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.
An old variety, very popular in Europe and the USA ‘Onward is only just starting to make its mark in Australia. Sweet and flavoursome it is a prolific producer of large pods. Not powdery mildew resistant so best grown in the cooler months.
Willow is a fabulous new variety of shelling pea. It produces a large number of attractive, long, dark green pods. Willow is resistant to powdery mildew so a late planting is worth a try. Plant seeds 2cm deep in a 10cm wide band approximately 20 seeds per 30cm.
An exciting new variety of snow pea with excellent disease resistance producing dark green, flat pods under a variety of weather conditions. An October or November planting would be worth a try as Green Devil is powdery mildew resistant.
‘Oregon Giant’ is the most popular commercial snow pea grown in Australia. Grows 100-120cm tall and is a heavy cropper of large sweet snow pea pods. It is resistant to powdery mildew so can be sown from mid winter to November.
This Jap pumpkin can be grown in cooler areas of Australia as it is so early. Jap pumpkins are considered by many to be the best flavoured pumpkins. This variety has a vigorous vine and needs plenty of space so it isn’t suited to small gardens.
This is one of the main pumpkin varieties exported from Australia to the discerning Japanese market. It is a vigorous vine and can be sown earlier than other varieties as it will germinate in quite cool soil. ‘Kurijiman’ has a dark green skin and orange flesh.
Radicchio ‘Bel Fiore’ Variegato di Lusia type for year round harvest ‘Bel Fiore’ (Beautiful Flower) is one of the most attractive salad vegetable. It has a cream interior spotted with red and a good nutty mildly bitter flavour. Can be braised too.
Fiero is the variety sold in better class green grocers as red witlof. It is much easier to grow than white witlof and can be planted from late winter until early autumn for cropping just about all the year round. Beautiful deep maroon white veined heads.
Makes 10-12cm long red roots with a crisp white flesh. The flavour is both hot and sweet. A favourite of northern Chinese cuisine and can be roasted with soya sauce and sesame seed. Slow to bolt they can be sown year round.
This half-long 12-15cm roots is the most commonly grown variety in Korea. It’s a good choice for gardens with thinner soils. Excellent flavour and can be used fresh in salads, in pickles and in miso soup. Sow seed in rows 5cm apart, thin to 10-15cm.
Traditional Japanese daikon for planting late summer and autumn. Roots grow 35-40cm long. Used for pickling, salads and soups. Can be stored. Sow seed in rows 5cm apart, thin to 10-15cm. Needs a well prepared deep bed.
Dark green rocket with a deeply incised, smooth dark green leaf giving the appearance of wild rocket. Excellent winter vigour and a mild flavour it can be sown the year round. 35 days to harvest from sowing.