ADZUKI BEANS ARE PERFECT FOR THOUSANDS OF RECIPES AND CAN BE EATEN WHEN GREEN LIKE SNAP PEAS OR LEFT TO DRY FOR CHILLI CON CARNE, RISOTTO AND SALADS. EASY TO GROW AND PROLIFIC! Description The Adzuki bean (Phaseolus angularis or Vigna angularis) is a Japanese favourite that can be grownSee more...

ADZUKI BEANS ARE PERFECT FOR THOUSANDS OF RECIPES AND CAN BE EATEN WHEN GREEN LIKE SNAP PEAS OR LEFT TO DRY FOR CHILLI CON CARNE, RISOTTO AND SALADS. EASY TO GROW AND PROLIFIC!

Description
The Adzuki bean (Phaseolus angularis or Vigna angularis) is a Japanese favourite that can be grown for use as a dried bean, enjoyed fresh in its green pod, or even as a crunchy, nutritious sprout.

The plant itself looks similar to a field pea or cowpea and grows 1 to 2 feet tall, producing yellow flowers followed by clusters of cylinder-shaped pods that hold the red to orange beans. As an annual vegetable, Adzuki can be grown in any climate zone that has enough frost-free days for the plant to produce edible pods, about two weeks after flowers appear. A longer season — 90 to 120 days — is required to harvest the beans for dry use. Can be used as a great green manure crop since Adzuki, like most legumes, can fix nitrogen in the soil, making it available as fertilizer for later crops.

Grow Notes
Adzuki beans grow best in full sun in a site that has good drainage.

Keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy while waiting for seeds to emerge and throughout the growing season. Adzuki can develop rot if they are waterlogged. Weed by hand seven to 10 days after planting, when the seedlings are leafed out, and a third time in two to three weeks.

This gives the beans an adequate head start, allowing them to shade out many weeds as the plant matures. Fertilize the plants with a low-nitrogen fertilizer when they are 4 to 5 inches tall and again when the plants bloom. Beans are relatively insect resistant, even those that plague other beans.

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Plant adzuki bean seeds directly in the garden when your Spring or Summer soil temperature is at least 15.5C, for the most reliable germination. A soil thermometer can make a big difference in the planting of adzuki beans and other vegetables, particularly beans, which have seeds prone to rot when they stay too long in cold, wet soil.

Sow adzuki seeds 4cm deep 10 to 15cm apart. When planting multiple rows, space rows at least 45cm apart.

Germination
At 10°C Adzuki beans can take up to 20 days to germinate, while above 15.5°C, plants can emerge in 10 to 14 days. The temperature should be consistent for several days before planting.

Maturity
To eat adzuki beans fresh, as you would a snap bean, harvest the green pods when the seeds are just barely visible beneath the surface of the pods. Fresh beans should be ready to pick every four to five days. Let pods develop and dry on the vine until they rattle in the pod — from 90 to 120 days — to use them as shelling beans.

Cut down the entire plant at the end of the season and allow it to dry in a well-ventilated area for at least a week. The dried pods break open easily to reveal seven to 10 dried beans each. Store shelled beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry location until ready to use.

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BLACK BEANS ARE ONE OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATIONS MOST VALUED FOODS! THEY CAN LOWER YOUR GLYCEMIC INDEX! THEY ARE REALLY YUMMY AND AMAZINGLY EASY TO GROW! Description Black beans are native to North, South, and Central America. Their origins have been traced to many locations in Mexico, as wellSee more...

BLACK BEANS ARE ONE OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATIONS MOST VALUED FOODS! THEY CAN LOWER YOUR GLYCEMIC INDEX! THEY ARE REALLY YUMMY AND AMAZINGLY EASY TO GROW!

Description
Black beans are native to North, South, and Central America. Their origins have been traced to many locations in Mexico, as well as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Today, black beans are cultivated and enjoyed worldwide in many different types of cuisines.

Among all groups of food commonly eaten worldwide, no group has a more health-supportive mix of protein-plus-fibre than legumes. A single one-cup serving of this legume will provide you with 60% of our WHFoods recommended fibre intake and 30% of our WHFoods recommended protein intake. Legumes are the only food group that can provide you with such a strong fibre-protein combination.

A single, one-cup serving of black beans gives nearly 15 grams of fibre and over 15 grams of protein. It’s low glycemic index rating comes from the resistant starch content of black beans. On the protein front, recent studies show black beans to contain unique peptide components (small sequences of amino acids that are used to form proteins) that further improve regulation of blood sugar and insulin levels.

These seeds are 100% organic with no pesticides, treatments or artificial fertilizers used in their production. They are farmed locally. Usually, these peas might be sprayed with something to get rid of pests and heat treated before sale to the public, that will often kill the living part of the seed, so you need to get untreated seed to grow these.

Grow Notes
Once established Black beans don’t need as much water. Only water them when the soil is dry, or they appear wilted. Black beans are incredibly easy to take care of, they are kind of no-nonsense plants. Plant them direct, water them occasionally, give them sunshine and they’ll grow without any additional help. You can grow these in the ground or in containers – both are great!

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Black bean seeds germinate more easily if you prep them by soaking them for a few hours or overnight. Soak your beans in clean water for at least 2 hours before planting. Plant with eyes facing downwards, 2.5cm deep, in a sunny spot once the soil temp reaches 15°C in Spring. Space 10-15cms apart and keep soil moist as they begin to sprout and while young.

Germination
Your beans should germinate in 10-14 days.

Maturity
They will reach maturity in about 100 days.

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THE FANTASTIC AND VERSATILE BORLOTTI BEAN! THESE STRIPED WONDERS LEND THEMSELVES TO MILLIONS OF USES! SOUPS, STEWS, SALADS, BAKED BEANS, TACOS, VEGGIE BURGERS, DIPS, CURRIES, ETC, ETC! GREAT FIBRE CONTENT TO MAKE YOU FEEL FULLER! 12 LARGE SEEDS, STRIPED, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE. EACH BEAN SEED PRODUCES A FEWSee more...

THE FANTASTIC AND VERSATILE BORLOTTI BEAN! THESE STRIPED WONDERS LEND THEMSELVES TO MILLIONS OF USES! SOUPS, STEWS, SALADS, BAKED BEANS, TACOS, VEGGIE BURGERS, DIPS, CURRIES, ETC, ETC! GREAT FIBRE CONTENT TO MAKE YOU FEEL FULLER! 12 LARGE SEEDS, STRIPED, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE. EACH BEAN SEED PRODUCES A FEW KILOS OF BEANS AND MAYBE MORE!

Description
Borlotti beans, also known as cranberry beans, are a medium-sized bean with unsurpassed versatility. Borlotti beans have a mild nutty flavour, a natural savoury aroma and a creamy texture when cooked. These red striped beans are delectable in savoury dishes. They pair with subtle Indian flavours or hotter spices equally well and are great in vegetarian recipes.

Borlotti beans should be pre-soak in plenty of cold water (in a large bowl with room for beans to double in size) for a minimum of 4 hours before cooking. This removes the naturally occurring Lectin and Saponin found in many pulses, which can impede digestion. Drain, rinse well and place beans in a pot of cold water, 1:2. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until tender. Do not add salt while cooking, as this can make outer skins of legumes tough. Drain and use or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Yummy cooked Borlotti beans can be chilled and added to salads or used hot in hearty soups and hotpots. They are particularly good in curries and spiced dishes; try cumin and coriander seeds with freshly grated turmeric and ginger or add chilli for extra zing. Red Borlotti beans are also wonderful refried in Mexican burritos and enchiladas.

Left-over spicy beans are a scrumptious topper for baked potatoes with grated cheese or sour cream. These beans are a delicious ingredient for vegetarian burgers, while smashed Borlotti beans are great in dips; mix with spicy salsa and serve with avocado and crackers.

These are easy and fun to grow! Kids love their bright pods and striped beans!

Grow Notes
These are climbing beans so the vines will need a medium to climb over; trellis, A-frame or fence are all popular solutions.

Pick regularly to encourage more growth. Pods are best eaten when young and tender. Let pods fully mature if growing for dried beans.

Sow
Sow direct at 20mm depth spaced 15cms apart in Spring and Summer. Rows should be spaced 100cm apart and be in full sun, with well-drained soil.

Germination
7-10 days at 21-32°C

Maturity
60-70 days

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A CLASSIC BEAN - GROW THEM FOR THEIR GREEN STRING BEANS WHICH ARE SWEET AND TENDER, THEN LEAVE SOME ON THE BUSH AND COLLECT THE BEANS FOR STEWS AND SALADS. THEY TELL YOU WHEN THE BEANS ARE READY - THEY TURN YELLOW! Description Cannellini, also known as white kidney beans,See more...

A CLASSIC BEAN – GROW THEM FOR THEIR GREEN STRING BEANS WHICH ARE SWEET AND TENDER, THEN LEAVE SOME ON THE BUSH AND COLLECT THE BEANS FOR STEWS AND SALADS. THEY TELL YOU WHEN THE BEANS ARE READY – THEY TURN YELLOW!

Description
Cannellini, also known as white kidney beans, are as easy to grow as they are to cook, and the only requirement is a sunny patch of ground. Cannellini beans  are popular in Italian cuisine, particularly Tuscan dishes. They are creamy-white, with a puffy texture and a mild flavour when cooked. When uncooked, cannellini beans are kidney-shaped and have a robust seed coat.

Grow Notes
Bush beans, also called dwarf beans, grow as bushes so staking them is optional.

Sow directly into a rich soil and keep mulched to improve water retention. When sowing do not allow soil to get too wet as beans can rot.

Pick regularly to encourage more growth. Pods are best eaten when young and tender. Let pods fully mature if growing for dried beans.

Sow
Sow direct at 20mm depth spaced 30cm apart in Spring or Summer. Rows should be spaced 60cm apart and be in full sun, with well-drained soil.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Germination
6-12 days at 21-31°C

Maturity
90 -100 days to maturity, Annual plant.

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YELLOW OUTSIDE WITH BLACK BEANS INSIDE – THESE HEIRLOOM AGES OLD CHEROKEE WAX BEANS WILL CROP QUICKLY! DISEASE RESISTANT, EXCELLENT FOR EVERY USE! Description The Cherokee bean is a great heirloom variety black bean for your home garden. These are easy and fun to grow! Kids love their bright yellowSee more...

YELLOW OUTSIDE WITH BLACK BEANS INSIDE – THESE HEIRLOOM AGES OLD CHEROKEE WAX BEANS WILL CROP QUICKLY! DISEASE RESISTANT, EXCELLENT FOR EVERY USE!

Description
The Cherokee bean is a great heirloom variety black bean for your home garden. These are easy and fun to grow! Kids love their bright yellow pods!

Excellent cooking bean. One of my most favourite beans to eat. Pods are best when young, succulent, sweet and tender with a nice brittle crunch on the exterior. Dwarf bush type plant produces excellent yields of black seeded, lovely yellow colour, 16cm stringless beans. Excellent fresh, canned, or frozen.

Grow Notes
Vigorous, productive and dependable during adverse weather. Frost tender Annual plant. Plant in full sun in well-drained soils.

Bush beans, also called dwarf beans, grow as bushes so staking them is optional.

Pick regularly to encourage more growth.

Sow
Sow direct in Spring and early Summer at a depth of 20mm. Space plants at 10cm and 50 row spacing.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Germination
6-10 days at 16-30°C

Maturity
50-60 days

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THE EGYPTIAN BEAN! THIS IS AMAZINGLY VERSATILE, VERY RARE AND YUMMY TOO! BABY BROAD BEANS! THESE ARE FAVA BEANS! DATING BACK TO PREHISTORIC TIMES IT HAS BUILT UP SUPREME DISEASE RESISTANCE AND LONGEVITY! STEAM THEM AND ADD A DAB OF BUTTER AND THERE YOU GO! THESE CAN BE STORED FORSee more...

THE EGYPTIAN BEAN! THIS IS AMAZINGLY VERSATILE, VERY RARE AND YUMMY TOO! BABY BROAD BEANS! THESE ARE FAVA BEANS! DATING BACK TO PREHISTORIC TIMES IT HAS BUILT UP SUPREME DISEASE RESISTANCE AND LONGEVITY! STEAM THEM AND ADD A DAB OF BUTTER AND THERE YOU GO!

THESE CAN BE STORED FOR UP TO THREE YEARS IN THE PODS IN YOUR PANTRY! THERE IS NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT – TOTALLY SUCCULENT! EAT THEM FRESH OR DRIED

Description
Fava broad bean plants (Vicia faba) are among the oldest known cultivated plants, dating back into prehistoric times. A traditional staple food, fava plants are indigenous to the Mediterranean and Southwest Asia.

