Our herb team grow and produce 50 varieties of herbs for the kitchen and the garden. Most can be used for culinary purposes, some are more for decorative uses. During the Spring and Summer we grow tender herbs such as Basil and similar annual species.
Click below to see our current selection of Herbs.
The Friends of Mires Beck have produced a Herb Recipe Book including many of the varieties grown at the nursery for sale in the retail hut. Our herbs are purchased by landscapers, garden centres and gardeners all over the county. Everyone in the Herb Team is involved in the production and care of our Herbs from propagation to the finished product. We take great pride in the quality of our plants, displays and presentation which is why customers come back time and time again.
Our herbs are available in:
9cm pots at 85p per plant at wholesale minimum order 3 trays. Retail per unit £1.75
Retail Terracotta hexagonal herb pots £7
Wholesale Trays of 18 at £15.30 (These can be full or mixed trays)
Herbs are not subject to VAT
Our reciepe book is available at Mires Beck Nursery for £7
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase. Additional £1.70 for postage
How do we grow our herbs?
When it comes to our herbs we like to either buy in plugs or we will do our own propagation with the seeds- this involves doing division and splitting them. Between January and early April, we will sow seeds such as basil, chives, and parsley. Once the soil begins to condition from March onward, we will sow seeds such as coriander, dill, and chervil. Another way we do this is to take cuttings from around late summer to early autumn from herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and sage.
Which herbs are best used for cooking?
Mint- can be used with lamb
Sage- can be used with pork/beef/duck/chicken
Thymes- can be used in a stew
Basil- can be used alongside tomatoes
Parsley- can be used in soups
Rosemary- can be used with chicken/lamb
Lemon Verbena- can be used with Salmon
Fennel- can be used with fish
Lovage- can be used with soup
Which herbs are best used in drinks?
Chamomile- used in teas
Lemon Verbena- use in a lemon verbena gimlet cocktail
Rosemary- use in a rosemary gin fizz cocktail
Lemon Balm-use in a mojito
Garden Mint- use in a mojito
Lemon Thyme- use in a honey lemon thyme cocktail
Which herbs are best used for aromatherapy?
Lavender- promotes calmness and wellness. It reduces stress, anxiety, and possibly even mild pain
Rosemary- helps to reduce stress levels and nervous tension boost mental activity, encourage clarity and insight, relieve fatigue, and support respiratory function. It is used to improve alertness, eliminate negative moods, and increase the retention of information by enhancing concentration.
Chamomile- it helps to relieve depression and to encourage relaxation.
Vegetables & Fruit
2020 is the year that we decided to expand the growing of our own fresh fruit and vegetables. With the help from our volunteers, we were able to get started right away. We saw growing our own fruit and vegetables as the perfect opportunity to help our service users widen their horticultural knowledge as well influence them with a healthier lifestyle. Our aim is to use more onsite produce for our catering onsite and also have capacity to sell at our retail shop. Click Here to read more about our vegetables.
Our delicious vegetables are grown by our dedicated volunteer, Suzanne, who is the leader of our vegetable team.
Suzanne, the leader of the Vegetable Team, has been working here for 11 years, and she loves the whole site at Mires Beck, especially in the Summer when everything is in full bloom. She also loves the peace in the woods, and the butterflies in the meadows in and around the nursery. She says “it’s so not a garden centre, it’s unique”!
She describes Mires Beck as somewhere for people to learn to care, both for each other and the environment they work in. She loves seeing the people she works with learn and grow, and to be able to praise them for a job well done. Suzanne likes the shared sense of caring and having fun together.
Suzanne cares about the service users because she feels it’s important they have somewhere they feel valued and useful, which isn’t always the case in the wider world.
She challenges them to complete every task to the highest standard, be it filling compost, pricking out and potting on seedlings, or planting out into our raised beds.
Growing for Wellbeing Week
We have delicious Courgettes for sale at our retail hut, grown by our dedicated volunteer, Suzanne, and some of our service users. Below is an amazing recipe to try:
Courgette and legume risotto
Ingredients (serves 2 for a main course):
2 medium courgettes, 1 yellow and 1 green if possible, with flowers
1 small onion
Glass of white wine
Large mug of risotto rice
A mug of broad beans, peas, French or runner beans (whatever you have)
Fresh mint, chopped
Butter and/olive oil
50g Parmesan, grated
Grate the courgettes and put in a colander.
Sprinkle with a little salt and leave to drain.
Wash the flowers.
Cook the beans/peas until just soft.
Drain but reserve the stock.
Mix it with a veg stock cube your choice.
Melt the butter/oil over a medium heat.
Fry the onion gently until soft, then add the rice.
Stir until well coated then por in the wine.
Let it bubble then add stock.
Keep on adding stock until the rice is cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed.
Squeeze the courgettes to remove excess water and add to the pan.
Stir in and cook gently, then add bean mix.
Check seasoning, then stir in mint, parmesan and courgette flowers.
This recipe goes well with a tomato and fresh basil salad if you have those as well!
The vegetable plot is thriving this August! If you haven’t already tried our lovely home-grown organic produce, now is your chance! We have plenty of runner and French beans, courgettes, tomatoes, beetroot, cucumber and some fresh young carrots. We also have pots of leeks for your patio and trays of cut and come again lettuce.
We are a member of the Permaculture Association. Mires Beck have agreed a plant discount for all Permaculture Association members.