You will get 10 root propagation balls. These are reusable, rinse them in a bucket with bleach and water before using again.We love these, and I think you will too! The clear plastic allows you to see what's going on. Root propagation balls, also known as root propagation plugs orSee more...

You will get 10 root propagation balls. These are reusable, rinse them in a bucket with bleach and water before using again.We love these, and I think you will too! The clear plastic allows you to see what’s going on.

Root propagation balls, also known as root propagation plugs or root trainers, are a useful tool for propagating plants from cuttings or right on the plant itself – called air layering. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use them effectively:

  1. Prepare your materials: Gather all the necessary materials including the root propagation balls, soil, a clean knife or scissors for cutting,  a rooting hormone (if desired), and your chosen plant.
  2. Choose your plant material:  Select healthy stems from the parent plant, making sure they’re free from disease or pests. For air layering from plants choose healthy stems you don’t mind losing afterwards once they are cut off.
  3. Cut your stem: cut a small section from the bark making sure not to cut too deeply. Look at the pictures to see how.
  4. Apply rooting hormone (optional): Spread some around your cut for air layering if you like.
  5. Attach the balls.: Fill your root propagation balls with damp, well draining soil. Open the ball and clasp it around the plant over your cut. The gently press the ball closed and attach the ball together using zip ties or even twist ties or twine. Secure it in place.
  6. Provide appropriate care: Place the root propagation balls in a warm, bright location, but avoid direct sunlight as it can cause overheating. Keep the balls consistently moist, but not waterlogged, by misting them regularly or watering from below.
  7. Monitor progress: Check the root propagation balls regularly for signs of growth. For cuttings, you should start to see new roots emerging within a few weeks.
  8. Transplant: Once roots have developed sufficiently for cuttings or seedlings have grown several sets of true leaves, cut the new plant off, they can be transplanted into individual pots or directly into the garden.
  9. Provide ongoing care: Continue to care for your propagated plants as they grow, providing appropriate water, light, and nutrients according to their specific needs.

By following these steps, you can effectively use root propagation balls to propagate plants from your existing plants.

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Black thickened non-woven material provides excellent protection for your trees and plants! The circular design fits around the base of your trees, preventing grass and weeds from growing, starving them of sunlight. You can also put them down and then cover them with pea straw or mulch. They let theSee more...
Black thickened non-woven material provides excellent protection for your trees and plants!
The circular design fits around the base of your trees, preventing grass and weeds from growing, starving them of sunlight. You can also put them down and then cover them with pea straw or mulch. They let the air and water through.
Reusable and durable, saving you money and reducing waste.
Easy to install and remove.

 

COLOUR IS AS MAIN PICTURE. 25CM CIRCULAR. THESE WILL COME AS A SET OF 10, THEY WILL BE ROLLED UP. OPEN AND LAY FLAT UNDER A BOOK OR HEAVY OBJECT TO BECOME FLAT   AGAIN.

EASILY CUT TO EXTEND THE CENTRE HOLE.

 

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DO YOU POP OUTSIDE TO SEE YOUR GARDEN THEN FIND YOURSELF PULLING WEEDS, SNAPPING OFF CUTTINGS, DIGGING AND REPLANTING OR JUST TIDYING UP - THEN YOU FIND YOU HAVE INGRAINED DIRT AND STUFF UNDER YOUR NAILS THAT CAUSES YOU TO WONDER WHY YOU DO IT!? THOSE MEDICAL TYPE RUBBER GLOVESSee more...

DO YOU POP OUTSIDE TO SEE YOUR GARDEN THEN FIND YOURSELF PULLING WEEDS, SNAPPING OFF CUTTINGS, DIGGING AND REPLANTING OR JUST TIDYING UP – THEN YOU FIND YOU HAVE INGRAINED DIRT AND STUFF UNDER YOUR NAILS THAT CAUSES YOU TO WONDER WHY YOU DO IT!? THOSE MEDICAL TYPE RUBBER GLOVES ARE SO HARD TO GET ON AND THESE ARE SO EASY TO GET ON! THE EASE OF USE WILL ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THEM!

THEY CAN ALSO COVER YOUR DRINK TO KEEP THE FLIES OFF, AND EVEN A POT WITH A PRECIOUS SEEDLING TO KEEP THE MOISTURE IN!  THESE GLOVES ARE A QUICK FIX TO LOTS OF ISSUES, JUST PEG THE PACKET TO YOUR BACK FLYCREEN OR ANY PLACE THAT YOU WILL SEE THEM BEFORE YOU START MESSING UP YOUR HANDS! 100 GLOVES IN EACH PACKET.

Fits small hands to large. Great for food handling, painting, cleaning, in fact anywhere you need a bit of light protection! Once used they can be recycled as a seedling cover like I do! Simply tie the fingers and thumb in a knot then pop the glove over the small pot, it keeps the moisture in while still allowing the light!!

 

Material: HDPE

Colour: clear

Quantity: 100 Pcs

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YOU WILL GET 100 BAGS. PLANT YOUR SEEDS DIRECT INTO THESE AND PLANT THEM DIRECT INTO THEIR NEXT POT OR YOUR GARDEN! NO NEED TO REMOVE THE BAG! GREAT TO POT UP ALL YOUR SEEDS! Directions: Add soil to the bag and tamp down, as you fill each bag standSee more...

YOU WILL GET 100 BAGS. PLANT YOUR SEEDS DIRECT INTO THESE AND PLANT THEM DIRECT INTO THEIR NEXT POT OR YOUR GARDEN! NO NEED TO REMOVE THE BAG! GREAT TO POT UP ALL YOUR SEEDS!

Directions:

Add soil to the bag and tamp down, as you fill each bag stand them up in a box or tray, water the bags and plant your seeds, leave the seeds open to the light or add soil to cover as per the directions for each variety. Water from the base from now on by adding water to your tray. You can also cover them with a plastic bag or other cover to keep in moisture.

10 X 8 CMS square.

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A GREAT WAY TO DO IT! THESE FANTASTIC ROCK AND RECYCLED WOOL CUBES CAN BE PLANTED DIRECTLY INTO LARGER POTS OR IN YOUR GARDEN!   You will get 100 cubes as pictured, 28 CM X 13 CM block, each cube is 2.5 CM square.  You will get 2 blocks ofSee more...

A GREAT WAY TO DO IT! THESE FANTASTIC ROCK AND RECYCLED WOOL CUBES CAN BE PLANTED DIRECTLY INTO LARGER POTS OR IN YOUR GARDEN!

 

You will get 100 cubes as pictured, 28 CM X 13 CM block, each cube is 2.5 CM square.  You will get 2 blocks of 50 cubes.

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YOU WILL GET 20 SINGLE SHOE COVERS. THESE ARE HANDY TO KEEP BY THE DOOR WHEN YOU WANT TO POP OUT TO THE GARDEN IN YOUR SLIPPERS OR JUST DON'T WANT TO GET YOUR SHOES WET! THEY WILL FIT SHOES (OR BARE FEET) UP TO SZ 12. LIGHTWEIGHT. DISPOSABLE. BIO-GRADABLE.See more...

YOU WILL GET 20 SINGLE SHOE COVERS. THESE ARE HANDY TO KEEP BY THE DOOR WHEN YOU WANT TO POP OUT TO THE GARDEN IN YOUR SLIPPERS OR JUST DON’T WANT TO GET YOUR SHOES WET! THEY WILL FIT SHOES (OR BARE FEET) UP TO SZ 12. LIGHTWEIGHT. DISPOSABLE. BIO-GRADABLE. 20 SINGLE SHOE COVERS = 10 PAIRS OF SHOE COVERS.