Today, growing fava beans can be found in Central America, North America and up into Canada, which is actually the largest producer of fava beans due to its cool temperatures. Popular among many cuisines, the fava bean may be boiled, baked, saut?ed, mashed, fried, braised, stewed and pureed.

Simple dishes of boiled beans with salt and butter or more complicated ones like the traditional Egyptian breakfast of ful medames, a dish of favas, lemon juice, onion, garlic, olive oil, and parsley are prepared on a daily basis in many countries. The young fava bean has not yet formed the endocarp or skin which surrounds the mature shelled bean. As such, the succulent immature fava needs no peeling.

Fava bean plants are actually a relative of vetch, which unlike other bean types has no climbing tendrils. Fava bean plants are upright bushy plants attaining a height of between 2-7 feet tall with large, fragrant white to purplish blooms. The fava bean itself looks similar to a lima bean and is up to 18 inches long. The seed pods of the fava bean plant have a shelf life of three years when stored in optimal conditions.

Once you have harvested the growing fava beans, the remaining foliage may be used as an addition to the compost or makes an excellent cover crop. The bushy greens aid in erosion prevention and protect the topsoil from rain impaction and wind.

Fava beans, like all legume plants, have nitrogen-rich nodules on their roots and contribute to replenishing nitrogen to the soil. Also, the aromatic flower of the growing fava bean plants are powerful pollinator attractors. All in all, growing fava beans is an all around beneficial and valuable crop choice.

In Italy, Iran and areas of China, fava bean planting is done to provide food, while in North America it is primarily cultivated as a seed crop, livestock and poultry feed, cover crop or green manure. It may also be roasted and ground and then added to coffee to extend it.

The dry fava bean is 24 percent protein, 2 percent fat, and 50 percent carbohydrate with 700 calories per cup. In New Orleans where the fava bean arrived from Sicily in the late 1800?s, the older denizens still carry the ?lucky bean? in a pocket or purse while school kids paint them green, red and white as a symbol of St. Joseph?s answer of aid during a famine.

In many areas where Sicilians settled, you will find altars to St. Joseph for sending rain and the subsequent bumper crop of fava beans.

Fava bean planting should be sown 1-2 inches deep and spaced about 6-8 inches apart. Average irrigation is recommended for growing fava beans, and fava bean plants are hardy to about 6 C.

Mature beans can either be peeled while raw, which is tedious, the beans after briefly steaming in a bowl of iced water. Once the latter is done, the skins will rub off easily.

LARGE SEEDS, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE. EACH PLANT PROVIDES KILOS OF BEANS OVER A LONG TIME PERIOD.

EAT FRESH – KEEP IN THE FRIDGE, EAT DRIED – KEEP BEANS IN THE PODS IN A PAPER BAG OR NET BAG IN YOUR PANTRY OR ANY DRY, DARK AND COOL PLACE., USE THEM AS YOU NEED THEM!

Grow Notes
Bush beans, also called dwarf beans, grow as bushes so staking them is optional.

Sow directly into a rich soil and keep mulched to improve water retention. When sowing do not allow soil to get too wet as beans can rot.

Pick regularly to encourage more growth. Pods are best eaten when young and tender. Let pods fully mature if growing for dried beans.

Sow
Sow direct at 20mm depth spaced 30cm apart in Autumn or Winter if temps stay above -12°C otherwise wait until Spring to plant. Rows should be spaced 60cm apart and be in full or part sun, with well-drained soil.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Germination
6-12 days at 21-25°C

Maturity
70 days to maturity, Annual plant.

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BRAND NEW TO OUR PAGE! THIS IS THE GIANT OF STUTTGART - A GIANT CLIMBING BEAN FROM EUROPE THAT YIELDS 2KGS OF FRESH, TENDER AND 30CM LONG BIG BEANS PER PLANT! THEY LOSE NONE OF THEIR TENDERNESS NO MATTER HOW BIG THEY GET! Description This giant climbing bean from theSee more...

BRAND NEW TO OUR PAGE! THIS IS THE GIANT OF STUTTGART – A GIANT CLIMBING BEAN FROM EUROPE THAT YIELDS 2KGS OF FRESH, TENDER AND 30CM LONG BIG BEANS PER PLANT! THEY LOSE NONE OF THEIR TENDERNESS NO MATTER HOW BIG THEY GET!

Description
This giant climbing bean from the continent produces a bumper harvest that just keeps on coming. The stringless beans are long, straight and lose none of their fleshy tenderness as they continue to grow … and grow, reaching 30cm long! Ready to harvest in 10 weeks and yields 2kg per plant.

This beautiful bean is a high yielding, stringless, bumpy podded climbing bean that is very flavoursome, fleshy and tender.

Very nutritious with high levels of vitamin K, C and folate.

Eat them raw or add them to cooking, these fantastic beans will not disappoint.

EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE, COLLECT YOUR BEANS FROM YOUR BEST PODS AND NEVER HAVE TO BUY SEEDS AGAIN!

Grow Notes
These are climbing beans so the vines will need a medium to climb over; trellis, A-frame or fence are all popular solutions.

Sow directly into a rich soil and keep mulched to improve water retention. When sowing do not allow soil to get too wet as beans can rot.

Pick regularly to encourage more growth. Pods are best eaten when young and tender. Let pods fully mature if growing for dried beans.

Sow
Sow direct at 20mm depth spaced 15cm apart in Spring after the last frosts have occurred. Rows should be spaced 60cm apart and be in full or part sun, with well-drained soil.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Germination
6-15 days at 21-31°C

Maturity
70 days to maturity, Annual plant.

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GROW YOUR OWN BAKED BEANS! GREAT NORTHERN BEANS ARE THE WHITE BEANS USED TO PRODUCE CANNED BAKED BEANS AND THEY ARE DELICIOUS AND FULL OF NUTRIENTS AND FIBRE! PERFECT IN HOTPOTS, SOUPS AND STEWS! GROW YOUR OWN! Description Great Northern Beans are white medium sized beans a bit larger thanSee more...

GROW YOUR OWN BAKED BEANS! GREAT NORTHERN BEANS ARE THE WHITE BEANS USED TO PRODUCE CANNED BAKED BEANS AND THEY ARE DELICIOUS AND FULL OF NUTRIENTS AND FIBRE! PERFECT IN HOTPOTS, SOUPS AND STEWS! GROW YOUR OWN!

Description
Great Northern Beans are white medium sized beans a bit larger than a navy bean most commonly used for making baked beans and “pork and beans”. Use this bean in any recipe calling for white beans.

Great Northern beans are normally available heat sterilized and dried or cooked with sauce and canned and very less commonly, fresh. The fresh beans are delightful in all sorts of recipes such as soups, stews, salads, stir fries and such.
Our beans have been grown and dried, that’s it. They have not been heat sterilized and will grown an abundance of fresh and healthy beans! They are a bush bean so no trellis is needed although they will benefit from being near a fence or wall or as shown in the pictures, some corn grown in the middle!

Grow Notes
These are climbing beans so the vines will need a medium to climb over; trellis, A-frame or fence are all popular solutions.

Sow directly into a rich soil and keep mulched to improve water retention. When sowing do not allow soil to get too wet as beans can rot.

Pick regularly to encourage more growth. Pods are best eaten when young and tender. Let pods fully mature if growing for dried beans.

Sow
Soaking the beans in water 1-2 hours before planting will speed up the germination time.

Sow direct at 20mm depth spaced 30cm apart in Spring after chances of frost have passed. Rows should be spaced 60cm apart and be in full or part sun, with well-drained soil.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Germination
4-16 days at 21-26°C

Maturity
65-90 days to maturity, Annual plant.

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Description From Wikipedia: The rattlesnake bean is an heirloom cultivar of pole bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). The pods are 6 to 8-inches long with purple markings, and the seeds are light brown with brown markings, still visible after cooking. They are named for the snake-like manner in which their pods coilSee more...

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From Wikipedia:

The rattlesnake bean is an heirloom cultivar of pole bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). The pods are 6 to 8-inches long with purple markings, and the seeds are light brown with brown markings, still visible after cooking. They are named for the snake-like manner in which their pods coil around the vine.[1]

Rattlesnake beans favour hot weather such as in American Southeast and mid-Atlantic, though they are easy to grow elsewhere as well. They have an average to long time from germination to harvest, ranging from 60 to 90 days.[2] They should be harvested frequently for increased yields. Plant grows up to ten feet, producing purple flowers before the pods.[3][4]

As fresh snap beans, they are sweet-tasting.[2] Cooked dry beans have an intense flavour that combines well with strong spices, making them suitable for chili con carne.[5]

Grow Notes
Plant in late Spring or early Summer. Sow directly into a rich soil and keep mulched to improve water retention. When sowing do not allow soil to get too wet as beans can rot.

Sow
Sow direct at 20mm depth spaced 15cm apart in Spring after chances of frost have passed. Rows should be spaced 50cm apart and be in full sun, with well-drained soil.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Germination
7-14 days at 15-23°C

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RED KIDNEY BEAN 'PROLIFIC' IS A HUGE SUPPLIER OF BEAUTIFUL NUTRITIOUS KIDNEY BEANS AND GROWING YOUR OWN IS SO EASY! GREAT FOR CHILLI, STEWS, SOUPS AND MORE! Description Kidney beans, like most bean varieties, like a fertile, well-drained soil. Excess nitrogen creates problems because it increases leaf growth at theSee more...

RED KIDNEY BEAN ‘PROLIFIC’ IS A HUGE SUPPLIER OF BEAUTIFUL NUTRITIOUS KIDNEY BEANS AND GROWING YOUR OWN IS SO EASY! GREAT FOR CHILLI, STEWS, SOUPS AND MORE!

Description
Kidney beans, like most bean varieties, like a fertile, well-drained soil. Excess nitrogen creates problems because it increases leaf growth at the expense of flowers and bean pods so no need to add fertilizer.

Unlike some beans that can be used as green or shell beans, kidney beans are primarily used as a dry bean. The seeds will become clearly visible as they swell within the pod. Let them ripen until fully dry before harvest. If rain threatens, harvest and hang upside down in a dry shed or garage to finish drying. Thresh beans seeds from pods.

Cooked Beans Only Kidney beans contain a toxin that can cause severe gastrointestinal distress. The toxin is neutralized by cooking and is not present in the dried form of the bean. To cook raw kidney beans, boil for 30 minutes do not use a slow cooker, as the higher temperature is required to neutralize the toxin.

Grow Notes
These are climbing beans so the vines will need a medium to climb over; trellis, A-frame or fence are all popular solutions.

Sow directly into a rich soil and keep mulched to improve water retention. When sowing do not allow soil to get too wet as beans can rot.

Pick regularly to encourage more growth. Pods are best eaten when young and tender. Let pods fully mature if growing for dried beans.

Sow
Sow direct at 1cm depth spaced 12cm apart in Spring after chances of frost have passed or early Summer. Rows should be spaced 50cm apart and be in full sun, with well-drained soil.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Germination
7-10 days at 21-30°C

Maturity
95 days to maturity, Annual plant.

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ONE OF THE OLDEST RUNNER BEANS IN ITS TRUE FORM IN EXISTANCE. SCARLET RUNNER SEVEN YEAR BEAN! THE SCARLET EMPORER BEAN! THE KING OF THE BEANPOLE! THIS ONE FORMS A TUBER AND THEN KEEPS GROWING EVERY YEAR UP TO SEVEN YEARS! BOMB PROOF GROWING! Description One of the oldest runnerSee more...

ONE OF THE OLDEST RUNNER BEANS IN ITS TRUE FORM IN EXISTANCE. SCARLET RUNNER SEVEN YEAR BEAN! THE SCARLET EMPORER BEAN! THE KING OF THE BEANPOLE! THIS ONE FORMS A TUBER AND THEN KEEPS GROWING EVERY YEAR UP TO SEVEN YEARS! BOMB PROOF GROWING!

Description
One of the oldest runner beans now in existence. First documented in 1750. Scarlet Runner Beans originated in South America, in Guatemala and Mexico. These rapid climbers were popular in England until the late 19th century.

They do one thing and do it well: grow like mad. This does mean that you should be careful where you plant it. But it also means that you’re nearly guaranteed a beautiful mass of pretty green leaves, striking red blossoms, and easy-to-grow food: the beans are very yummy as young pods! Harvest seeds after the pods have dried. Good for use as either small snaps, sliced pods or green shells. Highly ornamental. Needs a trellis, fence or pole to train on. Scarlet Runner Beans possess an amazing zeal for life.

