Sunday, 5 May 2013

Perennial Vegetables For Sale in Australia

This is my For Sale page, where I have listed annual vegetable seeds, perennial vegetable plants, and perennial herbs, 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 maturity 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 in every respect.

I plan to put links to growing information for each of these plants on this page.  If I have not done so and you order something please do not hesitate to ask me and I will email you growing notes.


No plants to Tasmania or Western Australia at this stage due to domestic quarantine, sorry.  I can post seeds overseas but only if you have contacted your country's quarantine and are convinced that they will be allowed through.  All prices are in Australian dollars and do not include postage.


As of 2017 I am now selling heirloom vegetable seeds and perennial vegetable plants againIf 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.




Organic Perennial Vegetables – plant once, harvest forever!
 
Postage: for plants/bulbs I post at cost, for anything up to 500g it costs $8.50 for regular post or $10.85 for express http://auspost.com.au/parcels-mail/prepaid-satchels.html
 
Permaculture Yacon tubers for sale Australia
Yacon crowns (Smallanthus sonchifolius formerly Polymnia sonchifolia) is a sweet and crunchy root vegetable, I have never met a child who dislikes yacon!  They are a high source of inulin (not insulin), they are sweet and crunchy yet still fine to be eaten by diabetics, great fodder for poultry, pigs and ruminants and a great permaculture plant$6 per reproductive crown - not in 2017 due to crop failure


Everlasting Onion (Allium cepa perutile) grows like a spring onion but does not often produce viable seed, reproduces quickly by splitting in half.  Will also grow a small bulb similar to a French shallot in some climates.  This is possibly one of the most productive and easiest to grow perennial vegetables.  One of the best permaculture vegetables.  Very easy to grow, you will never have to buy spring onions or shallots ever again!  $5.00 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 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.  These are hardy once established and insanely productive  $3 per small leek


 
Giant Russian Garlic (botanically this is a type of leek and not a true garlic Allium amperoprasum) these easy to grow plants are a mild tasting garlic and grow HUGE.  Each individual clove can be as large as a ping pong ball and a bulb made of 5 or so individual cloves can be larger than your fist.  They grow well where other garlic will not survive.  They grow a little different to regular garlic   $2.50 per individual clove/plant  SOLD OUT until December 2017

Jerusalem Artichoke tubers (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 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.  ONLY DURING WINTER - Buy Now $2 each tuber





 







QLD arrowroot (Canna edulis) edible canna, looks similar to a lush banana plant but grows edible tubers underground.  Can be eaten raw, used in many ways that potato is used, or can be used to make arrowroot starch.  Great mulch, excellent high protein forage for poultry, sheep, cattle, pigs, guinea pigs etc.  Frost kills the tops off but the plant will survive and be ready to grow again in spring.  Very beautiful and productive.   $6 each rhizome  

Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) these are very hardy plants that can be grown from seed as well as from dividing existing plants.  Both the leaves and the flowers are useful in cooking.  Planted near fruit tree saplings it is said to deter rabbits and some insect pests.  Flowers attract bees and other beneficial insects  $2 per plant  SOLD OUT 


Potato onion - brown (Allium cepa var Aggregatum) used to be very common when I was a child but very difficult to come by now.  The delicate leaves can be used as spring onions, the bulb grows underground and divides into several bulbs each year eliminating the need to grow fiddly onion seedlings.  These onions are easy to grow and store exceptionally well but are never overly large here, this variety can flower and produce viable seed  $ not for sale 2017

Potato onion flower Perennial vegetables
 Potato onion - white (Allium cepa var Aggregatum) just like the brown potato onions except much rarer in Australia and locally extinct in some countries.  I like to grow some of each as one type does well some years and the other type does well in other years.  These onions are easy to grow and store exceptionally well but are never overly large here, the white ones never flower  $ not for sale 2017

 
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 does not reproduce via seed and it is a stable hybrid dating back to the 1850s that is worth having around.  Bizarre looking plant grows a golf ball sized onion that divides underground then grows tiny onions instead of seed on the flower stalk.  Sometimes a flower stalk will have a tiny onion with its own flower stalk with tiny onions on that and you end up with three or four levels on the one plant.  These flower stalks bend under the weight of all the onions allowing the plant to “walk”.  These are similar to potato onion in that they were very common once and are now rare and hard to find  $3 per small plant
 

