A round dark green bush bean with terrific flavour. It is a heavy cropper and has good disease resistance. Its heavy frame keeps the beans straight and clean as they are held well off the soil. It takes about 50 days to harvest from seed planting.
Kentucky Blue is a professional standard bean which freely produces 20cm long, round, stringless beans which have a fantastic flavour. If allowed to get over mature they will have a slight string. It has an outstanding yield.
Scarlet Emperor is a superb improved selection of Scarlet Runner producing long and very flavoursome pods from red flowers. Plant 5 beans to a 4 pole tepee or 12 cm apart on a trellis. It produces best in southern Australia.
An industry leader Zeppo is beautfully bred for smooth skin, round and clean shape and a very fine taproot. Zeppo also is easier to thin as each capsule contains less embryos so the seedlings are less congested. Excellent as a very sweet baby beet.
Traditional Italian multi cut variety for sowing in early August and early September for a spring and early summer crop of delicious small heads. Produces a lot of side shoots once the main head is cut. Sow again in late February for a late autumn early winter crop.
Southern Italian Leaf Broccoli The leaves are picked for the table not the small flower heads which should be removed as they appear. To many people this has a better flavour than kale. Cook it as you would kale or spinach. It can be used as a baby leaf too.
Sold as rapini or broccoletti in greengrocers. ‘Spring Raab’ makes dozens of small heads as long as it is picked every couple of days or so. Tasting a bit sharper than the usual broccoli it is an important part of southern Italy’s cuisine.
For late winter and spring planting for harvesting spring, summer, and autumn. It produces large heads here which were followed by lots of side shoots. I picked heads from one planting over a period of ten weeks.
Belstar is a terrific new variety of Broccoli for planting in late winter, spring, summer and autumn for a crop of delicious broccoli just about the whole year round. Belstar has a beautiful blue-green head, plenty of side shoots and terrific flavour.
Hestia has very firm smooth sprouts for an early variety. The sprouts are small to medium and hold well in the garden. Harvest from early to late autumn. It’s important to sow seed in November and plant out in January.
The best Brussels Sprouts strain I’ve ever grown and I’ve tried twenty or so. Diablo produces crops over a long period from late autumn through most of the winter if seeds are planted no later than November.
This tall reliable midseason variety is ready to harvest from late autumn into mid-winter and has medium to large firm smooth sprouts which hold well in the garden. It’s important to sow seed in November and plant out in January.
A handsome looking cabbage with deep blue-green leaves and dense tender yellow interior leaves. Great flavour suited to cooking. Sow seed from August until December for a long harvest season. 75 days from transplant.
A superb cabbage for coleslaw or stir fry with tender, very thin, sweet crisp leaves perfect for coleslaw or stir-fries. Slow to bolt it is good for year round harvesting. Sow seeds from August until March.
Farao is a delicious spring cabbage quickly making 1kg heads from a late winter planting. It takes summer heat very well too so a late spring planting is worthwhile. It holds well in the garden without splitting. It’s been said that this is the best tasting cabbage of all.