Need a spot that needs summertime screening? Sow some scarlet runners and watch your view improve–fast. Needs little tending; just keep the weeds down when young, then watch them go!

Scarlet Emperor sets fat, slightly fuzzy pods filled with a richer, more savory flavour than snap beans. Though the 6-8 inch, plump, juicy pods are less uniform than some varieties, the taste of Scarlet Emperor is as sweet as a bean gets. The surprise is their colour, every shade from a sassy hot pink to lilac streaked with a deep purple! Unfortunately, the colour fades with cooking. Borne on impressive 8-10 foot tall plants, sprays of beautiful scarlet-orange flowers are the showiest of all the varieties.

Grow Notes
Prefer full sun in well-drained soils. Frost tender Perennial which is grown as an annual in cool climates. They grow vigorously when they receive regular watering, so plants need a medium to climb over; trellis, A-frame or fence are all popular solutions. Best picked every day but don’t fret if you miss a day.

Sow
Sow direct in Spring or early Summer at a depth of 25mm. Space 15cm apart and 100 cm between rows.

Germination
4-7 days at 16-22°C

Maturity
70-90 days. In frost free areas (like Perth) Scarlet Runners will develop tuberous roots much like a dahlia and will reshoot every year. This gives them their other popular name: Seven Year Beans.

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Description From Wikipedia: The soybean, soy bean, or soya bean (Glycine max)[3] is a species of legume native to East Asia, widely grown for its edible bean, which has numerous uses. Traditional unfermented food uses of soybeans include soy milk, from which tofu and tofu skin are made. Fermented soySee more...

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From Wikipedia: The soybean, soy bean, or soya bean (Glycine max)[3] is a species of legume native to East Asia, widely grown for its edible bean, which has numerous uses.

Traditional unfermented food uses of soybeans include soy milk, from which tofu and tofu skin are made. Fermented soy foods include soy sauce, fermented bean paste, natt, and tempeh. Fat-free (defatted) soybean meal is a significant and cheap source of protein for animal feeds and many packaged meals. For example, soybean products, such as textured vegetable protein (TVP), are ingredients in many meat and dairy substitutes.[4]

Soy beans contain significant amounts of phytic acid, dietary minerals and B vitamins. Soy vegetable oil, used in food and industrial applications, is another product of processing the soybean crop. Soybean is the most important protein source for feed farm animals (that in turn yields animal protein for human consumption).[5]

From Healthline Website:

Soybeans are mainly composed of protein but also contain good amounts of carbs and fat.

The nutrition facts for 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of boiled soybeans are (1Trusted Source):

Calories: 173
Water: 63%
Protein: 16.6 grams
Carbs: 9.9 grams
Sugar: 3 grams
Fibre: 6 grams
Fat: 9 grams
Saturated: 1.3 grams
Monounsaturated: 1.98 grams
Polyunsaturated: 5.06 grams
Omega-3: 0.6 grams
Omega-6: 4.47 g
Protein
Soybeans are among the best sources of plant-based protein.

The protein content of soybeans is 36–56% of the dry weight (2Trusted Source, 3Trusted Source, 4Trusted Source).

One cup (172 grams) of boiled soybeans boasts around 29 grams of protein (5Trusted Source).

The nutritional value of soy protein is good, although the quality is not quite as high as animal protein (6Trusted Source).

The main types of protein in soybeans are glycinin and conglycinin, which make up approximately 80% of the total protein content. These proteins may trigger allergic reactions in some people (4Trusted Source, 7Trusted Source).

Consumption of soy protein has been linked with a modest decrease in cholesterol levels (8Trusted Source, 9Trusted Source, 10Trusted Source).

Fat
Soybeans are classified as oilseeds and used to make soybean oil.

The fat content is approximately 18% of the dry weight — mainly polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, with small amounts of saturated fat (11Trusted Source).

The predominant type of fat in soybeans is linoleic acid, accounting for approximately 50% of the total fat content.

Carbs
Being low in carbs, whole soybeans are very low on the glycaemic index (GI), which is a measure of how foods affect the rise in blood sugar after a meal (12).

This low GI makes soybeans suitable for people with diabetes.

Fibre
Soybeans contain a fair amount of both soluble and insoluble fibre.

The insoluble fibres are mainly alpha-galactosides, which may cause flatulence and diarrhoea in sensitive individuals (13Trusted Source, 14Trusted Source).

Alpha-galactosides belong to a class of fibres called FODMAPs, which may exacerbate the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (15Trusted Source).

Despite causing unpleasant side effects in some people, soluble fibres in soybeans are generally considered healthy.

They are fermented by bacteria in your colon, leading to the formation of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which may improve gut health and reduce your risk of colon cancer (16Trusted Source, 17Trusted Source).

SUMMARY
Soybeans are a very rich source of plant-based protein and fat. What’s more, their high fibre content is good for your gut health.

Grow Notes
Plant in late Spring/Summer. Soybeans need a long, hot growing season to thrive, and they don’t like frost.

Sow directly into a rich soil and keep mulched to improve water retention. When sowing do not allow soil to get too wet as beans can rot.

Sow
Sow direct at 20mm depth spaced 15cm apart in Spring after chances of frost have passed. Rows should be spaced 50cm apart and be in full sun, with well-drained soil.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Germination
7-14 days at 25-30°C

Maturity
85 days to maturity, Frost tender Annual plant.

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TONGUE OF FIRE BEANS – NOT HOT – JUST COLOURFUL! FIND THAT MAGIC BEAN! ONE OF THE ONLY BEANS THAT CAN MAKE YOU INTO A PRINCESS OR PRINCE! EAT A PURE PINK BEAN AND THERE YOU GO! GREAT FUN FOR KIDS! AND GUESS WHAT? IN THIS LOT OF BEANS THERESee more...

TONGUE OF FIRE BEANS – NOT HOT – JUST COLOURFUL! FIND THAT MAGIC BEAN! ONE OF THE ONLY BEANS THAT CAN MAKE YOU INTO A PRINCESS OR PRINCE! EAT A PURE PINK BEAN AND THERE YOU GO! GREAT FUN FOR KIDS! AND GUESS WHAT? IN THIS LOT OF BEANS THERE IS ACTUALLY A FEW THAT ARE COMPLETELY PINK SO IF YOU ARE LUCKY YOU WILL GET ONE!

EACH POD WILL CONTAIN A NUMBER OF TAN AND PINK BURGUNDY COLOURED BEANS FIND A BEAN THAT IS 100% PINK, EAT IT AND YOU WILL TURN INTO A PRINCESS (OR PRINCE) AND LIVE IN A BIG CASTLE! WELL, THAT IS WHAT THEY SAY!

Description
Also known as Horto Beans, these are just divine!

These are great beans for eating and can be added to all sorts of dishes, they are a soft bean, not a grinding bean.

Grow Notes
Bush beans, also called dwarf beans, grow as bushes so staking them is optional.

Sow directly into a rich soil and keep mulched to improve water retention. When sowing do not allow soil to get too wet as beans can rot.

Pick regularly to encourage more growth. Pods are best eaten when young and tender. Let pods fully mature if growing for dried beans.

Sow
Soaking bean seeds in water 1-2 hours before planting speeds germination.

Sow direct at 25mm depth spaced 15cm apart in Spring or Summer. Rows should be spaced 50cm apart and be in full sun, with well-drained soil.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Germination
5-11 days at 21-30°C

Maturity
70 days to maturity, Annual plant.

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PARTY ON DOWN WITH THE SPECIAL INSECTS AND WILDLIFE THAT CALL YOUR GARDEN HOME! Description You can grow over 50 different varieties that you can eat too! This is a great way to get dozens of different plants! Attract bees, birds and beneficial insects to pollinate and clear your gardenSee more...

PARTY ON DOWN WITH THE SPECIAL INSECTS AND WILDLIFE THAT CALL YOUR GARDEN HOME!

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You can grow over 50 different varieties that you can eat too! This is a great way to get dozens of different plants!

Attract bees, birds and beneficial insects to pollinate and clear your garden of annoying pests naturally!

Bee mix can include all these plants (plus more!) so you can also get a good garden out of this mix! Alyssum, Basil, Borage, Buckwheat, Calendula, Caraway, Coriander, Cosmos, Dill, Gypsophila, Lucerne, Marigolds, Radish, Schizanthus, Californian Poppy and other Poppies, Coreopsis,  Phacelia,  Rudbeckia, Sunflowers.

300+ Seeds.

Grow Notes
Natural plantings for beds or field areas. Plant in late spring or early summer in full to part sun. Average, well-draining soils recommended.

Sow
Direct seed sowing recommended. Weed area, then broadcast seed, rake area lightly and water in to ensure good seed to soil contact.

Keep area moist to aid germination.

Germination
10-30 days at 18-25°C

Maturity
Varies. Mix of Perennials and Annuals

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WILL NOT DROWN OUR PRECIOUS BEES! EASY TO CLEAN AND USE! JUST FILL THE TANK AND POP THE BOTTOM ON IT, TIP IT UP AND PLACE IT WHERE THE BEES ARE THIRSTY! Time is coming when the bees will be getting thirsty. There is nothing sadder than seeing dead bees,See more...

WILL NOT DROWN OUR PRECIOUS BEES! EASY TO CLEAN AND USE! JUST FILL THE TANK AND POP THE BOTTOM ON IT, TIP IT UP AND PLACE IT WHERE THE BEES ARE THIRSTY!

Time is coming when the bees will be getting thirsty. There is nothing sadder than seeing dead bees, suffering just because they couldn’t find a little bit of water.  And if they know they can get water from your place they will come back again and again, pollinating your flowers and veggies! It makes good sense!

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Introducing Bee Cups: the eco-conscious gardener's answer to nurturing bee populations sustainably. Crafted from premium materials, these cups provide a lasting water reservoir for bees without posing any harm to them. Their durable construction ensures longevity, allowing bees to access clean water safely. The cup itself has foot holds insideSee more...

Introducing Bee Cups: the eco-conscious gardener’s answer to nurturing bee populations sustainably. Crafted from premium materials, these cups provide a lasting water reservoir for bees without posing any harm to them. Their durable construction ensures longevity, allowing bees to access clean water safely. The cup itself has foot holds inside and is not too deep. Bees see the colours in ultraviolet vision, allowing them to find the water!

Equipped with a spike, Bee Cups can be effortlessly integrated into your garden or flower pots, inviting these vital pollinators to thrive. With a range of colours in the set, you can curate a vibrant collection to complement your garden blooms or make a striking statement amidst the greenery!

Each set comes with 5 bee cups and a wooden holder. You can pop the bee cups into the soil or use them in the holder – set them up in a garden pot and watch the bees come take a drink totally safely! Made from long lasting materials.

COMBINE THIS WITH YOUR SEED AND OTHER PURCHASES TO SAVE POSTAGE!

PLEASE SEE THE PICTURE FOR THE SIZE. EACH SET COMES WITH A WOODEN HOLDER AND A PINK, GREEN, BLUE, YELLOW AND ORANGE BEE CUP.

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THIS CUTE BEEHIVE CONTAINS SOME REALLY SWEET TREATS! KEEP THE BEES HAPPY WITH ONE THEIR FAVOURITE FLOWERS IN A SEED PACKET, COUPLED WITH SOME CUTE GIFTS FOR YOU! YOU WILL GET A HANDMADE FUZZY FELT BEE TINY TOY, SOME BEE-LICIOUS BEE HOOK EARRINGS, SOME BEE-UTIFUL BEE STICKERS AND A BEESee more...

THIS CUTE BEEHIVE CONTAINS SOME REALLY SWEET TREATS! KEEP THE BEES HAPPY WITH ONE THEIR FAVOURITE FLOWERS IN A SEED PACKET, COUPLED WITH SOME CUTE GIFTS FOR YOU! YOU WILL GET A HANDMADE FUZZY FELT BEE TINY TOY, SOME BEE-LICIOUS BEE HOOK EARRINGS, SOME BEE-UTIFUL BEE STICKERS AND A BEE KEY RING! INCLUDES THE CARDBOARD BEEHIVE AND RIBBON IN CASE YOU WANT TO MAKE THIS INTO A GIFT FOR A SPECIAL SOMEONE!

 

BEEHIVE WILL COME FLAT, IT IS EASY TO BUILD. STICKERS AND KEY RING STYLE MAY DIFFER BUT THEY WILL BE BEE THEMED.

