THE GROWERS PAGE

Welcome to our growers pages for the new year.
Here you will find lots of pictures and information on herb growing on the North Coast of NSW here in sunny Australia 

Last updated February 2015

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GROWING AERIAL & ROOT CROPS

View some photos on root crops and some aerial crops & learn what are the easiest to grow first up.

DEHYDRATION SYSTEMS

Pictures of home built herb dryers from small ones $600, to $10,000 machines.

THE WEED PROBLEM PAGE

This is a page of information addressing the common weed problem with weeding machines and hand tools.

MEDICINAL HERB SPECIFICATIONS

If you want to find out what type of climate or pH a certain botanical plant needs, look the info up here.

 ORGANIC FERTILISERS 

look at the different type of liquid and solid fertilisers you can use for your crops

GROWER INFORMATION PAK

This is a display folder of 40 pages of information and financial stats of setting up a herb farm operation. A must for anyone looking at medicinal herb farming.


NEWS DESK
By Andy Pleasance.   Sept 2014

Dear Growers

The winter is on its way after a devistating summer in nearly all states with flooding after drought.

My farm near Kyogle in the NSW states north was severly affected with the river coming up and destroying for the second time all my annual crops.

I wonder how you all fared out there?

For herb growers the markets are good at present. Echinacea is on the rise again. We are getting $18 per kilo for whole plant, but there are herbs like Skullcap & Meadowsweet that are in demand.

High priced crops Like Echinacea angustifolia are in demand and still selling for $72 kilo. But you have to be in the right area (high Mountainous & temperate climate) to be able to pull this one off.

Ginko Biloba
is going to be worth growing (it is a slow growing tree, long term crop).
We now have a seasonal supply of this tree.

Other crops worth growing this year would be lemon balm, lemongrass, Epilobium and feverfew, these are leafy aerial crops and prices are below $20 kg except epilobium bringing $28 kg.
Peppermint & Spearmint is a definite crop to grow, but you need to water them heavily and plant runners in weedmat for good results. $30 is the average price you will get.
I hope this has been a help to those who are contemplating growing some decent crop sizes for the coming season

Regards
 Andy Pleasance