If you would like growing notes on anything that is not listed on the growing notes page please let me know and I can email them through to you. For a list of vegetable days to maturity please click here.
From time to time I sell vegetable and herb plants and/or seeds, some of which are so rare that I do not know of anywhere else in the country that is selling them. I only sell things that I have grown on the property here and I only grow plants that I think are amazing in some way or another. Most of these plants are heirlooms, some have even been in my family since before I was born, while others have only been with us a few years and have proven worthy. All of my seeds are pure and not crossed, they can all be grown open pollinated and I do not and will never grow or sell any GM plants or seed. I can only sell some plants in their correct season; other plants can be sold all year. Most people live too far from me to pick them up, unlike most plant and seed sellers I post these out at cost. I post plants on Monday or Tuesday after payment has cleared, I only post Monday or Tuesday so that plants are not stuck in the post office over the weekend.
We are not certified organic and never will be as I do not use any of the organically certified poisons and fertilizers that most organic farms use and do not want to be associated with the use of such so-called “organic” poisons. Many of the organic poisons can be worse for you than the synthetic ones. Some such as rotenone, have been linked with Parkinson's disease and are banned in most countries in the world, yet they formed the backbone of organic farming in Australia for decades.
Instead of using organic or conventional poisons I control pests with integrated pest management (IPM) principles. Basically IPM uses predator insects, spiders and other animals such as poultry to control pest insects. I believe that IPM is far safer for my children and better for the environment than commercial or organic farming in every respect.
I plan to put links to growing information for each of these plants on this page. If I have not done so and you order something please do not hesitate to ask me and I will email you growing notes.
No plants to Tasmania or Western Australia at this stage due to domestic quarantine, sorry.
I can post seeds overseas but only if you are convinced that they are allowed through your country's quarantine. All prices are in Australian dollars and do not include postage.
If you would like to order, please contact me via the contact form on the lower right hand of this blog and I will send an email in reply.
If I grow something and it is not listed here, feel free to ask if I sell them. I may not have listed them as I don't have many seeds but have enough to sell to a few people if they are interested.
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Organic Perennial Vegetables – plant once, harvest forever!
POSTAGE: for plants/bulbs I post at cost, for anything up to 500g it costs $8.50 for regular post or $11.35 for express http://auspost.com.au/parcels-mail/prepaid-satchels.html
Yacon crowns (Smallanthus sonchifolius formerly Polymnia sonchifolia) is a sweet and crunchy root vegetable, I have never met a child who dislikes yacon! They are a high source of inulin (not insulin), they are sweet and crunchy yet still fine to be eaten by diabetics, great fodder for poultry, pigs and ruminants and a great permaculture plant. $6 per reproductive crown - not in 2017 due to crop failure
Everlasting Onion (Allium cepa perutile) grows like a spring onion but does not often produce viable seed, reproduces quickly by splitting in half. Will also grow a small bulb similar to a French shallot in some climates. This is possibly one of the most productive and easiest to grow perennial vegetables. One of the best permaculture vegetables. Very easy to grow, you will never have to buy spring onions or shallots ever again! $5 each
Perennial Leek (Allium ampeloprasum) rare and hard to find but one of the best plants for home growers. These grow and taste like regular leek but instead of growing viable seed they reproduce by sending up numerous babies from their base. Much faster and easier than growing from seed. These are hardy once established and insanely productive $3 per small leek
Giant Russian Garlic (botanically this is a type of leek and not a true garlic Allium amperoprasum) these easy to grow plants are a mild tasting garlic and grow HUGE. Each individual clove can be as large as a ping pong ball and a bulb made of 5 or so individual cloves can be larger than your fist. They grow well where other garlic will not survive. They grow a little different to regular garlic $3 per individual clove/plant SOLD OUT until January 2018
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) a massively productive low maintenance vegetable that is high in inulin. Can be eaten raw or cooked and is used in any way that you would use a potato. Very productive, one small tuber fragment can produce well over 1kg! When grown in good soil and watered occasionally each plant will produce over 3kg of tubers. Great food for people, pigs, poultry, sheep, guinea pigs etc. $2 each plant or tuber depending on season