 

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Scientifically accurate: Easy to read with moisture, pH and light levels, knowing what is going on promotes healthy plants. And really helps you to know if your plants need water for indoor and outdoor plants! Stop over watering those valuable indoor plants! I use one all the time so thoughtSee more...

Scientifically accurate: Easy to read with moisture, pH and light levels, knowing what is going on promotes healthy plants. And really helps you to know if your plants need water for indoor and outdoor plants! Stop over watering those valuable indoor plants! I use one all the time so thought we should have some in the store!

Moisture Range: 1-10 (1-3 DRY, 4-7 OK, 8-10 WET); Relative Light: 0-2000 Lux (0-200 LOW, 200-500LOW+, 500-1000 NOR 1000-2000 HGH); pH Range: 3.5-8 pH (3.5-6.5 ACID, 7 NEUTRAL, 7-8 ALKALI).

Just plug into the soil and read after a few minutes. It’s very easy to use! If the plants are very dry, the Soil Meter’s Pointer will not rotate. It means that your plants need water right now.

Measures moisture at root level. No battery required, simple and convenient to use. Simply insert the meter into the soil, switch to the setting you want to measure and read the scale after a few minutes.

Features:

Battery is not needed.
Test soil pH.
Use indoors or outdoors.
Simple to operate.
Accurate results.

Specifications:

Material: Aluminium Alloy, Plastic.

Size: 50*38*290mm.

Probe Length: 20.2cm / 7.95in.

Colour: shown as pictures.

PH Range: 3.5-8.0 (3.5-6.5: ACIDIC, 7: NEUTRAL, 7-8: ALKALINE).

Moisture Range: 1-10 (1-3: DRY, 4-7: OK, 8-10: WET).

Illumination range : 0 DARK-2000 LIGHT

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GREAT FOR PUTTING OVER THOSE HOLES AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POT! SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T FIND SUITABLE STUFF TO FILL THAT LITTLE HOLE SO IT WON'T LET THE SOIL OUT AND THESE DO THE TRICK! TOTALLY RECYCLABLE! CAN BE USED OVER AND OVER! 4.5CM ROUND, RE-USUABLE. SET OF 50.  See more...

GREAT FOR PUTTING OVER THOSE HOLES AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POT! SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T FIND SUITABLE STUFF TO FILL THAT LITTLE HOLE SO IT WON’T LET THE SOIL OUT AND THESE DO THE TRICK! TOTALLY RECYCLABLE! CAN BE USED OVER AND OVER!

4.5CM ROUND, RE-USUABLE. SET OF 50.

 

 

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BUY A LUCKY DIP FROM OUR ENTIRE SEED STOCK! JUST 10C A GO AND YOU WILL GET A SEED PACKET PICKED AT RANDOM FROM OUR CURRENT SEED STOCKS! IT COULD BE ANYTHING AND THAT IS THE THRILL OF IT! LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON. PICKED AT RANDOM FROM OUR CURRENTSee more...

BUY A LUCKY DIP FROM OUR ENTIRE SEED STOCK! JUST 10C A GO AND YOU WILL GET A SEED PACKET PICKED AT RANDOM FROM OUR CURRENT SEED STOCKS! IT COULD BE ANYTHING AND THAT IS THE THRILL OF IT! LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.
PICKED AT RANDOM FROM OUR CURRENT STOCK, VALUE WILL BE BETWEEN $0.50C AND $3.50. ALL NAME TAGGED, FRESH VARIETIES.

Grow & Germination Notes
Please place the variety names into our search bar for germination notes and instructions once your seeds arrive.

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The Hawaiian Sunshine sweet potato is a medium to large sweet potato with a lovely colour! Slice it and it starts out a rich cream, wait and it slowly turns purple with splotches of white and cream! Some potatoes when cut will have a single ring of purple around theSee more...

The Hawaiian Sunshine sweet potato is a medium to large sweet potato with a lovely colour! Slice it and it starts out a rich cream, wait and it slowly turns purple with splotches of white and cream! Some potatoes when cut will have a single ring of purple around the outer rim, some will have a ring and “stars” of purple splotches, some will have lots of purple. Beautiful!

You will receive one whole potato or a piece of a large one, you can plant it whole or cut it ensuring their is an “eye” on each piece and make more plants 🙂 Save some of your crop to plant again and have them endlessly!

If you live in the Eastern States of Australia we will not post in a red satchel, it MUST be express. Thanks 🙂

 

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A RICH HISTORY! NAMED IN ROMAN TIMES, USED TO STAUNCH THE BLOOD OF SOLDIERS - IT'S NAME WAS DERIVED FROM ARCHILLES, HOMER'S HERO IN THE ILLIAD. Achillea ptarmica “The Pearl” flowers in only three weeks from germination. Elegant sprays of pure white single and double, pom-pom flowers are borne overSee more...

A RICH HISTORY! NAMED IN ROMAN TIMES, USED TO STAUNCH THE BLOOD OF SOLDIERS – IT’S NAME WAS DERIVED FROM ARCHILLES, HOMER’S HERO IN THE ILLIAD.

Achillea ptarmica “The Pearl” flowers in only three weeks from germination. Elegant sprays of pure white single and double, pom-pom flowers are borne over a long period above finely toothed, dark green leaves. It spreads to form a natural mound and is equally happy as a bedding plant annual or as a hardy perennial for the herbaceous border.

A favourite of Edwardian garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, it is excellent for the middle of a sunny, well-drained border, especially when planted as a large drift and looks great with a backdrop of evergreens. The flowers are suitable for fresh cutting and also for drying.

Achillea is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere.

Named by Linnaeus, its name is said to derive from Achilles. Homer’s hero in the Iliad, who was well-trained in healing wounds as well as in causing them. He was reputed to have used it to staunch the bleeding wounds of his soldiers.

The name ptarmica comes from the Greek word ptairo and means “causes sneezing”. As the name implies, this plant offered sneezing as a remedy for those with stuffy heads. Named in warning for hay fever sufferers. Long flowering and drought-tolerant, this is a unique, easy and reliable plant to add to any border.

Grow Notes
Long flowering and drought-tolerant, this is a unique, easy and reliable plant to add to any border.

Sow

Sowing: Sow February to June AND September to December.

Sow the seeds into cells or pots containing good quality seed compost. Sow on the surface and do not cover, as light aids germination of seeds.

Water from the base of the tray and place in a propagator or warm place, ideally at 18 to 22°C. Keep the compost moist but not wet at all times. Germination 7 to 14 days.

Germination

7 to 14 days.

Maturity
Flowers can appear in only three weeks from germination if it’s happy!

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NOTHING LOOKS HAPPIER IN A GARDEN THAN THESE! WITH HOT AND SUNNY COLOURS AND AN EASY CARE ATTITUDE, LONG LIVED AND ABLE TO WITHSTAND DOUGHT AND SANDY SOILS, THE AFRICAN DAISY IS AN ALL ROUND WINNER! EDIBLE FLOWERS IN LOTS OF COLOURS FROM BRIGHTS TO PASTELS! African Daisies go bySee more...

