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Quick List of links to the Crops we grow and Sell

Aarons’ Rod
Agapanthus
Agati
Agrimony
Akebia quinata
Alehoof
Aloe vera
Alpine Strawberry
Amaranth (Grain)
Amaranth (Tri-colour)
American Wormseed- Epazote
Amish Paste Tomato
Angled Luffa
Aniseed or Anise
Apple Blossom Bulbs
Arabica coffee
Arkansas Traveler Tomato
Arnica Montana
Ashwagandha
Asparagus
Australian Native Ginger
Aztec Lily
Aztec Marigold or Mexican Tarragon
Balloon Flower
Banana Passionfruit
Beefsteak Tomato
Bell Chilli
Big Red Tomato
Bikini Snow Pea
Birds Eye Chilli
Bishops Weed
Bitter Melon
Bixa or Annatto
Black Henbane
Black Krim Tomato
Black Mulberry
Black Russian Tomato
Blenheim Pink Bulbs
Boneset
Borage
Borage (Indian)
Brahmi
Brazil Cherry
Brazilian Spinach<
Brazilian Cherry
Broad Beans
Buck Wheat
Bunya Pine
Bupleurum (Chai hu)
Burdock
Bush Basil /Greek Basil
Butcher’s Broom
Butterfly Pea
California Poppy
California Wonder Capsicum
Canna
Cape Gooseberry
Carpet Bugle
Cassava
Catnip
Cat’s Whiskers
Celery
Ceylon Spinach (Green Stem)
Ceylon Spinach (Red Stem)
Chaste Tree
Chickweed
Chilli Joes’ Cyanne
Chinese artichoke
Chinese broccoli
Chinese Cabbage Mini
Chinese Keys
Chinese Motherwort
Chinese Vitex
Chives
Chubby Marie – Hippeastrum
Cinnamon Basil
Cinqfoil
Clary Sage
Cocklebur
Coral Tree
Coffee Arabica
Colic Root Wild Yam
Coltsfoot
Coltsfoot Seeds
Columbine
Comfrey
Common Mallow
Coriander – Cilantro
Corn Salad
Cornflower
Cos Lettuce
Curry Leaf
Dan shen
Dandelion
Dark Mullein
Deadly Nightshade
Dietes
Dill
Dog Bane
Dog Rose
Dragon Fruit / Red
Dragon Fruit / White
Dragonfruit Live Plant
Echinacea
Elder Plant
Elder Seed
Elecampane
English Chamomile
English Daisy
Epazote
European Motherwort
Evening Primrose
Fennel
Fenugreek
Feverfew
Figwort
Finger Eggplant
Flax
Foxglove
Galangal
Galangal (lesser)
Garland Chrysanthemum
German Chamomile
Ginger
Ginkgo
Gipsywort
Globe Artichoke
Goji Berry
Golden Cherry Tomato
Golden Egg Eggplant
Golden Shower Thrallis
Gotu Kola
Gourmet Delight Eggplant
Greater Celandine
Greenfeast Pea

Grumichama
Habanero Chilli
Halloween Pumpkin
Hawaiian Yellow Passionfruit
Heartsease
Heirloom Field Pea
Heirloom Mix – Basil
Heirloom Tomato Mixed
Henbane (Black)
Henbane (White)
Henna
Herb Bennet
Herb Robert
High John the Conqueror
Hippeastrum Collectors Bag
Hippeastrum Seed
Hollyhock
Holy Basil / Tulsi
Honey Dew Melon
Horehound
Horseradish
Horseradish Tree
Hubbard Pumpkin
Hymenocallis littoralis
Hyssop
Inca Marigold
Indian Spice Hippeastrum
Indian Tobacco
Jack Be Little Pumpkin
Jacobean Lily
Japanese Mugwort
Japanese Pepper
Japanese Plantain
Jarrahdale Pumpkin
Jerusalem Artichoke
Jimeson Weed
Job’s Tears
Johnsonii Hippeastrum
Kabocha Squash
Kale Tuscan Cabbage
Kang Kong
Kangaroo Vine
Kellogg’s Breakfast Tomato
King of Bitters
Kohl rabi – Green
Kohl rabi – Purple
Larkspur
Lavender English
Leaf Cardomom
Leaf Ginseng
Leek
Lemon Balm
Lemon Basil
Lemon verbena
Lemongrass Seed
Lemongrass Plant
Leopard Lily
Lesser Galangal
Lettuce – Buttercrunch
Lettuce – Cos
Lettuce – Heirloom Mix
Lettuce – Migionette
Lettuce Green Coral
Lettuce Green Frilly
Liquorice Plant
Long Pepper
Loofah (Smooth)
Lychee
Macadamia Plant
Macadamia Seed
Madagascar Bean
Madagascar Jasmine Seed
Madagascar Jasmine Seedlings
Madagascar Jasmine Seeds BULK
Mallow – Common
Mallow – Marshmallow
Mammoth Melting Moment Pea
Maritime Pine
Marshmallow
‘Mea Culpa’ Hippeastrum
Meadowsweet
Melon – Honey Dew
Mibuna
Mibuna Seeds BULK
Michelia champaca
Mimosa Tree / Pink Silk Tree
Miners Lettuce
Mixed Hippeastrum Bulbs
Mizuna – Green leaf
Mizuna – Red Leaf
Mock Orange
Mortgage Lifter Tomato
Mother of Herbs Plant
Motherwort
Mugwort
Mulberry White
Mullein – Dark
Mullein (Cream)
Mullein (Yellow Flower)
Mustard Greens (Green Leaf)
Mustard Greens (Red Leaf)
Mustard Greens (Red Leaf) Seeds BULK
Naked Lady Bulb
Nasturtium
Native Ginger
Native Lemongrass
Nettle (Annual)
Nettle- Perennial
New Guinea Bean
Nigella sativa
Okra or Gumbo
ONION Red Odorless
Onion Red Tropea (long)
Orange Delight Cocktail Tomato
Oregano
Oregon Grape

