Seed Subscription: Vegetable, Arid Climate, Winter 2024


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Seed Subscription: Vegetable, Arid Climate, Winter 2024

Subscriptions are an excellent way to explore new seed varieties without having to spend time choosing the seeds yourself, and are perfect for busy gardeners, delivering seeds and all the information you need to plant them directly to your letterbox. 

Each season we’ll choose a selection of seed varieties tailored to your climate, and send you the seeds plus a colour information sheet with photos, tips and sowing information - all you need to do is plant!

You are currently viewing a single season of seeds which can be purchased individually. To subscribe to a years worth of seeds click here.

Seeds included in this subscription:

  • Mizuna

    Serrated green leaves with a mild, spicy flavour. Can be used fresh in salads or cooked. Ideal for stir-fries, soups, and tolerates wet, cold conditions. Also known as "Japanese mustard". Suitable for microgreens and baby leaf production.

    Sow direct or raise seedlings, 6mm. Germination 5-10 days @ 7-25°C.Annual. Rows 30cm, Spacing 30cm. 40-60 days.

    Best months in Arid Climates: MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Chervil

    Biennial growing to 50cm. Delicate curly green foliage that has a mild aniseed flavour. Commonly used to flavour soups, poultry, seafood, vegetables, salads and egg dishes. Sometimes referred to as 'Gourmet parsley' and called 'chevril' in French.

    Sow direct or raise seedlings, 6mm. Germination 10-14 days @ 13-20°C.Biennial. Height 50cm, Spacing 30cm. 60-70 days.

    Best months in Arid Climates: MAY JUN JUL (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Zucchini- Black Beauty

    Upright bush. Popular home garden variety producing dark green cylindrical fruit with tender cream/white flesh. Delicious flavour. Quick growing.

    Sow direct, 20mm. Germination 7-14 days @ 21-35°C.Annual. Rows 100cm, Spacing 75cm. 50-65 days.

    Best months in Arid Climates: JAN FEB AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Celery- Tall Utah

    Upright, compact plant with dark green, slightly ribbed, stringless stalks up to 70cm. Leaves used fresh or dried for flavouring. Ideal for salads, soups, stews, or as a cooked vegetable. Good disease tolerance.

    Raise seedlings, 3mm. Germination 14-21 days @ 21-25°C.Biennial (usually grown as an annual). Rows 80cm, Height 70cm, Spacing 30cm. 120 days.

    Best months in Arid Climates: MAY JUN (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)


  • Mibuna

    Dense clumps of fine white/green stalks with spoon-shaped leaves, mild mustard flavour. Used in salads, pickles, stir fries, soups, rice dishes. Fast-growing, cold-tolerant. Ideal for microgreens, baby leaf production. Ready in ~25 days.

    Raise seedlings, 5mm. Germination 4-10 days @ 18-24°C.Annual. Height 35cm, Spacing 20cm. 55 days (25 days for baby leaf).

    Best months in Arid Climates: MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Carrot- All seasons

    Large orange roots growing to 20cm. Can be planted almost all year round. Very popular in Queensland and New South Wales. Good disease resistance.

    Sow direct, 5mm. Germination 14-21 days @ 10-30°C.Biennial (usually grown as an annual). Rows 25cm, Spacing 5cm. 120-140 days.

    Best months in Arid Climates: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Silverbeet- Fordhook Giant

    A biennial often grown annually, reaching 70cm. Popular in home gardens. Large, tender green curled leaves with white ribs and stalks. Great flavour, frost tolerant. Also known as Swiss Chard, often mistaken for Spinach.

    Sow direct, 15mm. Germination 5-10 days @ 10-30°C.Biennial. Rows 50cm, Spacing 30cm. 70 days.

    Best months in Arid Climates: MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Tomato- Jaune Flamme

    Climbing French heirloom tomato. Produces juicy, apricot-orange, golf-ball sized fruit. Early, productive crop with good disease and split resistance. High in Vitamin A. Great for drying, roasting, or fresh eating with a slight citrusy flavour.

    Sow direct or raise seedlings, 5mm. Germination 5-10 days @ 21-27°C.Annual. Rows 80cm, Spacing 70cm. 70 days.

