Autumn herb seed harvesting, cleaning and sowing at Jekka's

Autumn herb seed harvesting, cleaning and sowing at Jekka's

Newsletter: 15th October

Autumn herb seed sowing

We were asked at our last open days what do we do in the winter? On our nursery we are busy with growing herbs for the autumn and spring, either by taking cuttings or sowing seeds (watch Jekka's videos for tips). We grow herbs following sustainable and environmental methods and Jekka's top tip regarding when you should do this is by copying nature. Therefore, if you see herbs setting seeds or putting on new growth, it is the perfect time to propagate them.

Autumn is a wonderful time to sow culinary herbs to produce a winter crop because the soil is still warm and the pest and diseases that might have been present earlier in the year, such as carrot fly, have gone away. Here are some herb seeds we are sowing this month:

  1. Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
  2. Celery Leaf (Apium graveolens)
  3. Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium)
  4. Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
  5. Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

Fancy sowing some winter herbs? Then check out our seed list through the link below. We also sell plastic free plug trays and bamboo labels. These, together with a haws watering can, are all you need to get sowing!



Jekka Herb Garden this autumn


Jekka's Grow at Home Kits

We are delighted by the popularity of Jekka's Grow at Home Subscription and Jekka's Seed Club. Simply subscribe online and regulary receive some of our culinary herb seeds to grow.

"I very much enjoy growing the herbs and salads with the Seed Club. The seeds are of superb quality. I would expect nothing less from Jekka" - Martina, a member of Jekka's Seed Club

Both our seeds and kits do not contain plastic and our compost is peat-free and pots are biodegradable. We refresh the variety of seeds in both our seasonal kits and seed club each year, keeping some of the "must-have" seeds and replacing others with our new culinary favourites.

Fancy trying one our kits or signing up to the subscription? Jekka's Grow at Home Autumn Herb Kit contains herb seeds of Coriander, Jekka's Salad Mix, Chervil, Fennel & Winter Purslane. 



Jekka's Grow at Home Kits

Herb Seed Harvesting

As we hope you are aware, everything we do at Jekka's Herb Farm promotes biodiversity and therefore, we champion harvesting your own seeds.

This is increasingly important with climate change, as seeds might fail one year or plants might sadly not survive an unpredicted heat wave or down pour. Thereby having a store of seeds means you will be able to refresh and keep your bit of nature going each year.

Jekka shares her tips for harvesting herb seeds in the guide linked below. Over the last month we have harvested:

  1. Chinese Szechuan Pepper (Zanthoxylum simulans)
  2. Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
  3. Korean Mint (Agastache rugosa)
  4. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  5. St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

However, remember to leave some seeds for the birds or replace with bird food (ours is currently on sale here)

Cardoon flower and seed heads

Cultivating flavour, creating experience.