The earliest cantaloupe to ripen in our trials with the first fruit ready to pick in Early February even though the summer was cool. Productive cropper with excellent flavour. As well as being early it will ripen quite late in autumn from an early summer sowing.
Lilly has an unbelievable sweet and spicy taste. This is the first Crenshaw melon that can be grown successfully in cooler southern parts of Australia. When ripe the skin is pale yellow and the flesh is light orange. Harvest at forced slip.
Diplomat is an excellent flavoured Galia melon with sweet aromatic green flesh. Galia melons are much more juicy and flavoursome than honeydews. Galia melons are ripe when the skin becomes yellowish and the fruit gives off an aromatic fragrance. Cut from the vine.
‘Sweet Delight is a delicious honeydew melon with juicy, full flavoured flesh if picked ripe. As it is quick to ripen it can be grown in cooler areas of Australia where the later ripening heirloom strains are problematic.
A terrific new Piel de Sapo melon with good internal qualities, juicy and sweet. The flavour is delicious. A great favourite of Europeans from Barcelona to Birmingham. ‘Ricura’ has a good disease resistance package.
A beautiful looking and productive tiger striped variety weighing 2-3 kg with sweet, firm, crisp, red flesh. Flavour is out of this world, much better than the seedless types. ‘Tigrinho’ will ripen in cooler as well as warmer areas of Australia.
Clemson Spineless is the best open pollinated strain of Okra producing a heavy crop of five pointed pale green fruit for many months during the warmer months. The attractive flower can be stuffed like zucchini flowers.
Delicious 'cipollini' onion suited to fresh use in salads, pickled, baked or roasted. ‘Bianca di Maggio’ doesn’t store well and should be used soon after harvest. Sow from March until June for a spring harvest.
This is the best open pollinated long keeping onion for southern Australia. I grow it every year and it keeps the family in onions from January until October. Plant seed in drills during August or early September. Thin to 5 or 6cm apart using the thinning as scallions.
Purplette is a glossy rich burgundy which changes to rich pastel pink when cooked or pickled. Quick to mature, taking 60 days, only it can be dug at golf ball size or smaller and holds well in the garden. Sow August or early September.
‘Red Light’ is a new variety of onion from Holland and is the best keeping of all the red onions we’ve grown, still in excellent condition in July from a January harvest. It also has good interior red colour and gentle red onion flavour.
Cabernet produces medium to large globe shaped onions with a deep red colour both externally and internally. Narrow necked with mostly single centres Cabernet has good storage potential of 4 to 6 months. Best grown in southern Australia.
Widely adapted onion which can be grown the length and breadth of Australia. Produces large white white skinned onions with a mild flavour and thick rings. Sow early spring in southern Australia and autumn in the north.
Classic French frisée Endive with deeply cut, frilly pale green leaves and tender blanched hearts with a wonderful delicate flavour. Sow seeds August and September and then again in February and March as it is best to miss the hottest months.
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.
A real giant but with wonderful Italian parsley flavour has an amazing size and productivity. Sow seed on bottom heat during early spring and in situ during late spring, summer and early autumn. Parsley can bolt if seed is planted in soil which is too cold.
‘Albion’ has particularly white roots which are long and tapered. A good early variety with excellent sweet parsnip flavour ‘Albion’ can still be harvested during winter. Sow seeds from early spring until early December.
Climbing Pea ‘Alderman’ Tall climbing pea Alderman’ is an old climbing variety sometimes known as ‘Telephone Pea’. It needs wire or trellis and will grow 2 metres tall and produce good quantities of 12cm long pods of tasty sweet peas.
Melbourne Market is one of the best flavoured shelling pea and is widely planted by both professional farmers and home garden gardeners. Plants are dwarf, growing to 50cm only, and productive producing pods that contain 8 peas. Not for Tasmania.