Oxheart or Bullockheart Tomato
Pak Choi
Parsley / Curled Leaf
Parsley / Flat Leaf
Passionflower – Banana
Passionflower – Calabash
Passionflower – Red
Passionflower – Yellow
Paw Paw
Peanut
Peas – Bikini
Peas – Field Pea
Peas – Greenfeast
Peas – Mammoth
Peas – Sugar Ann Dwarf
Pennyroyal Seeds
Pennyroyal Plant
Pepino Plant
Pepino Seed
Pepper – Betel Leaf
Pepper – Black
Pepper – Long
Peppermint
Perillia
Perpetual Spinach
Personal Pumpkin
Piel de Sapo Melon
Pinellia
Pink Rain Lily Bulbs
Plantain (Japanese)
Plantain
Poblano Peppers
Pokeroot
Pompeii Tomato
Pot Marigold
Pride of Barbados
Prussian Blue Peas
Pumpkin – Musque De Provence
Pumpkin / Jack B Little
Pumpkin / Jap or Kent
Pumpkin / Jarrahdale
Pumpkin / Personal
Purple Dragon Carrot
Purple Sweet Potato
Arrowroot Tuber
Radish – Black
Radish – Heirloom Mix
Radish – White Icicle
Radium Weed Plant
Radium Weed Seed
Rams Horn Capsicum
Rapeseed – Canola
Red Amaranth
Red Ball Chilli
Red Clover
Red Grape Tomato
Red Opal Bulb
Red Sage -Dan shen
Red Tropea Onion
Rhubarb
Rice Beans or Ohashi
Rock Melon
Rocket
Rose Apple
Rosella
Rosemary
Rouge de Mamande
Safflower
Sage
Salsify
Scarlet Eggplant
Scullcap
Sea Holly
Sechuan Button
Self Heal
She chuang zi
Sheep Sorrel
Shepherds Purse
Silverbeet Fordhook Giant
Small Flowered Willow Herb
Smooth Loofah
Snake Bean
Soapwort
Spinach
Spinach – Brazilian
Spinach – Perpetual
Spinach – Swiss Chard
Squash – Kaboucha
St. Mary’s Thistle
Stevia /Sweet Leaf Plant
Stinging Nettle
Stonecrop – Seeds
Stonecrop Plants
Strawberry Alpine – Wild Seed
Sugar Ann Dwarf Pea
Sugar Cane Potted Cutting
Sugar Snap Pea
Summer Savoury
Sunflower (Red)
Sunflower (Sun King)
Sutherlandia
Sweet Basil
Sweet Calabash Passionflower
Sweet Corn
Sweet Marjoram
Sweet Potato / Gold Plant
Sweet Potato /Purple Plant
Sweet Wormwood
Swiss or Rainbow Chard
Szechuan Pepper

Szechuan Button
Tamarillo – Red
Tamarillo – Stripe
Tansey
Tarragon
Tatsoi
Tea Bush
Telephone Pea
Thai Basil
Thai Chilli
Thorn Apple
Tomatillo
Tomato Amish Paste

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Growing Pumpkin and Squash

Cucurbita maxima
(Simply meaning ‘Large Gourd’)

Just another wonderful gift to the world from South America, this wide family of food plants are among the most vigorous ‘vegetables’ that you could grow in the backyard.
Sometimes called ‘winter squash’ simply because they are harvested in Autumn and frequently consumed during the winter months, these wholesome fruits have the advantage of convenient storage due to the tough skin, but, as with most squash’s the tops and young leaves can also be enjoyed microwaved with a little coconut oil.
Growing the vines is really a simple matter of letting them do their own thing. As they will robustly clamber about or climb anything in sight, they just need to be guided along your preferred direction.
We have grown them up and over trellises and harvested the pumpkins from 2m off the ground, and allowed them to ramble along waste areas of ground that we had not had a chance to cultivate yet and our harvests were very successful each time.

