Who we are

WE ARE CHEMICAL FREE

We use no chemical herbicides or pesticides and only organic fertilizers.

WE ARE LOCAL

We propogate 99% of our plants right here on our farm in southwest Missouri.

WE ARE FAMILY-OPERATED

Our staff consists of Barb and Don Emge, and son Matthew.  We don't intend to compete with the big box stores.

WE LOVE VARIETY

We have over 250 varieties of herbs and 80 varieties of scented geraniums.

OUR PASSION IS FOR HERBS

We exist to share our love of herbs with you.

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Basils

Our Basil selection changes from year to year as new varieties become available and we delete poor performing ones or those which are no longer popular.Basil should not be planted outdoors til all chance of frost is past and nighttime temperatures are in the 60's consistently.Plants will die and seeds will rot or not sprout if soil temperatures are not consistently in the 50's though seed will sprout the best when soil temps are in the 70's.That is usually mid to late May in this area

 Basil seed that has dried on the plant and dropped into the soil from the previous summer may sprout but will revert back to one of its  parent plants if it is a hybrid. If more than one Basil variety was grown in your garden last year, the seeds may have cross pollinated and you may have new odd tasting varieties.We did this one year in the Basi Bed in the Springfield Mo. Botanical Center and ended up with different Basil varieties. Some were edible; others had strange flavors.

Bolloso Napoletano

Large frilly lettuce leaf type leaves up to 4” long. Good for mini-wraps. From Naples, Italy.

Amethyst

A dark purple basil

Aristotle

Forms a small ball.Customer favorite. Good for a formal herbal  knot garden.3 left

Baja

Strain of cinnamon basil found in Baja, Mexico. White blossoms unlike the pinkish purple ones  found on the Mexican Cinnamon Spice variety.Best cinnamon basil by far.3 left

 

Blue Spice

Compact spicy basil with blooms that esemble lavender blooms.Has cinnamon,anise and vanilla overtones. Great for tea. Readily reseeds each year and can be grown for several years in a pot if taken indoors for the winter.Seed did not germinate. Reordered seed.

Classico Italiano  

Genovese seed from Italy. Most requested variety of Basil.

Clove

Pronounced clove aroma. Good in tea blends and with fruit.Sold out.

Columnar-Aussie Purple

Purple leaved version of Greek Columnar Basil. Rarely produces seed. Can be wintered over indoors.3-4'tall plants with a spicy flavor.Sold out. New cuttings obtained.

Columnar, Greek

Does not set seed. Tall columnar growth to 3’. Has hints of cinnamon, allspice.Crop failure. Lost mother plants used for cuttings.

Cuban

Tender perennial if brought indoors. Forms large globe 1' to 2' tall. Late to bloom.  Small spicy leaves.Sold out

 

Greek Miniature

Compact, umbrella shaped plant with strong sweet basil flavor, popular in pots in Greece.

Holy Basil

Green form of holy basil grown in India near temples, homes and gardens. Used in salads or other cold dishes .There are several varieties of Holy basil which vary due to the part of the world they are grown.sold out 5/16/20. More have been planted but they are the slowest growing of all basils. Will update when available.