NOTHING LOOKS HAPPIER IN A GARDEN THAN THESE! WITH HOT AND SUNNY COLOURS AND AN EASY CARE ATTITUDE, LONG LIVED AND ABLE TO WITHSTAND DOUGHT AND SANDY SOILS, THE AFRICAN DAISY IS AN ALL ROUND WINNER! EDIBLE FLOWERS IN LOTS OF COLOURS FROM BRIGHTS TO PASTELS!

African Daisies go by other names such as Cape daisy, blue-eyed daisy, and South African daisy. The botanical name, also called the scientific name, is Osteospermum spp. As the name suggests, they are native to South Africa, thus are drought and heat tolerant once established.  The African daisy was discovered in the 19th century and quickly became popular in other areas of the world.

They thrive under hot, dry conditions. They close their flowers when the sun goes in!

Grow Notes
Prefers full sun in sandy, well-draining soils.

Sow
Sow direct or raise seedlings in Spring about 6 weeks before the last frost or early Summer. Plant seeds by sprinkling them on the soil – do not cover, 30 to 45 cm spacing. DO NOT COVER SEEDS AS THEY NEED LIGHT FOR GERMINATION.

Keep soil moist, not wet until germination. Water at the roots about once or twice a week in hot weather.

Germination
14-21 days.

 

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THE AFRICAN TREE WISTERIA IS A RARE TREE THAT WILL GROW WELL AS A BONSAI, A SMALL OR MEDIUM TREE! EASILY CONTAINABLE, SPECTACULAR AND GREAT IN A POT OR IN THE GARDEN! AFRICAN TREES LIKE OUR ENVIRONMENT AND GROW REALLY WELL! The wisteria tree stands out as one of Africa'sSee more...

THE AFRICAN TREE WISTERIA IS A RARE TREE THAT WILL GROW WELL AS A BONSAI, A SMALL OR MEDIUM TREE! EASILY CONTAINABLE, SPECTACULAR AND GREAT IN A POT OR IN THE GARDEN! AFRICAN TREES LIKE OUR ENVIRONMENT AND GROW REALLY WELL!

The wisteria tree stands out as one of Africa’s most striking native trees, particularly when it bursts into bloom. Its cascading, fragrant, blue-mauve flowers, reminiscent of peas, drape in clusters from its branches, often enveloping the entire tree. Its leaves, arranged spirally, hang delicately from drooping branches akin to those of the willow.

Typically featuring multiple stems, the wisteria can be shaped through pruning to develop a single trunk. Its bark, a rough and deeply fissured brownish-gray, holds high value among carpenters for its excellent woodworking properties. Craftsmen frequently fashion it into exquisite furniture pieces, while its sturdy, termite-resistant stems find utility as fencing posts.

The species name, “Bolusanthus,” pays homage to Harry Bolus (1834 to 1911), a distinguished South African botanist and the founder of the Cape Town Bolus Herbarium, while “speciosus” in Latin denotes its striking beauty. Indigenous to wooded grasslands across southern Africa, from Angola and Zambia to KwaZulu-Natal, it serves as a vital resource for various wildlife, including monkeys, gemsbok, giraffes, and grey duikers, which feed on its pods and leaves.

Beyond its ornamental and practical uses, the wisteria holds medicinal significance. Its roots offer relief for stomach ailments, while the inner bark addresses abdominal cramps. As with any herbal remedy, it’s imperative to seek guidance from a qualified medical or herbal practitioner before taking as medicine, especially considering individual health conditions, allergies, and potential interactions with other medications. Consulting a professional ensures safe and effective usage, guarding against adverse reactions and promoting optimal well-being.

 

Grow Notes
Drought tolerant, should come through a light overnight frost once mature. Will grow in most frost-free regions of Australia. Regular water and a sheltered spot will result in more flowers than drought conditions and a windy site.

Full sun to part shade position with light, well-draining soil is ideal.

Sow
These are large seeds, easy to see and handle. Plant seeds in spring, cover to twice the width of the seed.

Germination
Be patient as they can take a little while to break out of the seed as they tend to put down roots first before leaves. So, no action above the soil does not mean failure!

Maturity
This decorative, small to medium-sized tree is deciduous, dropping its leaves only for a short period in early spring. Flowering time is from August to January (spring and summer). Flowers are followed by papery, brown fruit pods, that hang from the branches in clusters, and never split to release their seeds, which is why many African animals eat these and distribute the seeds. It also means there will be no self-seeding.

 

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Agapanthus, commonly known as Lily of the Nile or African Lily, is a genus of flowering plants native to Southern Africa. The name "Agapanthus" is derived from the Greek words "agape," meaning love, and "anthos," meaning flower. These plants are highly valued for their striking clusters of blue or whiteSee more...

Agapanthus, commonly known as Lily of the Nile or African Lily, is a genus of flowering plants native to Southern Africa. The name “Agapanthus” is derived from the Greek words “agape,” meaning love, and “anthos,” meaning flower. These plants are highly valued for their striking clusters of blue or white flowers and their ability to thrive in a variety of climates.

Origin: Agapanthus plants are indigenous to Southern Africa, particularly South Africa, where they are found in a range of habitats from coastal regions to mountainsides. They have also been introduced to other parts of the world and are popular ornamental plants in many gardens due to their attractive flowers and foliage.

Growing from Seed:

Seed Preparation: Agapanthus seeds have a hard outer coat that needs to be scarified to aid in germination. You can scarify the seeds by gently rubbing them with sandpaper or carefully nicking the seed coat with a knife. Soaking the seeds in warm water for 24 hours can also help soften the seed coat.

Soil Preparation: Use a well-draining potting mix or seed starting mix. Agapanthus prefers soil with good drainage to prevent water logging, which can cause the seeds to rot.

Planting Seeds: Plant the scarified seeds in small pots or trays filled with the prepared soil. Sow the seeds at a depth of about twice their diameter. Water the soil lightly after planting.

Germination: Place the pots or trays in a warm, bright location with indirect sunlight. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Germination can take several weeks to a few months, so be patient.

Transplanting: Once the seedlings have developed a few true leaves, they can be transplanted into larger pots or directly into the garden. Choose a location with full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil.

Care: Water the plants regularly, especially during dry periods, but avoid over watering. Fertilize the plants with a balanced fertilizer during the growing season to promote healthy growth and flowering.

Maintenance: Agapanthus plants are relatively low-maintenance once established. Remove spent flowers to encourage more blooms and divide overcrowded clumps every few years to maintain plant health and vigor.

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THESE LOOK LIKE A MINK COAT FOR YOUR GARDEN! AGERATUM ARE THE TRUEST BLUE, PINK AND LILAC YOU CAN FIND IN A FLOWER AND CAN BE CUT FOR THE HOUSE AS WELL, THEIR SPECIALTY IS ATTRACTING BUTTERFLIES AND BENEFICIAL INSECTS! SOFT AND FLUFFY VELVET LOOKING FLOWERS AND HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDSSee more...

THESE LOOK LIKE A MINK COAT FOR YOUR GARDEN! AGERATUM ARE THE TRUEST BLUE, PINK AND LILAC YOU CAN FIND IN A FLOWER AND CAN BE CUT FOR THE HOUSE AS WELL, THEIR SPECIALTY IS ATTRACTING BUTTERFLIES AND BENEFICIAL INSECTS! SOFT AND FLUFFY VELVET LOOKING FLOWERS AND HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF THEM!

