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.