Sunday, 5 May 2013

Perennial Vegetables For Sale in Australia

Even though this blog post was written several years ago I update it often, it is currently the year 2020 and I still sell perennial vegetables, herbs, seeds etc listed below.

This is my For Sale page, with heirloom vegetable seeds, berry plants, and perennial vegetable plants for sale in Australia, this page is updated regularly.  For notes on how to grow perennial vegetables please visit here.  

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 harvest from planting seed please click here.
Immali Corn Australia
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.

No plants to Tasmania or Western Australia at this stage due to domestic quarantine, sorry.  I do know a grower in WA who has some of these plants, if you are in WA let me know and I can pass on his email address to you.

I can post seeds outside of Australia 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.

To order please use the 'contact form' on the right.  When using the contact form send me a message saying what you would like and I will reply with prices/postage.  If you can't see the contact form it is just below the number of blog views.  Please double check that your email address is correct as I can not reply if there are any typos in your email address.

Organic Perennial Vegetables – plant once, harvest forever!
POSTAGE: for plants/bulbs I post at cost, for anything up to 500g it costs $9.20 for regular post.  I post plants bare rooted.

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 crown SOLD OUT UNTIL WINTER 2020

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 Babington's leek
Perennial Babington's leek

Babington's Leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. babingtonii)  This is an extremely rare and fun perennial vegetable to grow.  Similar to a tree onion it grows many bulbils on the flower stalk instead of producing seed.  It is used in the same way and has the same taste as a regular leek.  This will prove to be a talking point in any garden and a great heirloom to pass on to your kids.  Extremely hardy and productive but for some reason it is so rare that it is almost extinct.  Please read my Babington's leek growing notes prior to ordering   $5 per dormant bulbil or very small plant depending on the season 

Perennial leeks Australia 
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.  If hot and dry over summer they can die down to bulbs.  These are hardy once established and incredibly productive  $4 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 - back January 2020

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.   $3 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 SOLD OUT

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 

Onion Chives (Allium schoenoprasumthe 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

Perennial vegetables
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 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 were very common once and are now rare and hard to find  $3 per small plant or bulbil

Chinese Water Chestnut (Eleocharis dulcis) another extremely productive perennial vegetable.  The more soil they have the more productive they are, but they are productive even in small 10 liter buckets or larger ice cream containers.  Excellent permaculture vegetable which provides large amounts of straw.  Easily grown in buckets, ponds, containers etc.  Very beautiful and ornamental looking as well as producing a lot of food.   $3 per small corm or small plant - SOLD OUT BACK WINTER 2020

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  - SOLD OUT back Winter 2020

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 SOLD OUT back Winter 2020

Skirret (Sium sisarum) very rare, endangered, and ancient perennial root vegetable which is very simple to grow.  Sweet roots taste like a delicious sweet potato or parsnip but far better.  Used in any dish that calls for potato, carrot or parsnip.  The celery tasting leaves can be added to salads and the seeds are edible 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 2020

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 or $3 for root cuttings

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

 Azolla (most likely Azolla pinnata) also known as mosquito fern, fairy moss, and a few other cute names, is a free floating water fern.  It sequesters nitrogen from the atmosphere and can be used as living mulch, biofertiliser, animal feed, human food, water cleanser, mosquito control etc.  This has high percentage of protein and is readily eaten by poultry and fish.  It grows fast and reproduces by division or spores and doubles every day under ideal conditions   $3 for a scoop

Saffron (Crocus sativus) corms.  Saffron is a spice rather than a vegetable, it is often claimed to be the world's most expensive spice.  Saffron is really simple to grow and organic home grown saffron is heavenly.  I won't guarantee that they will flower this year, but the corms are flowering size and this size flowers for me.  Corms will divide each year, apparently they can produce up to 15 tiny corms if planted too shallow, but mine tend to divide into two flowering sized corms.  Plant corms far deeper than you think, around 20cm for flowers.  That is not a typo, these little corms need to be 15cm to 20cm deep to flower!  Frosts and a hot summer induce flowering   $4 each corm

Organic Heirloom Vegetable Seeds - mostly not perennial but certainly worth growing these

Postage of seeds only within Australia: $3.50  I can also post some seeds overseas.  If also buying plants use the plant postage rate as I will send in one package.
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 plantThis 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 SOLD OUT

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!  Fruit weighs about 45g each, yielded over 10.8kg in 2018.  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 SOLD OUT