QLD arrowroot (Canna edulis) edible canna, looks similar to a lush banana plant but grows edible tubers underground. Can be eaten raw, used in many ways that potato is used, or can be used to make arrowroot starch. Great mulch, excellent high protein forage for poultry, sheep, cattle, pigs, guinea pigs etc. Frost kills the tops off but the plant will survive and be ready to grow again in spring. Very beautiful and productive. $6 each rhizome
Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) these are very hardy plants that can be grown from seed as well as from dividing existing plants. Both the leaves and the flowers are useful in cooking. Planted near fruit tree saplings it is said to deter rabbits and some insect pests. Flowers attract bees and other beneficial insects $3 per plant
Potato onion - brown (Allium cepa var Aggregatum) used to be very common when I was a child but very difficult to come by now. The delicate leaves can be used as spring onions, the bulb grows underground and divides into several bulbs each year eliminating the need to grow fiddly onion seedlings. These onions are easy to grow and store exceptionally well but are never overly large here, this variety can flower and produce viable seed $ not for sale 2017
Potato onion - white (Allium cepa var Aggregatum) just like the brown potato onions except much rarer in Australia and locally extinct in some countries. I like to grow some of each as one type does well some years and the other type does well in other years. These onions are easy to grow and store exceptionally well but are never overly large here, the white ones never flower $ not for sale 2017
Tree onion, aka topsetting onions, aka Egyptian walking onion (Allium × proliferum, formerly Allium cepa var proliferum) One of the very few hybrids that I grow, it does not reproduce via seed and it is a stable hybrid dating back to the 1850s that is worth having around. Bizarre looking plant grows a golf ball sized onion that divides underground then grows tiny onions instead of seed on the flower stalk. Sometimes a flower stalk will have a tiny onion with its own flower stalk with tiny onions on that and you end up with three or four levels on the one plant. These flower stalks bend under the weight of all the onions allowing the plant to “walk”. These are similar to potato onion in that they were very common once and are now rare and hard to find $3 per small plant
Chinese Water Chestnut (Eleocharis dulcis) another extremely productive perennial vegetable. Excellent permaculture vegetable which provides large amounts of straw. Easily grown in buckets, ponds, containers etc throughout most of Australia. Very beautiful and ornamental looking as well as producing a lot of food. $2 per small corm or small plant
Chinese Artichoke (Stachys affinis) extremely rare and sought after perennial root vegetable. Tubers form into a fascinating spiral sea shell shape and are a shiny pearl colour. Crunchy and delicately sweet, eaten raw or cooked. Eat the large tubers and replant smaller ones. Best grown in containers as it may spread aggressively. For sale normally late winter but occasionally other times too $3 per tuber - not in 2017 due to crop failure
Duck Potato (Saggitaria hybrid) also known as arrowhead, wapato, swan potato and a host of other names. It is an attractive edible aquatic perennial vegetable similar to water chestnuts but better suited to cooler climates. This particular one does not flower which means that is poses no weed threat $3 per small tuber or plant - SOLD OUT FOR NOW
Skirret (Sium sisarum) very rare, endangered and ancient perennial root crop which is very simple to grow. Sweet roots taste like a delicious sweet potato or parsnip. Used in any dish that calls for potato, carrot or parsnip. The celery tasting leaves can be added to salads but it is the sweet roots that are the main crop here. This is the most delicious roasted vegetable ever. Flowers attract many beneficial insects to your garden $5 per small offset SOLD OUT BACK WINTER 2018
Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) Perennial vegetable mostly grown for its long roots. The leaves are also edible and spicy and good if eaten when young. Plant in a pot as it can be a little invasive if planted in the garden. Flowers under the right conditions and attracts beneficial insects. $5 per small plant
Duckweed (Lemna sp most likely Lemna minor) is a free floating plant, it is one of the smallest flowering plants in the world. I have grown this continuously and moved it with me for the past 20 or so years and have never actually seen the flowers. It grows very fast and reproduces mostly by division. Can be used to efficiently clean water, as animal food, in aquariums, and can be eaten raw by people if you are certain there are no water snails. It has a mild taste, good levels of many important nutrients and is high in protein $3 for a scoop
Organic Heirloom Vegetable Seeds - mostly not perennial but certainly worth growing these
Postage of seeds within Australia: $3.50 I can also post some seeds overseas.