Description
Gorgeous clouds of fluff! Cut flower growers and florists love this cut flower Ageratum! Mixed colours and gives one of the truest blue flowers in the world which is really something special! The height makes it ideal for cutting. Height: 30″, 15 to 18″ spread.

Ageratum is such a little workhorse that nearly every garden should have some. Plant in groups of a dozen or more for the best show! Good for containers, beds, borders, pathways and rockeries. It is long flowering and attracts bees and butterflies.

Grow Notes
Ageratums are easily grown from seed. They prefer compost added soils with good drainage and consistent moisture throughout the growing season.

Grow in full sun but they can prefer some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates.

It’s also rarely bothered by pests, so you count on it to look good. Deadhead and fertilize regularly for best blooms.

Sow
Sow direct 30cms apart or raise seedlings. Plant in late winter (after all danger of frost has passed) Spring or summer (anytime in warm climates with no frost or snow).

Germination
7-14 days @ 25-28°C

Maturity
90 days to maturity. This 30cm tall, compact annual is an easy-to-grow, old-fashioned favourite that produces a steady show of colourful powder-puff like flowers from late spring through frost.

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PIMENTA DOICA IS THE “ALL SPICE” WE USE FOR COOKING! FRESH PODS WITH FERTILE SEEDS! RARE TO FIND AND WITH AN AMAZING HISTORY, PIMENTA IS SAID TO ONLY GERMINATE IN JAMAICA BUT THEY GROW HERE JUST FINE TOO! YOU WILL GET 10 SEED PODS WITH TWO TO THREE SEEDS INSee more...

PIMENTA DOICA IS THE “ALL SPICE” WE USE FOR COOKING! FRESH PODS WITH FERTILE SEEDS! RARE TO FIND AND WITH AN AMAZING HISTORY, PIMENTA IS SAID TO ONLY GERMINATE IN JAMAICA BUT THEY GROW HERE JUST FINE TOO! YOU WILL GET 10 SEED PODS WITH TWO TO THREE SEEDS IN EACH ONE, WE SUGGEST STARTING PRE-TREATMENT AND PLANTING IMMEDIATELY UPON ARRIVAL.

Allspice, alternatively known as Jamaica pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta, or pimento, is derived from the dried unripe berries of the Pimenta dioica tree, originally indigenous to the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico, and Central America. While its cultivation has spread to various warm regions globally, its English moniker, “allspice,” dates back to as early as 1621, attributed to its ability to encapsulate the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove in one spice. In most local supermarkets, you’ll find it conveniently ground into a powder.

The process begins with harvesting the green, unripe berries, which are then traditionally sun-dried until they attain a rich brown hue, resembling smooth, large peppercorns. Beyond its culinary application, the leaves of the Pimenta dioica tree, akin in texture to bay leaves, also find their way into cooking. Furthermore, both leaves and wood serve as popular agents for smoking meats, particularly in regions where allspice thrives.

Characterized as an evergreen shrub, the Allspice tree can attain heights ranging from 10 to 18 meters. It offers versatility in its growth, able to be pruned into a compact tree or allowed to grow into a towering canopy, often utilized to provide shade for crops like coffee planted beneath it. With suitable conditions, including normal garden soil and consistent watering, it flourishes outdoors in tropical and subtropical climates.

Grow Notes
Space multiple trees at least 20 feet apart to provide adequate room for root growth.

Smaller plants can be killed by frost, although larger plants are more tolerant. It adapts well to container culture and can be kept as a houseplant or in a greenhouse.

Sow
WE SUGGEST STARTING PRE-TREATMENT AND PLANTING IMMEDIATELY UPON ARRIVAL.

Pre-treatment. Soak the pods to soften. Score around each pod with a utility knife and remove the two halves. Extract the twin seeds from inside the pod. Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours to weaken the outer hull.

Prepare a growing container for each allspice tree you want to grow. Fill 4-inch starter pots with a moistened mix of half compost and half coarse sand or perlite. Firm the mixture into the pot to collapse any air pockets.

Sow one allspice seed in each container. Poke a 5cm deep planting hole in the moistened mixture. Place the allspice seed in the hole and cover it with compost. Mist the compost to settle it.

Place the potted allspice seeds in a warm place, they will need at least 20 to 26 degrees daytime temps to germinate, and they need very bright natural light. Cover the pots with a propagation dome or plastic wrap to increase humidity around the seeds.

Check the moisture level in the compost mixture every day to make sure it never fully dries out. Add water whenever it feels mostly dry just below the surface. Water until the top inch is moderately moist.

Keep the seedlings under the wrap or the propagation dome, until they grow to 2 inches high. Transplant the allspice seedlings into 6-inch pots filled with a mix of half potting soil and half coarse sand. Grow them in a sheltered area with very bright, diffuse light during their first summer. Provide an inch of water every week. Shield them from direct sun at midday.

Transplant the allspice saplings into a permanent bed in autumn after the first rain. Choose a planting site with full sun and loamy, fast-draining soil.

Germination
Watch for germination in two weeks, but don’t be discouraged if it takes up to three months for some of the allspice seeds to sprout.

Allspice trees propagate best from seeds, which will produce a transplantable specimen in approximately six months.

Maturity
The trees will begin to bear fruit when they become three years old or older.

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IS YOUR GARDEN UNDER ATTACK OR IS IT JUST THIS AMAZING PLANT?! LOOKING LIKE A HUGE OCTOPUS ABOUT TO DEVOUR YOUR DAISIES, THIS IS A TRUE TALKING POINT AND WE ARE VERY LUCKY INDEED TO GET THE SEEDS! AMARANTHUS OESCHBERG! Description Aubergine leaves and branched flower spikes smoulder among flowersSee more...

IS YOUR GARDEN UNDER ATTACK OR IS IT JUST THIS AMAZING PLANT?! LOOKING LIKE A HUGE OCTOPUS ABOUT TO DEVOUR YOUR DAISIES, THIS IS A TRUE TALKING POINT AND WE ARE VERY LUCKY INDEED TO GET THE SEEDS! AMARANTHUS OESCHBERG!

Description
Aubergine leaves and branched flower spikes smoulder among flowers of dark red and chartreuse green in your garden. An Award of Garden Merit honours this full, long blooming selection. Beautiful and useful too; the young plants can be harvested as salad greens, and the nutritious seeds mature in late summer to feed you and local birds! Self-sows for next season!

Oeschberg is an amazing deep purple-red amaranth with an upright growth habit. Seed heads are very highly branched and hold their colour longer than other varieties, making it great for flower arrangements.

Leaves and seeds are edible. Leaves are good for a heat resistant salad green when young, red colour develops early.

Grow Notes
Growing to between 100-120cm, plant in free draining rich, moist soil in sun for the best flowers. Preparing garden beds with well composted manure will give the best results.

Amaranthus seeds can be either sown in pots or directly where they are to flower. They are susceptible to frost so be sure to sow only after the last chance of frost has past and the soil has warmed a little.

Mulch plants to keep the shallow roots cool in summer. For an extra-long flowering season, remove spent blooms and feed with liquid fertiliser.

Sow
Small seeds, sow at a depth of 3mm or mix with fine grains of sand if needed to aid distribution of seeds. Can be sown direct or raised as seedlings.

Plant in Spring at 60cm spacing. Water seedlings regularly until established and continue to provide water especially during dry spells.

Germination
7-10 days @ 20-25°C

Maturity
100 days to Maturity.