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 school 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 leaf
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 20 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

Tomatillo "purple and green" (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 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 and green' tomatillo is very productive and prolific.  Grow more than one plant to increase fruit set, I grow several plants in the one hole to save space.  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.  The flat leaves impart a nice garlic flavour in meals.  The flowers are very attractive to bees and other insect pollinators.  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

Yin Yang bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is a short bean plant that can be used as a green bean if picked early but is mostly used as a dry bean for soup etc.  They are one of the most beautiful looking beans, not to be confused with 'frost beans' which are a different variety.   Limited numbers   $4 for over 10 seeds  SOLD OUT, BACK SOON

Crimson Flowered Broad Bean (Vica faba) dating back to at least 1778 this rare heirloom broad bean is covered in deliciously scented red flowers.  I am told it tastes better than other varieties.  Broad beans will cross pollinate with other varieties of broad bean so take care if saving seed.   Limited numbers $4.00 for about 10 seeds  SOLD OUT

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 per packet of tiny 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

Superior Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) mixed seeds of several varieties including 'slow bolt' 'long standing' 'Bengal Giant' and several others.  There has been deliberate crossing of varieties so you will have great genetic diversity and be able to breed a superior variety that performs well in your garden.  Cull plants that flower early and only save seed from later flowering plants to quickly and easily develop your own variety that is is slow to flower and produces abundant leaves   $4 for about 50 seeds

Potato Onion (Allium cepa var. aggregatum) true seeds.  These are seeds of potato onions, not plants/bulbs.  These have been open pollinated and the seed parent produced large bulbs that store well and divide nicely.  Every seedling from this mix will be unique, they will produce various colours and sizes.  If you grow one you like then allow the bulb to divide and you have your own unique variety that you can name!  SEEDS COMING EARLY 2020

Tree onion (Allium × proliferum) true seeds.  These are seeds of tree onions, not the bulbils/plants.  These have been open pollinated and will produce seedlings with high levels of genetic diversity.  Some will produce topsets like the parent, some won't, but every seedling will be unique.  These should mostly be perennial so once you grow one you like you can divide it and keep growing it forever.  COMING SOON

Organically grown Berry Plants

Just like the perennial vegetables, I sell organic berry plants bare rooted.

Atilla Alpine Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) is a red fruited wild strawberry that is day length neutral.  It is an extremely rare alpine strawberry that produces runners and can form an edible ground cover.  The strawberries are much smaller than supermarket strawberries, but they taste meltingly delicious and they smell truly amazing.  If you have never eaten a wild strawberry you don't know what you are missing.  Alpine strawberries are also known as gourmet strawberries or fraise des bois.   $5 per small plant

Chilean guava (Ugni molinae) are an evergreen shrub that  produces delightful pea sized berries from their second year onwards.  They would work well in an ornamental garden as they are pretty, but the sweet, intensely fragrant berries are the real reason to grow this plant.  Seems to prefer part shade.  I only have tiny plants available this year   SOLD OUT

Linda is a completely thornless floricane variety of red raspberry (Rubus idaeus).   It is better described as being a semi-floricane, or semi-summer bearing variety.   Linda mostly produces flowers and fruit on last year’s growth, sometimes it will also flower and fruit on this year’s growth and behave like a primocane variety.  Being thornless means that harvest is simple and it is safe to grow it near paths or where children play.  Linda happily spreads by underground runners increasing your patch each year. $12 per bare rooted cane  SOLD OUT Back Winter 2020

Thornless Primocane Red Raspberries (Rubus idaeus) This variety can be referred to as being autumn fruiting or everbearing.  It can either produce one crop in autumn, or two crops: one crop in summer and a second crop in autumn, depending on how you want to prune.  Being thornless makes harvest simple, even for the kids!  Like most raspberry varieties this will spread underground and provide you with extra plants each year.  Thornless raspberries that can produce two delicious crops each year are ideal for backyard gardeners.  If you have never tasted fresh raspberries off your own plants then you don't know what you have been missing (berries from the market are not the same).  For sale over winter only  $15 per bare rooted cane  SOLD OUT, BACK WINTER 2020