    Best months in Arid Climates: MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Amaranth- Red Garnet

    Amaranth variety grown for leafy greens, sprouts, microgreens. Large burgundy red/green leaves with great flavour, tender texture. Popular in Asian cuisine, used in soups, stews, salads, stir-fries. Fast-growing, heat tolerant. Can be ornamental.

    Sow direct, 6mm. Germination 7-10 days @ 20-25°C.Annual. Height 200cm, Spacing 50cm. 70-110 days (SPROUTS: 5-10 days, MICROGREENS: 14-21 days, BABY LEAF: 20-30 days).

    Best months in Arid Climates: MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Snow Pea- Mammoth Melting

    Climbing Snow Pea growing to 200cm. Flat, green, edible pods growing to 10cm by 2cm. Sweet and tender. Heavy cropping. Can be eaten raw or cooked; excellent in salads and stir-fries.

    Sow direct, 20mm. Germination 7-21 days @ 5-25°C.Annual. Rows 50cm, Height 200cm, Spacing 10cm. 70-77 days.

    Best months in Arid Climates: MAR APR MAY JUN JUL (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)


Tips for gardening in winter:

Weeding and tidying: Rain helps weed seeds germinate and it is easier to remove them when the soil is damp. Be sure to remove weeds before they get a chance to mature and set seed, and ensure you get the weeds out roots and all. Hand tools are useful for small areas and hoes or tillers make the job go faster in larger gardens. Rake up fallen leaves so they don’t form a compact layer which can stop water reaching the soil. Add these extra leaves to your compost heap. Clear out any dead or diseased plants and to prevent the spread of disease, place this plant material in the bin rather than the compost bin.

Pruning: Check your tools. Cleaning and sharpening your secateurs and pruning saws makes the job much easier, and a clean cut means there is less chance for disease to enter ragged wounds. It is easier to prune deciduous trees and shrubs in winter because you can see the structure of the plant more clearly. Remove any dead wood, and take out crossing branches or stems that might rub against each other. 

Watering: You may not need to water your plants as frequently in winter, but make sure your plants are still getting enough. If required, give them a deep soak once a week early in the day so that excess moisture can evaporate before nightfall and avoid the risk of fungal diseases.

Plot and plan: Use some of the down time in winter to review your garden and think about what you’d like to plant in the coming seasons. If you’re growing annuals, do you want to plant the same again, or try some new varieties or colour schemes? If you’re growing veggies, remember that crop rotation is a good idea to break the cycle or build-up of any pests and diseases that may be in the soil. This has the added benefit of reducing, or even eliminating, the need to spray with chemicals.

Pests and diseases to look out for in winter:

Slugs and snails: These pests can damage a wide range of plants, especially flower and vegetable seedlings. They are most active in the cooler wetter months, or when thunderstorms activate them in summer, and come out at night to feed. Controlling weeds and removing places that can harbour slugs and snails can be an effective way to control and reduce the number of these pests. If you choose to use bait, it is best applied in Autumn before snails get a chance to lay eggs. Most baits can be toxic to pets and other wildlife, so use any bait with caution.

Fungal diseases: A range of fungal diseases can occur in winter. You can prevent these from taking hold by practising good hygiene. Pick up any fallen and rotting fruit and put it into the rubbish, as it can cause disease which carries over into the following year’s crop.

Product code: SS_VEG_ARID_WIN_2024

Contains

  • 1 x Mizuna (Brassica juncea var. japonica)

    Serrated green leaves have a mild but spicy flavour. Can be used fresh as a salad green or cooked as a leaf vegetable. Good in stir-fries and soups. Will tolerate wet and cold conditions. Sometimes called "Japanese mustard".

    Good for microgreens and baby leaf production. 

    Life Cycle: Hardy Annual
    Plant Height:
    Position: Part or full sun, moist soil

  • 1 x Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium)

    Biennial growing to 50cm. Delicate curly green foliage that has a mild aniseed flavour. Commonly used to flavour soups, poultry, seafood, vegetables, salads and egg dishes. Sometimes referred to as 'Gourmet parsley' and called 'chevril' in French.