 

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YOU WILL GET 5 PAIRS OF SUPER CUTE ANKLET STYLE SOCKS WITH BEE DESIGNS. PLANT YOUR FOOTSIES DIRECT INTO THESE AND KEEP YOUR TOOTSIES HAPPY! Directions: Add feet, one per sock, mix and match as you desire. Pull up and adjust them around your toes. Show off your buzzy feetSee more...

YOU WILL GET 5 PAIRS OF SUPER CUTE ANKLET STYLE SOCKS WITH BEE DESIGNS. PLANT YOUR FOOTSIES DIRECT INTO THESE AND KEEP YOUR TOOTSIES HAPPY!

Directions:

Add feet, one per sock, mix and match as you desire. Pull up and adjust them around your toes. Show off your buzzy feet or pop them into shoes! At the end of the day, remove worn socks and add them to the washing basket. add a new pair of fresh socks to cold tootsies and wear them to bed.

Suits sz 2 to 8.

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CHIOGGA BEETROOT! GREAT FOR SALAD LEAVES AND FOR THE BEETROOTS! A VERY LOVELY DEEP RED SHADE WITH CANDY STRIPES – PERFECT FOR INTER PLANTING WITH YOUR OTHER PLANTS! NEVER SEEN IN SUPERMARKETS! THE LEAVES SPARK UP SALADS AND STIR FRIES! MAKE COLOURFUL SALADS, BEETROOT CHIPS, COOKED DISHES! BABY AND FULLSee more...

CHIOGGA BEETROOT! GREAT FOR SALAD LEAVES AND FOR THE BEETROOTS! A VERY LOVELY DEEP RED SHADE WITH CANDY STRIPES – PERFECT FOR INTER PLANTING WITH YOUR OTHER PLANTS! NEVER SEEN IN SUPERMARKETS! THE LEAVES SPARK UP SALADS AND STIR FRIES!

MAKE COLOURFUL SALADS, BEETROOT CHIPS, COOKED DISHES!

BABY AND FULL GROWN BEETROOTS WITH A SUPERB FLAVOUR – IN ONLY 50 DAYS!!!

Wonderful and amazing looking dual purpose beet! HEIRLOOM. Chioggia beetroot is such a beauty and never seen in shops!

The earliest thinnings spark up salads with a stunning leaf colour. As the roots enlarge, the baby beets are also delicious cooked and mixed with salad. The small sweet roots are great when harvested young but harvest them later for a pickling frenzy to make sure you have them all year around!

EACH SEED IS A CAPSULE THAT CONTAINS TWO TO THREE PLANTS, YOU PLANT THE WHOLE THING. EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Plant seeds in moist well drained soils during Spring, Summer and Autumn. Avoid planting in extremely hot or cold weather which can affect germination and growth. Grown in full sun.

Young seedlings will need protection from pests, pets and weather until they are established.

Sow
Sow direct at 15mm depth. Space plants at 10cm with 50cm rows. Beetroot seeds are clustered together with each cork-like fruit containing two or three seeds.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Once germinated, thin out early to avoid root disturbance. Use the first thinning as salad leaf, the next as baby beets then let the rest mature on.

Germination
5-10 days at 10-30°C

Maturity
60-65 days. Hardy Biennial but usually grown as an annual.

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DETROIT BEETROOTS LOVE OUR SANDY SOILS AND WEATHER! EACH CAPSULE CONTAINS AROUND THREE PLANTS! The Detroit Globe beetroot variety stands as a testament to longevity and performance, tracing its roots back to its inception in 1892 by the D.M. Ferry Seed Company in Michigan, USA. Originating from an early maturingSee more...

DETROIT BEETROOTS LOVE OUR SANDY SOILS AND WEATHER! EACH CAPSULE CONTAINS AROUND THREE PLANTS!

The Detroit Globe beetroot variety stands as a testament to longevity and performance, tracing its roots back to its inception in 1892 by the D.M. Ferry Seed Company in Michigan, USA. Originating from an early maturing European Blood Turnip (Long Red), it has retained its popularity among both commercial growers and home gardeners over the years.

Characterized by its globe-shaped roots and deep red hue, this beetroot variety remains a steadfast favorite. Modern iterations of the Detroit Globe boast tolerance to Cercospora leaf spot and downy mildew, along with resistance to bolting—traits often denoted by the inclusion of the Detroit name.

This classic main-crop beetroot yields smooth-skinned globes with robust skin and a rich ox-blood flesh color. Renowned for its high yield and excellent taste, it presents a vibrant internal coloring that appeals to culinary enthusiasts. Suitable for both early and main crops, it thrives in various conditions, including container cultivation throughout the year. Resilient to downy mildew and adaptable to diverse soil types, it proves itself as an ideal cultivar for succession sowings, offering reliability and versatility to growers of all levels.

Grow Notes
Plant seeds in moist well drained soils during Spring, Summer and Autumn. Avoid planting in extremely hot or cold weather which can affect germination and growth. Grown in full sun.

Young seedlings will need protection from pests, pets and weather until they are established.

Sow
Sow direct at 15mm depth. Space plants at 10cm with 50cm rows. Beetroot seeds are clustered together with each cork-like fruit containing two or three seeds.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Once germinated, thin out early to avoid root disturbance. Use the first thinning as salad leaf, the next as baby beets then let the rest mature on.

Germination
5-10 days at 10-30°C

Maturity
30 days for baby leaf or 60 days for Beets. Hardy Biennial but usually grown as an annual.

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GOLDEN BOY BEETROOT! NATURES SPIRIT AND ENERGY BOOSTER! PLUS IT LOOKS PRETTY, IS EASY TO GROW AND TASTES GOOD! Description Imagine this: something as humble as a beetroot could potentially enhance endurance and boost performance. Whether you're sipping on a glass of beetroot juice or savoring some delicious baked beetroot,See more...

GOLDEN BOY BEETROOT! NATURES SPIRIT AND ENERGY BOOSTER! PLUS IT LOOKS PRETTY, IS EASY TO GROW AND TASTES GOOD!

Description

Imagine this: something as humble as a beetroot could potentially enhance endurance and boost performance. Whether you’re sipping on a glass of beetroot juice or savoring some delicious baked beetroot, the benefits are straightforward and, in my opinion, quite tasty.

But really, why not give it a try? Beetroot packs a punch when it comes to nutrients, offering a range of health benefits. Loaded with vitamins A, B, and C, along with antioxidants like beta-carotene and beta-cyanine, plus folic acid, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and fiber, it’s a powerhouse of goodness.

The vibrant pigments in beetroot, known as betalains, come in two hues: the bold red/violet of betacyanins and the sunny yellow of betaxanthins. Both types of betalains boast nitrogen and serve as potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. But that’s not all—beetroot is also chock-full of nitrate, which converts into nitric oxide.

Now, nitric oxide is quite the game-changer. It’s a potent vasodilator often found in supplements to give bodybuilders that coveted “pump” and aid endurance. However, nitric oxide is swiftly metabolized in the body, meaning its vasodilating effects are short-lived.

But here’s where it gets interesting: nitric oxide plays a vital role in exercise and performance by boosting blood flow to the muscles, making it easier for mitochondria (your cellular powerhouses) to churn out energy. Additionally, it helps regulate blood pressure and muscle contractions.

So, whether you’re looking to boost your workout or simply reap the myriad health benefits, beetroot might just be the delicious solution you’ve been searching for!

Grow Notes
Plant seeds in moist well drained soils during Spring, Summer and Autumn. Avoid planting in extremely hot or cold weather which can affect germination and growth. Grown in full sun.

Young seedlings will need protection from pests, pets and weather until they are established.

Sow
Sow direct at 15mm depth. Space plants at 10cm with 50cm rows. Beetroot seeds are clustered together with each cork-like fruit containing two or three seeds.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Once germinated, thin out early to avoid root disturbance. Use the first thinning as salad leaf, the next as baby beets then let the rest mature on.

Germination
5-10 days at 10-30°C

Maturity
30 days for baby leaf or 60 days for Beets. Hardy Biennial but usually grown as an annual.

 

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BLACK EYED SUSAN NOW COMES IN MANY COLOURS!  A CLASSIC STUNNER! Description Did you think that the Black Eyed Susan plant got it's name from the black centre to the flower?? Well think again! Each seed looks like it has a tiny black eye, the eye of the seed isSee more...

BLACK EYED SUSAN NOW COMES IN MANY COLOURS!  A CLASSIC STUNNER!

Description
Did you think that the Black Eyed Susan plant got it’s name from the black centre to the flower?? Well think again! Each seed looks like it has a tiny black eye, the eye of the seed is shiny and it looks like the seed has a hole in it but it doesn’t, it is a trick of light and so the Black Eyed Susan was born!

Now there are other colours of Thunbergia alata – and we have mixed the orange with white and yellow! So you get some of all the colours!

Thunbergia alata is it’s Latin name. As common as they are, most people not only don’t know what they are, they don’t think to grow them. That’s a shame, because Black-eyed Susan vine is as easy care as it is charming. The flowers have an almost pop art look to them, with a solid centre surrounded by a ring of clear coloured petals. The medium green leaves are a little coarse and grow opposite one another. They can be either heart-shaped or a kind of lanced arrowhead shape. The flowers look daisy-like at a distance, but they are actually tubular. Five over-lapping petals surround a brownish-purple centre tube, masquerading as a centre disk.

Stunning in hanging baskets and pots, as a standard, up walls and trellis, it is a winner with it’s happy nature and easy care lifestyle!

MEDIUM SIZED DARK SEEDS

Grow Notes
Fast-growing Perennial climber reaching 200cm. Needs frame or trellis support.

Full sun with moist, well-drained soil.

Sow
Soaking seeds for 24 hours before planting will aid germination.

Plant direct on damp soil surface in Spring and Summer. Do not cover as they need light to germinate.

Germination
14-21 days at 21-24°C

Maturity
90 days. Grown as an annual in cold climates and half-hardy Perennial in warmer climates.

 

Pic Juan Carlos Fonseca Mata, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Any Bee lover would love these cute cotton gloves! The gloves remain flexible enough to allow work to proceed quickly and easily keeping your hands and nails clean. Blue background with black and yellow bees! 100% pure cotton fabric with plastic blue grip dots. The grips on the palms ofSee more...

Any Bee lover would love these cute cotton gloves! The gloves remain flexible enough to allow work to proceed quickly and easily keeping your hands and nails clean. Blue background with black and yellow bees! 100% pure cotton fabric with plastic blue grip dots.

The grips on the palms of the gardening gloves help secure your grip while using tools such as spades and trowels, preventing injury. The gripping design of the gloves makes them ideal for a range of gardening tasks. High Grip, Stretch Cuff, Soft Jersey, Comfort fit.

We also have these gloves in Pretty Pink and Greeny Bees! Too cute!!

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HERBALISTS GARDEN INCREDIBLE BLUE FLOWERED BORAGE – EVERY BIT EXCEPT THE ROOTS CAN BE EATEN! STUNNING BLUE EDIBLE STAR FLOWERS – LUSCIOUS TASTING LEAVES FOR TEAS, JULIPS AND SMOOTHIES! ADD THE GORGEOUS FLOWERS TO SALADS AND THEY LOOK WONDERFUL ON CAKES AND CUPCAKES TOO! Description The borage herb is anSee more...

HERBALISTS GARDEN INCREDIBLE BLUE FLOWERED BORAGE – EVERY BIT EXCEPT THE ROOTS CAN BE EATEN! STUNNING BLUE EDIBLE STAR FLOWERS – LUSCIOUS TASTING LEAVES FOR TEAS, JULIPS AND SMOOTHIES! ADD THE GORGEOUS FLOWERS TO SALADS AND THEY LOOK WONDERFUL ON CAKES AND CUPCAKES TOO!

Description
The borage herb is an old fashioned plant that can get up to 2 feet or more. It is native to the Middle East and has an ancient history in war as an enhancement for bravery and courage.

Growing borage provides the gardener with cucumber-flavoured leaves for tea and other beverages as well as bright starry blue flowers for decorating salads. All parts of the plant, except the roots, are flavourful and have culinary or medicinal uses.

While not as common as thyme or basil, borage herb (Borago officinalis) is a unique plant for the culinary garden. It grows quickly as an annual but will colonize a corner of the garden by self-seeding and reappearing year after year.

June and July are heralded by the presence of the borage flower, an appealing, small, brilliant blue bloom with attracting qualities. Indeed, the plant should be included in the butterfly garden and brings pollinators to your veggies.

