A vigorous slow bolting variety with an upright growth habit which can be planted the year round. It’s one of our favourite herbs. My wife uses it in her spinach and fetta cheese pie, for stuffing whole fish, broad bean salads, and many other dishes.
‘Gold Fields’ is a selection of Genovese basil, the one used for pesto, that is more tolerant of cold weather than traditional varieties. A strong plant with dark green leaves it has all the flavour of older types but can be sown a month or two earlier. more... about Herbs Basil 'Goldfields Early Wonder'
Easier to grow than ordinary celery and can be picked over a long period just as you would parsley. Plant in a drill straight into the vegetable garden in late spring or summer, thin to 15cm apart. Or germinate in a glass house or polyhouse and plant out when big enough. more... about Herbs, Celery, Cutting ‘Par-Cel’
A real giant but with wonderful Italian parsley flavour this is the variety which has amazed visitors to the nursery with its size and productivity. I plant seed on bottom heat early in the spring and outside in the garden after mid-November. more... about Herbs, Parsley ‘Giant of Italy’
An uncommon perennial herb/vegetable which will give salads a tangy lemon flavour. It can be cooked like spinach, made into a creamy fish sauce or a sorrel soup. Use young leaves only. Direct sow 1/2cm deep 12 seeds per 30cm and thin to 30cm apart using thinning as baby leaf. more... about Herbs, Sorrel, French Red Veined
Fantastic is a new, large round eggplant which can be grown successfully in the open garden in cooler parts of the country. I plant 2 seeds in a 7.5cm pots on bottom heat during early to mid-September thinning to one plant after germination. more... about Eggplant ‘Fantastic’ F1
Best performing escarole This vegetable isn’t used much by Australians but in France and Italy it is very popular sautéed in garlic and olive oil. Bitter vegetables are very good for our health Cooking does soften the bitterness and brings out sweet flavours in escarole. more... about Escarole 'Natache'
This hybrid fennel is a better proposition than open pollinated varieties as it resists running up to seed. Plant seeds from mid spring until mid-summer. Direct sow into drills in rows 45cm apart and thin the seedlings to 15cm apart.
‘Black Magic’ is a new and improved variety of Black Tuscan kale. It has very dark leaves which are deeply savoyed. It’s best grown as a full size plant and seed should be sown from November until January for an autumn and winter harvest.
One of the best kale varieties for baby leaf and also good full size. The tender leaves can be used in salads and also cooked. They need less cooking than other kale types. Sow from August until April.
I sell the true strain of this very early leek. From an early November planting I was digging decent leeks by March. In fact Criss and I served fifty people with Leeks a la Grecque at a charity lunch here one March a couple of years ago. more... about Leek ‘King Richard’
A mini, red blushed, bib lettuce highly prized by both food lovers and children alike with its soft but crisp sweet leaves. Sow seed from August until April for a year round harvest. more... about Lettuce 'Escale'
Salanova lettuce have the flavour and texture of full grown lettuce but in the home garden individual leaves are harvested as needed. Salanova lettuce are slow to bolt and can be harvested over a long period. Sow seed from August until May for year round salads.