:
30 cm, up to 45 cm when in flower
Suitable for:
Partial shade in a rich moist soil.
Deep containers.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Chervil is a hardy annual herb suitable for sowing early in the spring. It looks rather like a lacy version of parsley with dainty white flowers later in the summer. It is grown as a culinary herb for its mild anise flavour and its attractive foliage makes it a welcome addition to any herb garden.

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Coriander seeds (Cilantro, Chinese Parsley, Pak Chee)

Coriander seeds (Cilantro, Chinese Parsley, Pak Chee): Coriandrum sativum

Coriandrum sativum

Height:
20 cm and up to 45 cm in flower
Suitable for:
Rich moist soils in sun or a little shade.
Deep pots.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Coriander is an easily grown, annual culinary herb. The foliage closely resembles flat leaf parsley and has a strong flavour which is very popular in Asian cooking. All parts of the plant are used, most usually the foliage and seeds, but also the long tap roots.

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Cornflower Polka Dot Mix (Bachelor's Button)

Cornflower Polka Dot Mix (Bachelor's Button): Centaurea cyanus

Centaurea cyanus

Height:
Up to 40cm
Suitable for:
Moist well drained soil in sun.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

These are bushy little annuals which are easy grow — just scatter in the garden for weeks of colour. The Polka Dot mix which we have available comes in a lovely mixture of colours. They are popular with pollinators and wildlife, make a great cut flower and the petals can be used as a delicious edible garnish with their sweet and spicy flavour.

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Dill seeds

Dill seeds: Anethum graveolens

Anethum graveolens

Height:
45 cm - 1 m when flowering
Suitable for:
Sunny sheltered spot in well drained soil.
Large containers.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Dill is a versatile annual herb with a delightful appearance and flavour. The foliage is feathery and almost thread-like with a cool refreshing sharpness of flavour along with a slight sweetness. This elegant herb looks well in the herb garden, or indeed any border, especially when in flower with its elegant saucer shaped flower heads made up of small deep yellow florets.

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Fenugreek (Methi)

Fenugreek (Methi): Trigonella foenum-graecum

Trigonella foenum-graecum

Height:
30 – 40cm
Suitable for:
Well drained soil in full sun.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Best known as aromatic seeds used in curry powder and spice mixes, and included on all Indian menus where ever you see the word Methi.

Fenugreek produces tasty greens with a fresh herby flavour. They are more interesting than spinach but not as peppery as rocket, and are rich in iron, vitamins, antioxidants and fibre. They can easily be grown on a cut and come again basis giving a supply of greens throughout the season. Surely a 'must have' new food to try!

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Heartsease seeds

Heartsease seeds: Viola tricolor

Viola tricolor

Height:
15 – 25 cm
Suitable for:
Moist but well drained soil in sun or part shade. Beds, borders and containers.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

This is a smaller wild version of the better known pansy. Grown as an annual, it has a long flowering season with small bright pansy flowers in shades of purple yellow and cream. It self seeds readily around the garden and is an ideal container plant.

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Mexican marigold seeds
  (Mexican tarragon, Spanish tarragon, Pericón)

Mexican marigold seeds<br />  (Mexican tarragon, Spanish tarragon, Pericón): Tagetes lucida

Tagetes lucida

Height:
45 – 70 cm
Suitable for:
Sun or partial shade in well drained soil.
Seed Price:
£2.30
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

The leaves have a warm anise flavour and can be used as a good substitute for french tarragon. From mid summer onwards the plants are covered with clusters of small bright yellow blossoms.

In the UK the plants are generally grown as an annual but with a little frost protection they will shoot again from the base in spring.

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  (Mexican tarragon, Spanish tarragon, Pericón)

Mexican coriander
  (Culantro, Bhandhania, Mexican parsley, Recao, Chandon beni)

Mexican coriander<br />  (Culantro, Bhandhania, Mexican parsley, Recao, Chandon beni): Eryngium foetidum

Eryngium foetidum

Height:
Up to 30cm.
Suitable for:
Hot shady position in moist soil. Ideal for containers.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Despite its rather unsavoury latin name this is a popular South American herb very similar to the more familiar coriander in flavour but with a spicier and stronger sharp aroma and taste. It is a tender herb, needing a hot and shady spot, and is a popular addition to South American and Caribbean recipes.

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  (Culantro, Bhandhania, Mexican parsley, Recao, Chandon beni)

Mixed Salad Leaf seeds — Bright and Spicy mix

Mixed Salad Leaf seeds — Bright and Spicy mix:
Suitable for:
Moist well draining soil in sun or part shade.
Ideal for containers
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Bright and spicy salad mix is an easily grown addition to brighten up your salads.

It is made up of a mix of white and yellow Pak Choi, Tatsoi, Mizuna and red mustard.

It can be grown either by sowing outside during spring and summer into a finely raked seed bed, or in a large container outside or under cover or even on the windowsill for winter use.

The mix of leaves all have a similar growth rate making harvesting easy, they have a good mix of textures with a hint of spice.

Harvest for the kitchen on a 'cut and come again' basis once the leaves are 12 &ndashl 15 cm high, leaving the central shoots to produce more leaves for future use. You can get up to 3 harvests from the same sowing.

The leaves are great added to salads, sandwiches and as an attractive garnish.


Mixed Salad Leaf seeds — Oriental mix

Mixed Salad Leaf seeds — Oriental mix:
Suitable for:
Moist well draining soil in sun or part shade.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Oriental salad mix is an easily grown addition to a touch of the exotic your salads.

It is made up of a mix of white Pak Choi, Tatsoi, Mizuna, Mibuna (Japanese parsley) and red and white mustards.

It can be grown either by sowing outside during spring and summer into a finely raked seed bed, or in a large container outside or under cover or even on the windowsill for winter use.

