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This website is designed to allow you to find the herbs you are looking for quickly and easily. We hope you will also take the time to look around and discover new plants that are perfect for your garden.

You can search anytime by using the search box at the bottom of each page, or if you just press the search button without any keywords, we'll give you more search options, including a dropdown list of common uses, and an herbs A-Z bar.

The search page also contains links such as popular and new herbs that you can click on directly. We've also add links that will bring up an entire family herbs.

Key To Our Descriptions

Here's a sample entry with an explanation to follow

Basil, African Blue'
(ideally there is a photo)

Ocimum x 'African Blue
Cold Tolerance: Zone 9a 9b-11
Light: Sun - P. Shade
Height: 3 x 2-1/2 Feet
Water: Normal
Soil: Organic - Loamy
Common Uses: Butterfly, Culinary, Ornamental

Basil, African Blue = COMMON NAME

(we're working on photos, folks)

Ocimum x 'African Blue' = BOTANICAL NAME (in this case it is a cross; the cultivar in single quotes is African Blue which happens to be its common name too)

Cold Tolerance: Zone 9a 9b-11
The USDA zone rating reflects the plant's hardiness. You can click on the zone to get a popup window of what temperatures the herb will tolerate. Ohio is roughly zones 5 & 6 so this basil is a tender perennial, not able to survive our winters. Zone 1 is arctic, Zone 12 is tropical.

Light: Sun - P. Shade
This basil PREFERS sun but WILL TOLERATE part shade.
Full Sun= 6 hours or more hours of sun
P. Sun= 4 - 6 hours of afternoon sun
P. Shade= prefers morning sun, shaded afternoons
Shade= grows well or tolerates shade


Water in all new transplants deeply about 3 times a week until established (usually about a month).
Normal = about 1" of water weekly by hose or from above
Dry= no supplemental water unless under dire drought
Wet= plant near a water source so you can water as needed
(Above recommendations refer to plants in the ground not in a container)

Soil: Organic - Loamy= this basil PREFERS organic soil, but loamy is fine
Clay is not recommended for any of our plants but you can improve your clay. In the fall and spring sprinkle gypsum and add a 2" layer of compost.
Loam = any well draining soil with some organic matter
Organic = soil high in added potting soil, compost, aged manure, ...
Sandy = well draining sand; add compost, if necessary to retain water

Common Uses: Butterfly, Culinary, Ornamental= THE MORE POPULAR USES BUT BY NO MEANS THE ONLY USES

Other Useful Definitions
Annual = plant lives 1 year and dies
Biennial = plant's lifecycle is 2 years. First year, it sends up foliage. Second year it produces flowers also which seed and start the process all over again. Example is parsley. Plant 2 successive years of a biennial and you'll have it forever.
Hardy Perennial = plant comes back from the crown every year. Some are short lived perennials while many entertain us for 6 or 7 years if maintained and divided.
Half-Hardy Perennials = if protected from wind during a mild Ohio winter, it may survive
Tender Perennial = no amount of burlap, evergreen pine bows, saran wrap teepees or other protective devices will save this plant under most Ohio winters. In warmer climates it would come back year after year.

Hardening off = highly recommended!
Indoor seedlings are gradually exposed to sun, outdoor temps and wind over a 7-14 day period, from 1 hour to all day.

Frost Free Date is generally considered to be May 15th, but don't let me hear about you putting in your basil until Memorial Day.

Please, NO Special Orders

While we appreciate RSVPs for our classes, we do not reserve plants. We do not have the greenhouse space nor enough staff to "guard" your plants. (Gardeners have been known to disregard "reserved section" signs.) On rare occasions when we can't fulfill one of your wishes, we can almost always find a comparable, if not, superior, substitute.

We do not ship anymore

Not to Ohio, not just 1 package, pretty please


Once again we thank you for supporting this small family farm. Jeannie, Cathy, Shelley, Steve, Joan, Mark, my boys and I, can't tell you how much we appreciate your choice to support a small, local family farm.