 

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AMARANTHUS VIRIDIS IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE SLENDER AMARANTH! USED IN JAMAICA, THE MALDIVES, INDIA AND OTHER CULTURES FOR FOOD AND MEDICINES! Description Edible leaves, it is cooked as a spinach substitute. The leafy stems and flower clusters are similarly used. Seed is very small, about 1mm in diameter, butSee more...

AMARANTHUS VIRIDIS IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE SLENDER AMARANTH! USED IN JAMAICA, THE MALDIVES, INDIA AND OTHER CULTURES FOR FOOD AND MEDICINES!

Description
Edible leaves, it is cooked as a spinach substitute. The leafy stems and flower clusters are similarly used. Seed is very small, about 1mm in diameter, but it is easy to harvest and very nutritious. The seed can be cooked whole, and becomes very gelatinous like this, but it is rather difficult to crush all of the small seeds in the mouth and thus some of the seed will pass right through the digestive system without being assimilated.

Medicinal plant, a decoction of the entire plant is used to stop dysentery and inflammation. The plant is emollient and vermifuge. The root juice is used to treat inflammation during urination. It is also taken to treat constipation. Always consult a medical or herbal practitioner before embarking on any program of using a new medical herb. Some herbs should not be taken in certain situations, for example pregnancy, or for certain health conditions where adverse reactions may be possible. Alternatively, you may have allergies to an herb, or induce side effects from other medication and health conditions. So please do not take without qualified medical advice.

Yellow and green dyes can also be obtained from the whole plant!

Grow Notes
Growing to 30 to 60 cm high from seeds each year. The stems are slender with leaves being broad near their base and narrow near the top. Plant in free draining rich, moist soil in sun for the best flowers. Preparing garden beds with well composted manure will give the best results.

Amaranthus seeds can be either sown in pots or directly where they are to flower. They are susceptible to frost so be sure to sow only after the last chance of frost has past and the soil has warmed a little.

Mulch plants to keep the shallow roots cool in summer. For an extra-long flowering season, remove spent blooms and feed with liquid fertiliser.

Sow
Small seeds, sow at a depth of 3mm or mix with fine grains of sand if needed to aid distribution of seeds. Can be sown direct or raised as seedlings.

Plant in Spring and early Summer at 30cm spacing.
Water seedlings regularly until established and continue to provide water especially during dry spells.

Germination
7-10 days @ 20-25°C

Maturity
105 days to Maturity.

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A fine cut flower and garden plant this native of Egypt produces beautiful 15cm lacy heads of soft white flowers. Last well in a vase and makes an exciting addition to a mixed border. Ammi Visnaga Essential Oil is processed from Ammi Visnaga seeds. Steam Inhalation of its vapours isSee more...

A fine cut flower and garden plant this native of Egypt produces beautiful 15cm lacy heads of soft white flowers. Last well in a vase and makes an exciting addition to a mixed border. Ammi Visnaga Essential Oil is processed from Ammi Visnaga seeds. Steam Inhalation of its vapours is said to be a good remedy to treat Asthma. It is said to have a relaxing effect on all kinds of Spasms in the tissues, especially in case of Bronchitis, thus, acts as an Antispasmodic. Kidney stones were treated with this in ancient Egypt.

Ammi visnaga is a natural substance long used in herbal medicine to treat conditions ranging from menstrual cramps to atherosclerosis. The extract is derived from a plant in the carrot family that is commonly found in the Eastern Mediterranean. Some people take ammi visnaga orally and others use it topically to treat certain skin conditions.

When to sow: Autumn until spring
Where to sow: Direct sow
Depth to sow: 5mm
Aspect:  Full sun or as sunny a spot as possible.
Soil:  Prepared, well drained, fertilised soil.
Spacing:            Between plants: 15cm-20cm
Between rows: 30cm

Directions:  If growing for cut flowers make a shallow drill and place three or four seed 15cm apart, thinning to one seedling after germination. For a long flowering, garden subject plant a few seeds 20cm apart. After germination thin to one seedling.

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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SAID TO AID INDIGESTION, HEARTBURN , STOMACH ULCERS, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, CONSTIPATION AND MANY OTHER AILMENTS. IT'S A LARGE GROWING HERB USED AS FRESH LEAVES OR DRIED ROOT, STEM AND LEAF TO MAKE TEAS AND OTHER BEVERAGES. Extremely rare! This is a member of the carrot family and will sendSee more...

SAID TO AID INDIGESTION, HEARTBURN , STOMACH ULCERS, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, CONSTIPATION AND MANY OTHER AILMENTS. IT’S A LARGE GROWING HERB USED AS FRESH LEAVES OR DRIED ROOT, STEM AND LEAF TO MAKE TEAS AND OTHER BEVERAGES.

Extremely rare! This is a member of the carrot family and will send up a stem or small flowers and produce seeds each year. Harvesting a leaf at the break of day often results in a new sprout growing overnight, and being visible the following morning, hence the name “tomorrow’s leaf.”

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Surface sow seeds in greenhouse/indoors in moist medium barely covering with soil. Press seeds into soil and keep moist until germination in about 15 days. The seedlings will take about 60 days before transplanting as they are slow-growing at first. Once in the ground they are fast-growing and will produce a large and attractive plant.

Germination
15 -25 days at 15-20°C

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AQUILEGIAS ARE A COTTAGE GARDEN ESSENTIAL WITH SWEET AND NODDING FLOWERS AND DELIGHTFUL LACY FOLIAGE! The flowers can be eaten raw and on a sunny day can be really sweet if you beat the bees to them. Great for decorations on cakes and salads! The seeds and roots should notSee more...

AQUILEGIAS ARE A COTTAGE GARDEN ESSENTIAL WITH SWEET AND NODDING FLOWERS AND DELIGHTFUL LACY FOLIAGE!

The flowers can be eaten raw and on a sunny day can be really sweet if you beat the bees to them. Great for decorations on cakes and salads! The seeds and roots should not be consumed.

Description
Also known as ‘Grannys Bonnets’ or Columbines, Aquilegia Double Mixed (Aquilegia vulgaris) features an assortment of frothy double flowers in pinks, reds, blues, whites and yellows and mixed tones. This mix contains both the fluffy type and the petticoat type.

They are a clump forming herbaceous perennial with delicate and pretty foliage. The flower stems rise above the foliage and spurred bell-shaped blooms nod gently in the breeze making a very pretty long-lasting show. Ideal for cottage gardens, borders and pots. Aquilegias are a timeless classic well suited to most climates. Prefers a full sun to part shade position.

Grow Notes
Aquilegia forms a hardy, evergreen clump. They prefer a full sun to part shade position, growing to 80cms tall. Keep well-watered.

They are frost hardy and can tolerate severe frost down to below -20C. They can also handle heat and can tolerate some dry periods once established. Particularly when it is given some shade.

Susceptible to caterpillars, aphids and powdery mildew.

Sow
Aquilegia seeds grow best when they are raised in trays or other containers and transplanted to the garden once established. Fill trays, punnets or jiffy pots with a good quality seed-raising mix or use soil starter pellets. Sow seeds 3mm deep. 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 (usually 5-10cm tall). Plant out, spacing plants 40cm apart.

Germination
Seeds of this variety can be slow to germinate. Seeds should germinate in around 21-28 days at a soil temperature of 20-25°C. So be patient and follow the recommended depth and temperature guidelines closely for the best chance of success.

Maturity
Maturing at around 200 days from germination. They are clump forming, short lived perennials, meaning they usually live for between two and five years.

