On the sunny dry days in autumn we harvest our herb seeds from the plants growing in Jekka's Herbetum. We try to collect as much as we can to ensure that we have a good supply for the following year. It is magical to watch a plant go into seed and recognising that they are creating the next generation for us to enjoy.
Some of the herbs we use today, such as Coriander, Dill and Fennel, are thousands of years old; they have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs. It is wonderful to realise that through these seeds we have a link both to the past and to our future.
It is now becoming vitally important to harvest your own seeds as the new regulations are making it difficult to import many varieties of seeds. Previously you may also have let nature take control and allowed your seeds to drop and naturally self-seed, however, due to climate change and the more extreme weather patterns we are now experiencing, such as rain and floods, these seeds may now not survive.
We therefore encourage you to harvest your seeds and Jekka has written her guide on how to best do this. Click on the link below.
Meadowsweet, Filipendula ulmaria and Cardoon, Cynara cardunculus
One of our three core roots is that we are Environmentally Conscious and for the past 35 years all the herbs grown at Jekka’s have been raised following sustainable, environmentally friendly and organic approaches resulting in a remarkable biodiversity at the herb farm.
We love growing and harvesting seed at Jekka's. A lot of our herb seeds available online are harvested from Jekka's herb farm and all of them are untreated and can be used to grow organic herb plants.
We hand pack our seeds into glassine bags, which are fully recyclable, compostable and biodegradable. These bags are then put into beautifully illustrated paper seed packets. Therefore, our environmental footprint is small.