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 2021 and I still sell organically grown perennial vegetables, herbs, seeds etc listed below.

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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 as bad or even 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.  Once the dangers of rotenone were proven, Australia allowed its use in certified organic farm for a further 5 years to phase it out slowly and ignored the damage it was causing to people.

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 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 and some plants 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 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 send me an email saying what plants/seeds you would like and I will reply with prices/payment methods.

My email address will need to remove the the spaces, put @ instead of the word 'at' and . in place of the word 'dot': damien_beaumont at yahoo dot com dot au

Organic Perennial Vegetables for sale – plant once, harvest forever!
POSTAGE: for plants/bulbs I post at cost, for anything up to 500g it costs $9.40 for regular post.  I post plants bare rooted on the Monday after payment has cleared.
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 

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 the hardiest, most productive, and easiest to grow of 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 


Onion Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are the smallest species of edible onions. Great perennial vegetable, looks amazing, attracts beneficial insects, repels some pests, has a mild onion taste that does not overpower meals.  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.  These are pretty enough to be in a flower garden and do well in pots  $3 per small plant

Amiah diploid potato
Amiah potato, the great taste of a diploid potato without the low yields that are common among diploids. The size of potatoes is reasonable, they don’t need peeling, and easily produces two crops per year.  It is healthier and better looking than white potatoes due to its rich yellow flesh and interesting skin colour. They produce two crops per year here, and always survives over winter in the soil with no care from me.  As well as all this they produce huge numbers of beautiful purple flowers.  Plant them now as they don't store well out of the soil   SOLD OUT UNTIL NEXT HARVEST

Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) a massively productive low maintenance perennial 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 can produce well over 3kg of tubers.  Great food for people, pigs, poultry, sheep, cattle, guinea pigs etc.  Masses of yellow sunflower like flowers in autumn attract honey bees and are good to use as cut flowers.   ONLY available in winter,  $3 each  tuber 

Skirret (Sium sisarum) very rare, endangered, and ancient perennial root vegetable which is productive and simple to grow.  Roots taste like a delicious sweet potato 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 offset

Duckweed (Lemna sp most likely Lemna minor) is a free floating plant and 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 can be used to 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 surprisingly 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 doubles every day under ideal conditions   $3 for a scoop

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is commonly grown as an ornamental houseplant, but the leaves and roots are both edible.  This is the hardy variegated form with white along the mid line of the leaf and green on the outside.  Tolerates low light, poor soil, and dry conditions.  Grows white flowers and cute little baby plants on long stolons that can dangle from the mother plant and look very attractive.  Perfect for hanging baskets and a great office plant.  Spider plant survives a lot of neglect but should be protected from heavy frost.  The price is low because I am selling small bare rooted plants  $3 each

Organic Heirloom Vegetable Seeds - most are not perennial but it is certainly worth growing these.

Postage of seeds only within Australia: $3.50  for any number of packets.  If also buying plants use the plant postage rate as I will send everything in the one package.  I can also post some seeds overseas but I post at cost so need to confirm postage costs with the post office
Immali Corn (Zea mays) a beautiful and delicious coloured 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 healthier 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 and sweet.  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

Little Oak Like tomato small determinate tomato that produces red ping pong ball size tomatoes.  Like many other old Russian varieties it has a very rich tomato 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 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

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.  It can grow to be a large plant if given support and 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

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

Superior Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) mixed seeds of around a dozen varieties including 'slow bolt', 'long standing', and 'Bengal Giant'.  This is an excellent producer of both leaves and seeds.  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 per packet of seeds

Cape Gooseberries (Physalis peruviana) is also known as Incaberry, goldenberry, pichuberry, and a few other common names. Highly productive plants producing over one kilogram of small ~2g fruits that are covered with a protective paper husk. The fruits fall from the plant when ripe. For me they take a little over 80 days from planting the seed until eating perfectly ripe berries  $4 per packet of tiny seeds

Hillbilly tomato has firm flesh that is reasonably dry and somehow smells very fruity.   Produces a medium yield of glossy fruit over the season, it has regular leaf and is indeterminate.  Good size for slicing on a sandwich, the colour, glossiness, and fruity smell are all enjoyed by my kids.  $4 per packet of 20 seeds

Cherokee Purple grows large tomatoes, some round, some a little odd shaped.  People often say this tomato has a smoky taste or taste of good red wine.  A little salt adds more depth and complexity to their taste - Unbelievable!  This plant produces a medium to large yield of large fruit, it has regular leaf and is indeterminate.  $4 per packet of 20 seeds