Golden raspberries are a yellow fruited form of red raspberry (Rubus idaeus).  Yellow raspberries taste sweeter and more floral than red varieties.  They are extremely rare in Australia at the moment and we have very few varieties.  Golden raspberries are a thorny plant that is best described as being floricane or summer fruiting, it only flowers and fruits on last year’s growth.  They are self-fertile but if they are pollinated by a red raspberry or a blackberry this will not change the colour or the taste of the fruit.   Like most varieties of raspberries they spread by underground runners.   $25 per small bare rooted cane  SOLD OUT, BACK WINTER 2020

Yellow Wonder alpine strawberry (Fragaria vesca) is a daylength neutral yellow or white fruited wild strawberry.  They fruit here most of the year.  Like most alpine strawberries they do not produce many runners.  Yellow wonder has an amazing taste that is a little like pineapple.  Alpine strawberries are also known as gourmet strawberries or fraise des bois.   $5 per small plant. SOLD OUT

Regina alpine strawberry (Fragaria vesca) is a day length neutral wild strawberry.  They produce intensely sweet and richly flavoured strawberries that are smaller than supermarket strawberries but taste oh so much better.  Alpine strawberries are also known as gourmet strawberries or fraise des bois.   $5 per small plant. SOLD OUT

Youngberry (Rubus sp) are a complex hybrid between raspberry, blackberry, and dewberry that are delicious.  Very vigorous plants.  This youngberry was meant to be thornless but has some small thorns.  Similar to boysenberry but is more productive and berries are smaller, darker, and more glossy.  They flower/fruit on floricanes.   $15 per small plant SOLD OUT

Organic Culinary Herb Plants

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 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 plastic zip lock bag.  Some may be dormant over winter and will not put on a lot of growth until Spring.  

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 said 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 $5 per small plant

Lime Balm (Melissa officinalis "lime") a rare lime scented version of lemon balm.  It is said 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.  Confine it in a pot or it will take over your garden.  Grown organically from cuttings as seeds grown plants tend to give varied and often undesirable traits.  For sale Spring/Summer $6 per small plant

Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) amazing pineapple scented leaves and red flowers.  I grow it in large pots as well as in the vegetable garden to repel pests.  This variety is the strongest scented and most vigorous pineapple sage I have seen.  Children love pineapple sage.  Useful in herbal tea, salads, drinks, and is delicious when cooked with poultry or meat.  $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   $5 per small plant

Native Water Mint aka native rivermint, native peppermint (Mentha australis) this perennial Australian native herb is very rare in the bush and is rarely found in shops or gardens.  Flowers are great for native bees and other native pollinators.  It likes being well watered but can cope with reasonably dry soil.  It is used in much the same way as regular peppermint but is far less invasive and the small flowers are great for native pollinators.  It makes an excellent herbal tea served hot or iced   $5 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 will disappear   $5 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!   For sale Spring/Summer   $5 per small plant  

Vietnamese Fish Mint (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 vigorous green form (the variegated version is known as chameleon plant and is prettier but 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 does not appear to set viable seed   $5 per small plant

Lemon Thyme (Thymus citriodorus) first described in 1811, there is controversy over if this is a species or a hybrid of several species but recent DNA analysis indicates it is a separate species.  Lovely lemon scent, goes well with chicken or fish dishes.  I have been growing this plant for at least 10 years, taking cuttings every few years will refresh it and prevent it getting too woody.  The more you pick the leaves the better it grows   $5 per small plant 

Variegated Lemon Thyme (Thymus citriodorus) similar to lemon thyme in every way but with variegated foliage.  It grows the occasional branch that is not variegated, please remove this to prevent the plant from reverting to all green.  Needs full sun or it loses variegation.  Like many other herbs regular harvests prevent it becoming woody and unproductive   $5 per small plant SOLD OUT FOR NOW

Orange Peel Thyme (often called Thymus nitidus but possibly a hybrid) hardy low growing herb that smells like a mix of spices.  Useful as a ground cover as it produces a low and dense mat.  Small hairy leaves can be used in salads, fish, chicken, soups etc  $5 per small plant

Jekka's thyme (Thymus sp) is an extremely vigorous growing edible thyme with relatively long green leaves.  This has a strong thyme smell and taste.  It is the most vigorous thyme I grow.  Taking cuttings every few years will refresh it and provide you with more plants.   $5 per small plant

Tabor thyme (Thymus sp) has relatively large rounded leaves.  I really like this plant but it is nowhere near as vigorous as Jekka's thyme.  It has a strong thyme smell and taste.  $5 per small plant

Carnivorous Plants
I know this page is mostly for perennial vegetables and other organic edibles, but please don't get confused and start to eat your carnivorous plants!  At this stage this is more of a placeholder to let you know what is coming while I divide my plants and grow them large enough to sell.  I am expecting they should be ready early 2020.  I will likely post them bare rooted but I may be able to sell in pots if picked up, I am still working out the best way to post them.  I am also experimenting with posting leaf cuttings.

Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) are the most famous and one of the most interesting of carnivorous plants.  They do best in areas with frosts but can be grown in frost free climates with care.  Never shut the traps with your finger and don't feed them unless you really know what you are doing.  At this stage I only have the typical form for sale but I hope to be able to also offer a few named varieties.  I will update the photo when they are ready for sale   COMING IN 2020

Cape Sundew (Drosera capensis) possibly the easiest of all carnivorous plants to grow.  They were the first carnivorous plants I ever grew successfully as a child and from them I learned how to grow carnivorous plants.  They grow easily from seed or cuttings.  These catch numerous flies, moths, and other insects.  Don't feed them unless you know what you are doing or you may kill the plant.  Grow them in peat moss (never soil) in a tray of water, never use fertilisers, and protect from frosts.  I prefer the typical form but also grow alba (anthocyanin free)  COMING IN 2020

Ornamental - non-edible plants or seeds

String of Pearls plant (Senecio rowleyanus).  Very simple to grow and very beautiful.  They grow tiny white flowers that smell nice.  Grow them somewhere that they can trail over the side of their pot.  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   $5 for two 10cm un-rooted cuttings, or $8 per small bare rooted plant, or $10 for small plant in pot
Muscari seeds (Muscari armeniacum) also known as grape hyacinth, are a spring flowering bulb that produces sweetly fragrant blue flowers, sometimes blue and white, or even just white.  Simple to grow, naturalises well, loved by honey bees, and dies down over summer so is water wise. Very simple to grow from seed but won't flower the first year.  Seeds are far cheaper than bulbs so you get more plants for your money, but they take longer to flower.  Each seed grown plant will be unique but will look similar to its siblings   $4 for packet of 35 fresh seeds

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.


  1. Great article, but isn't Rotenone prohibited by the ACOS in their 2013 standard.

  2. Normara you are correct, ACOS did prohibit rotenone a few months after I wrote this blog post. This was an important step in the right direction, but they still have quite a way to go. I believe that the only way to have any real assurance of the safety of your food and knowledge of what toxins have been used on it (either organic toxins or otherwise) is to grow your own. By growing your own you get to decide what is safe and what is not worth the risk.

  3. Hi Damien

    just wanted to say thanks for the corn and snow pea seeds, and the perennial and tree onions, and for how quickly they arrived! My neat rows of snow peas went awry when one of my hens managed to get into the bed before I'd closed it off, but they are sprouting all higgledy-piggledy anyway so it obviously did the seeds no harm. The tree onions are looking good, even the one that Laertes has decided is the perfect one to sit on when she wants to lay an egg. I shall be planting the perennial onions out this weekend, if we don't get snow.

    Between hens, quails, wildlife, and weather, I'm amazed that we can keep ourselves in vegetables here!

    Here's hoping you get a good crop of Lacy Ladies so I can order some of them next year.


  4. Hi Damien, your communication and service is impeccable. I contacted you re tree onions and potato onions and within the week I had both. The onions were mailed on Monday, arrived Tuesday lunch time in Sydney and were planted in the vegie patch before sundown and all look very well (Thursday). A very smooth transaction with a few extra plants for FREE! That's very rare! So thank you Damien, and I'll be studying what else I can buy from you and placing another order soon.

  5. Couldn't agree more with the above comments about the excellent service and quality. Thanks so much for sending such good quality vegetables so quickly, and the extras were much appreciated. I can't wait to get them into the vege patch and get them growing, and I'm looking forward to ordering some different veges soon.

    1. Hi Damien, we are enjoying our perennial leeks and everlasting onions. Baking a quiche using them as I type! I am really interested in the milk kefir as I have decided to try baking gluten free sourdough and many recipes call for some milk kefir. Then I read your blog about how it is a probiotic drink and I am keen to try this too. Please could you email me with info about how to purchase and how much I would need to buy. Also I am interested in Babbington Leeks when thet are ready. Kind regards Sue

  6. Thank you all for you kind words!

    I always try to include a few extra plants or seeds but sometimes this is not possible. I mostly sell these vegetables because I want more people to grow them, giving a few extras help you to get a decent crop out of them and see their true value in the first year. All of these plants are things that I grow for my own family and find them to be productive and delicious.

