So what is Pakhuis Seed mix?
Pakhuis seedmix is made up of dozens of seed vareties. It was created at our launch event at Pakhuis de Zwijger in February 2014. About 120 people attended and a great number of them kindly poured surplus herb seed in to a big wooden pot as they entered the meeting room. We bulked it up with some De Bolster bee friendly seedmix, gave it a big stir and packaged it up in our signature seed packets.
How can I get some?
- Come to the seedswap on Easter Monday and exchange a packet for seed or a donation.
- Volunteer at our Frankendael Orchard project.
- Email us and ask for a packet.
- Come to a workshop or other event and ask for a packet from the trainer.
What can I do with it?
Try to plant the seed before June 2014.
Plant the Pakhuis Seedmix in disused space such as tree pits, pavement gardens, disused land, plant pots or a sunny corner of your garden.
The most important thing is that you plant the seeds and don’t let them age in a drawer at home.
How to plant seeds.
Simply remove the top layer of soil at your plot (with the shoe, a stick, a spoon or trowel etc),
Sprinkle the seeds in the bare earth,
Cover with the top layer of soil (not too deep as they may struggle but don’t leave them visible to birds).
Sprinkle with some water (or plant when the soil is moist from rain).
Leave and let nature do it’s work.
Map your Herb Meadows
Please send us photos and addresses of your urban herb meadows, so we can add them to our map.
We are trying to plant a River of Herbs through Amsterdam but we are happy for you to plant herbs anywhere!
Tell us what grows from your Pakhuis Seedmix – every packet will be slightly different.
Save some seed from your Pakhuis herbs, share them with freinds and plant them next year.
What else can I do?
Help us create urban herb meadows for pollinating insects and people!
- Plant flowering herbs in a pot.
- Make your street a more beautiful and wildlife freindly place by adopting a treepit or requesting a pavement garden from the local council.
- Create a green group in your street, adopt all the treepits and fill the soil with flowering herbs.
- Check out our events page for what’s coming up in your area and join in!
- Suggest a location and we will help you gather green volunteers to plan, plant and care for it.
- Tell us about other green projects going on in the city – we love to collaborate.
Which herbs grow well in Amsterdam?
Here are a few herbs which can grow really well in Amsterdam’s sandy soil. They look great and are helpful to people and pollinators. See our herb list for a greater selection. These are excellent for treepits and pavement gardens.
Goudsebloem (Calendula officinalis) Calendula
Druifhyacint (Muscari neglectum) Grape hyacynth
Viooltje (Viola tricolor) Pansies
Absinth-alsem (Artemisia absinthum) Wormwood
Stockroos (Alcea rosea) Hollyhock
Citroenmelisse (Melissa officinalis) Lemonbalm
Rozemarijn (Rosamarinus officinalis) Rosemary
Tijm (Thymus spp) Thyme
Bonenkruid (Satureja montana) Winter savoury
Lavendel (Lavendula spp.) Lavender
Happy planting and we hope to see you soon!