Japanese Black Trifle (spelled various ways,  originally called "Yaponskiy Trufel Chernyi" or in Russian "Японский трюфель черный").  This old Russian variety has a deep, rich, sweet, tomato taste that is difficult to describe but easy to remember.  One of my all time favourite tomatoes.  Japanese Black Trifele tomato has potato leaf and is indeterminate.  $4 per packet of 20 seeds

Helsing Junction Blues are great high anthocyanin cherry tomatoes.  These taste sweet and are very productive.  The unripe fruit is bright purple, only goes blue/black where the sun hits and stays red when shaded by a leaf so you can make patterns using stencils similar to apples.  Ripe fruit is red with black where it used to be purple.  Plants have regular leaf and are indeterminate.  $4 per packet of 20 seeds


Tommy Toe tomatoes (I didn't take a photo) grow into a large plant with high yields of small tomatoes.  An excellent tomato for back yard growing due to their rich tomato taste, abundant yield, and pretty red round cherry tomatoes.  One of the more common varieties I grow as they are well worth growing.  Plants have regular leaf and are indeterminate.  $4 per packet of 20 seeds

Sarah's Galapagos tomatoes grow a large plant, high yields of small red cherry tomatoes.  They have a surprisingly deep rich taste for such tiny fruit.  It is said to be originally found on Galapagos Islands where they were eaten and dispersed by giant tortoises.  Plants have regular leaf and are indeterminate.  $4 per packet of 20 seeds

Giant Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is an absolutely massive strain of flat leaf parsley that is very simple to grow.  Leaves can be used as vegetable or herb, petioles can be used in place of celery, roots are delicious roasted.  Contains wide genetics and will produce a diverse population containing some large plants and some stunningly massive plants.  If allowed to flower it will attract many beneficial insects and pollinators, and will gladly self seed.   $4 per packet of seeds

Giant Edible Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) produces incredibly large plants from improved parent stock.  Dandelion leaves are more nutritious than most vegetables, the thick long roots can be roasted or turned into delicious coffee substitute, even the pretty flowers are edible.  Poultry and livestock love to eat dandelions.  Deep tap roots mine minerals from deep in the soil, leaves can be used as compost activators.  They are great companion plants for most fruits and vegetables.  The flowers are pretty and are great for bees, and kids love to blow the seed heads.  Open pollinated plants may display some genetic diversity   $4 per packet of seeds SOLD OUT

Amaranthus caudatus has many common names such as love-lies-bleeding, pendant amaranth, tassel flower, velvet flower, foxtail amaranth, and quilete.  This is often grown as an ornamental but the leaves can be eaten as a vegetable and the seeds can be eaten as a grain.  Apparently leaves have two to three times the nutritional value of most leaf vegetables.  High in protein, high in vitamins, mild taste, easy to grow, has low water needs, few/no pests or diseases, and is drastically beautiful - what is not to love!  There is a little chaff in with my seeds but that doesn't alter the rate of germination.  $4 per packet of seeds

Wasabi salad herb (Diplotaxis erucoides) is a leaf vegetable/herb that is far simpler to grow than true wasabi, tastes similar to wasabi, gives a similar nose tingling feeling as wasabi, and lacks the extreme heat of true wasabi.  Great in salads and on sandwiches.  It happily self seeds in my garden, sometimes pops up in my lawn, and is low/no maintenance.  It is can form a self sustaining patch that flowers all year and is excellent bee forage.   $4 per packet of tiny seeds

Purple Mustard - back in 2012 I bought some seeds for purple mustard.  My son loved purple mustard, and has saved seed and grown it every year since.  Leaves can be used as vegetable, or garnish, and seeds can be used to make condiment.  They produce large purple leaves with some green, profuse yellow flowers attract honey bees and other beneficial insects.  All profits from this go to my son for pocket money.  $4 per packet  

Glass Gem Corn (Zea mays) - this is good popcorn, beautifully coloured and incredibly ornamental.  These cobs grow all the colours of the rainbow and are incredibly beautiful.  If popped as pop corn they still pop white (just like regular yellow popcorn).  The cobs average around 15 cm long, and I average 4.5 cobs per plant but could have had more if I gave them more space.  Do NOT grow near other types of corn, popcorn, sweet corn, as it will cross pollinate and ruin your cobs.   $4 for packet of about 20 mixed seeds

Pink Glass Gem Corn (Zea mays)  - I planted some glass gem corn in blocks of the same colour.  My daughters like the pink popcorn.  These are seeds from cobs that were mostly pink, they were growing in my pink block.  There was some cross pollination with other colours of glass gem corn, and some hidden genetics that are not expressed in these seeds, but the cobs produced should be mostly pink with only a few seeds here and there of other colours.  The cobs produced should look similar to the photo on the left.  All types of corn will cross pollinate a lot, do NOT grow other types of corn nearby or they will cross pollinate a lot.   $4 for a packet of about 20 pink or white seeds.


