Preparing the CoirYou will need...
- a waterproof container
- approx 150ml water
- 5 coir discs (included in this kit)
Simply place the 5 coir disks into a waterproof container. Add the 150ml water and leave to absorb. The coir will expand to 3 times its original size. Once the coir has stopped expanding, stir it round to ensure there are no hard lumps. If you need to extra water do this a little at a time.
Assembling your Eco-Kit
- Slide tabs out carefully so they are not damaged.
- Insert the drip tray into your stadium
- Slide tabs into internal slots so that they anchor securely into position then fold down the flaps where the cells will go. Doing this now will make it easier to insert the planting cells later.
- Your plant cells come in flat sheets of two that need to be Separated. Take care when doing this so that the cells do not tear.
- To create the planting cells, gently fold the 4 panels into a square with the tabs facing inwards.
- Slot the planting cells into your stadium. You are now ready to start growing.
Sow indoors - all year round
Fill plant cell half way with the prepared coir. Add 2- 3 seeds per cell and cover over with the remaining coir.
Place in a warm sunny position. The coir should be damp to the touch but not waterlogged.
Transplant seedlings once large enough to handle to 15cm pots. Acclimatise and plant out once danger of frost has passed. See below for further transplanting and harvest instructions for each herb.
- Refreshing spearmint flavour
- Ideal to go with your Sunday joint of lamb
- Easy to grow perennials
- Beautiful mauve flowers in autumn are loved by bees
Transplant seedlings once large enough to handle to 15cm pots. Acclimatise and plant out once danger of frost has passed. Can be invasive so restrict root run by keeping in pots. Pinch out growing tips of young plant to encourage bushiness and vigorous growth. Flowers will attract pollinators.
Harvest leaves when large enough and harvest regularly to promote further growth. Mint can still be harvested after flowering but the flavour will not be as strong.
- Mild onion flavour
- Ideal for use in cooking and in salads
- Very attractive in a border or pot
- Very easy to grow
Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle to 8cm pots. Acclimatise and plant out once danger of frost has passed with 30cm spacing. Water well during dry periods. Chives are ideal for edging paths and borders and also make an excellent companion plant, deterring pests such as carrot root fly.
Harvest both flowers and stems. Will die off in autumn and re-emerge in spring.
- Basil is an essential herb in Italian cooking
- Can be dried and kept for up to 2 years
- Pairs perfectly with fresh tomatoes & tomato sauces
When large enough to handle transplant seedlings into larger pots. Water moderately at root level, avoid splashing leaves. Plant near tomatoes to improve their flavour and basil also helps deter whitefly.
Harvest basil leaves from the top of the plant regularly when required to promote new growth. Pinch out any flowers as soon as they appear to prolong the harvest period.
- Easy to grow from seed
- Intense aroma and flavour
- Harvest thyme before flowers open
- Ideal for flavouring poultry and soups
When large enough to handle transplant seedlings into larger pots. Pinch out the growing tip of small plants to encourage a bushier plant. Thyme will grow almost anywhere in containers, rock gardens, borders, and even cracks in paving. Ideal for creating low, matt forming ground cover that will attract bees to the tiny, pink blooms.
Harvest sparingly in the first year. Cut and use fresh as required or dry in small bunches by hanging until dry.
- Harvest leaves as soon as they are large enough
- Can be dried and stored for up to 2 years
- Stagger planting for year round fresh harvests
When large enough to handle transplant seedlings into larger pots. Seedlings should be spaced 20cm apart to allow for growth. Parsley makes a useful, low maintenance addition to herb garden.
Parsley can be harvested all year round. Harvest leaves regularly to promote further growth. Parsley can also be dried or frozen. Flat leaf parsley is one of the most popular herbs for culinary use as a garnish, flavouring sauces and pastry, and particularly tasty with fish.
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