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.
Stria is both beautiful to look at and terrific to eat. The medium sized round fruit have white striped purple skin. Early to crop and prolific this variety topped our eggplant trials last season. It holds well after picking too.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
A new improved variety boasting a high yield from a uniform plant with sturdy stems.I plant seed on bottom heat early in the spring and outside in the garden after mid-November. Parsley will sometime bolt if seed is planted in soil which is too cold.
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.
Winterbor is the most productive Kale currently available growing up to 90cm tall. The vigorous plants will continue producing fresh leaves as lower ones are harvested. Sow seeds from early November (best) to early January for harvesting during autumn and winter.
‘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.
Makes a handy autumn and winter vegetable if seed is planted during November. I can pick a couple of bunches every week from May until September off half a dozen plants. Reputed to be good for baby leaf at any time although I haven’t grown it like that yet.
This is one of the best if not the best performing open pollinated purple kohlrabi. Azur Star produces round purple skinned white fleshed bulbs with excellent flavour. Slow to bolt the bulbs are best eaten at 5 to 8cm size.
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.