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‘Cerise’ Millet

Rare edible millet.

This variety of grain millet, selected by Bob Reid has large weeping purple seed heads containing many seeds on darker green/purple stems. It flowers and sets seeds early, so is very suitable for grain production for the keen home gardener. Sow seeds in fine good well drained soil in rows 20cm apart 5mm deep, no more, in late Spring early Summer soil temps about 17 degrees Gluten free grain, very high in nutrients, sprinkle seed on cereals, in soup, stews or sauces .It is very desirable for gluten free flour in larger quantities.

The other main use which we recommend is as a Summer green manure this variety grows quickly from seed when sown in late Spring early Summer, soil temps about 17 degrees, This will tolerate hot dry conditions and some drought, swamps out weeds and keep soil moist under the leaf canopy, cut down before flowering.

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‘Golden German’ Millet

Rare foxtail millet.

This variety of millet has been selected by Bob Reid for cool climates, it has large weeping plump golden brown weeping seed heads containing many seeds, info can be found on other web sites. It is particularly useful as a forage crop, but the seeds can also be used for chicken feed, caged birds, and human consumption as a grain.

Very useful as a Summer green manure as it tolerates hot dry conditions, swamps out weeds, has fine fibrous roots which break down easily and the top growth can be dug in or used as a mulch for late Summer Autumn sowing or planting. Sow as for Indian barnyard millet.

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‘Mung Da’ Millet

Rare foxtail millet.

This variety of foxtail millet has been selected by Bob Reid it has large plump green to yellow seed heads, containing many seeds, the classic millet stick used for caged birds.

The other main use which we recommend is as a Summer green manure this variety grows quickly from seed when sown in late Spring early Summer, soil temps about 17 degrees. This will tolerate hot dry conditions and some drought, swamps out weeds and keep soil moist under the leaf canopy, cut down before flowering.

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‘Sari’ Millet

Rare edible millet.

This variety of grain millet, selected by Bob Reid, has large weeping golden seed heads containing many seeds. It flowers and sets seeds early, so is very suitable for grain production for the keen home gardener. Sow seeds in fine good well drained soil in rows 20cm apart 5mm deep, no more, in late Spring early Summer soil temps about 17 degrees Gluten free grain, very high in nutrients, sprinkle seed on cereals, in soup, stews or sauces. It is very desirable for gluten free flour in larger quantities.

The other main use which we recommend is as a Summer green manure this variety grows quickly from seed when sown in late Spring early Summer, soil temps about 17 degrees. This will tolerate hot dry conditions and some drought, swamps out weeds and keep soil moist under the leaf canopy, cut down before flowering.

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‘Sioux’ Grain Amaranth

Rare edible pink flowers.

This is an exciting selection of the tall large leafed flowering amaranthus, by Bob Reid, it can be used as a decorative annual ornamental in the flower garden getting to about 2m tall with huge colourful heads, or as a Summer green manure, or for the keen home gardener as a grain crop, the seeds are sown about 5mm deep, no more, in 20cm rows in good well drained soil in late Spring early Summer. Seed heads form mid to late Summer. Harvest seed by rubbing hands gently over the bottom most seed heads first into a paper bag, as the heads mature break them off and hang upside down in a dry shed over a clean tarpaulin.

The seeds are sprinkled over breakfast cereals, in soups or stews. It is a grain amaranth, the leaves on this variety are bitter.

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Actophan

50cmx40cm, mid season, flowers late January, average yields end February.

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Andrew Kent

A 1m tall plant with white/ lilac flowers followed by many flat straight beans in mid-January. Sow 1cm deep mid-November after last frosts, 20cm apart 30cm in between the rows, feed with COF and liquid feed with fish emulsion to keep nitrogen available. Water well throughout the growing season.

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Beetroot ‘Baby’

Excellent variety, dark red interior, strong growth, resistant to bolting and disease. Lovely sweet flavour. Suitable for Tasmanian growing conditions.Sow in well prepared seed bed with a Complete Organic Fertiliser raked in. Sow from September to March, in shallow dills, 1 cm apart and with 30 cm between rows. Thin out when 4 – 5 cm tall. 74 day maturity. Trace elements are beneficial for crops.

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Beetroot “Burpees” Golden Beet

Tender golden beetroot that does not bleed like red beet. Tops are great in salad and taste as good as spinach when boiled as greens. Use fresh or pickled.

CULTIVATION: Sow seeds early Spring or late Summer about 1.5cm deep in rows 30cm apart. When seedlings reach 5cm tall thin to 8cm apart. Germination is 4 – 10 days at 7-21º C. Severe temperature stress, lack of water or over watering can cause bolting.

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Bicolour Sweet Corn f1 Hybrid

Strong vigorous bicolour, medium sized well filled cobs, great colour, superb sweet eating quality. Good storage life. Superior variety for cool climates. Sow after last frosts are expected, mid Nov- mid Dec. Soil temperature around 16ºC. Plant in blocks 40 cm apart, 2 cm deep. Rows about 1m apart. Sow 2 seeds per hole. HARVEST when the silks turn brown and husks are plump.

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Black Corn

A variety selected by Bob Reid from crops grown by indigenous farmers for centuries. Early/midseason 90 day corn which produces two to three cobs per plant, can tiller and have more in a good long Summer. A very sweet tasting variety which we have to include in our catalogue, the black colour makes this variety high in nutritional value. Sow in the open ground at 2 cm deep, cool regions about mid November after last frosts, soil temperature must be about 19 degrees C and air temperature warm at night, can be sown as late as early December. When plants are about 10cm tall, base dress each plant with about a quarter cup of COF, water the plants well throughout the Summer, harvest when the cobs are firm and full and tassles are turning dark brown, usually about end February or early March.

