The solution was to find some decent plug plants. I have tried buying plugs by mail order before with varying dgrees of success, so I ventured forth with some trepidation.
|in their packaging|
I found a lovely site with such a range of herbs that I had real trouble choosing what to try; the herbs are listed alphabetically with good photos. The site is Home Scent Herbs based in Norfolk.
It's possible to buy either small plants or plug plants - I went for the plugs as I am a great believer that small things grow more quickly than larger plants which take some time to settle down when transplanted. I bought 18 assorted plugs for just over £16 including P&P...not bad, depending on the quality. So I placed my order just after 6am on Tuesday and unbelievably the parcel arrived on Wednesday morning!
The herbs were delivered in a tiered carboard box and I couldn't wait to open it up and see the treasures inside - three plastic trays of six plugs each complete with labels.
|lavender Hidcote fresh plugs|
|all potted on|
I'd heartily recommend Home Scent Herbs; the quality of the plugs, reasonable prices, the variety of the herbs available, a useful website and amazing delivery - what's not to like?