Produces high yields of short fruit 4-5cm long by .8cm diameter. This is a hot chilli used in Thai, Sri Lankan and Indian cooking as well as other cuisines that need a kick. This hybrid variety makes a much stronger and more productive plant than older varieties.
As I grow coriander for its leaves rather than for its seeds I grow this slow bolting variety. It is ready to pick in less than a month and a half and will under reasonable conditions take three or four months before it runs up to seed.
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.
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.
Anyone who has ever eaten corn salad, or mache as it is known in Europe, knows just how wonderful a winter salad green it is. A cool season vegetable I pick enough for a salad several times a week from the end of May until spring.
Polaris cobs grow to 20cm long and are sweet and juicy. The plant can make 180-200cm tall and provides good disease resistance to ensure a bumper crop. A terrific 'honey and cream' variety to use instead of Samurai.
Productive Gherkin 55 days from transplant A beautifully shaped pickling cucumber which brines well and has excellent flavour if eaten fresh. It has very uniform, cylindrical fruit which set 1or 2 fruits per node. Replaces ‘Harmonie’
‘Caman’ was the best slicer in our cucumber trials. It is very productive with good fruit length. The fruit has smooth dak green skin and crisp flesh. A market leader amongst commercial growers a couple of plants will keep a house supplied for months.
The best Lebanese cucumber in our trials for non-trellis production. Very quick to produce and incredibly productive this variety has uniform crops of dark green crisp fleshed fruits for all of the warmer months. A couple of plants will keep a household going.
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.
A new French variety of mini fennel which if grown well resists running up to seed and so can be sown from late August until December for harvesting from December until April. Makes delicious round white bulbs