Chinese Water Chestnut (Eleocharis dulcis) another extremely productive perennial vegetable.  Excellent permaculture vegetable which provides large amounts of straw.  Easily grown in buckets, ponds, containers etc throughout most of Australia.  Very beautiful and ornamental looking as well as producing a lot of food.   $2 per small corm or small plant







Chinese Artichoke (Stachys affinis) extremely rare and sought after perennial root vegetable.  Tubers form into a fascinating spiral sea shell shape and are a shiny pearl colour.  Crunchy and delicately sweet, eaten raw or cooked.  Eat the large tubers and replant smaller ones.  Best grown in containers as it may spread aggressively.  For sale normally late winter but sometimes other times too   $3 per tuber  - not in 2017 due to crop failure

 
Duck Potato (Saggitaria sp) also known as arrowhead, wapato, swan potato and a host of other names.  It is an attractive edible aquatic perennial vegetable similar to water chestnuts but better suited to cooler climates.  This particular one does not flower which means that is poses no weed threat   $3 per small tuber or plant - SOLD OUT FOR NOW




Skirret (Sium sisarum) very rare, endangered and ancient perennial root crop which is very simple to grow.  Sweet roots taste like a delicious sweet potato or parsnip.  Used in any dish that calls for potato, carrot or parsnip.  The celery tasting leaves can be added to salads but it is the sweet roots that are the main crop here.  This is the most delicious roasted vegetable ever.  Flowers attract many beneficial insects to your garden   $5 per small offset


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.

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 years and have never actually seen the flowers.  It grows very fast and reproduces mostly by division.  Can be used to efficiently clean water, as animal food, in aquariums, and can be eaten raw by people if you are certain there are no water snails.  It has a mild taste, good levels of many important nutrients and is high in protein  $3 for a scoop.


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

Postage of seeds within Australia: $3.50 
 









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










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 30 seeds


Micro Tom tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) the smallest variety of tomato in the world!  I have never had one grow over 10cm tall.  Being so small they can easily be grown in a cup of soil, easy for kids to grow, easy for elderly people who no longer have a garden, easy to grow in apartments if you have a sunny window, and great for genetics experiments due to its short life cycle   $4 for 15 seeds




Glass Bead Corn (Zea mays) one of the world's most beautiful looking heirloom corn varieties.  Individual cobs may have seed of yellow, pink, purple, white, red, orange, brown, black, sometimes spotted like a quails egg, swirled with different colours, or even stripes.  We grew this when I was a child and I have taken a few years to track it down again as it is nearing extinction in Australia.  Can be eaten as sweet corn if you get the timing right but is mostly used as corn flour, animal feed, popcorn or decorations.  Corn will cross pollinate with other corn easily  $4.00 per packet of about 30 seeds  SOLD OUT

Blue Popcorn (Zea mays) an old heirloom popcorn variety that is naturally blue.  Plants grow several mini blue cobs with small seeds.  Short plants take up less room than some other varieties of corn.  Lots of fun to grow with the kids.  Some people grow them just for decoration as the cobs are so cute.  Corn will cross pollinate with other varieties of corn easily   $4.00 per packet of about 25 seeds  SOLD OUT


Lacy lady pea 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 30 seeds










Reisetomate Tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum) extremely rare and ancient Peruvian heirloom that likely predates the Columbian conquest of South America.  Bizarre, unique red fruit which can be pulled apart and eaten like the segments of an orange.  It has a distinctive, deep and intense flavour that I love but may not be sweet enough for some kids.  This is easily my favourite red tomato variety.  This tomato will cross with other varieties of tomato so take care if saving seed  $4.00 per packet of about 30 seeds

 
Tomatillo "purple" (Physalis ixocarpa) a rare and beautiful heirloom tomatillo with slightly sweeter fruit than regular green tomatillo.  Some plants will develop green fruit, others will be deep purple while others will have a mix of both and all of them will make a nice looking salsa.  Grows a thin papery husk which helps prevent fruit fly attack.  'Purple' tomatillo is more productive and prolific than any other type of tomatillo I have grown.  Tomatillo will cross with other varieties of tomatillo so be careful if saving seed  $4.00 per packet of about 30 seeds
 

