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Anise Hyssop seeds from my permaculture food forest for sale

 
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Agastache foeniculum is one of my favorite perennial flowering plants.  It's a great resource for pollinators, especially bumble bees and tiny pollinating wasps.  The leaves and flowers are great when used for making tea and they have enough sweetness to make a great addition to a salad of wild greens.  I especially like the way they pair with dandelion and Asian greens.  I've even crushed the leaves in alcoholic beverages similar to a mojito.  If you like the flavor of anise, black licorice or sambuca, you might consider adding this plant to your garden.  It's easy to grow, perennial and a reliable source of food for our pollinator buddies.  Even if you're  not into the flavor, this plant is beautiful, prolific and easy to maintain.


I have a small mountain of seed from this year's crop that I would like to share with my permie peeps.  I'm selling packs of over 250 seeds (probably closer to 400) for 10 dollars.  If you PM me with your email address I will generate a paypal invoice for you.  Once paid, the seeds go immediately in the mail to your door.

Here's a video of my hyssop flowers being mobbed by bees.  They are planted in my herb garden along with the grapes, nasturtium and raspberries.  



In the new year I hope to have an online store to manage all of my seed sales.  These preliminary sales will make that possible for me.  

Best wishes and thank you all for your support
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Craig have you got a list of your goodies? I am ordering seeds now and would love to throw you some business. I think you have caragana too? Anything else?
 
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I am so happy to see this, Craig....I was going to order new seed over the winter because when we moved I left all of my plants behind and the seed I gathered and planted here has been spotty at best showing up.  I want mounds of it again.  It was always full of bumblebees and such a beautiful rich green leaf and lovely flower.  ...and we dried a lot for tea.  I have just the last bit dried from more than two years ago and the flavor is still strong.

Will send you a PM and this time I have PayPal.  

My siberian pea shrubs are looking good by the way dormant for now and still in big planting bags...will transplant this spring.

 
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Is it easy to sprout from seed? Things are still hit and miss at growing in my garden, either due to my soil or lack of ability, LOL! I love licorice flavor, and so think I'd like this, too!
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:Is it easy to sprout from seed? Things are still hit and miss at growing in my garden, either due to my soil or lack of ability, LOL! I love licorice flavor, and so think I'd like this, too!



My experience has been that it's better to start in a flat and then transplant...only because I tend to spread seed in places that are impossible to find the plants again.  Once established the plants grow into huge clumps, easy to divide if necessary and produce a lot of viable seed.

I always found small plants in the area around my big clumps, but only if it was bare soil.
 
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Tj Jefferson wrote:Craig have you got a list of your goodies? I am ordering seeds now and would love to throw you some business. I think you have caragana too? Anything else?



Yes I do have a lot of other seeds for sale.  I'm going to make a master list and post it on this site sometime this weekend. I'll post it in this thread as well.
I'm also planning to sell apple scion wood, comfrey roots and maybe nettle roots too, in the spring.
 
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Judith Browning wrote:I am so happy to see this, Craig....I was going to order new seed over the winter because when we moved I left all of my plants behind and the seed I gathered and planted here has been spotty at best showing up.  I want mounds of it again.  It was always full of bumblebees and such a beautiful rich green leaf and lovely flower.  ...and we dried a lot for tea.  I have just the last bit dried from more than two years ago and the flavor is still strong.

Will send you a PM and this time I have PayPal.  

My siberian pea shrubs are looking good by the way dormant for now and still in big planting bags...will transplant this spring.



I'm happy to hear that the Peashrubs are working out for you. They are hardy as hell once they get going.  Bumble bees love them too.
I'm always amazed at how quickly the hyssop forms giant mounds.  I tried feeding some of the flowers to my pigs one year.  They tossed them all over the place but didn't seem to eat many of them.  Now the place where they were, is full of hyssop.  I must have had every bumble bee for miles around eating on five-foot tall hyssop plants. Thousands of them! If I had saved all the seed I could have, I'd have a five gallon bucket full.   Sooooo many purple flowers!
I'll have your seeds out to you ASAP.  
Thanks again
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:Is it easy to sprout from seed? Things are still hit and miss at growing in my garden, either due to my soil or lack of ability, LOL! I love licorice flavor, and so think I'd like this, too!



Hyssop flowers and young leaves have a very sweet anise flavor.  It's one of my kids favorite summer edibles.  They like to combine them with other garden veggies like tomato and cucumber.
If you like anise and mint, you might like Shiso leaves. I was going to try this fermented shiso leaves, but the plants got killed by frost before I got the chance.



 
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Here's the full list of seeds I have for sale from my 2017 harvest.  Have a look and let me know if I can send something your way.
Full Seed List 2017 Harvest

Thank you all for the support
Craig
 
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Just found a picture of one of my first polycultures, and look who's right there in the mix... Anise Hyssop.  There's probably 20 different plants in this one area.

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A polyculture with Hyssop featured
 
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I've still got about 2.25 cups (500ml) of hyssop seeds available.  Anyone who wants some will get twice as much seed for the same price.  I encourage you all to consider donating some seed to any bare patch of dirt in your community.  These flowers are beautiful, prolific and perennial.  They attract tons of pollinators and the seeds are easy to save and germinate.  They are edible and a favorite among my kids as a trail nibble.  

I also noticed that they keep their seed head all the way through the winter and many species of birds returning to the north, use them as a feed source.  Oddly I got the original seeds just to add some color to my polycultures and it turned out to be one of my family's favorite plants, for all of the reasons above.  Even humming birds seem to enjoy them.

 
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My seed from you is up in the hoop house...looks like every seed germinated.  It was a very generous package of seed so I still have some to scatter here and there.

I had masses of them at our old place and the bumble bees especially loved this plant.  It is beautiful and also makes a wonderful cup of tea...can't wait to have it established here.
 
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Judith,  I'm so happy for your success.  You've been so supportive and I love to see how seeds from my place have gone on to make other places around the world a little more diverse.  I really appreciate your feedback.  Thank you
 
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