Ginny's Herbs - Heirloom herb and vegetable catalogues, NZ

 Ginny's Herbs supplies herb plants and seedlings of old, tried & true non-hybrid and heirloom vegetablesand companion plants by mail order throughout New Zealand-you are most welcome to join many subscribers for my monthly newsletter.

Please note: Mail orders are sent out the Monday after receiving payment, to ensure they get to their destination before the following weekend.Note:maximize your courirer fee by sending 4-6 plants for the same low $6.00 rate.  You are now able to pay using your credit card though Paypal.

Those of you who live in or around Whangarei- a selection of my seedlings are available at Palmers Gardenworld, Whangarei.

            My  courses at CEW at Kamo High School for the second term of 2014 are now  listed on the right- from each one you can go direct to CEW. to find out more! Remember those of you who do not live locally can buy the course notes from the catalogue in the top left hand corner.

     

I have 2 new tea towels now available- one features healing herbs and the other heirloom vegetables. Printed on the same good quality material as the others, these make lovely gifts, especially for posting around New Zealand or overseas. This makes 5 designs in my tea towel range and I have been delighted at the interest in them- they are available in varying gift packs in my gift range.

 

New! I now have aprons available the same as my tea towels- great gifts for the cooks in your family- stove or barbecue!They can be found in the gift range link above.

                      

   

Herb Recipes

2 cups wholemeal flour,
4tsp baking powder,
1/3 cup of oil,
1 beaten egg,
1 cup milk and water mix,
pinch salt,
2 tbsp finely chopped herbs (thyme, sage, rosemary or chives),
1/2 cup currants (or almonds or sunflower seeds).

Grease 12 muffin tins. Mix dry ingredients. Whisk all the rest except herbs and currants. Mix into dry ingredients. Add the herbs etc. Spoon into muffin tin. Bake at 190 deg.C for 10 minutes. Serve by splitting open and putting butter in.

Plants to Try

This cauli is very reliable. It produces lovely tight white curds in a short time.

$3.00

The old white stemmed one with dark green crinkly leaves that Grandad used to grow- wonderful flavour, and full of iron.

$2.39

A spectacular addition to your garden, these plants glow with vibrant colour! It is amazing that something so pretty is also good for us! Use as silver beet- also great chopped finely in salads...

$3.00

This is the pick & come again version of radicchio with pointed red leaves. Looks great in salads, and can be steamed, as can all the others.

$3.00

With its dark red leaves with white ribs, this one looks like a rose when growing-plant it in the flower garden! Self-blanching. Recommended.

$3.00

Self blanching, this chicory is the easy way to grow whitloof for cooking! It forms a conical head like Cos lettuce, and tastes great. Recommended.

$2.31

The traditional one, with frilly leaves. Use in stir-fry, salads or steamed. Attractive.

$3.00

An old vegetable made popular again by chef Jamie Oliver. Use the ferny green leaves with fish and egg dishes. Traditionally the white bulb is served in a white sauce, or raw in salads.

$3.00

The real old one that originally came from Scotland! This has the really tasty frilly bluey-green leaves, and is ‘pick & come again’. It will last for ages over winter/early...

$3.00

This gorgeous kale grows tall, with bubbly,bluey-green leaves. Pick young leaves from the bottom up. I like this one in the flower garden!

$3.00

From America, this heirloom does well in our climate. I often hear that this one goes on forever. It is so pretty with its blue/pink lacy leaves, and tastes really good, too. Try young leaves...

$3.00

This red cos is so gorgeous to look at that it seems a shame to eat it! Recommended as the slugs and snails will not attack it so readily as it is a red vegetable and they do not go for them as...

$2.31

Angelica archangelica, 50 cm Biennial. This is the angelica used for taking the bitterness out of rhubarb etc. Just put some pieces of stalk in while cooking. The stems are also candied for...

$4.45

Angelica pachycarpa, 1m Biennial. Usually self seeds. These leaves are great for floral arrangements.

$4.45

Perennial. Good bee plant Sweet aniseed smell makes it ideal for pot pourri, also a nice tea. Pretty white flowers.

$4.45

Cynara scolymus 1-2m Biennial, this large stately plant has leaves that are edible when young, and the edible fruit. It looks magnificent as a wind break or hedge, and the leaves are in demand...

$4.45

Melissa officinalis Perennial. Good bee plant. Fresh leaves used in salads, soups, stews, and in seasonings for poultry and veal. Fresh leaves and honey makes a refreshing tea. Rub leaves inside...

$4.45

Monarda citriodora. 50cm in flower.plant in Spring/ Summer. Annual. Use flowers and leaves fresh in salads, dried in pot pourri. Also makes a lovely tea, and flavouring for apple jelly....

$5.00

Stachys officinalis, 30cm. Perennial, this attractive little plant has serrated green leaves, and a dainty pink flower. It is well known in France as a herb tea. Prefers semi shade.

$5.00

Trifolium nigra This lovely little clover looks great in a pot, and ,as with all clovers, its white flower is edible. When planted outside it enhances the nitrogen in the soil, as do all clovers...

$4.45

Sanguisorba minor. 30cm. Perennial. Attractive plant with its small round leaves which taste like cucumber. Great in salads, herb butters, sauces and vinegars. Try floating them in soups, and...

$4.45

Cynara cardunculus, 1-2m. Perennial, and a magnificent foliage plant. Thistle-like blue or purple flowers in late summer - these are popular in dried flower arrangements. Plant 1 m apart. Young...

$4.45

Dactylis Glomerata 30cm The soft grass that cats love - it is their `medicine'. It is now classed as a herb because of the large number of cats that are kept indoors and they need to have...

$4.45

Anthemis tinctoria, 30cm Perennial, this attractive lacy grey-leaved plant is a good ground cover for banks and dry places. The two-tone yellow flower makes a yellow, khaki or gold dye for wool...

$5.00

Chamaemelum nobile, 30cm Perennial. This old English herb has white daisy flowers with yellow centres, and a lovely green ferny foliage which makes a lovely lawn, or seat. It also encourages...

$4.45

Allium tuberosum, 40cm Stronger than chives, these have a thicker flat leaf and white starry flowers, with the same uses as chives. Also perennial, they seem to stand the winter better.

$3.50

$3.00

Trifolium pratense. Also known as trefoil, this very medicinal and pretty clover acts as a lovely ground cover and bee plant. Used for bronchial complaints and whooping cough.

$4.00

Symphytum officinale, 40cm Winter dormant. Perennial,A most valuable herb for gardeners - full of potassium for the compost. VERY WILTED leaves layered in potato trenches gives greater yields; a...

$4.00

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