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Ash gourd, also known as Benincasa hispida, winter melon, wax gourd, white pumpkin, and Chinese watermelon, is a fruit native to parts of Southern Asia. It grows on a vine and matures into a round or oblong melon, approximately the same size and color as a watermelon. Once ripe, theSee more...

Ash gourd, also known as Benincasa hispida, winter melon, wax gourd, white pumpkin, and Chinese watermelon, is a fruit native to parts of Southern Asia.

It grows on a vine and matures into a round or oblong melon, approximately the same size and color as a watermelon. Once ripe, the fruit’s fuzzy exterior transforms into a powdery ash-colored coating, giving the fruit its name.

Ash gourd has a mild taste reminiscent of cucumber, and its flesh is a popular ingredient in Chinese and Indian dishes.

The fruit is believed to offer various health benefits and has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.

  • Seed Preparation:
    • Soak the ash gourd seeds in room temperature water for 24 hours to soften the seed coat and enhance germination.
  • Sowing Seeds:
    • Fill seed trays or pots with a mix of potting soil and compost.
    • Plant the seeds about 2.5 cm deep in the soil.
    • Cover the seeds lightly with soil and gently water them using a spray bottle to avoid disturbing the seeds.
  • Germination:
    • Place the seed trays or pots in a warm, sunny location. Ash gourd seeds need a temperature of around 25-30°C for germination.
    • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
    • Seeds should germinate within 7-14 days.
  • Transplanting Seedlings:
    • Once the seedlings have 2-3 true leaves and the weather is warm (preferably above 20°C), they can be transplanted to the garden or larger containers.
    • Choose a sunny spot with well-draining soil enriched with compost or organic matter.
    • Space the seedlings about 90-120 cm apart to give them plenty of room to grow.
  • Care and Maintenance:
    • Water the plants regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but avoid overwatering.
    • Mulch around the plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
    • Provide support for the vines to climb, such as a trellis or fence, as ash gourd plants can grow vigorously.
    • Fertilize the plants every 2-3 weeks with a balanced organic fertilizer to promote healthy growth.
  • Pest and Disease Management:
    • Keep an eye out for common pests like aphids, beetles, and caterpillars. Use organic insecticides or neem oil if needed.
    • Ensure good air circulation around the plants to prevent fungal diseases. Remove any infected leaves immediately.
  • Harvesting:
    • Ash gourds are usually ready for harvest 3-4 months after planting, when the fruits are large and the skin has developed a powdery coating.
    • Cut the fruit from the vine using a sharp knife, leaving a small portion of the stem attached.
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THESE STUNNING FLOWERS ARE “ASTER DWARF COLOUR CARPET” AND WHEN THEY SAY CARPET, THEY MEAN IT! Description Aster is an old-fashioned garden favourite. The dwarf varieties stay short and spread rapidly to create an amazing carpet of colour through summer and into fall or winter depending on your climate. TheSee more...

THESE STUNNING FLOWERS ARE “ASTER DWARF COLOUR CARPET” AND WHEN THEY SAY CARPET, THEY MEAN IT!

Description
Aster is an old-fashioned garden favourite. The dwarf varieties stay short and spread rapidly to create an amazing carpet of colour through summer and into fall or winter depending on your climate.

The ideal Aster to beautify curbs and path edges with a bed of vividly coloured flowers as an easy-to-maintain groundcover.

Good for beds, containers and borders Aster is an old-fashioned garden favourite that makes a lovely cut flower. Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, it’s an easy to grow & maintain addition to any garden!

Grow Notes
Growing to 20cm, plant out at 30cm apart in full sun. They do best in moist well drained soils with overhead watering avoided.

Deadhead to prolong the flowering season.

Sow
Sow seeds direct or in seed raising mix, at a depth of 3mm, in Spring or after frosts have ended. Firm down, water gently and keep moist through germination period. Medium sized seeds these are easy to see and handle.

Germination
7-14 days at 18-22°C

Maturity
This half hardy Annual is considered mature around 60-90 days after germination.

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Astragalus, also known as Astragalus membranaceus or Huang Qi is a perennial herb that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Here's some information about how it grows, its uses, and precautions for use: Growing Astragalus: Plant Description: Astragalus is a member of the pea family and isSee more...

Astragalus, also known as Astragalus membranaceus or Huang Qi is a perennial herb that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Here’s some information about how it grows, its uses, and precautions for use:

Growing Astragalus:

Plant Description: Astragalus is a member of the pea family and is characterized by its small, yellow flowers and hairy stems. It typically grows in the northern and eastern parts of China, Mongolia, and Korea.

Cultivation: Astragalus prefers well-drained soil and a sunny location. It’s a hardy plant that can withstand various soil conditions.

Propagation: Astragalus can be grown from seeds or propagated through root divisions. It has a deep taproot, so it’s important to plant it in a location where it can establish a strong root system.

Uses of Astragalus:

Traditional Medicine: In traditional Chinese medicine, astragalus is often used to support the immune system, promote energy, and improve overall vitality. It is considered an adaptogen, helping the body adapt to stress.

Immune Support: Astragalus is commonly used to support the immune system and prevent respiratory infections. It may have antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Adaptogenic Properties: The herb is believed to help the body adapt to various stressors, both physical and emotional, and support overall well-being.

Cardiovascular Health: Some studies suggest that astragalus may have cardiovascular benefits, including improving heart function and reducing inflammation.

Anti-Inflammatory: Astragalus is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and may be used to alleviate inflammation in the body.

Energy and Vitality: It is often used to combat fatigue and boost energy levels, making it a popular choice for individuals experiencing low energy or weakness.

Precautions and Who Should Avoid Astragalus:

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to avoid astragalus due to a lack of sufficient safety data.

Autoimmune Conditions: Individuals with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, should exercise caution when using astragalus. The herb may stimulate the immune system, potentially exacerbating autoimmune conditions.

Organ Transplants: Astragalus may interfere with immunosuppressive medications taken by individuals who have undergone organ transplants. It’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional if considering the use of astragalus in such cases.

Allergic Reactions: Some people may experience allergic reactions to astragalus. If you have allergies to plants in the legume family (such as peanuts), you should exercise caution.

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.

To grow Astragalus from seed, start by preparing a well-draining soil mix. Sow the seeds in a sunny location, pressing them lightly into the soil. Water the seeds regularly to keep the soil consistently moist. Once the seedlings have grown large enough, transplant them into a permanent location with well-draining soil. Provide adequate sunlight, and consider supporting the plants as they grow. Harvest the roots when the plant is mature, typically after two to three years of growth.

Grow Notes

Prepare your soil in advance making sure it is well-draining. It prefers a sand based soil. This plant is a perennial, in that it will grow consistently once planted so make sure you plant them in the right spot as they will be there for some time!

Growing Astragalus from seed takes a bit more time than other herbs but it is surely worth it!  The seeds require a minimum three week cold stratification period. Put your seeds (in the ziplock bag) into the fridge for three weeks on the normal shelf. Once this is complete, to further aid germination, soak the seeds in water for 24 hours or scarify the seed coat with fine grade sandpaper before sowing. Seeds can take as long as nine weeks to sprout but generally can sprout within 24 hours to 2 weeks.

Put your seeds into the fridge in mid to late winter. Then start your seeds in pots inside your house or in your greenhouse. Don’t transplant seedlings outside until they are able to withstand it (they need to be strong and stable) and gradually get them used to sunlight – put them in partial then full sun.