Planting borage with strawberries attracts bees and increases the yield of fruit. It has limited culinary use in today’s foods, but the borage flower is often used as a garnish. Traditionally the borage plant was used to treat many ailments, from jaundice to kidney problems.

In medicinal use today it is limited, but the seeds are a source of linolenic acid. Borage flowers are also used in potpourris or candied for use in confections.

Be assured you want the plant to regrow annually or remove the flowers before it seeds. Growing borage requires a dedicated space in the home garden. Borage Herb Harvest Sowing the seeds every four weeks will ensure a ready supply of borage flowers. The leaves may be picked at any time and used fresh.

Dried leaves have little of the characteristic flavour so the plant is best consumed after harvest. Leave the flowers alone if you are hosting a honeybee colony. The blooms produce an excellent flavoured honey!

Borage is a very important flower for both bees and beekeepers. The flowers which grow around the stem appear from early spring right through to autumn, provide both pollen and nectar in prodigious amounts throughout the season.

Garden visitors can be converted to herbal advocates simply by offering a taste of its white flower. They are pleasantly surprised to find it has a definite but subtle cucumber aftertaste. The edible, star shaped flowers add an unusual touch to summer salads and cakes, or can be used to decorate drinks like lemonade, iced cocktails and cordials.

External contact with fresh borage leaves may cause skin rashes in some sensitive persons. The prickly hairs can be irritating so you may wish to use gloves when handling the plant.

Plant Uses:

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flowers Borders and Beds or Wildlife Plants. Beekeeping, Companion Plant, Culinary Herb

Companion Plants:

Borage is good companion plant to have in the vegetable garden as the insects it attracts make good pollinators for crops. It is a very useful companion plant to strawberries, as they are believed to stimulate each other’s growth.

As a companion plant to tomatoes, it is believed that borage deters tomato worm, and is thus a natural form of pest control. Borage is attractive to blackfly, this can be used to advantage by planting it as a decoy close to one’s fruits and vegetables to prevent them being blighted – an excellent companion plant for beans and peas.

Borage is also good as a green manure. Its long taproot brings up nutrients from the subsoil that remain in the leaves. Before the plant flowers the plants can be dug back into the ground to release the nutrients back into the topsoil.

Culinary Uses:
The flower, which contains the non-toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid thesinine, has a sweet honey-like taste and as one of the few truly blue-coloured edible things, is often used to decorate desserts.

Vegetable use of borage is common in Germany, in the Spanish regions of Aragón and Navarra, in the Greek island of Crete and in the Italian northern region Liguria. Although often used in soups, one of the better known German borage recipes is the Green Sauce (Grüne Soße) made in Frankfurt. In Italian Liguria, borage is commonly used as filling of the traditional pasta ravioli and pansoti. It is used to flavour pickled gherkins in Poland.

The leaves and flowers were originally used in the manufacture of Pimms before it was replaced by mint.

Historical Uses:

In folk tradition, borage has long been believed to dispel melancholy and ease grief and sadness.

According to Dioscorides, borage can ‘cheer the heart and lift the depressed spirits’, while Gerard wrote that its flowers were used in salads ‘to exhilarate and make the minde glad’ while cooks used them ‘for the comfort of the heart, to drive away sorrow, and increase the joy of the minde’.

The Greeks and Romans believed that the herb was a source of courage and comfort, and there are references to the flowers being embroidered into medieval tapestries and the colours of jousting knights. The blooms were even floated in drinks consumed by Crusaders before battle. The American settlers carried borage seed with them on their long journeys across the Atlantic Ocean.

Medicinal Uses:

European herbalists use borage for both internal and external uses. It is used in homeopathic remedies and as a flower essence. It is a cooling, cleansing and refreshing herb with adaptogenic, demulcent, diuretic, expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties.

The starflower has been chosen as the emblem for National Cancer Day by the Cancer Research Campaign. The flower will adorn buttonholes on May 23 has been used in the worldwide treatment and research of cancer for 700 years, according to the charity. In recent years, borage has been shown to contain gamma linoleic acid (GLA), an omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid, which is active against various cancers, including breast, brain and prostate. It prevents the spread of malignant tumours by restricting blood vessel growth.

Borage has the most potent concentration of gamma linoleic acid found in nature, containing twice as much as is found in the evening primrose, and which is used to treat pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). It is now possible to buy capsules of borage seed oil from health food shops for this purpose.

Home Uses:

A poultice of crushed Borage leaves is soothing and healing to skin inflammations. It will relieve insect bites and stings, reduce swelling and bruising and is also helpful for clearing up boils and rashes.

Borage tea can be made by taking a small bunch of leaves and flowers and simmering in boiling water. Steep for five minutes and strain. If mixed with honey, this can help if one is suffering from a cold. Borage tea will relieve fevers and promote sweating. It is a beneficial treatment for dry cough, throat irritation, chest colds and bronchitis.

Borage tea is also a good remedy for such digestive disturbances as gastritis and irritable bowel syndrome. It is also said to help cure a hangover.

Always consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program. The information on this page is not diagnostic, therefore always consult a herbal practitioner or your GP in order to obtain a diagnosis. Never stop taking prescribed treatment without consulting your GP or a qualified herbal practitioner. Do not take without qualified medical advice.

SEEDS ARE MEDIUM/LARGE, RICH BROWN COLOUR, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
The oval leaves are hairy and rough with the lower foliage pushing 6 inches in length. Borage plants may grow 12 or more inches wide in a tall bushy habit.

Borage grows well in a position with full sun and will tolerate partial shade. The plants will happily grow in just about any soil type if it drains well and likes to be kept somewhat moist throughout the growing season.

Borage can be perpetuated by allowing the flowers to go to seed and self sow. Pinching the terminal growth will force a bushier plant but may sacrifice some of the flowers. Borage herb is not a fussy plant and is easy to grow.

Sow
Borage can be grown year-round if you avoid planting in extremely hot or cold weather which can affect germination and growth.

Borage can be sown early indoors or directly outdoors once the soil has warmed. It is not suitable for container growing as it has a very long tap root.

For direct sowing prepare a garden bed that is well turned over with average organic matter. Ensure that the soil is well drained.

Sow seeds directly into the garden after the last date of frost at a depth of 3mm. Space 10-15cm apart and water in well.

Thin the Borage herb to at least 1 foot when the plants measure 4 to 6 inches tall.

For raising seedlings, fill trays with a good quality seed-raising mix and sow to a depth of 10mm. Keep soil moist till germination.

Transplant the indoor seedlings when large enough to handle into boxes, spacing them 5cm apart. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10 to 15 days before planting out after all risk of frost 15cm apart in full sun and well-drained soil.

The young Borage must be handled carefully; especially when it is being transplanted from one place to another as it has a very long tap root that is easily damaged.

Germination
5 – 21 days at 21°C

Maturity
80-90 days

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BORECOLE IS BASICALLY A CURLY RED KALE TYPE VEGETABLE THAT TASTES BETTER THAN ANY OTHER! LOW STOCKS! Description Borecole Red Kale is sweeter and more tender than traditional curly kale! It’s delicious steamed, stir-fried or eaten raw, try it finely chopped in an autumn salad. The distinctive red leaves doSee more...

BORECOLE IS BASICALLY A CURLY RED KALE TYPE VEGETABLE THAT TASTES BETTER THAN ANY OTHER! LOW STOCKS!

Description
Borecole Red Kale is sweeter and more tender than traditional curly kale! It’s delicious steamed, stir-fried or eaten raw, try it finely chopped in an autumn salad. The distinctive red leaves do not look out of place in an ornamental border either!

Excellent winter hardiness and we are told that pests prefer the green types! Enjoy a home grown harvest of Red Kale from now through to spring with succession planting! (Plant some now and again in a week and again the week after that to extend your eating time).

Harvested by cutting through the stem just above ground level with a sharp knife. After harvesting cut a half inch deep cross in the stump and you’ll be rewarded with a second crop later in the year.

Grow Notes
These like a fertile, well draining, moisture retentive, firm soil. The main crop beds should be dug over and firmed a few months before planting.

Sow
Plant in Spring or Summer. Kale seed can be sown either directly into a seed bed or started off in growing cells or seed trays under cover. Seeds should be sown thinly and thinned out to 3 inches as they develop.

Seedlings are ready for transplanting when they have 5 or 6 leaves. Use a dibber to make a hole large enough to accommodate the root ball and firm the soil around the plant.

Spacing between plants varies, for compact heads space at 30cm, for large heads allow 45cm and leave just 15cm between to encourage their conical shape.

Keep the young plants weed free and well-watered until established and then only water during dry periods.

Germination
7-14 days at 8-30°C

Maturity
Harvest leaves in approx 50-60 days.

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CUTE SPRINKLE AND POUR ATTACHMENT SCREWS ON TO YOUR BOTTLE TO DIRECT WATER DIRECTLY WHERE IT NEEDS TO GO. GREAT TO FERTILISE YOUR SEEDLINGS TOO - JUST ADD SEASOL AND THAT'S IT! RECYCLE THOSE PLASTIC BOTTLES INTO SOMETHING USEFUL! You can use most plastic bottles, such as soft drink bottles,See more...

CUTE SPRINKLE AND POUR ATTACHMENT SCREWS ON TO YOUR BOTTLE TO DIRECT WATER DIRECTLY WHERE IT NEEDS TO GO. GREAT TO FERTILISE YOUR SEEDLINGS TOO – JUST ADD SEASOL AND THAT’S IT! RECYCLE THOSE PLASTIC BOTTLES INTO SOMETHING USEFUL!

You can use most plastic bottles, such as soft drink bottles, even up to 2 litres, 600ml water/coke bottles, etc.

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Long trailing vines with dusty purple coloured berries are a feature of the delicious Boysenberry (Rubus ursinus x idaeus). Thought to be a hybrid between Thornless Blackberry, American Dewberry, Loganberry and Raspberry, the fruit is aromatic. They are packed with health-promoting antioxidants and important nutrients, including fibre, folate, vitamin KSee more...

Long trailing vines with dusty purple coloured berries are a feature of the delicious Boysenberry (Rubus ursinus x idaeus). Thought to be a hybrid between Thornless Blackberry, American Dewberry, Loganberry and Raspberry, the fruit is aromatic.

They are packed with health-promoting antioxidants and important nutrients, including fibre, folate, vitamin K and vitamin C.

Finding them fresh is difficult so grow your own!

Boysenberry nutrition is a good source of fibre and micronutrients, including manganese, folate, vitamin K and vitamin C. It contains powerful antioxidants, including flavonoids that help prevent oxidative damage to the body.

Boysenberry seeds can grow successful and prolifically fruiting plants. However as the Boysenberry is a hybrid between three varieties, not every seed will produce the exact same plant or fruit. Growing from seed is a way to get an interesting range of fruit flavours! Grow all your seeds and pick the most tasty one to propagate from!

One cup (about 132 grams) of frozen boysenberries contains approximately:

66 calories
16.1 grams carbohydrates
1.5 grams protein
0.3 grams fat
7 grams fiber
0.7 milligrams manganese (36 percent DV)
83.1 micrograms folate (21 percent DV)
10.3 micrograms vitamin K (13 percent DV)
4.1 milligrams vitamin C (7 percent DV)
1.1 milligrams vitamin E (6 percent DV)
1.1 milligrams iron (6 percent DV)
21.1 milligrams magnesium (5 percent DV)
0.1 milligrams thiamine (5 percent DV)
1 milligram niacin (5 percent DV)
183 milligrams potassium (5 percent DV)
0.1 milligrams copper (5 percent DV)
0.1 milligrams vitamin B6 (4 percent DV)
35.6 milligrams calcium (4 percent DV)
35.6 milligrams phosphorus (4 percent DV)
Benefits
The health benefits of boysenberry come from the fruit’s impressive nutrition content, which includes beneficial polyphenols and micronutrients.

1. Promotes Lung Health
A 2016 study conducted on mice published in the American Journal of Physiology evaluated the lung function benefits from increased consumption of fruits high in polyphenols. Researchers found that regular boysenberry consumption has the potential to moderate chronic lung fibrosis in asthma and other chronic pulmonary diseases.

A 2021 study published in Food Science and Nutrition found that drinking boysenberry and apple juice concentrate promoted a shift toward an anti-inflammatory environment within the lungs, and it reduced immune cell infiltration and tissue damage.

2. Supports Cardiovascular Health
A 2014 study found that polyphenol content in boysenberry juice decreased diastolic blood pressure after four weeks. The results also suggest that the nutrients found in the fruit improve endothelial function, which allows for the flow of substances and fluid in and out of tissue.