Seed Germination:
Probably one of the most successful germinators, Pumpkins are encouraging for novice gardeners as they germinate, quickly, visibly, and dramatically.

Seed Collection and Saving:
The most important thing to remember when planting Pumpkin is their indiscriminate pollination habits.
They are not very specific about who they pollinate and the open easy temptation of the flower to bees, beetles and other pollinators ensures that you can never be sure who did what until the fruit matures.
The plant will need to be isolated by at least 500m from any other pumpkin variety to be certain that your breeding will be true. If you are growing the pumpkin for food and do not mind then all is well, but we can only only grow one variety per year to safeguard our variety for seed sale.
If you plan on saving your seed, then you must allow the fruit several weeks for the seed to mature inside the fruit before you take it, wash it, dry it and store it. Seed must be thoroughly dry before storage or it will spoil. Dry seed, stored at a dark, even temperature will last for years.

 

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Germinating seeds

While growing herbs and other plants from seed is natures’ way of ensuring survival of the species, it is not always easy to be successful unless you keep in mind the nature of the plants themselves.
The following tips are here to help but minor variations may need to be adapted as common sense will probably suggest.
Germination technique and expected times to germination are indicated on your seed packets but we do assume that you are familiar with the fundamentals of gardening.
Most herbs tend towards the alkaline end of the Ph scale but not all.
We tend not to include peat moss in our seed raising mix as it can create a slightly more acid environment for the seedlings.

1. Always use or make a good quality seed raising mix. The mix should always contain sieved material to keep it fine enough for young roots to navigate. Sand, sieved potting mix and ‘vermiculite, pumice or pearlite’.
2. Never sow seeds too deeply. This is probably the most common mistake that people make. If the seeds are too far down, they may be attempting to germinate but unable to reach the surface before the nutrient stores within the seed run out.
3. Try and keep them uniformly moist during germination. Seeds that are allowed to dry out or are left to sit in bog will probably not survive. You must not overwater the seeds or seedlings.
4. Firm the soil around your seeds by pressing down on the seed mix after you sow. If you have enough vermiculite in your mix it will not become too compressed and air and water will circulate around the seeds.
5. Emerging seeds are reasonably delicate and easily damaged by sunlight even though they are attempting to reach it. Full sun or full shade are not helpful. A bit of each is best until the seedlings are looking after themselves. Morning sun is better than afternoon sun but some reprieve from the sun is best initially.
6. Many seeds, (but not all) need warmth to germinate. It’s not just air temperature that matters but also the temperature of the soil or seed raise mix.
7. Be patient. If you have done all the right things as suggested above, then it is just a matter of time until your seeds sprout. Sometimes you will get everything coming up at once and other times germination will be staggered. The seeds themselves will decide when everything is ‘just right’ and no amount of encouragement, intimidation or yelling will entice them.
8. Do not over fertilise. A little slow release fertiliser like ‘Osmacote’ may help but most seeds do not require nutrient until well after they have sprouted.
9. Most seeds will of course only germinate between certain temperatures.
Too low and the seed takes up water but cannot germinate and therefore rots, too high and growth within the seed is prevented.

Fortunately most seeds are tolerant of a wide range of temperatures but it is wise to try to maintain a steady, not fluctuating temperature. Once several of the seeds start to germinate the temperatures can be reduced and ventilation and light should be given.

Symptoms of Low light in your Germination area:

1. Elongation of the stems.
2. Slow growth.
3. Yellowing of the lower leaves.
4. Softer growth in the larger leaves.
5. Plants are bending in one direction (usually towards a strongest light source)

While there seems to be much confusion and quite a bit of mysticism surrounding Bio-Dynamic practices, and most of the information is presented for farmers rather than gardeners, it really does work.
We produce our own preparations on the farm but apply them as any gardener would.
You can transform your little part of the world without much effort at all.

We do not grow any GMO varieties of anything. Almost everything that we grow is Heirloom, which means that the variety has not been changed in any way since before WW2.
Any varieties where we are unsure of the heritage, we will grow for 5-10 seasons before we decide to sell the seed.
Beautanicals is not open to the public for farm visits.