Germination
1-14 days at 18-35°C or up to 9 weeks (don’t throw your pots out!)

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FRENCH SPINACH IS PACKED WITH VITAMINS AND IS A VERY RARE AND UNUSUAL VEGETABLE WITH A STUNNING COLOUR THAT WOULD ADORN THE FLOWER GARDEN AND THE VEGGIE PATCH! An indigenous plant from Southern Europe, it’s also known as Mountain or French Spinach, this is Atriplex hortensis Red Plume. The preparationSee more...

FRENCH SPINACH IS PACKED WITH VITAMINS AND IS A VERY RARE AND UNUSUAL VEGETABLE WITH A STUNNING COLOUR THAT WOULD ADORN THE FLOWER GARDEN AND THE VEGGIE PATCH!

An indigenous plant from Southern Europe, it’s also known as Mountain or French Spinach, this is Atriplex hortensis Red Plume. The preparation and use of the young, shiny leaves are the same as that of, for example, spinach, apart from the much longer harvesting time. Great for stir-fry or as an addition to salads! The seeds are also edible and are best used ground and mixed with flour or added to breads or cereals.

Harvest the whole plant when 30cm high or harvest leaves as required. The leaves can be plucked the entire year, if they have not shrivelled or showing lost colour. The flavour is finer than that of spinach or Sorrel and contains many minerals. Cut at approx. 20 cm from the ground. Easy to cultivate and heat tolerant.

Ornamental wine-red seed pods make a great filler for cut flowers displays!

Grow Notes
Heat tolerant and slow to bolt during warm periods, they do best in full or part sun in moist, well drained soils. However, they are tolerant of poor soil conditions, growing to 160cm.

Self-seeding plants drop seeds onto the soil at the end of the season that may germinate and grow without help the following season.

Sow
Sow direct at a depth of 2mm in Spring after frosts have passed. Space plants at 30cm and rows at 30cm.

Germination
7-14 days at 20-22°C

Maturity
75-110 days

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THIS IS ONE FANTASTIC INVENTION! THIS AUGER FITS ONTO YOUR POWER DRILL AND EASILY BREAKS UP SOILS, GREAT FOR HARD SOILS AND ANYWHERE YOU JUST CAN'T MANAGE TO DIG! Easily dig holes for bulbs, seedlings and open up the soil for larger holes so it's easier to dig. Made fromSee more...

THIS IS ONE FANTASTIC INVENTION! THIS AUGER FITS ONTO YOUR POWER DRILL AND EASILY BREAKS UP SOILS, GREAT FOR HARD SOILS AND ANYWHERE YOU JUST CAN’T MANAGE TO DIG!

Easily dig holes for bulbs, seedlings and open up the soil for larger holes so it’s easier to dig. Made from metal. I initially bought one for myself and when we used it, I knew that anyone who has a hard time digging like I do would love this! Attaches easily to your power drill. Soils only, will not dig into rock. Use responsibly and check for the location of wires and pipes before you dig. Power drill not included.

TOTAL LENGTH 22 CM

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500+ HAND MIXED SEEDS IN EVERY PACKET! ATTRACTS NATIVE BENEFICIAL INSECTS AND BIRDS! A selection of popular native Australian flowers to grow from seed. Includes billy buttons, clawflower (Calothamnus), gold everlasting, pink everlasting, flannel flowers, featherflower (Verticordia), green and red kangaroo paw Anigozanthos), purple flag and many more! Grow NotesSee more...

500+ HAND MIXED SEEDS IN EVERY PACKET! ATTRACTS NATIVE BENEFICIAL INSECTS AND BIRDS! A selection of popular native Australian flowers to grow from seed. Includes billy buttons, clawflower (Calothamnus), gold everlasting, pink everlasting, flannel flowers, featherflower (Verticordia), green and red kangaroo paw Anigozanthos), purple flag and many more!

Grow Notes
Water regularly once established and only use native specific fertilisers. Flowers 12 weeks from sowing.

Sow
Sow Spring, Summer and Autumn direct onto your garden soil or into seed raising mix, lightly cover seed to 0.5cm. Transplant when seedlings are about 7cm and water regularly until established.

Germination
Dependent on variety involved and when they are planted. See individual plants for more information.

Maturity
Dependent on variety involved, however most will begin to flower in approx 12 weeks from germination. See individual plants for more information.

Seeds will come in a mylar bag (white on the outside and silver on the inside) to ensure freshness as some of these seeds will germinate in light with little or no moisture. Make sure you undo the bag into two parts as some seeds are very small.

 

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THE AMAZING ROOT OF THE HOLY GHOST OR BAI ZHI IS AN ANCIENT CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE AND COOKING HERB! IT’S USED FOR HEADACHES, NASAL CONGESTION AND HAY FEVER. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY. Description Angelica dahurica is also commonly known as Chinese Angelica, the Garden Angelica, Root of the Holy Ghost, and Wild Angelica,See more...

THE AMAZING ROOT OF THE HOLY GHOST OR BAI ZHI IS AN ANCIENT CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE AND COOKING HERB! IT’S USED FOR HEADACHES, NASAL CONGESTION AND HAY FEVER. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY.

Description
Angelica dahurica is also commonly known as Chinese Angelica, the Garden Angelica, Root of the Holy Ghost, and Wild Angelica, as well as its Chinese name, Bai Zhi.

Bai Zhi is a wildly grown species of angelica native to Siberia, Russia Far East, Mongolia, North-eastern China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. This species tends to grow near riverbanks, along streams and among rocky shrubs. The root of the plant is widely used for its medicinal properties and is known to contain furanocoumarins and angelicotoxin.

The medicinal properties of the Dahurican root have been dated back to Ancient China as early as 400 BC. Zhang Cong Zhen (1156–1228), a famous physician in the military, believed that diseases were caused by external evil factors, or pathogens, that entered the human body. He listed Bai Zhi as an herb that purges the body of any negative influences such as heat, clamminess, dryness, and cold on the skin. Today, the roots are used for other numerous treatments of illnesses such as headaches, relieving nasal obstruction, detoxification of the blood, as a pain reliever, an anti-inflammatory, a laxative, sedative, anti-fungal cream for skin, as well as treating swollen gums and toothaches.

The plant is very aromatic, so the stalks of this plant have also been commonly used as a food ingredient or have been made into decorative items. The seeds are often used as a seasoning condiment in food as well as a source of flavouring in liqueur. Another popular usage for this herb is its use in cosmetic products.

Always consult a medical or herbal practitioner before embarking on any program of using a new medical herb. Some herbs should not be taken in certain situations, for example pregnancy, or for certain health conditions where adverse reactions may be possible. Alternatively, you may have allergies to an herb, or induce side effects from other medication and health conditions. So please do not take without qualified medical advice.

Grow Notes
Self-fertile, it blooms in the summer with many large white flower heads which are pollinated by insects. They can be grown under semi-shade or full-shaded conditions, and prefer moist, rich soils. Can be grown in containers. Growing to 1-2mtall. The plant usually has a brown cylindrical root that grows approximately 2–5 cm thick.

All parts of the plant are edible. The leaves should be harvested carefully the first year so as not to damage the main stem. The root is harvested in the fall of the first year or in the spring of the second year.

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Seed requires light to germinate, along with alternating temperatures of cold and warmth, so place in fridge prior to sowing in Spring, or sow in Autumn for winter chilling, when the soil warms up, they will germinate. Select soil with good water retention and organic matter.