Another study suggests that the anthocyanins in boysenberry inhibit endothelial dysfunction and contribute to the maintenance of healthy artery homeostasis.

3. Provides Antioxidants
Boysenberry is rich in antioxidants, including flavonoids like anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have been shown in studies to prevent diseases associated with oxidative stress, including cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. The flavonoids also benefit gut health by promoting a healthy balance of bacteria.

A 2015 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that boysenberry seed oil had the strongest oxygen radical absorbance capacity compared to red raspberry, blueberry and marionberry seed oils.

4. Good Source of Fibre
The dietary fibre found in berries like boysenberry have a positive impact on cardiovascular health, digestive health and more. High-fibre foods promote regularity and enhance digestive health, while helping to stabilize blood sugar levels and improve heart health by decreasing LDL cholesterol and promoting blood flow.

5. Provides Vitamin K
Vitamin K foods promote blood sugar control, strong bones and better brain function. A cup of boysenberries contains about 13 percent of your daily value of vitamin K, making it a good source of the important micronutrient.

Data shows that vitamin K deficiency is not uncommon, so getting enough of the nutrient in your daily foods is necessary.

The taste of boysenberry has been likened to that of blackberries but with an extra tang and sweetness. They are thin-skinned and juicy when ripe, a bit bigger than your standard blackberries.

The downside of these unique berries is that they only last a few days after picking, so it’s difficult for commercial growers to get them in grocery stores. For that reason, you’re more likely to see them frozen or canned, but you also have the option of growing your own at home.

The first year, only leaves are produced during the summer. The next season, the berries grow on the plant’s green stems.

Wait until the berries are a dark purple colour and easy to pull off the stem.

Once you have your hands on some boysenberries, it’s time to eat them raw or use them in recipes. Because the fresh berries only last a few days, you may choose to freeze them after harvest.

Simply wash them, lay them out on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer. Once they’re frozen, add them to an airtight bag or container.

Now you can use them in smoothies, a boysenberry pie or tart, or berry-based baked goods.

Any recipe that calls for blackberries or raspberries also works well with boysenberry.

Risks and Side Effects
Some people may experience mild allergic reactions after consuming boysenberry. If you have swelling; itching of the mouth, lips or hands; or stomach discomfort after eating these berries, discontinue use immediately.

People susceptible to kidney stones should minimize their consumption of berries and some other fruits because the oxalates may increase the production of stones.

Grow Notes
Grow in full or part sun. Canes will grow to 2m high and wide, and will spread over the years if not contained within a trellis with yearly pruning. Remove old dead canes in winter, leaving only vigorous healthy canes to produce the next crop.

Plants prefer a rich, well-draining soil, with a pH of 6.0-7.0.

Sow
To plant Boysenberries from seed, sow the seeds in a pot starting in mid-winter. Push the seeds about an inch deep and an inch apart into the soil. Cover with a thin layer of sand.

Store the pot in a dim and cool place indoors, such as a pantry or even a garage, and keep the seeds moist by spraying with a spray bottle as needed.

Once temperatures reach above 15°C, place your raspberry pot outdoors.

Once they’ve started to develop leaves and have grown about one inch in height, transplant them in a big pot or in the garden and cover the base around the plant with mulch, leaving the trunk bare to keep the soil nice and moist.

Germination
10-40 days

Maturity
Perennial with fruit on 2 year old canes.

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THE DELICATE AND DELICIOUS STALKS HELD HIGH WITH THE FLORETS ON TOP IS JUST BECOMING POPULAR! A CROSS BETWEEN BROCCOLI AND CHINESE BROCCOLI GAILAN, IT'S A VERSATILE VEGGIE THAT DESERVES A PLACE IN EVERY VEGETABLE GARDEN! Grow Notes Broccoli is a cool season crop, this variety has slender heads, followedSee more...

THE DELICATE AND DELICIOUS STALKS HELD HIGH WITH THE FLORETS ON TOP IS JUST BECOMING POPULAR! A CROSS BETWEEN BROCCOLI AND CHINESE BROCCOLI GAILAN, IT’S A VERSATILE VEGGIE THAT DESERVES A PLACE IN EVERY VEGETABLE GARDEN!

Grow Notes
Broccoli is a cool season crop, this variety has slender heads, followed by side shoots extending its harvest. As with most vegetables, Broccoli grows best in a spot with full sun. However, when the temperatures start to rise creating some shade for them should help prevent bolting.

Protection is usually suggested to keep your crop safe from aphids and caterpillars. Tying some white fabric on to sticks will fool the white cabbage moths to look elsewhere as they think there is already too many moths laying eggs in that spot – it works!

Broccoli plants shouldn’t need supplemental feeding if your soil is rich. If they look like they need a boost or you want to hasten maturity, hit them with some nitrogen. Fish emulsion is good for this.

Sow
Plant direct or raise seedlings in early Spring or Autumn. Plant 5mm deep, 50cm apart with 60cm between rows in well-draining soils rich in organic matter.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Seedlings can be transplanted into the garden once they have their first true leaves and are large enough to handle easily.

Germination
3-7 days at 8-30°C

Maturity
65-70 days.

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BROCCOLI GARDEN GREEN IS THE CLASSIC AND MOST LOVED BROCCOLI OF ALL TIME! GROWN IN MILLIONS OF GARDENS RIGHT NOW ALL OVER THE WORLD! Description Broccoli is a stout, thick-stemmed plant in the Brassicaceae family, which also includes cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, and several Asian greens, like bok choy. TheSee more...

BROCCOLI GARDEN GREEN IS THE CLASSIC AND MOST LOVED BROCCOLI OF ALL TIME! GROWN IN MILLIONS OF GARDENS RIGHT NOW ALL OVER THE WORLD!

Description
Broccoli is a stout, thick-stemmed plant in the Brassicaceae family, which also includes cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, and several Asian greens, like bok choy. The part we eat is actually the buds of the broccoli flower. If left unharvested, the broccoli head will open into small greenish-yellow flowers.
Broccoli is so rewarding to grow because it gets your garden started early and continues to send up side shoots for weeks, after you harvest the main head, giving you a long harvest season.
Broccoli varieties that are prolific at sending up these side shoots are often listed as sprouting broccoli. If you’re a broccoli lover, having even a few plants in the garden will give you a steady supply.

Botanical Name
Brassica oleracea var. italica
Common Names
Broccoli, Sprouting Broccoli, Calabreseitalica

How to Harvest Broccoli
Don’t wait until your broccoli produces a large head as you see in the grocery store. There are some large head broccoli varieties, but most are ready to start harvesting once they’ve reached the size of a large fist. If you wait too long to harvest, the buds will open. You can still eat the stalks at this point, but they’re a bit tougher and the cooked flowers turn from yellow to beige.
Cut the head with about 4 inches of stalk attached. New flower heads will soon form in the leaf axils and all around the lower stalk. These will be much smaller than the initial head, but still delicious. Keep harvesting and they will keep producing.

Grow Notes
Broccoli is a cool season crop, when grown in temperatures that are too hot for it, they will bolt and flower instead of forming heads. This variety has medium sized heads, followed by numerous side shoots extending its harvest and is slow to bolt. As with most vegetables, Broccoli grows best in a spot with full sun. However, when the temperatures start to rise creating some shade for them should help prevent bolting.

Protection is usually suggested to keep your crop safe from aphids and caterpillars.

Broccoli plants shouldn’t need supplemental feeding if your soil is rich. If they look like they need a boost or you want to hasten maturity, hit them with some nitrogen. Fish emulsion is good for this.

Sow
Plant direct or raise seedlings in early Spring or Autumn. Plant 5mm deep, 50cm apart with 60cm between rows in well-draining soils.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Seedlings can be transplanted into the garden once they have their first true leaves and are large enough to handle easily.

Germination
3-7 days at 8-30°C

Maturity
70-90 days.

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ITALIAN BROCOLLI CALABRESE! CLASSIC YUMMY FLAVOUR – EASY TO GROW BIG HEADS! HINT: PICK THE BIGGEST HEAD THEN LAY THE PLANT DOWN SIDEWAYS AND POP A BIT MORE SOIL ACROSS IT AND WATCH IT SET SIDE SHOOTS TO PICK MORE HEADS THE REST OF THE SEASON! Description Delicious early andSee more...

ITALIAN BROCOLLI CALABRESE! CLASSIC YUMMY FLAVOUR – EASY TO GROW BIG HEADS! HINT: PICK THE BIGGEST HEAD THEN LAY THE PLANT DOWN SIDEWAYS AND POP A BIT MORE SOIL ACROSS IT AND WATCH IT SET SIDE SHOOTS TO PICK MORE HEADS THE REST OF THE SEASON!

Description
Delicious early and late season heirloom favourite.

Introduced to the seed trade around 1910, this variety was brought to our shores-and our gardens-by Italian immigrants. A deliciously old-fashioned broccoli.

Tall, erect, 30-36″ plants give way to multiple side shoots once the central head is cut. Harvest 60-90 days after transplant.

This is an old standard variety that has been a mainstay in many people’s gardens year in and year out. This is partly because it does not mature uniformly and partly because it produces many side shoots. Perfect for home garden, fresh use.

SEEDS MEDIUM SIZED, ROUND, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Broccoli is a cool season crop, when grown in temperatures that are too hot for it, they will bolt and flower instead of forming heads. This variety has large 15cm sized heads, followed by numerous side shoots extending its harvest. As with most vegetables, Broccoli grows best in a spot with full sun. However, when the temperatures start to rise creating some shade for them should help prevent bolting.

Protection is usually suggested to keep your crop safe from aphids and caterpillars.

Broccoli plants shouldn’t need supplemental feeding if your soil is rich. If they look like they need a boost or you want to hasten maturity, hit them with some nitrogen. Fish emulsion is good for this.

Sow
Plant direct or raise seedlings in early Spring or Autumn. Plant 5mm deep, 50cm apart with 60cm between rows in well-draining soils rich in organic matter.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Seedlings can be transplanted into the garden once they have their first true leaves and are large enough to handle easily.

Germination
3-7 days at 8-30°C

Maturity
65-70 days.

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YOU HAVE TO GROW THIS AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFETIME!!!! BROCCOLI THAT IS A CROSS BETWEEN BROCOLLI AND CAULIFLOWER THAT AMAZES THE EYES AND THE TASTEBUDS! Description The amazing Broccoli Romanesco! Romanesco broccoli, also known as Romanesque cauliflower or simply as Romanesco, is an edible flower bud of theSee more...

YOU HAVE TO GROW THIS AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFETIME!!!! BROCCOLI THAT IS A CROSS BETWEEN BROCOLLI AND CAULIFLOWER THAT AMAZES THE EYES AND THE TASTEBUDS!

Description
The amazing Broccoli Romanesco!

Romanesco broccoli, also known as Romanesque cauliflower or simply as Romanesco, is an edible flower bud of the species Brassica oleracea. First documented in Italy, it is chartreuse in colour. Romanesco has a striking appearance because its form is a natural approximation of a fractal. (Each section is made up of an identical form to that of the largest floret right down to the smallest part.)

When compared to a traditional cauliflower, its texture as a vegetable is more crunchy, and its flavour is not as assertive, being delicate and nutty.
As a vegetable, Romanesco is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fibre and carotenoids.

This is not genetically modified but is a natural occurring form that has been bred by growers. Simply amazing and very striking on the plate! I can imagine posh restaurants everywhere will be serving these very soon!

SEEDS ROUND, DARK BLACK, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Broccoli is a cool season crop, when grown in temperatures that are too hot for it, they will bolt and flower instead of forming heads. This variety has large pale green spiralling heads growing to 20cm. As with most vegetables, Broccoli grows best in a spot with full sun. However, when the temperatures start to rise creating some shade for them should help prevent bolting.

Protection is usually suggested to keep your crop safe from aphids and caterpillars.

Broccoli plants shouldn’t need supplemental feeding if your soil is rich. If they look like they need a boost or you want to hasten maturity, hit them with some nitrogen. Fish emulsion is good for this.

Sow
Plant direct or raise seedlings in late Summer to Autumn. Plant 5mm deep, 50cm apart with 60cm between rows in well-draining soils rich in organic matter.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Seedlings can be transplanted into the garden once they have their first true leaves and are large enough to handle easily.

Germination
3-7 days at 8-30°C

Maturity
75-100 days.