    At the moment we are still planning on moving from our lovely home but I will continue growing and selling vegetables, herbs and seeds until that happens. I will most likely remove this page while we are moving if I can not sell plants and put it up again when we are settled.

    I probably wont add too many new plants/seeds until we have moved as moving a lot of plants can be tricky. That being said I do have a few new things I am growing that I would love to sell, I am building up their numbers at the moment. I have a few other things that I am trialling which look like they are proving themselves to be worth growing. They will be listed above when I have enough to offer them.

  7. Hi I was wondering how I could buy some reisetomate seeds from you?

    1. I now have a contact form on the lower right hand side of the blog, it is best to contact me through that.

  8. What would be the best time of year to check back for availability of Babington's leek?

    I can't believe I only discovered your blog after you are selling your place! Having a lovely time reading, will you still be posting after you move to another place?

    1. Hi Polly,

      Thank you for the kind words about the blog.

      I should have a small number of Babington's leek plants ready soon as I planted all of the remaining bulbils and they are starting to sprout. Send me an email and we can talk.

      While I can make no promises, I do have every intention of continuing to grow these vegetables and posting when we eventually move. As far as I am concerned growing and breeding vegetables isn't a bad hobby to have.

  9. Searching for wapato & found your interesting site. Can you post plants, seeds or cuttings to US? Hope to buy....

  10. Hi Pamela,

    Sorry for the late reply, I have been moving house and have had sketchy internet availability.

    I have no idea about posting plants to USA. If you can check with American quarantine and if they say it is ok I can send you some plants. As the Australian dollar is rather low at the moment hopefully postage should not cost too much. Let me know how you go.

  11. Hi Damo,
    Great website, I've really enjoyed reading your posts.
    I've built a vegetable garden and after reading your posts I would like to add some perennials.
    Do you currently have any everlasting onions for sale? Also do you recommend any garlic varieties for cooler regions (e.g. ACT).

    1. Hi Ben,

      My everlasting onions are dormant at the moment as I replanted them in the heat, I expect to have more early in 2017.

      Hardneck garlic varieties tend to perform well in cooler regions. Giant Russian garlic can be mild in tropical regions but gets a stronger garlic taste when grown in frost.

      I have recently moved near Canberra so when I have plants if you still want any you can come and pick them up rather than having to post them.

  12. Hi any update on the brown potato onions for sale 2017 thanks Karl

    1. Hi Karl,

      Sorry, I moved too many times in a year so only have 3 of them left. Hopefully they reproduce quickly.

  13. Hi Damo,

    Very interesting posts, thank you.
    Do you currently have any Non-flowering Sorrel for sell?

  14. Hi Damo
    This is a great website. you grow so many plants that i have been looking for ages... any possibilty to have skirret, yacon, everlasting onion, babington's leek, perennial leek and potato onion this year

  15. Hi Damo
    Great blog... I almost finished reading everything, and try to get in contact with you.
    i keep asking of some plant's availability but not sure if you get the message or not.
    I am after Babington's Leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. babingtonii) especially. Could you please tell me if you have some available soon? Thanks

    1. Hi Kaktus,

      thank you for the kind words about the blog. Sorry I have not gotten back to you, I have had computer issues that are hopefully fixed now.

      The Babington's leeks are starting to sprout now and should hopefully be ready by the end of winter. If you want to send me an email by using the contact form on the right hand side of the blog it should come through and I can reply to you.

  16. 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.

    When using the contact form please make sure you double check that your email address is correct as I can not reply if there are any typos.

    I have had a few people contact me lately and I am not able to reply as they must have spelled their email address incorrectly.

  17. thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. I am new to gardening. I found the comfrey article very interesting, and will be reading your articles as much as possible. janette south australia

  18. Just a quick note to say how delicious the Immali corn is, best corn ever!!!

  19. Hi Damo, Im looking for plants or seeds for Mesona chinensis or Grass Jelly (Chinese Variety) as seen on this website Do you have any? Thanks. CL

    1. Hi Anonymous,

      Sorry, I don't have any Mesona chinensis plants. To be honest I had never heard of them and had to look them up. I don't know anyone who grows them, I hope you find one!

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