Immali Corn (Zea mays) an early release of a beautiful and delicious coloured super sweet corn. I have created this amazing variety myself, the colours are not changed during cooking (we ate the cob in the photo). Produces 2 to 6 cobs of coloured sweet corn per plant. This is high in anthocyanin, antioxidants and vitamins, why grow yellow corn when this is prettier, tastier and better for you! Corn will cross pollinate with other varieties of corn so you may have some yellow seeds if someone is growing yellow corn near by $4.00 per packet of about 20 seeds
Giant Heirloom Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) a mix of seeds containing both "Julia Child" and "Giant Siberian Pink" (known in Russian as: Sibirskiy Velikan Rozovyi). They are both delicious and large tomatoes. 'Julia Child' grows regular leaf and 'Giant Siberian Pink' grows potato leaf so you can tell from a young age which seedlings are which. These are open pollinated varieties that are both indeterminate. $4.00 per packet of about 20 seeds
Angora 82 tomato small plant which grows to about 1 foot tall, may or may not be dwarf, very productive with about 20 flowers per truss. Small, red, round tomatoes which taste really nice. This plant gave a large yield very early, has regular leaf and appeared to be determinate but kept putting out occasional new branches with flowers until the frosts. $4 per packet of about 20 seeds
Igloo tomato, these are sturdy, stocky, short plants that are the most productive determinate tomato I have ever grown! They are are very early cropping. This was the first tomato that I ever bred and, although I am biased, I am rather fond of it. Extremely large yields of round red golf ball sized tomatoes over a surprisingly long season for a determinate plant. $4 for about 20 seeds
Little Oak Like tomato small determinate tomato that produces red ping pong ball size tomatoes. Very rich taste. Looks much like Igloo but slightly less stocky, a bit tastier and less productive. Very early cropper great for areas with a short growing season. $4 for a packet of about 20 seeds
Micro Tom tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) the smallest variety of tomato in the world! I have never had one grow over 10cm tall. Being so small they can easily be grown in a cup of soil, easy for kids to grow, easy for elderly people who no longer have a garden, easy to grow in apartments if you have a sunny window, and great for genetics experiments due to its short life cycle $4 for 15 seeds
Glass Bead Corn (Zea mays) one of the world's most beautiful looking heirloom corn varieties. Individual cobs may have seed of yellow, pink, purple, white, red, orange, brown, black, sometimes spotted like a quails egg, swirled with different colours, or even stripes. We grew this when I was a child and I have taken a few years to track it down again as it is nearing extinction in Australia. Can be eaten as sweet corn if you get the timing right but is mostly used as corn flour, animal feed, popcorn or decorations. Corn will cross pollinate with other corn easily $4.00 per packet of about 30 seeds SOLD OUT
Blue Popcorn (Zea mays) an old heirloom popcorn variety that is naturally blue. Plants grow several mini blue cobs with small seeds. Short plants take up less room than some other varieties of corn. Lots of fun to grow with the kids. Some people grow them just for decoration as the cobs are so cute. Corn will cross pollinate with other varieties of corn easily $4.00 per packet of about 25 seeds SOLD OUT
Lacy Lady pea (Pisum sativum) white flowers, green pods, green peas, lots of tendrils. These peas require little support, they are sweet, tasty and very productive. A rare heirloom variety that I do not think is for sale any other place and is very close to extinction in Australia. Peas will cross with other varieties of pea, snap pea, dry pea and snow pea so be a little careful if saving seed $4.00 for about 20 seeds SOLD OUT
Golden Podded snow pea (Pisum sativum) a rare heirloom dating back to before the 1860s. They have purple flowers, yellow pods, spotted seeds. These peas grow tall and require support, they are beautiful and very productive. Peas will cross with other varieties of pea, snap pea, dry pea and snow pea so be a little careful if saving seed $4.00 per packet of about 20 seeds SOLD OUT