Broad Bean Aquadulce (Vicia faba) a common yet fairly old heirloom variety dating prior to 1850.  Large green 15cm pods usually contain 5 or 6 seeds, black and white fragrant flowers.  I grow them mainly for green manure or mulch but many people eat them.  Broad beans will cross pollinate with other types of broad bean so be careful if seed saving  $4.00 per packet of about 20 seeds  SOLD OUT

Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) easy to grow from seed, perennial plants also divides to reproduce.  Easy to save seed from these as it will only cross with other varieties of garlic chives (if any other varieties actually exist)  $4.00 per packet of about 20 seeds












Onion Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) the smallest species of edible onions.  Great perennial plant, looks amazing, attracts beneficial insects, repels some pests, mild onion taste.  Most people eat the green leaves and let the bulbs continue to growThey flower each year but many people remove flowers to help the plants stay strong.   SOLD OUT












 
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 very simple to grow.  Sweet roots taste like a delicious sweet potato or parsnip.  Used in any dish that calls for potato, carrot or parsnip.  Leaves can be added to salads but it is the sweet roots that are the main crop here.  Flowers attract many beneficial insects to your garden.  Unlike many other perennial vegetables, seed grown plants will produce a crop, divide numerously, flower and set seed the first year   $4.00 for about 20 tiny and fresh seeds

Kaempw Melon Rilon pumpkins (most likely Cucurbita maxima) this heirloom variety produces multiple large pumpkins.  They are hardy, extremely productive, versatile, easy to skin, and utterly delicious.  Soft orange flesh is great for soup, roasts, scones, slice etc. They set down roots at every node and ripen fast for a large pumpkin.  This variety needs dedicated seed savers.  Pumpkins will cross pollinate with other pumpkins of the same species so great care must be taken is saving seed   $4 for about 20 seeds


Snake Beans (Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis) red and green mixed.  Unfortunately these are likely crossed and red are not as red as they could be but the diverse gene pool allows them to quickly adapt to your garden.  Easy to grow, very productive, each bean can measure up to 60cm long!  Fast growing, quick to mature, productive over a very long season even in cool climates.  I am told they taste like asparagus but I think they taste like good beans.  Snake beans appear to cross with other types of snake bean so take care if seed saving   $4 for 20 mixed 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 is 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 is seed saving   $3 for 5 seeds

Aji Pineapple (Capsicum baccatum) comes from across the Andean region of South America and were likely developed in ancient Peru.  This is currently the most productive chilli variety I have grown.  Producing several hundreds of bright yellow pods in their first season even if planted super late in a cold climate.  Some say they are mild, but to me these are pretty hot, they smell and taste really fruity.  Some say they taste like pineapple, others say they taste citrusy, others just say they are fruity and delicious.  The plants reach about a meter tall in their first year.  Having such attractive looking fruit, massive productivity, and delicious sweet taste there is nothing not to like.  Chillies will cross with other chillies so take care is seed saving   $3 for 5 seeds

Aji omnicolor (Capsicum baccatum) is an ancient variety of chilli that was sent to me by someone who collected the seeds from a remote village while in Peru.  It is a beautiful dwarf chilli variety which would look great in a flower garden as it has fruit that ripen through different colours all on the plant at the same time.  Being such a small plant means that they can easily be grown in a pot.  When picked green/yellow they have no real heat, as they turn to splotchy purple, to orange, to red they get hotter and hotter, changing colours means that you know when to pick them at your preferred level of heat.  Aji omnicolor has an amazing sweet, crisp and berry like smell and taste but can be rather hot if left to ripen too long.  I need to grow more of these as they taste so great.  Chillies will cross with other chillies so take care is seed saving   $3 for 5 seeds

Organic Culinary Herbs

Unless started all herbs will have been grown from cuttings so that I can assure the quality of the plants, some herbs grow true to type from seed whereas others tend to be a little variable.  Most herbs (other than root cuttings, which are just a segment of root) are sold bare rooted, or in a toilet paper roll pot with minimal soil on the roots to lower weight and reduce the postage cost.  Most will be wrapped in damp newspaper and put into a zip lock bag.  Some may be dormant over winter and will not put on a lot of growth until Spring arrives.  

