Organic Lemon Balm
This is a bushy herb that resembles mint in appearance, with an invigorating lemon scent when the leaves are crushed. The aromatic foliage can be used to make refreshing lemon balm tea or added to soups and oils for a tangy lemon flavour. Lemon balm flowers are particularly attractive to bees giving rise to its other name, bee balm. This hardy perennial herb has a vigorous habit which is best restricted by growing it in a container. Height: 50cm. Spread: 45cm.
Sow from March to May, in pots or trays on the surface of barely moist seed compost and cover seeds with a sprinkling of finely sieved compost. Place in a propagator at 20-25C until germination, which takes up to 21 days. Transplant seedlings to small pots or cells until large enough to plant outdoors. Plant 3cm apart in full sun, once frost risk has passed. Protect plants over winter with a mulch of compost or leaf mould. Plants should survive for several years.