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Blue Lake

2.5 metres tall, famous in Oregon in the 70’s canning market, smooth 15cm dark green pods, straight, round shape, tender, meaty and full or flavour. Cultivation; requires a 2.5 metre trellis, sow Nov – Jan,, 2.5cm deep, 4cm apart. Takes 8-16 days to germinate. Soil needs to be prepared with organic matter, e.g mushroom compost, and kept damp.

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Borecole Kale

Tasty, rich, heavily curled leaves. Strong, tall plants, regrows quickly. Pick young leaves or entire plants when small. Relatively free of brassica pests and diseases. Sow early Spring and late Summer. For best taste sow late and harvest in Winter. When harvested in Summer, put leaves in freezer for 5 minutes to replicate frost. Sow seed 5 mm deep in rows 15cm apart. Transplant to 45 cm apart.

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Bright Lights Swiss Chard

A variety which has yellow, gold, pink, crimson, orange, purple, green and white striped stems, and green and purple crinkly leaves. Mature plant averages 50cm in height. CULTIVATION; Sow seeds from early October until December, 2cm apart, 5 mm deep in rows 60cm apart. Side dress with COF periodically. Plants will withstand hot weather. Cook leaves like spinach, stems are tasty when boiled slowly like asparagus.

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Broccoli f1 Hybrid

A beautiful fine beaded, strong stemmed variety suitable for late Summer, Autumn and Winter. Matures in 75 days. Sow early October to February. Repeat sowing at monthly intervals. Sow 4 seeds in a hole 1 cm deep, 60 cm apart, with 60 cm between rows. Gradually thin each cluster to the best plant. Side dress with complete organic fertiliser.

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Brussel Sprouts f1 Hybrid

Our selection is for the mid to mid late harvest period. This variety is the most popular commercial variety in Tasmania. Medium -tall plant producing medium – large, dark green sprouts. Cultivation; Sow December to February. Sow 4 seeds 1cm deep in a thumb sized depression, 60cm apart. Cover the seeds with fine compost. Gradually thin the plants to select the best. In gardens that have mild Winters and no frosts or are warm, it is likely that brussel sprouts will be affected by aphids, in these situations the sprouts will be spoilt and inedible whenever they are grown, so it may not be possible to grow this particular vegetable successfully.

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Cabbage Perennial Couve Tronchuda

brassica oleracea

This particular selection, called Beira, has large smooth sweet flavoured soft leaves, ideal for all recipes using cabbage leaves. The plant grows to about 1m by 1m and produces plentiful leaves throughout the year, so leave enough room for this plant to occupy. It is very slow to go to seed.

Sow late February/March and September/October, 5mm deep in seed tray or open ground. Thin out when plants are 12 cm tall. Allow 40 cm between plants. Apply 100g per sqm of Complete Organic Fertiliser.

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Cauliflower Mix

Our selection of 4 varieties are guaranteed to mature throughout Winter into early Spring. Sow Dec until Feb in the open ground. Thin out when plants are about 6 cm tall allowing 20-30 cm between plants. Apply COF around plants every 4 weeks. Well drained soil is recommended.

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Chinese Red Cabbage

Attractive elliptical reddish green baby leaf. Light Cabbage, flavoursome in salads. Cultivation: Sow late Summer and early Spring. Prior to sowing add a good layer of mushroom compost and rake in complete organic fertiliser Sow seed 1 cm apart in 5 mm deep furrows about 60 cm apart. Thin the plant to about 8 cm in the row. Autumn sown plants can stay in the ground and be harvested several times.

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Cos Lettuce

A hardy variety that can be sown all year round requiring constant moisture and fertile soil. Great flavour. Sow: dig over raised beds, spread complete organic fertilizer; 4 litres to 10m². Top the bed with well rotted manure or mushroom compost and rake in. Sow seeds 5 mm deep and 30cm apart in short furrows in rows 40cm apart. Several sowings can be made throughout the year.

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Crispy Crunch Green Gold Lettuce

An open pollinated selection bred by Carole Deppe. An interesting variety that begins as a small pointed crown shaped plant and develops into a handsome 35cmx 35cm neat and well shaped green and gold open framed type with a wonderfully sweet flavour. Sow early Spring, and late Summer to early Autumn. Sow 5mm deep in rows 30cm apart. Thin at four leaf stage.

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De Zhou Chinese Cabbage

Open pollinated rare heirloom. Fast growing open headed light green leaved beautiful flavoured Chinese cabbage, 30cm by 30cm, a variety grown by Chinese market gardeners in Communist China and professionally bred, this variety was praised by the communist leaders and so given the ultimate accolade of 'Good cabbage”. Sow in open ground 5mm deep in late Summer, early Autumn. Keep moist. Feed with COF twice in growing season, will mature quickly by mid- Winter. If sown in Spring, it will go to seed in a few weeks.

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Dwarf Curly Kale

A very uniform borecole about 25cm tall and very compact, excellent flavour and slow to go to seed beautiful bright green leaves. Sow late Summer/Autumn and early Spring. In our trials this was one of the best F1 hybrids. Sow late summer or early spring. Sow seeds 5mm deep in rows 15cm apart. Transplant to 45cm apart.

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English Steadfast Spinach

A richly flavoured English spinach, resistant to bolting. Very dark green leaf ideal for baby leaf or repeat harvest. Cultivation; Sow all year round. Add a layer of well rotted compost, rake in complete organic fertiliser. Sow seed in furrows 5 mm deep, 1 cm apart, in rows 35 cm apart. Thin to 4cm apart when established little plants. Use a knife or secateurs to thin the plants to 20cm apart. (In extremely hot weather it may bolt.) Will go to seed in hot weather.

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