Herb Dean, the head gardener at the herb store Herb Planter, is a true believer.
He started his business in his parents’ garden in 1997 and it has grown over the years into a family-run business.
He also has a knack for keeping a list of the best herbs on the market and keeping his customers happy.
“You’re not looking at a few varieties.
You’re looking at the best ones that you can find,” he says.
“And we’ve gone through a long process to find the ones that are the best for your local area.”
A lot of the ingredients in the herbs on sale today are very different from the ones from the old days Herb Dean is on the lookout for the best varieties Herb Dean uses to make the best product.
“Some people just want a good-quality product that will last a long time, so that’s what they’ll do,” he explains.
He’s also keen to make sure the herbs are of a good quality.
“I don’t want to just sell a bunch of cheap stuff.
We want to make our customers happy,” he warns.
“We also want to keep our herbs fresh so they last longer and they have a good flavour.”
If you’re looking for a great herb for the garden, Herb Dean recommends that you try a local one, which means choosing from local herbs that are less processed and contain more vitamins and minerals.
“It’s important to pick a local herb,” he advises.
“When you find a local species that you love, you’ll get the best results for your plants.”
What to do with all that herbs?
Herb Dean says the most important thing for a gardener is to have a collection of herbs in your garden.
“That’s the only way you can really know what’s going on in your area,” he notes.
“The more herbs you have, the better you can know what is going on.”
He also says that a good way to keep a list is to go to your local gardener and ask them what herbs they have on hand.
“For example, if I’ve got a lot of parsley in my garden, I’d be really interested to know what they have there,” he laughs.
“There’s probably a lot I don’t know.
I can find out from the local gardeners that there are lots of parsleys available in their garden.”
If your local garden is lacking in plants, try looking for plants that are growing well.
You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find.
“Most of the herbs in the garden are actually wild species that are not grown for human consumption, so they’re not going to be affected by pesticides or herbicides,” Herb Dean explains.
“In fact, they’ll be beneficial to the soil and the environment.”
Find out more about your local environment on the ABC Plants For The People website.
The best thing to do if you’re buying from Herb Dean’s website is to check the price for your herb on Amazon.
The best place to buy a lot will be on the Amazon Prime website, which is free to users.
Herb Dean will also make sure you know how much you’ll pay when you place an order.
“So if I buy some of your herbs and they cost $150, you’re going to pay $150 for the whole herb,” Herb says.
The most important part of buying from him is that he’s always looking out for what’s best for you and your garden, which can sometimes be challenging for a new gardener.
“A lot of people are not used to this.
They’re not used by the fact that I’m just putting herbs on a shelf and telling them what they can and can’t do with it,” he acknowledges.
“It’s very hard to be sure what you’re getting.
It’s a bit like buying a house, but you know what you need and what you can’t have.”