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.

Winter Savory (Satureja montana) is a highly aromatic perennial herb with peppery flavor with notes of marjoram, mint, and thyme.  Winter savory looks similar to thyme but has larger leaves.  It does well in roasts and stews, used to make salami, and is an essential ingredient to make Bouquet garni.  This was a popular herb in Europe and used in similar ways as pepper back when pepper was an expensive spice.  It flowers well and is very attractive to bees and other pollinators.  I don't know why this is not grown more frequently in Australia as it is an excellent perennial edible herb.   $5 per small seed grown plant SOLD OUT - BACK IN A FEW WEEKS

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  SOLD OUT - BACK IN A FEW WEEKS

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 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.  Commonly used 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.  This plant can become invasive if planted in the garden so please restrict it to growing in a pot.  Dormant over winter   $5 per small plant or rooted cutting
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.  It flowers like crazy in spring and provides great bee forage.  Taking cuttings every few years will refresh it and provide you with more plants.   $5 per small plant

Organic berry plants

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 bare rooted plant

Unnamed Garden strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) produces large crops of good sized red berries.  Throws a lot of runners expanding your patch well and can be grown as a living ground cover.  Good taste for a garden strawberry, only crops twice per year in my garden  $3 per bare rooted plant.

Carnivorous Plants
I know this page is mostly for perennial vegetables and other organically grown edibles, but please don't get confused and start to eat your carnivorous plants!    

Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) are the most famous and one of the most intriguing of carnivorous plants.  They grow best in areas with frosts but can be grown in frost free climates.  Never shut the traps with your finger, don't feed them, and don't fertilise them.  At this stage I only have the typical form for sale but in the future I hope to be able to also offer a few named varieties.  Growing notes can be found here$8 each small bare rooted plant + 70mm pot + peat moss, everything you need to simply pot it up once it arrives in the post

Cape Sundew (Drosera capensis) is one of 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.  These catch numerous flies, moths, mosquitoes, and other insects.  Don't feed them unless you know what you are doing or you may kill the plant.  Grow them in damp peat moss (never soil) in a tray of water, never fertilise, and protect from heavy frosts.  They tend to lose their 'dew' and sulk after being posted, but it doesn't take them long to pick up again.  You choose between 'typical' and 'alba' varieties.   $6 per small plant SOLD OUT UNTIL SPRING 2021
Cape Sundew
(Drosera capensis) SEEDS.  These carnivorous plants are surprisingly simple to grow from seed but very few places ever list seed for sale.  Simply place damp peatmoss in a small pot, keep a tray of water under at all times, and sprinkle the fine dust like seeds on top.  Most will germinate in a few weeks.  These seeds were open pollinated and I list the female parent.  I have 'typical' and 'alba' flowering at the same time so you may get some crosses, or you can choose a mix of both.  Seeds are tiny as per the picture on the left. Choose between seeds collected from 'typical', 'alba', or a mix of both (I recommend the mix)   $4 per packet of hundreds of tiny freshly collected seeds

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

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. Simple to grow from seed but won't flower the first year.  Seeds are far cheaper than bulbs so you get far more plants for your money.  Each seed grown plant will be genetically unique but most look similar to their siblings   $4 for packet of 35 fresh seeds

Beginner Beeswax Candle Making kits

When I wanted to try my hand at making beeswax candles I found it frustrating how difficult it is for a beginner to give it a go.  Everything seems to be aimed at people who want a candle in a cup, or just rolling a sheet of foundation.  Beginner kits all seem to be rather expensive, and often very tacky.  None of the ones I found had silicone moulds or beeswax.  I prefer beeswax candles and cotton wick, soy and paraffin produce a host of toxic chemicals when burnt and many cheap wicks have a high lead content.