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PERRENIAL BROCCOLI WALTHAM KEEPS PRODUCING SIDE HEADS FOR 3 MONTHS AFTER YOU PICK THE MAIN HEAD! EASY TO GROW AND DELICIOUS TO EAT! YOU CAN EAT THE LEAVES TOO! Description 100% NO GMO & HOME GROWN SEEDS! EACH PLANT SUPPLIES OVER A KILO IN PRODUCE! First grown in Waltham, Massachusetts.See more...

PERRENIAL BROCCOLI WALTHAM KEEPS PRODUCING SIDE HEADS FOR 3 MONTHS AFTER YOU PICK THE MAIN HEAD! EASY TO GROW AND DELICIOUS TO EAT! YOU CAN EAT THE LEAVES TOO!

Description
100% NO GMO & HOME GROWN SEEDS! EACH PLANT SUPPLIES OVER A KILO IN PRODUCE! First grown in Waltham, Massachusetts. Pick side shoots for up to 3 months. Yields more than 1kg per plant. Classic open pollinated cool climate broccoli.

Best harvested through to mid Spring. Heat sensitive, so not a summer variety. Produces large main heads and many side shoots.

The plant from which modern broccoli is derived first grew in the wild in the Mediterranean region and in Asia Minor. Broccoli gradually spread to the rest of Europe and to the New World, where Thomas Jefferson included this strange new vegetable in his experimental garden.

The Italians appreciated it so much that it got the name “Italian asparagus.” After World War I, Italian brothers Stefano and Andrea D’Arrigo brought their Sicilian variety of broccoli and began growing it in San Jose, California; they later shipped it to Boston’s North End, where it established a quickly expanding market.

SEEDS ARE REDDISH BROWN, MEDIUM SIZED, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Broccoli is a cool season crop, when grown in temperatures that are too hot for it, they will bolt and flower instead of forming heads. This variety has large sized heads, followed by side shoots extending its harvest. As with most vegetables, Broccoli grows best in a spot with full sun. However, when the temperatures start to rise creating some shade for them should help prevent bolting.

Protection is usually suggested to keep your crop safe from aphids and caterpillars.

Broccoli plants shouldn’t need supplemental feeding if your soil is rich. If they look like they need a boost or you want to hasten maturity, hit them with some nitrogen. Fish emulsion is good for this.

Sow
Plant direct or raise seedlings in Winter, early Spring or Autumn. This is a very cold tolerant variety. Plant 5mm deep, 50cm apart with 60cm between rows in well-draining soils rich in organic matter.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Seedlings can be transplanted into the garden once they have their first true leaves and are large enough to handle easily.

Germination
3-7 days at 8-30°C

Maturity
89-90 days.

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PERRENIAL BROCCOLI WALTHAM KEEPS PRODUCING SIDE HEADS FOR 3 MONTHS AFTER YOU PICK THE MAIN HEAD! EASY TO GROW AND DELICIOUS TO EAT! YOU CAN EAT THE LEAVES TOO! Description 100% NO GMO & HOME GROWN SEEDS! EACH PLANT SUPPLIES OVER A KILO IN PRODUCE! First grown in Waltham, Massachusetts.See more...

PERRENIAL BROCCOLI WALTHAM KEEPS PRODUCING SIDE HEADS FOR 3 MONTHS AFTER YOU PICK THE MAIN HEAD! EASY TO GROW AND DELICIOUS TO EAT! YOU CAN EAT THE LEAVES TOO!

Description
100% NO GMO & HOME GROWN SEEDS! EACH PLANT SUPPLIES OVER A KILO IN PRODUCE! First grown in Waltham, Massachusetts. Pick side shoots for up to 3 months. Yields more than 1kg per plant.

Classic open pollinated cool climate broccoli. Best harvested through to mid Spring. Heat sensitive, so not a summer variety. Produces large main heads and many side shoots.

The plant from which modern broccoli is derived first grew in the wild in the Mediterranean region and in Asia Minor. Broccoli gradually spread to the rest of Europe and to the New World, where Thomas Jefferson included this strange new vegetable in his experimental garden.

The Italians appreciated it so much that it got the name “Italian asparagus.” After World War I, Italian brothers Stefano and Andrea D’Arrigo brought their Sicilian variety of broccoli and began growing it in San Jose, California; they later shipped it to Boston’s North End, where it established a quickly expanding market.

ABOUT 100 SEEDS, REDDISH BROWN, MEDIUM SIZED, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Broccoli is a cool season crop, when grown in temperatures that are too hot for it, they will bolt and flower instead of forming heads. This variety has large sized heads, followed by side shoots extending its harvest. As with most vegetables, Broccoli grows best in a spot with full sun. However, when the temperatures start to rise creating some shade for them should help prevent bolting.

Protection is usually suggested to keep your crop safe from aphids and caterpillars.

Broccoli plants shouldn’t need supplemental feeding if your soil is rich. If they look like they need a boost or you want to hasten maturity, hit them with some nitrogen. Fish emulsion is good for this.

Sow
Plant direct or raise seedlings in Winter, early Spring or Autumn. This is a very cold tolerant variety. Plant 5mm deep, 50cm apart with 60cm between rows in well-draining soils rich in organic matter.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Seedlings can be transplanted into the garden once they have their first true leaves and are large enough to handle easily.

Germination
3-7 days at 8-30°C

Maturity
89-90 days.

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BRUSSELS SPROUTS GRONINGER CLASSIC BRUSSELS WITH A SUCCULENT FLAVOUR!! EASY TO GROW AND THEY LOOK AMAZING GROWING TOO, THE WAY THEY GROW ALL UP THE STEM IS TRULY AMAZING! BRUSSEL SPROUTS ARE OH SO YUMMY GROWN AT HOME – YOU WON’T BELIEVE THE TASTE! Description This variety of historic BrusselsSee more...

BRUSSELS SPROUTS GRONINGER CLASSIC BRUSSELS WITH A SUCCULENT FLAVOUR!! EASY TO GROW AND THEY LOOK AMAZING GROWING TOO, THE WAY THEY GROW ALL UP THE STEM IS TRULY AMAZING! BRUSSEL SPROUTS ARE OH SO YUMMY GROWN AT HOME – YOU WON’T BELIEVE THE TASTE!

Description
This variety of historic Brussels sprouts is thought to have been introduced in the 1890s and was once the most important commercial sprout variety in the United States.

The first written reference to Brussels sprouts as we now know them dates to the late 1500s, but they may have been growing in Belgium even earlier than that. French settlers may have brought the seeds to the United States in the 18th century but commercial production of the crop didn’t take off until the 1920s in California’s Central Coast.

This variety works for Steaming Boiling Baking Soup Freezing!

Brussels sprouts are sweetest when they are small heads. Sauté them with butter and shallots or roast them with bacon then top with a maple and cider vinegar dressing.

You can add your sprouts to casseroles, gratins, and soups. Try tossing them in a warm winter greens salad with pistachios and pancetta.

SEEDS EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Plant in full or part sun, well-draining, compost rich soils. Add agricultural lime if pH is alkaline.

Brussels Sprouts are a cool season crop that will bolt in hot weather, so plant in late Summer and Autumn for a Winter or Spring harvest. Do not transplant seedlings or sow seeds outside in hot temperatures.

Once sprouts start appearing it is time to remove the leaves from the lower part of the plant, this reduces disease and helps air flow while directing all growing energy into the buds. Pick sprouts as they develop. Best flavour is developed after at least one frost.

Protect from aphids and caterpillars with netting or sprays, water roots not the leaves to prevent diseases.

Sow
Sow direct or raise as seedlings. Plant seeds at a depth of 7mm in moist soil, 70cm apart in 100cm spaced rows.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Transplant seedlings to the garden once they have their first true leaves and are large enough to handle.

Germination
7-14 days at 7-25°C

Maturity
85-95 days. Usually grown as an Annual but is considered a hardy Biennial.

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SUPER CHEAP! A GREAT COVER CROP TO ADD ENERGY AND NUTRIENTS TO YOUR SOIL! GREEN MANURE IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS FOR ADDING GOODNESS TO THE SOIL! PLUS IT AERATES AND ENCOURAGES WORMS! PLANT NOW AND THE FLOWERS BRING BEES AND POLLINATORS TO YOUR WINTER CROPS TOO! Buckwheat (FagopyrumSee more...

SUPER CHEAP! A GREAT COVER CROP TO ADD ENERGY AND NUTRIENTS TO YOUR SOIL! GREEN MANURE IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS FOR ADDING GOODNESS TO THE SOIL! PLUS IT AERATES AND ENCOURAGES WORMS! PLANT NOW AND THE FLOWERS BRING BEES AND POLLINATORS TO YOUR WINTER CROPS TOO!

Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum), or common buckwheat, is a plant cultivated for its grain-like seeds and as a cover crop. Despite the name, buckwheat is not closely related to wheat, as it is not a grass. Instead, buckwheat is related to sorrel, knotweed, and rhubarb.

Buckwheat is referred to as a pseudocereal because its seeds’ culinary use is the same as cereals’, owing to their composition of complex carbohydrates.

Buckwheat was one of the earliest crops introduced by Europeans to North America. Dispersal around the globe was complete by 2006, when a variety developed in Canada was widely planted in China.

In India, buckwheat flour is known as kuttu ka atta and is culturally associated with the Navaratri festival. On the day of this festival, food items made only from buckwheat are consumed.

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Grow Notes
Buckwheat is a short-season crop that grows well in low-fertility soils; too much fertilizer – especially nitrogen – reduces yields, and the soil must be well drained. Plant in Spring and Summer, however in hot climates it can be grown only by sowing late in the Summer season, so that it blooms in cooler weather.

The presence of pollinators greatly increases yield and nectar from flowering buckwheat produces a dark-coloured honey.

If growing as a green manure crop, once the plants are approaching flowering, then cut or slash and dig into the soil to decompose.

Sow
Prepare soil for sowing by weeding and cultivating soil. Sow direct at a depth of 5-10mm at a rate of 100g to 100 square metres. This can be achieved by scattering over the soil surface and then raking and watering in or covering with a layer of soil.

Germination
4-12 days at 20- 26°C

Maturity
70- 100 days depending on use as cover crop, green manure or harvesting for seed.

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Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum), or common buckwheat, is a plant cultivated for its grain-like seeds and as a cover crop. Despite the name, buckwheat is not closely related to wheat, as it is not a grass. Instead, buckwheat is related to sorrel, knotweed, and rhubarb.

Buckwheat is referred to as a pseudocereal because its seeds’ culinary use is the same as cereals’, owing to their composition of complex carbohydrates.

Buckwheat was one of the earliest crops introduced by Europeans to North America. Dispersal around the globe was complete by 2006, when a variety developed in Canada was widely planted in China.

In India, buckwheat flour is known as kuttu ka atta and is culturally associated with the Navaratri festival. On the day of this festival, food items made only from buckwheat are consumed.

Buckwheat is a short-season crop that grows well in low-fertility soils; too much fertilizer – especially nitrogen – reduces yields, and the soil must be well drained. In hot climates buckwheat can be grown only by sowing late in the season, so that it blooms in cooler weather.

The presence of pollinators greatly increases yield and nectar from flowering buckwheat produces a dark-coloured honey.

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Macrozamia communis, a cycad species, is native to the east coast of Australia. It thrives abundantly in wet to dry sclerophyll forests. In coastal areas, it grows in sandy soils, while in nearby coastal ranges, it prefers gravelly loams. The plant flourishes in a temperate climate with warm to hot summers and cool to cold winters, with some areas experiencing frost. Macrozamia communis typically prefers partially shaded locations under an open Eucalyptus forest canopy. Seed cones form after fire, with male and female seed cones appearing on separate plants. The large female seeds are ripe when they turn red or yellow.

Description: Macrozamia communis is a palm-like shrub characterized by long, gracefully arching, glossy green fronds that can reach up to 50 cm (20 inches) or more in mature specimens. The fronds have sharp, pointed leaflets arranged in two regular rows, with the lower few leaflets progressively reduced and spine-like. Mature female plants develop several large, football-like cones about 25 cm (10 inches) long, while male cones can measure up to 45 cm (18 inches), with up to ten cones per mature plant. This cycad features a woody trunk that ranges from 30-80 cm (12-31 inches) in diameter and 0.3-2 m (1-6.5 feet) in height. The trunk is typically underground but may emerge in shallow soils or rocky sites. The long fronds form a gracefully rounded crown arching from the central trunk.

Houseplant Care: Macrozamia communis grows very slowly, and potted specimens will not reach the same size as those grown in the open.

Light: Provide bright light at all times. Well-established plants can tolerate full sunlight exposure.