I do not have large quantities of any herbs, if you want a larger quantity please ask me and I will let you know if I can help out.

Lemon Balm
(Melissa officinalis) this useful herb is meant to attract bees to the garden and has a delicate lemon flavour which gives it a wide culinary potential.  Useful in cooking to give a lemon taste and often used for making a calming tea.  Grown organically from cuttings as seeds grown plants tend to give varied and often undesirable traits.  For sale Spring/Summer $4 per small plant


Common Spear Mint (Mentha spicata) this fragrant, strong smelling plant is one of the easiest and most rewarding herbs to grow.  Great plant to get children introduced to gardening and connected to the land.  Used to make mint sauce, garnish and in a host of different ways while cooking.  When I was a child it was grown in every garden, starting to become difficult to find for some reason.  Grown organically from cuttings as seeds can be variable and often give undesirable traits.  Grow in a pot to prevent it from taking over your garden   $4 per small plant


Peppermint (Mentha × piperita) Used in all the same ways as spearmint but is stronger and has more medicinal properties.  Used with roasts, drinks, teas etc.  This has been grown organically from cuttings.  NEVER buy seeds of peppermint as it is an interspecific hybrid between water mint and spearmint and seeds will give a mix of mints.  Grow in a pot to prevent it from taking over your garden   $4 per small plant

Chocolate Mint (Mentha X piperita f. citrata) is a chocolate smelling variant of peppermint.  It can be used in all the same ways, and has all the same medicinal properties, of peppermint.  As it smells like chocolate it tends to be added to deserts, drinks etc.  The small of this plant changes over the growing season, sometimes it smells just like chocolate, sometimes like peppermint, sometimes a mix of both.  As for peppermint, NEVER buy seeds of chocolate mint.  Very strong grower, grow in a pot to prevent it from taking over your garden   $4 per small plant



Native Water Mint aka native rivermint, native peppermint (Mentha australis) this perennial Australian native herb is becoming rare in the bush and is rarely found in shops or gardens.  It likes being well watered but can cope with reasonably dry soil.  It is used and grows in much the same way as regular peppermint but is far less invasive.  It makes an excellent herbal tea served hot or iced.  Indigenous Australians found similar uses for this herb   $4 per small plant


Variegated Water Celery aka water parsley, Java waterdropwort, Japanese parsley, Chinese celery etc (Oenanthe javanica - flamingo)  is a perennial vegetable that is under utilised and strangely uncommon.  Extremely prolific and simple to grow.  Can be grown in the vegetable garden or as an emergent water plant.  Smells and tastes a lot like celery, add at the end of cooking or much of the taste disappears   $4 per small plant


Vietnamese Coriander aka Vietnamese mint, laksa herb, hot mint, Cambodian mint, praew leaf (Persicaria odorata) is an amazing herb.  Simple to grow, extremely productive, delicious and versatile.  The internet says Vietnamese coriander has a  “lovely coriander taste with a clear citrus note; refreshing with a hot, biting, peppery after taste”.  I grow as an emergent water plant but also happily grows in vegetable garden.  It goes well with chicken and I am told that it combines well with lime, chillies, garlic, ginger and lemon grass, what is not to love about this plant   $4 per small plant  Not for sale over winter as it is dormant



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 more vigorous green form (the variegated version is known as chameleon plant and is prettier and far less vigorous).  This plant can become invasive if planted in the garden so please restrict it to growing in a pot.  This plant has nice flowers but I am told it does not set viable seed   $6 per small plant




1 Corinthians 3:6-7  I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.  So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

22 comments:

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

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  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.

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  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.

    Melanie

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  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.

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  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.

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    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 ...gaznsue@gmail.com

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  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.

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

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

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  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?

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    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.

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

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  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.

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  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).
    Cheers
    Ben

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    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.

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

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    1. Hi Karl,

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

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  13. Hi Damo,

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

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  14. 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
    Zoe

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    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.

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  15. 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.

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