    Life Cycle: Hardy Biennial
    Plant Height: 50cm
    Position: Shade or sun, moist soil

  • 1 x Zucchini- Black Beauty (Cucurbita pepo)

    Upright bush. Popular home garden variety producing dark green cylindrical fruit with tender cream/white flesh. Delicious flavour. Quick growing.

    Life Cycle: Frost tender Annual
    Plant Height:
    Position: Part or full sun, moist well drained soil

  • 1 x Celery- Tall Utah (Apium graveolens var. dulce)

    Upright and compact habit. Dark green stalks and foliage growing to 70cm. Slightly ribbed, smooth, stringless stalks; can be used raw or cooked. Leaves are used as a flavouring; fresh or dried. Ideal in salads, soups, stews and as a cooked vegetable. Good disease tolerance.

    Life Cycle: Hardy Biennial (usually grown as an annual)
    Plant Height: 70cm
    Position: Part or full sun, moist soil

  • 1 x Mibuna (Brassica rapa japonica)

    Plants form dense clumps of fine white or pale green stalks with spoon shaped green leaves that have a mild mustard like flavour. Leaves are most commonly used as a salad green but are also excellent pickled or cooked in stir fries, soups and rice dishes. Fast growing. Cold tolerant. Good for microgreens. Good for baby leaf production; ready in around 25 days.

    Life Cycle: Frost hardy Annual
    Plant Height: 35cm
    Position: Part or full sun, moist soil

  • 1 x Carrot- All seasons (Daucus carota)

    Large orange roots growing to 20cm. Can be planted almost all year round. Very popular in Queensland and New South Wales. Good disease resistance.

    Life Cycle: Half hardy Biennial (usually grown as an annual)
    Plant Height:
    Position: Full sun, well drained soil

  • 1 x Silverbeet- Fordhook Giant (Beta vulgaris)

    Biennial normally grown as an annual, growing to 70cm. A very popular home garden variety. Large tender green curled leaves with white ribs and stalks. Excellent flavour. Frost tolerant. Silver beet is also known as "Swiss Chard" and is often confused with "Spinach".

    Life Cycle: Hardy Biennial
    Plant Height:
    Position: Full sun, moist well drained soil

  • 1 x Tomato- Jaune Flamme (Solanum lycopersicum)

    Climbing (indeterminate) variety. French heirloom tomato producing juicy round apricot orange golf-ball sized fruit. Early cropping productive variety with good disease and split resistance due to its thick skin. Fruit contains high levels of Vitamin A due to its orange colouration. Great for drying, roasting or eating fresh, has a slight citrusy flavour. 

    Life Cycle: Frost tender Annual
    Plant Height:
    Position: Full sun, moist well drained soil

  • 1 x Amaranth- Red Garnet (Amaranthus tricolor)

    This variety of Amaranth is most commonly grown as a leaf vegetable; it's fantastic for baby leaf, salad greens, sprouts or microgreens. The plants produce large burgundy red/slightly green leaves that have excellent flavour and tender texture.  Very popular in Asian cuisine; excellent in soups, stews, salads and stir-fries. Fast growing. Very nutritious. Heat tolerant. Pick leaves as required.  Plants do well in hot weather.  Young leaves are tender and used as a salad green, mature leaves are cooked like spinach. 

    Can also be grown as an ornamental.  Annual growing to 200cm.  Upright plants with attractive burgundy red/green leaves producing large attractive red flowers.  Seeds can also be harvested from mature plants and used as a grain. 

     

    Sprouts are ready in approximately 5-10 days.

    Microgreens are ready in approximately 14-21 days.

    Baby leaves are ready in approximately 20-30 days.

    Plants reach maturity at approximately 70-110 days. 

    Life Cycle: Half hardy Annual
    Plant Height: 200cm
    Position: Full sun, moist soil

  • 1 x Snow Pea- Mammoth Melting (Pisum sativum)

    Climbing Snow Pea growing to 200cm. Flat, green, edible pods growing to 10cm by 2cm. Sweet and tender. Heavy cropping. Can be eaten raw or cooked; excellent in salads and stir-fries.

    Life Cycle: Hardy Annual
    Plant Height: 200cm
    Position: Full sun, moist well drained soil

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