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Rare and Unusual Herbs & Edible Plants

PLEASE NOTE - "I am taking a break from selling plants this year to pursue other projects. One of which will be to add an comprehensive database of herbs and their uses to this site. This will be published by the summer 2008. Sorry for any inconvenience" Lauren Rayner

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Unusual Herbs and Edibles is a small family-run nursery in Suffolk. I grow a large variety of herbs and edible plants from all over the world . Many are unusual, rare and hard to obtain. All are useful in some way, either edible, medicinal or both.

There will be many additions to this website in the coming months. These will include colour photos of each plant, a chat forum for specifically rare food and herb plants, a recipes page, more information on uses for each plant.

The online catalogue that is currently available is split into three sections:- 'herbs', 'edibles' , 'ornamentals'. Placing plants into categories was not an easy task, as many plants fit into more than one section. The website enables you to browse for plants by either their Latin names or common names.

All of my plants are grown by organic means and are fed on a seaweed feed.

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Our plants are being propagated in the first working bubbletech greenhouse in Europe. The project utilises a dynamic environment control technology pioneered by Richard Nelson. The structure has an enveloping transparent cavity which is filled with liquid bubbles to insulate in cold conditions. These bubbles are generated from a large liquid thermal mass buried beneath the structure. When solar energy is available a liquid film is carried in the south facing cavity and the low grade solar gain is accumulated in the liquid thermal mass. In cold whether conditions the north side can retain its bubble mass to insulate and further focus solar energy from the south. In hot weather conditions this same system can be use for cooling utilising a separate cool thermal mass. By controlling the inner skin temperature with this dynamic liquid system the humidity inside the structure can be fully controlled.

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