Seed Pads Summer Savory - Seed
Indispensable herb for bean dishes!
These seed pads require no prior treatment.Sowing
Sow under glass: end February to March
Sow in the garden: from mid March to May.
The seedlings and young plants are not frost resistant and must be protected from frosts.
These seed pads (8 cm diameter) are so handy it makes it really simple to grow your own summer savory. Fill a pot (minimum 8 cm in diameter) with potting compost. Lay one seed pad on top per pot and sprinkle some potting compost over it. Press lightly down and then water regularly. The seeds will germinate within 8-10 days. One seed pad has just enough seeds to nicely fill the pot with plants. Do not allow seedlings to dry out.
Originally from regions around the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Summer Savory (Satureja hortensis) is an annual. Monks are thought to have brought this herb to Western Europe in the 9th century. Both flavour and aroma are so spicy that it was popular long before we had spices from the East.
Summer savory is good for you and is known for its healing properties - helps against any number of ailments, from stomach complaints to nervous disorders. It is thought to heal wounds and is a diuretic - oh and lots more.
Bees love summer savory and it produces lots of nectar just for them. Honey from summer savory is sweeter and more aromatic than other honey!
The plant flowers from June to September with white flowers and really should not be missing from any herb garden!
The tiny leaves have a slightly peppery flavour and a delicious aroma. They add a lovely flavour to many dishes and sauces! Raw or cooked, it makes no difference. The leaves are often cooked together with all types of bean and pea to improve the flavour.
Summer savory is known for its beneficial side-effects. For instance it can ease indigestion. You can also make tea from a sprig of summer savory.
A sprig of summer savory will also keep moths away - and silverfish too. Also used in the cosmetic industry as it has an germicidal quality to it
Summer savory plants are drought resistant but do not forget to water the seeds and seedlings. Only water full grown plants in dry periods. Good drainage is essential as the plants do not like their feet wet.
Summer savory is best planted near your bean plants. It helps keep black fly and other pests away from your beans. Whether or not you actually use the leaf, a rigorous cut back in the summer is a good idea. This will rejuvenate the plant and encourage the savory to grow even better. Cut back to the ground.
Herbs on your patio or decking
Pots of herbs can be stood outdoors from mid-May. Acclimatise them first by standing them outdoors in a shady spot for one hour longer each day. After 5 days they will be ready to stand permanently outdoors. Summer savoury prefers a sunny spot but part shade is fine too.
Here's a tip: stand your herbs in pots near the kitchen door or window, then you will always have fresh herbs ready to hand when cooking.
Harvest period from: mid June to August.
Pick summer savory per stem and pull the leaves off simply by running your fingers along the stem. The woody stem is not used, just the greenery. Leave the centre of the plant untouched. A pair of scissors or a sharp knife is best for cutting your stems.
This herb does not lose its flavour with flowering so you can harvest from the plant even when it's in bloom. As long as new stems and leaves are growing you can continue to harvest and you should be able to harvest from the same plant for months on end! This summer savory is an annual but it is possible to harvest right up to winter time.