The mix of leaves all have a similar growth rate making harvesting easy. They have a good mix of textures with a delicious oriental taste.

Harvest for the kitchen on a 'cut and come again' basis once the leaves are 12 – 15 cm high, leaving the central shoots to produce more leaves for future use. You can get up to 3 harvests from the same sowing.

The leaves are great added to salads, sandwiches and as an attractive garnish. Try adding a handful to your stirfry when cooking is complete — just before serving.


Nasturtium 'Alaska' seeds

Nasturtium 'Alaska' seeds: Tropaeolum majus

Tropaeolum majus

Height:
30 cm
Spread:
up to 60 cm
Suitable for:
Containers, ground cover on poor dry soil.
Sun or a little shade.
Seed Price:
£2.30
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Nasturtiums are easy to grow annuals with edible flowers and leaves. Alaska is an heirloom variety with variegated leaves which are green, white and cream in irregular blotches. The flowers are trumpets of vibrant red, orange, yellow and cream. The plant is bushy and spreading rather than climbing.

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Nasturtium 'Blue Pepe' seeds (Salad nasturtium)

Nasturtium 'Blue Pepe' seeds (Salad nasturtium): Tropaeolum majus

Tropaeolum majus

Height:
Up to 30cm
Suitable for:
Sun or part shade, in average to poor soil.
Excellent in containers.
Seed Price:
£2.30
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

This is a unique nasturtium, which has been bred especially as a culinary variety mainly for restaurant use. The leaves are small and round with a steel blue colour and purple beneath. The flowers in summer are an intense dark red.

Nasturtiums are fast and easy to grow. They thrive in well drained soil in full sun. No extra fertiliser is needed otherwise the plants will produce lots of foliage at the expense of the flowers. All parts of the plant are edible. The flowers are both sweet and spicy and make a fabulous edible garnish. The foliage has an aromatic peppery flavour and is great in salads.

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Nasturtium 'Empress of India' seeds

Nasturtium 'Empress of India' seeds: Tropaeolum majus

Tropaeolum majus

Height:
30 cm
Spread:
up to 60 cm
Suitable for:
Containers, ground cover on poor dry soil.
Sun or a little shade.
Seed Price:
£2.30
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Nasturtiums are easy to grow annuals with edible flowers and leaves. Empress of India has deep crimson velvety flowers and dark green foliage with a hint of blue. It is an old fashioned cultivar dating back to Victorian times and is popular because of its bushy, compact habit which makes it ideal to grow in containers, hanging baskets and for adding summer colour to the herb garden.

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Pot Marigold seeds

Pot Marigold seeds: Calendula officinalis

Calendula officinalis

Height:
Up to 40 cm
Suitable for:
A sunny position in most soils.
Ideal for containers.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Pot marigolds are bushy, long lived annual herbs with both culinary and medicinal uses, but often grown just for the attractive golden orange flowers. They are a traditional cottage garden plant, flowering from early summer into the autumn, and self seed nearby if not deadheaded ensuring a supply of these bright and cheerful herbs in succeeding years.

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Quinoa

Quinoa: Chenopodium quinoa

Chenopodium quinoa

Height:
1.2 – 2 metres
Suitable for:
Fertile moist soil.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Not strictly a herb but certainly a crop to experiment with!

Quinoa is very on trend and easily found in the supermarkets. It is an unusual plant in that the seeds are a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids you need for a healthy diet. Low maintenance and pest free it is relatively easy to grow in our UK climate. Certainly something to try out!

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Salad Rocket seeds (Arugula)

Salad Rocket seeds (Arugula): Eruca sativa 'Victoria'

Eruca sativa 'Victoria'

Height:
Up to 20c m, 45 cm when in flower
Suitable for:
Most soils, in a sunny position.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Salad Rocket is a hardy annual herb with a dark green peppery leaf which is grown mainly for salad use. It is fast growing in most soils but does tend to go to seed easily in hot weather, so sow little and often.

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Stridolo (Sculpit)

Stridolo (Sculpit): Silene inflata

Silene inflata

Height:
Up to 45cm when in flower.
Suitable for:
Full sun in most soils (see below).
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

A Italian herb, rarely heard of outside Italy. This is a fast growing annual herb with lance-like leaves combining the flavours of tarragon, chicory and rocket. The versatile foliage can be used in a whole variety of dishes and the herb has the added bonus of highly attractive pink balloon like flowers fringed with delicate white petals. Bees and other pollinators absolutely love this flower!

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Tree Spinach seeds

Tree Spinach seeds: Chenopodium giganteum

Chenopodium giganteum

Height:
Up to 2 m
Suitable for:
Most soils in a sunny spot.
Good at the back of the border.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Tree spinach is tall growing and bright green annual herb. As it grows all of the new foliage is vivid pink in colour, making it a really eye catching plant in the border. Whilst it makes a great specimen plant is most usually grown as a salad herb and vegetable.

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Watercress seeds

Watercress seeds: Nasturtium officinale

Nasturtium officinale

Height:
Up to 10cm and spreads across the soil surface
Suitable for:
Partial shade in a constantly damp location.
Ideally in a large shallow container.
Seed Price:
£2.10
Per Pack. Includes delivery.

Watercress is a well known tasty salad leaf with a hot and peppery taste. As well as a superb flavour it has many health benefits — high in Vitamin C, iron, calcium and folic acid.

It is traditionally grown in running water but is quick and easy to grow in wide shallow plant pots which are kept constantly damp by standing in a saucer of water. It grows best with just a little sun in a partially shaded position, and can be harvested regularly on a cut and come again basis throughout the summer and autumn.

Early crops can be started in an unheated greenhouse or cold frame, and from mid March onwards it can be grown outside with no protection.

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