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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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Growing Tomatoes

PLANT TYPE: Annual
LATIN NAME: Lycopersicon lycopersicum
SUN: Full Sun
SOIL TYPE: A very wide range of soil types. Little preferrence
pH RANGE: 6.0 ‐ 6.5
WATERING: Average. Keep moist not wet.
MATURITY IN DAYS: 55-105 days depending on the variety.
KNOWN PESTS: Plenty. It’s wise to keep a steady eye on the fruit as it matures.
KNOWN DISEASES: Blossom end rot, tomato blight

Tomatoes prefer full sun with good air circulation.
Not a great idea to plant them against a wall or solid fence.

Tomatoes are heavy feeders and prefer a warm, well drained soil especially full of compost.

Add plenty of compost and well rotted manure before you start to plant your tomatoes.
Feed regularly while they are growing with a compost tea or well balanced fertilizer.
Avoid excessive nitrogen, particularly before fruit sets.
Excessive watering can increase tomato size but decrease flavour which is one reason that commercial tomatoes never seem to have that ‘tomato taste’.

Tomato seedlings benefit from waterings with Epsom salts, use 1/2 Tbsp of Epsom salts per litre.

Do not allow moisture levels vary too much as drying out and drenching will cause cracking in the fruit.
Water directly onto the soil, not the plant.
Best Times to grow Basil:
Melbourne, Snowy Mts. and Tasmania – Oct – April
Adelaide, Sydney & Perth – Sept – May.
Coffs Harbour to Rockhampton – late August- June
North Q’ld and NT – All year..

 

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Growing Peas

PLANT TYPE: Annual
LATIN NAME: Pisum sativum
SUN: Full Sun
SOIL TYPE: Medium‐rich, well‐drained, high organic matter
pH RANGE: 6.0 ‐ 7.0
WATERING: Average (Every second or third day unless it becomes very hot)
MATURITY IN DAYS: 55 ‐ 70
KNOWN PESTS: Not a lot, but grasshoppers will take the leaves and some caterpillars can have a wonderful time on and in the actual pods.
KNOWN DISEASES: Root rot

Peas can be started as soon as the last major frost has passed.
There are many varieties but over the years we have chosen our favourites to continue the heirloom heritage.

Most peas prefer a soil that is well‐drained with limestone or wood ash.
Pick peas on a regular basis to encourage more growth and a better harvest.
Try not to get the plant wet when watering, instead water the ground where they feed.
Harvest peas while they are young for the sweetest flavor, or older for a more robust food source.

Peas prefer cool growing conditions and will tolerate light frosts, they may be planted in some states at the begining of winter and will germinate in a wide range of soil temperatures.
Peas will tolerate crowding so may be spaced 60mm apart.
All peas, including dwarf types, are natural climbers, will be more productive, and not as susceptible to rot, if given some support or planted along a fence or trellis.

Peas prefer full sun with a soil pH of 6.0‐7.0. and require a well‐drained, rich and sandy soil.
Work organic matter, including rotted manure or compost into the soil for best results.

Best Times to grow Peas:
Melbourne, Snowy Mts. and Tasmania – Jan – Oct
Adelaide, Sydney & Perth – Feb – Sept.
Coffs Harbour to Rockhampton – Mar- July
North Q’ld and NT – May and June.

 

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Growing Lettuce

PLANT TYPE: Annual
BOTANICAL NAME: Lactuca sativa
SUN: Full Sun in spring/autumn, partial shade in summer
SOIL TYPE: Rich, well‐drained, loose loam.
pH RANGE: 6.2 ‐ 6.8
WATERING: Keep moist, not waterlogged, daily short watering is best
MATURITY IN DAYS: 45 ‐ 55
KNOWN PESTS: slugs, snails and grasshoppers

Your garden or pots must have at least 8 hours of full sun and a soil pH of 6.2‐6.8.
Lettuce is a heavy feeder and prefers a rich, well mulched soil with good drainage.
Add plenty of compost or well rotted manure prior to planting lettuce, not during their growth.
During their growth you are best to use a folair spray with high nitrogen content as it is the leaf that we need to encourage.

Mulching can be useful to keep soil cool and reduce weeds. We use sugarcane mulch.
Harvest lettuce early in the morning after dew is evaporated.
Loose‐leaf types can be picked as soon as leaves are large enough to eat.
Some varieties such as Cos can be picked as you need the leaves over a very long period.

Best Times to grow Lettuce:
Melbourne, Snowy Mts. and Tasmania – Sept – May
Adelaide, Sydney & Perth – All Year
Coffs Harbour to Rockhampton – All Year
North Q’ld and NT – Feb – Nov

 

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Bean Seeds

Broad Beans
Vicia faba
Full Sun
Rich well‐drained, deep sandy, composted loam
pH RANGE: 6.0 ‐ 6.8
Water every 2nd Day
MATURITY IN DAYS: 70 ‐ 75
KNOWN PESTS: Grasshoppers
KNOWN DISEASES: N/A
The broad bean (Vicia faba) is a bushy, hardy annual that grows up to 1 metre tall; it has square stems with leaves divided into leaflets.
The white flowers are marked with brown. The pods contain four to six or more light-brown seeds.

Trellis or Pole Beans
BOTANICAL NAME: Phaseolus vulgaris
SUN: Full Sun
SOIL TYPE: Medium‐rich, well‐drained, deep sandy loam
pH RANGE: 6.0 ‐ 7.0
MOISTURE/WATERING: Average
MATURITY IN DAYS: 65 ‐ 80
KNOWN PESTS: Aphids
KNOWN DISEASES: N/A

Trellis beans are among the few vegetables that add a sense of height to the garden. Snake beans can climb up stakes trellis’s or fence supports. If growing space is limited, snake beans are the
answer. Snake beans yield over a long period of time and frequent picking encourages more production.

All bean types require a full sun location, soil pH of 6.5‐7.5, and well drained soil. Good air circulation around bush bean plants is essential as they are susceptible to fungal diseases which prevail later in the season.
Most beans are light feeders; compost or well rotted manures worked into the soil at the time of planting is usually enough for the whole season.
When harvesting, use maturity days as an indicator. Harvest once the pods are smooth, firm and crisp.
Keep beans constantly picked to ensure a fresh supply.
Dry & Shell Beans ( White Hyacinth, Madagascar and even Rice Bean) should be harvested when the bush beans pods are completely dry and brittle.
Cut or pull pods from bush bean plants and shell the beans. Store beans in an air tight container in a cool dry spot.

Best Times to grow Beans:
Melbourne, Snowy Mts. and Tasmania – Oct – Jan
Adelaide, Sydney & Perth – Mar – July.
Coffs Harbour to Rockhampton – Mar- June
North Q’ld and NT – April and June.