When buying things separately everything is confusing and expensive.  To make a few 5cm tall 40 gram candles you need to buy the mould, 5 meters of the correct type and correct thickness of wick, and $50 of beeswax!  Or you could spend about $40 for a beginner’s kit with some soy or paraffin wax that you melt and pour into a cup with some colour.  I hate those options, so I have put together some beginner organic beeswax candle kits.  My kits produce three rather cute small candles that I am told burn for ‘up to 12 hours’ (mine seem to burn 7.5 to 10 hours). 

I have seen these candles for sale for up to $13, with $9 each being about average, so buying this kit and making three of your own works out well financially.  If you enjoy it you can get more wax and make more candles, or experiment with fragrances and essential oils etc.

Candle making kit - skep

One silicone skep mould (can be used to make hundreds of  candles), 50cm candle wick (enough for 7 to 9 candles), Certified Organic beeswax (enough to make three candles), and Simple instructions  $25 for the kit
Note: candle not included, you are buying a kit to make your own candles


Candle making kit - owl
One owl silicone mould (can be used to make hundreds of candles), 50cm cotton candle wick (enough to make 7 to 9 candles depending on how frugal you are), Certified Organic beeswax (enough to make three candles), and Simple instructions
$25 for the kit
Note: candle not included, you are buying a kit to make your own candles


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!

  20. Thanks for this. I really like what you've posted here and wish you the best of luck with this blog and thanks for sharing. Perennial Vegetable Plants for Sale

  21. Hey, I made an order but haven't heard from you. Just wondering if you received it? Please advise. Thank you.

    1. Hi Michael,

      I am really sorry about that, I have had some issues with the form not sending through to me lately.

      It looks like a lot of people have sent me messages lately and I haven't got any of them. It explains why it has been so quiet lately. I think/hope I have fixed it now.

      If you are still interested can you please send through your order again.

    2. Hi Damo, thanks for the reply. I have just re-ordered. Cheers, Michael

  22. hi, Im not sure how to order or if this is all available. I am setting up my gardens so very excited about so many of your plants. what area are you growing in? This is my list I am interested in buying yacon crown, everlasting onion, Babingtons leek, Perennial leek, giant russian garlic, jerusalem artichoke, qld arrowroot, garlic chives, onion chives, chinese water chestnut, chinese artichoke, duck potato, skirret, horse radish, duck weed, saffron, asparagus unnamed green, asparagus precoce dargenteuil, asparagus connovers colossal, asparagus purple passion, hangjiao space chilli, trinidad scorpion butch t, superior coriander, giant parsley, papalo, quilquina, amaranthus caudatus, rhubarb champagne giant, Atilla Alpine Strawberry, cheers Karen

    1. Hi Karen,

      I am near Canberra. If you are near here you can pick up, otherwise I can post. I can't post to WA or Tasmania.

      To order please send me an email using the 'contact form' on the right hand side of the page. If you are viewing this with your mobile phone you may need to click on 'web view' to be able to see the contact form.



  23. Hi, you write, that "azolla" can be eaten also from fish, Which kind of fish will eat azolla?
    Further you write, that "azolla" is good against mosquito: Why that?

    Thank you very much in advance, Klaus

    1. Hi Klaus,

      from what I have seen pretty much every fish that eats plants and has a mouth large enough to eat azolla will eat it. I am no expert here so there may be exceptions to this, but I am yet to see any fish that won't eat it.

      I linked to a post about azolla and mosquito control above. In case you can't see that link it can be found here: I only read peer reviewed papers that dealt with species of mosquito that are present in Australia. I assume similar trends are seen with exotic species but didn't look too far into it because I only really care about the species that are here.

      Have a great day!

  24. Hi Damo. I’ve tried to get in touch using the contact form, but I guess it’s not getting to you. There are a few plants and seeds I’d like, so hope you can get in touch with me

    1. Hi LillyPilly,

      I am so sorry my contact form is not working properly. I am at a loss as to what is happening.

      Let me know your email address and I will email you. If you write a comment and include your email address I will NOT publish the comment, but I will email you.

  25. Hi, thank you very much for the link and information ! All good for you, Klaus

  26. Hi again, do you are able to send Azolla to the philippines? Do you have experience in that?
    Thank you very in advance.

  27. Daniel Nörten19 July 2020 at 07:54

    Hello Damo,
    I live in Germany and would love to buy your perennial leek. Instead of sending plants, do you think it would be possible to sent bulbs? I'm worried that the plants won't make it to their destination...

    1. Hi Daniel,

      They normally go dormant November/December so I should be able to post bulbs then. I am not sure what postage will cost, but the Australian dollar is pretty weak which should lower the cost a bit. Send me an email and we can work out something.