Yellow Pear Tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum) a sweet, yellow, pear shaped cherry tomato. This is an old and loved heirloom variety dating back to the 1700’s. It was the first yellow tomato I ever grew and is by far my favourite. It can grow to be a large plant if given support, it is very productive if treated well. Beautiful, delicious, sweet and easy to grow, kids love the look and taste of the fruit. Heirloom tomato can and will cross with other varieties of heirloom tomato so be a little careful if saving seed $4.00 per packet of about 30 seeds
Reisetomate Tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum) extremely rare and ancient Peruvian heirloom that likely predates the Columbian conquest of South America. Bizarre, unique red fruit which can be pulled apart and eaten like the segments of an orange. It has a distinctive, deep and intense flavour that I love but may not be sweet enough for some kids. This is easily my favourite red tomato variety. This tomato will cross with other varieties of tomato so take care if saving seed $4.00 per packet of about 20 seeds SOLD OUT FOR NOW
Tomatillo "purple" (Physalis ixocarpa) a rare and beautiful heirloom tomatillo with slightly sweeter fruit than regular green tomatillo. Some plants will develop green fruit, others will be deep purple while others will have a mix of both and all of them will make a nice looking salsa. Grows a thin papery husk which helps prevent fruit fly attack. 'Purple' tomatillo is more productive and prolific than any other type of tomatillo I have grown. Tomatillo will cross with other varieties of tomatillo so be careful if saving seed $4.00 per packet of about 30 seeds
Broad Bean Aquadulce (Vicia faba) a common yet fairly old heirloom variety dating prior to 1850. Large green 15cm pods usually contain 5 or 6 seeds, black and white fragrant flowers. I grow them mainly for green manure or mulch but many people eat them. Broad beans will cross pollinate with other types of broad bean so be careful if seed saving $4.00 per packet of about 20 seeds SOLD OUT
Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) easy to grow from seed, perennial plants also divides to reproduce. Easy to save seed from these as it will only cross with other varieties of garlic chives (if any other varieties actually exist) $4.00 per packet of about 20 seeds
Onion Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) the smallest species of edible onions. Great perennial plant, looks amazing, attracts beneficial insects, repels some pests, mild onion taste. Most people eat the green leaves and let the bulbs continue to grow. They flower each year but many people remove flowers to help the plants stay strong. $3 per small plant
Skirret (Sium sisarum) very rare, endangered and ancient perennial root crop which is simple to grow. Sweet roots taste like a delicious sweet potato or parsnip. Used in any dish that calls for potato, carrot or parsnip. Leaves can be added to salads but it is the sweet roots that are the main crop here. Flowers attract many beneficial insects to your garden. Unlike many other perennial vegetables, seed grown plants will produce a crop, divide numerously, flower and set seed the first year $4.00 for about 20 tiny and fresh seeds
Kaempw Melon Rilon pumpkins (most likely Cucurbita maxima) this heirloom variety produces multiple large pumpkins. They are hardy, extremely productive, versatile, easy to skin, and utterly delicious. Soft orange flesh is great for soup, roasts, scones, slice etc. They set down roots at every node and ripen fast for a large pumpkin. This variety needs dedicated seed savers. Pumpkins will cross pollinate with other pumpkins of the same species so great care must be taken is saving seed $4 for about 20 seeds
Snake Beans (Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis) red and green mixed. Unfortunately these are likely crossed and red are not as red as they could be but the diverse gene pool allows them to quickly adapt to your garden. Easy to grow, very productive, each bean can measure up to 60cm long! Fast growing, quick to mature, productive over a very long season even in cool climates. I am told they taste like asparagus but I think they taste like good beans. Snake beans appear to cross with other types of snake bean so take care if seed saving $4 for 20 mixed red and green seeds
