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.
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.
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.
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.
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.