Five culinary herb trends, with suggestions and recommendations from Herb Product Manager, Hillary Alger, on the following: chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium); epazote (Dysphania ambrosioides); lemon balm (Melissa officinalis); papalo (Porophyllum ruderale); and shiso (Perilla frutescens), including Britton, red and green varieties, and best type for umeboshi.
Use our Herb Culture Comparison Chart to plan your production season: review specs by crop, days to germination, days to maturity; sowing time, seeding method, light preferences, plant height, plant spacing, and hardiness zones. Data are included for a diverse selection of Johnny's herb crops.
Learn key points for successful, professional-quality container herb production, benefits of gardening with potted herbs, and best herbs for container growing.
Suggestions for mouthwatering combinations of culinary herbs and farm fresh produce, from Johnny's Selected Seeds.
Part retail nursery, part gift shop, part classroom, the herb farm has become one of the most popular types of agritourism destinations. Customers are willing to travel long distances to visit a farm where they can walk through display gardens, have a cup of tea and a scone, or take a class.
Tips and recommendations for developing a successful, profitable business growing herb plants for direct-market sales, from the Research & Trialing team at Johnny's Selected Seeds.
Lynn Byczinski offers an overview of the economic outlook for culinary herb production for small-scale farmers and direct-market growers.
Tips and recommendations for successfully marketing your herb plants in creative ways. Whether you elect to sell herbs in containers, pots, flats, or 6-packs, at farmers' markets, farm stands, retail nurseries, fairs, or specialty shops, it's wise to develop a marketing plan before you plant your herb seeds or plants. Here are some helpful ideas from Lynn Byczynski, author, editor, publisher, farmer, and sustainable agriculture consultant.
Learn how a farming family in New York grows perennial herbs in an unheated hoophouse under row cover to offer fresh-cut herbs from April through December.
Herbs are often called the useful plants, with good reason. They are valuable for culinary, cosmetic, medicinal, and ornamental products, offering growers a world of possibilities. They can be sold as live plants, sold fresh-cut, used in bouquets or other value-added products, or dried for later use. Here are a few ways to make herbs a profitable part of your market garden.
Use this chart of recommended standard timing intervals for succession-planting Johnny's herb crops. Lists seeding intervals and tips for herb crops most amenable to succession planting.