Hangjiao #5 Space Chilli (Capsicum annuum) it is fun to eat “space vegetables”, but these are more than just an interesting novelty. Starting in the 1980’s the Chinese government has sent hundreds of kilograms of seeds, consisting of millions upon millions of individual seeds, into space. The seeds that returned had various space mutations. Out of the millions of millions of mutated seeds that have returned only 10 chillies have been deemed worthy and kept, and this is one of those! Space chilli are very productive and undemanding, producing large attractive ~20cm pods that are evenly red on reasonably compact plants. They are sweet and crunchy and not overly hot so can be enjoyed by all, often described as having apple peel sweetness or tasting like juicy pea pods. Chillies will cross with other chillies so take care if seed saving $3 for 5 seeds
Trinidad Scorpion Butch T (Capsicum chinese) were the Guinness world record hottest chilli rated with over 1.47 million scoville heat units. To put this in perspective, pepper spray used by correctional facilities is rated 0.5 million to 2 million scoville heat units. These chillies are incapacitatingly hot, so don’t feed them to children or pets! Most super hot chillies have extreme heat and lack any real taste. Trinidad Scorpion Butch T are the exception to this rule, they have amazing taste and smell divine, they also burn hotter than you could imagine. I normally cut a tiny piece, perhaps only 4 mm square, into a bowl of stew and that is enough to heat the entire meal to my upper heat limit. If you are a foodie you need to try these as they taste fruity like nothing you have ever eaten before. Forget keeping up with the Joneses, let them try to keep up with you! Chillies will cross with other chillies so take care if seed saving $3 for 5 seeds
Aji Pineapple (Capsicum baccatum) comes from across the Andean region of South America and were likely developed in ancient Peru. This is currently the most productive chilli variety I have grown. Producing several hundreds of bright yellow pods in their first season even if planted super late in a cold climate. Some say they are mild, but to me these are pretty hot, they smell and taste really fruity. Some say they taste like pineapple, others say they taste citrusy, others just say they are fruity and delicious. The plants reach about a meter tall in their first year. Having such attractive looking fruit, massive productivity, and delicious sweet taste there is nothing not to like. Chillies will cross with other chillies so take care if seed saving $3 for 5 seeds SOLD OUT
Aji omnicolor (Capsicum baccatum) is an ancient variety of chilli that was sent to me by someone who collected the seeds from a remote village while in Peru. It is a beautiful dwarf chilli variety which would look great in a flower garden as it has fruit that ripen through different colours all on the plant at the same time. Being such a small plant means that they can easily be grown in a pot. When picked green/yellow they have no real heat, as they turn to splotchy purple, to orange, to red they get hotter and hotter, changing colours means that you know when to pick them at your preferred level of heat. Aji omnicolor has an amazing sweet, crisp and berry like smell and taste but can be rather hot if left to ripen too long. I need to grow more of these as they taste so great. Chillies will cross with other chillies so take care if seed saving $3 for 5 seeds
Organic Culinary Herbs
Unless started all herbs will have been grown from cuttings so that I can assure the quality of the plants, some herbs grow true to type from seed whereas others tend to be a little variable. Most herbs (other than root cuttings, which are just a segment of root) are sold bare rooted, or in a toilet paper roll pot with minimal soil on the roots to lower weight and reduce the postage cost. Most will be wrapped in damp newspaper and put into a zip lock bag. Some may be dormant over winter and will not put on a lot of growth until Spring arrives.
