SUPPLIERS OF MEDICINAL & CULINARY HERB SEED


GROWER UPDATE
May
2011

PLEASANCE HERB SEEDS AUSTRALIA

HOW TO CONTROL THE WEEDS  HERB STASTISTICS FOR GROWING GROWER INFO PAK

Dear Growers

HUGE DEMAND FOR SEED THIS WINTER
Thank you for all those seed orders my customers have been sending in.

We have been over run with orders, not only from Australia and locally but from England, Nigeria, Canada and the United States.

I have new contacts in West Australia and South Australia willing to learn about commercial herb growing now. Very pleased to see this happening after the long lack of interest over the past 3-4 years.

But continuing to update this web site is a lot of work and researching growing techniques, but well worth the effort.

Autumn Weather
The drought across the eastern states has stopped and received serious flooding all summerfor especially in our area of the North Coast.
This was a welcome dump of water into our catchement areas and a boost to growers and their crops.

NEW SEED VARIETIES AVAILABLE
Passiflora incanata has supposed to have a purple flower not the white flower as assumed by North Coast growers. Talking to Peter Purbrick from Mediherb in QLD last week I learned that most growers had the white flowered variety not the purple one that they want.
All their identification is done with Gas Chromatography at their facility in Warwick QLD.
We have just imported the purple variety into Australia and now is available for sale.

NEW GROWERS NEEDED
Herb growing on the North Coast Is on the increase again with companies having a hard time obtaining large amounts of raw material to suit their needs now and having to rely on importing again
.
So it is about time that we find new blood to lend a hand and try to put some more crops in. The herbal industry is still growing but very slowly, and the supply of the raw material in large quantities is mostly hampered by the inability of farmers to control weeds. Therefore this growing season I will be concentrating on the subject of controlling weeds without chemicals.

QUALITY   More emphasis must be made upon the quality of raw material coming in for sale. Medicinal herb must be treated carefully from harvest to packaging, and great care in the handling and length of time drying is very important for a good finished product.
SOME HELPFULL TIPS    Many growers who are new at cultivating the species mentioned above, are reliant on information such as found in the specifications page, or engage in a search for books that are available on the subject. 
So if you don't know that Echinacea or Skullcap needs lime applications in the soil 4-5 weeks before planting, then the crop is not going to perform as good as you would hope. Therefore studying the crops you want to grow is very important.                                         continued over...............

Echinacea angustifolia crop - Stanthorpe, winter 2000

BLUE VIOLET

Echinacea angustifolia crop Stanthorpe Qld.

MECHANICAL WEEDER

Primex field days in Casino, displaying a harvester/mulcher

FORAGE HARVESTER TO COLLECT GRASS TO MULCH AROUND TREES AND CROPS


If you plan to spend time and money to a growing project like this then you would like to get the best returns for the product, is that so...? 
a) Look at the ground that you have chosen to grow the crop in, and either buy a chemical pH and NPK kit and test the soil for starters. Discover what is lacking and add to the soil.
b) Use fertiliser to bring up your seedlings or get a professional  to grow them for you.
c) Make sure your prepared with a bit of knowledge to attack the weeds that will confront you, Use mechanical weeders where possible or you will end up  breaking your back on a chipping hoe. This job is not for the faint hearted or the lazy person!!!!!!

Happy Growing. 

Andi Pleasance