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Find your answers to common questions below. Click on a question to view the answer.

How do I stop my Coriander from bolting so quickly?

Coriander is a fast growing hardy annual. As with all annuals, their one ambition in life is to set seed before the season is over. Once coriander sends out a flowering stem, the culinary leaves at the base are no longer produced. Firstly, choose a variety that has been bred for leaf production. Try not stress the plant into thinking it has to flower and seed. Transplant gently, keep watered and pinch out central shoots as they form. Alternatively, sow directly into soil in succession throughout the season for a continuous supply of delicious, spicy leaves.

Why does my parsley go yellow?

Parsley has a very large root system and requires a roomy pot with good compost and feed. Purpose-made, window-sill parsley pots are usually much too small. Use these outside for creeping thymes instead!

Which mint should I use for potatoes, peas and mint sauce?

Any of the Spearmints are best for this use, although which one is a matter of personal choice. Choose from basic Spearmint, Curly Spearmint, Tashkent, Swiss or Moroccan, the latter being a compact variety for a container. See catalogue for descriptive advice.

 I love the idea of a Chamomile Lawn. How easy is it to create one?

For those people who think it would be an easier option than constantly mowing the grass, I am afraid that I have some bad news!   A sweetly scented, chamomile lawn is a real delight – but it can be quite hard work!   We would suggest trying a small patch in your garden first, just to make sure conditions are suitable.  Firstly, ensure that the area is completely weed free.  Unwanted plants emerging through your chamomile carpet are rather difficult to remove. The best time to plant is in late Spring when the chamomile is growing at a fast rate.  The rapid, prostrate growth will help to suppress any weed seedlings below. Keep well watered during warm, dry weather.  The lawn will spread by sending out fresh runners. Eventually, you may find that the centre of the original plant dies off, leaving a hole in the sward.  Simply remove the affected area, add some garden compost in the gap and re-plant with a fresh, rooted runner from a thick part of the lawn.   

A chamomile lawn can be sown directly into the soil with seed of Roman Chamomile but this method, although cheaper initially, is really not practical. This form of chamomile will grow quite tall before flowering and would require constant rolling with a heavy, old-fashioned roller to suppress growth.  Not only is this rather hard work, it would also eventually compact the soil, spoil the drainage and encourage moss instead of chamomile!  The best varieties to use are the non-flowering clone ‘Treneague’  or even Double Flowered Chamomile both of which are very prostrate although the spent flower stems of the latter would have to be removed to allow for fresh foliage growth.  Although neither of these varieties can be grown from seed, we can supply small plug plants to order to get you started which can be planted about 5” apart or you can visit the nursery and purchase fully grown plants which can be set about 6-7” apart.

See our Chamomile Lawn calculator to get a quote for your planned area


Should I let my herbs flower

Well, this a good question. Some culinary herbs should not be encouraged to flower as the plant will use all those precious nutrients to produce the flower. This has the effect of the older leaf becoming tastless or a bit course and the plant will not produce young, fresh leaves whilst flowering.. However, you also would want to keep the flowers for insects. And a flowering herb garden can be a mass of butterflies and bees in the summer. The answer is to grow more than one of each variety. You can than let some flower and cut the others back so you have the best of both worlds!

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