I do not have large quantities of any herbs, if you want a larger quantity please ask me and I will let you know if I can help out.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) this useful herb is meant to attract bees to the garden and has a delicate lemon flavour which gives it a wide culinary potential. Useful in cooking to give a lemon taste and often used for making a calming tea. It is said not to grow runners, but mine does. Grown organically from cuttings as seeds grown plants tend to give varied and often undesirable traits. For sale Spring/Summer $4 per small plant
Lime Balm (Melissa officinalis "lime") a rare lime scented version of lemon balm. It is meant to attract bees to the garden and is meant to have a host of medicinal properties. Useful in cooking to give a lime taste and also used for making a calming tea. Kids love this lime smelling plant. Grows runners under ground so confine it in a pot. Grown organically from cuttings as seeds grown plants tend to give varied and often undesirable traits. For sale Spring/Summer $6 per small plant
Common Spear Mint (Mentha spicata) this fragrant, strong smelling plant is one of the easiest and most rewarding herbs to grow. Great plant to get children introduced to gardening and connected to the land. Used to make mint sauce, garnish and in a host of different ways while cooking. When I was a child it was grown in every garden, starting to become difficult to find for some reason. Grown organically from cuttings as seeds can be variable and often give undesirable traits. Grow in a pot to prevent it from taking over your garden $4 per small plant
Peppermint (Mentha × piperita) Used in all the same ways as spearmint but is stronger and has more medicinal properties. Used with roasts, drinks, teas etc. This has been grown organically from cuttings. NEVER buy seeds of peppermint as it is an interspecific hybrid between water mint and spearmint and seeds will give a mix of mints. Grow in a pot to prevent it from taking over your garden $4 per small plant
Chocolate Mint (Mentha X piperita f. citrata) is a chocolate smelling variant of peppermint. It can be used in all the same ways, and has all the same medicinal properties, of peppermint. As it smells like chocolate it tends to be added to deserts, drinks etc. The small of this plant changes over the growing season, sometimes it smells just like chocolate, sometimes like peppermint, sometimes a mix of both. As for peppermint, NEVER buy seeds of chocolate mint. Very strong grower, grow in a pot to prevent it from taking over your garden $4 per small plant
Native Water Mint aka native rivermint, native peppermint (Mentha australis) this perennial Australian native herb is becoming rare in the bush and is rarely found in shops or gardens. It likes being well watered but can cope with reasonably dry soil. It is used and grows in much the same way as regular peppermint but is far less invasive. It makes an excellent herbal tea served hot or iced. Indigenous Australians found similar uses for this herb $4 per small plant
Variegated Water Celery aka water parsley, Java waterdropwort, Japanese parsley, Chinese celery etc (Oenanthe javanica - flamingo) is a perennial vegetable that is under utilised and strangely uncommon. Extremely prolific and simple to grow. Can be grown in the vegetable garden or as an emergent water plant. Smells and tastes a lot like celery, add at the end of cooking or much of the taste disappears $4 per small plant
Vietnamese Coriander aka Vietnamese mint, laksa herb, hot mint, Cambodian mint, praew leaf (Persicaria odorata) is an amazing herb. Simple to grow, extremely productive, delicious and versatile. The internet says Vietnamese coriander has a “lovely coriander taste with a clear citrus note; refreshing with a hot, biting, peppery after taste”. I grow as an emergent water plant but also happily grows in vegetable garden. It goes well with chicken and I am told that it combines well with lime, chillies, garlic, ginger and lemon grass, what is not to love about this plant $4 per small plant $4 per small plant
Houttuynia cordata) also known as dokudami, 'poison blocking plant', lizard tail, heartleaf, fishwort, bishop's weed, and a bunch of other names. This amazing edible herb is used commonly in Vietnamese cooking, herbal tea, as well as a host of different traditional medicines. It tastes like fish sauce. I am selling small plants of the more vigorous green form (the variegated version is known as chameleon plant and is prettier and far less vigorous). This plant can become invasive if planted in the garden so please restrict it to growing in a pot. This plant has nice white flowers but I am told it does not set viable seed $6 per small plant
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) this is an unnamed cultivar that has relatively large leaves, a strong scent, is a strong grower and is pretty hardy. Rosemary is great with lamb dishes. This variety is an upright form and has nice blue flowers $5 per small plant
Ornamental - non-edible plants
String of Pearls plant (Senecio rowleyanus). Very simple to grow and very beautiful. They grow tiny white flowers that smell nice. When you receive the cutting please remove the lower few pearls (leaves), plant the stem in soil and water it well. These are ornamental only, please never eat any part of them $6 per 10cm un-rooted cutting or $10 per small plant
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.