Temperature: Normal room temperatures are suitable if plenty of fresh air is available. Placing the potted plants on trays of moist pebbles helps maintain humidity. The ideal temperature range is 10-27°C, though the plant can tolerate temperatures above and below this range without apparent ill effects.

Water: Water liberally during hot weather (27°C or 81°F and above). At other times, water moderately, keeping the potting mix moist but not wet. Occasionally mist-spray the foliage.

Fertilizing: Apply a complete fertilizer dressing fortnightly during the growing season.

Potting and Repotting: Use a soil-based potting mix. Ensure adequate drainage by placing broken pot pieces or other drainage material at the bottom of the pot. Due to the plant’s slow growth, repotting is seldom necessary but should be done in late spring if needed.

Propagation: Propagate by seed, with germination occurring in 6-24 months, or from recently germinated seedlings collected from beneath female plants. Early seedling growth is very slow.

The name “Macrozamia” literally means “large Zamia,” referring to the tropical genus Zamia, one of the first cycads defined by botanists. Cycads, despite their palm-like appearance, are more closely related to conifers. These ancient plants have a fossil record dating back over 150 million years. Like conifers, cycads bear their seeds on scales arranged in large cones, except for Cycas, whose scales do not form a proper cone. All cycads, including Macrozamia communis, are dioecious, meaning they have separate male and female plants, with both male and female cones reaching significant sizes, sometimes up to 80 cm (31 inches) long.

Macrozamia communis is also known for being fire-retardant.

Uses: Macrozamia communis makes an attractive container plant for indoor spaces if kept in a well-lit, airy position. It is also suitable for verandahs and patios. Additionally, it is drought-tolerant and ideal for xeriscaping.

Summary:

Characteristics:

  • Foliage: Green
  • Shape: Upright
  • Height: 1.8-2.4 m

Proper Care:

  • Watering:
    • Rest period: Sparingly
    • Active growth period: Moderately
  • Light: Bright, filtered
  • Temperature:
    • Rest period: 10-21°C
    • Active growth period: 18-27°C
  • Humidity: High

Growing Macrozamia communis from seed requires patience and specific conditions to ensure successful germination and healthy seedling development. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Seed Collection and Preparation:

  1. Collecting Seeds:
    • Harvest ripe seeds from female cones. Ripe seeds are typically red or yellow – our seeds are red.
    • Ensure seeds are fresh, as older seeds may have reduced viability. Yep! Our seeds are fresh!
  2. Cleaning Seeds:
    • Remove the fleshy outer layer of the seeds. You can leave the seeds in water outside or inside and wait for them to rot a little, getting the seeds out is much easier after soaking! Wear gloves as the seeds and their coverings can be toxic.
    • Wash the seeds thoroughly to remove any remaining pulp.
  3. Scarification (Optional but Recommended):
    • Gently nick or sand the seed coat to allow water to penetrate, aiding germination.
  4. Soaking Seeds:
    • Soak the seeds in water for 24-48 hours to help break dormancy and encourage germination.

Sowing Seeds:

  1. Prepare the Planting Medium:
    • Use a well-draining potting mix. A good mix can be a combination of sand, perlite, and peat moss or a specialized cycad mix.
    • Fill pots or seed trays with the prepared medium.
  2. Sowing:
    • Plant the seeds about 1-2 cm deep in the soil.
    • Space seeds adequately to allow room for root growth.
  3. Watering:
    • Water the medium thoroughly after planting the seeds.
    • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged during the germination period.

Germination Conditions:

  1. Temperature:
    • Maintain a warm temperature around 25-30°C . Using a heat mat can help achieve this temperature range.
  2. Light:
    • Provide bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, which can overheat and dry out the seeds.
  3. Humidity:
    • Keep the humidity high. Using a propagation dome or placing pots in a plastic bag can help maintain moisture levels.

Germination and Early Growth:

  1. Germination Time:
    • Germination can take anywhere from 6 to 24 months, so be patient and keep the conditions consistent.
  2. Monitoring:
    • Check the seeds regularly for signs of sprouting and ensure the soil remains moist.
  3. Transplanting Seedlings:
    • Once seedlings have developed a few leaves and a sturdy root system, they can be carefully transplanted into individual pots.
    • Use the same well-draining potting mix and place the pots in a bright, indirectly lit area.

Care for Young Plants:

  1. Watering:
    • Continue to water moderately, allowing the top layer of soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
  2. Light:
    • Provide bright, filtered light to young plants. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the tender leaves.
  3. Feeding:
    • Feed with a diluted, balanced fertilizer during the growing season to support healthy growth.
  4. Repotting:
    • Repot as needed, typically every few years, to accommodate the growing root system.

Final Notes:

  • Be patient, as Macrozamia communis is a slow-growing plant.
  • Handle all parts of the plant with care, as they are toxic if ingested.
  • With proper care and attention, your Macrozamia communis seeds will eventually grow into healthy, mature plants.

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Clitoria ternatea, commonly known as Asian pigeonwings, blue bell vine, blue pea, butterfly pea, cordofan pea is a plant species belonging to the Fabaceae family. The flowers of this vine were imagined to have the shape of human female genitals, hence the Latin name of the genus “Clitoria”, from “clitoris”.

People: make tea from purple pea flowers, broth from leaves, add fresh green leaves to stews and soups.

FROM WIKIPEDIA:

The most striking feature about this plant is the colour of its flowers, a vivid deep blue; solitary, with light yellow markings. They are about 4 cm (1.6 in) long by 3 cm (1.2 in) wide. Some varieties yield white flowers.

The fruits are 5–7 cm (2.0–2.8 in) long, flat pods with six to ten seeds in each pod. They are edible when tender.

It is grown as an ornamental plant and as a revegetation species (e.g., in coal mines in Australia), requiring little care when cultivated. As a legume, its roots form a symbiotic association with soil bacteria known as rhizobia, which transform atmospheric N2 into a plant-usable form (a process called nitrogen fixing), therefore, this plant is also used to improve soil quality through the decomposition of nitrogen rich plant material.

In Southeast Asia, the flower is used as a natural food colouring. Known as bunga telang,[4] in Malay cooking, an aqueous extract is used to colour glutinous rice for kuih ketan (also known as pulut tai tai or pulut tekan in Peranakan/Nyonya cooking) and in nyonya chang.

In Kelantan, east part of Malaysia, by adding a few buds of this flower in a pot while cooking white rice will add bluish tint on the rice which is served with other side dishes and such meal is called nasi kerabu.

In Thailand, a syrupy blue drink is made called nam dok anchan, it is sometimes consumed with a drop of sweet lime juice to increase acidity and turn the juice into pink-purple. In Burmese and Thai cuisines, the flowers are also dipped in batter and fried.

Butterfly pea flower tea is made from the ternatea flowers and dried lemongrass and changes color depending on what is added to the liquid, with lemon juice turning it purple.[5]

The flowers have more recently been used as a botanical in a colour-changing gin. Blue in the bottle, this turns pink when mixed with a carbonated mixer such as tonic water.[6]

Traditional medicine:

In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, it is ascribed various qualities including memory enhancing, nootropic, antistress, anxiolytic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant, tranquilizing, and sedative properties.[7] In traditional Chinese medicine, the plant has been ascribed properties affecting female libido due to its similar appearance to the female reproductive organ.[8]

Chemical constituents:

Chemical compounds isolated from C. ternatea include various triterpenoids, flavonol glycosides, anthocyanins and steroids.[7] Cyclic peptides known as cliotides have been isolated from the heat-stable fraction of C. ternatea extract.

A traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, Clitoria Ternatea has been consumed for centuries as a memory enhancer, brain booster, anti-stress and calmative agent.

Always consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program. The information on this page is not diagnostic, therefore always consult a herbal practitioner or your GP in order to obtain a diagnosis.
Never stop taking prescribed treatment without consulting your GP or a qualified herbal practitioner. Do not take without qualified medical advice.

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Grow Notes
Grows as a vine or creeper, doing well in moist, neutral soils. Support or trellis is recommended.

Sow
Plant in Spring through to Summer.

Raise as seedlings or sow direct at a depth of 20mm, with 50cm between plants and 100cm between rows.

Keep soil moist but not wet until germination.

Germination
7-14 days at 20-30°C.

Maturity
90 days. Frost tender Perennial which is grown as an annual in cool climates. Regrows annually from last season’s fallen seeds when conditions are favourable or to be sure collect seeds from your best seed pods.

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Tokyo Bekana is a loose-headed, lightweight cabbage that is often mistaken for lettuce due to its similarities in flavour and appearance. The large leaves have a frilly consistency with ruffled edges and are green with prominent white veins spanning across the surface.

Connected to the leaves, the narrow white stems are smooth, crunchy, and juicy, widening at the base. Tokyo Bekana is crisp and tender with a mild, sweet, and spinach-like flavour with mild pepper nuances.

Tokyo Bekana, botanically classified as Brassica rapa var. chinensis ‘Tokyo Bekana,’ is a distinct, loose-heading heirloom variety of Chinese cabbage that is native to Japan. Also known as Small Chinese cabbage, Tokyo Bekana is a fast-growing variety that can be harvested at multiple stages of maturity, including microgreen, baby leaf, petite leaf, and at full size.

Tokyo Bekana cabbage is a cut-and-come-again variety, providing several crops throughout the season, and is favoured for its mild flavour and delicate texture.

Nutritional Value

Tokyo Bekana is an excellent source of fibre that can help aid in digestion and contains vitamins A, C, and K to help protect the body from environmental damage. It also contains some magnesium, calcium, iron, and folate.

Tokyo Bekana cabbage is best suited for both raw and cooked applications such as sautéing, steaming, and stir-frying. The frilly green is mild, lacking in traditional cabbage flavours, and can be shredded and tossed into green salads, mixed into pasta dishes for added crispness, braised as a side dish, or sliced and added to soups.

Tokyo Bekana cabbage can also be lightly stir-fried and mixed with cooked vegetables and meat, used as a lettuce wrap, or pickled into a sweet and spicy condiment. Tokyo Bekana cabbage pairs well with mushrooms, fennel, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, potatoes, onions, ginger, garlic, herbs such as thyme, basil, and mint, parmesan cheese, cherries, grapefruit, and peaches.

The cabbage will keep up to one week when stored in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

Ethnic/Cultural Info

Tokyo Bekana cabbage is being trialed and grown on the International Space Station as part of the Veg-03 experiment. Learning how to grow vegetables in space for extended space missions, Nasa is using specialized growth chambers with LED lights to allow astronauts to cultivate their own food to obtain fresh ingredients with high nutritional properties.

Tokyo Bekana cabbage is being tested for further space cultivation because it is a fast-growing variety and has earned the nickname of “space cabbage.” Tokyo Bekana can also be harvested at any stage in maturity and has successfully been grown alongside red romaine lettuce and mizuna in space.

Geography/History

Tokyo Bekana cabbage is believed to be a descendent of Chinese loose-heading cabbages. Introduced from China in the 20th century, Chinese cabbages were first brought into Japan from soldiers in the Post Russo-Japanese war returning home.

Through extensive cultivation and selection, Tokyo Bekana was created from these introduced cabbages and is still grown heavily in rural Japan today. Tokyo Bekana is also grown in farming communities throughout the western hemisphere and can be found at specialty grocers and local markets in Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States.

ROUND SEEDS, MEDIUM SIZED, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Prefers full to part sun in moist, well-drained soil.

Protect from Caterpillars.

Sow
Sow direct or raise seedlings in Spring, Summer or Autumn, by planting seeds at a depth of 6mm with 25cm plant spacing.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
7-14 days at 7-23°C

Maturity
40-50 days

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Description
Quickly produces large, dense, elongated 7″ heads, with a distinctly sweet flavour that is ideal for eating raw in salads and slaws, cooking or pickling. Weighing 1 TO 2 kilos, the heads have a small core and good protective wrapper leaves.

SEEDS ROUND, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Best grown in full sun or part shade.

Stagger your sowing, plant some then give it a week or two and plant some more and you will have cabbages over a more extended time to harvest.

Protect your cabbages from the caterpillar of the cabbage moth by tying old bits of white cloth in a bow shape to pieces of stick or wire, add them all over your cabbage patch and other white moths won’t land as they see their babies will not have enough to eat as many other moths have got there before them – it works!!!

Sow
Sow direct or raise seedlings to transplant into the garden once established. Plant in early Spring, late Summer and Autumn at 5mm depth, 45cm apart with 60cm between rows.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Germination
7-14 days at 7-28°C

Maturity
70 days.

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