When planting, the row spacing of plants should be between 15 and 20 cm and should not be too close.

Germination
You can expect germination in 3 to 4 weeks if planted in Spring after being in a fridge, otherwise as the soil warms up after winter they will pop up.

Maturity
This is an herbaceous perennial plant, so it should grow back naturally on its own, year after year. However, it is to be noted that this is more reliable if it is prevented from setting seed by cutting off the flower before they bloom in full. Once established, Angelica can also be propagated by root division.

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DWARF PINK BANANA VELUTINA, EYE CATCHING AND BEAUTIFUL! DELICIOUS FRUITS AND ABLE TO BE GROWN OUTSIDE OR INSIDE! STUNNING PINK BANANAS COVERED IN A LIGHT DOWN HAVE PEOPLE SOMETIMES CALLING THEM PINK VELVET BANANAS! YES, THE COLOURS OF THE FLOWERS REALLY ARE THAT VIBRANT! Dwarf pink bananas are highly ornamentalSee more...

DWARF PINK BANANA VELUTINA, EYE CATCHING AND BEAUTIFUL! DELICIOUS FRUITS AND ABLE TO BE GROWN OUTSIDE OR INSIDE! STUNNING PINK BANANAS COVERED IN A LIGHT DOWN HAVE PEOPLE SOMETIMES CALLING THEM PINK VELVET BANANAS! YES, THE COLOURS OF THE FLOWERS REALLY ARE THAT VIBRANT!

Dwarf pink bananas are highly ornamental as both landscape and indoor plants. They feature classically shaped banana leaves up to 90 centimetres long in a deep shade of green with bronze undersides. The flowers of dwarf pink bananas are show-stoppers, with pink to purplish flower bracts framing white to yellow flower clusters, all rising from the centre of the plant on stalks in late summer.

Although sometimes listed as being inedible, the fruit of the dwarf pink banana is, in fact, delicious but seedy. Fruits actually peel themselves when they ripen, making it impossible to mistake an unripe fruit for one that is ready to eat. Even if you aren’t interested in de-seeding the sweet fruit of this plant, the tiny unripe pink bananas will make impressive conversation pieces.

Compact Size

Unlike most bananas, dwarf pink bananas are small plants that rarely reach more than 2.4 metres tall, depending on growing conditions. These small bananas can easily be grown in containers on the patio, large pots indoors, or used to line walkways without fear of them overgrowing their beds. They will die back to the ground when exposed to frost, but reliably and quickly return in the spring.

Dwarf Pink Banana Culture

Although they will not tolerate drought, bananas tend to be forgiving about soil type and lighting. Even so, they do their best in rich, neutral, well-draining soil. Fertilise with a general-purpose fertiliser in the spring, before new growth begins. Water at least weekly until the tree is established, but don’t allow the plant’s soil to become soggy. Propagation is by digging of suckers, or planting seeds that have been soaked for 24 hours in water.

The basic things to remember if you are germinating banana seeds are:

1. Always soak seeds before sowing. We recommend 24-48 hours.

2. Use a well draining soil mix. A mix that holds water will rot the seeds in place.

3.Soil temperature must be at least 20 degrees or warmer for part of the day. But, seeds need alternating temperatures for germinating. We found that just putting a heating mat under the seeds and leaving temperature constant was not nearly as effective as heating the soil for a few hours a day, then allowing it to cool. So leaving them outside is a good idea as the weather in Australia will do that for you!

4. Keep soil damp, but not wet! Wet soil will rot seeds quickly. Placing the seed tray inside a plastic bag is a good way to keep moisture constant.

5. Be patient. Seeds can take several months to germinate, they will need time. So don’t throw out your potting mix or give up, the seeds will know the best time to germinate.

5 FRESH SEEDS, LARGE, ROUND WITH AN “EYE” AT THE TOP. SOAK IN ROOM TEMP WATER FOR 12 HOURS BEFORE SOWING.

How to plant:

SOAK FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE PLANTING IN ROOM TEMP. WATER. Plant in fertile soil with a good compost element. Plant about 2cm deep, cover and keep moist, plant in warmer months of the year or under a cloche (a clear covering) or on top of a heated mat.

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Mrs Burns Lemon basil (Ocimum basilicum var. citriodorum) is a delightful herb that adds a unique citrusy flavour to dishes. Mrs Burns is a larger leaved basil, it has more in common with sweet basil than lemon basil and has an intense lemon and lime flavour. It has scented leavesSee more...

Mrs Burns Lemon basil (Ocimum basilicum var. citriodorum) is a delightful herb that adds a unique citrusy flavour to dishes. Mrs Burns is a larger leaved basil, it has more in common with sweet basil than lemon basil and has an intense lemon and lime flavour. It has scented leaves and lovely pink flowers and is as ornamental as it is useful!

Here’s a brief overview of how to grow and cook with lemon basil:

Remember, the best time to use lemon basil is when the leaves are young and haven’t flowered, as this is when they are most flavorful. Pick them in the early morning after the dew has dried. This is when they are at their height as far as flavour goes. Experiment with different recipes to fully enjoy the unique taste that Mrs Burns lemon basil brings to your culinary creations.

Cooking with Lemon Basil:

  1. Flavour Pairings: Lemon basil complements a variety of dishes, especially those with a Mediterranean or Southeast Asian influence. It pairs well with tomatoes, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, fish, chicken, and vegetables.
  2. Fresh Use: Add fresh lemon basil leaves to salads, sandwiches, or wraps for a burst of citrus flavor. You can also use it as a garnish for soups and stews.
  3. Pesto: Make a lemon basil pesto by blending fresh lemon basil leaves with garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil. Use it as a pasta sauce, sandwich spread, or dip.
  4. Infused Oils and Vinegar: Create infused oils or vinegar by steeping lemon basil leaves in olive oil or vinegar. These can be used in dressings, marinades, or drizzled over dishes.
  5. Tea: Steep fresh or dried lemon basil leaves in hot water to make a refreshing herbal tea. It’s soothing and aromatic.
  6. Grilled Dishes: Use lemon basil to flavor grilled meats, fish, or vegetables. The citrusy notes add a bright and summery touch to grilled dishes.

 

Grow Notes
Annual growing to 80cm tall, grow in part or full sun in moist well drained soils.

Frequent and consistent watering will result in lush, green growth from plants without the need for frequent fertilization. At harvest time, make certain only to remove about one-fourth of the plant to ensure continued basil harvests throughout the season.

Sow
Spring and Summer planting. Start basil seeds in seed trays at 2mm depth and keep soil moist but not wet till germination. Or plant direct, 40cm apart at 2mm depth.

Germination
5-10 days at 18-35°C

Maturity
70 days to maturity. Annual.

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FOR YOUR HERBAL GARDEN! GREEN RAMI TULSI SACRED BASIL IS A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL HOLY BASIL WITH GREEN COLOURED LEAVES AND SO MANY USES! HARDLY SEEN, IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND VERY USEFUL TOO! Tulsi or Holy basil is a herb native to the Indian subcontinent, loved for its slightly spicySee more...

FOR YOUR HERBAL GARDEN! GREEN RAMI TULSI SACRED BASIL IS A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL HOLY BASIL WITH GREEN COLOURED LEAVES AND SO MANY USES! HARDLY SEEN, IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND VERY USEFUL TOO!

Tulsi or Holy basil is a herb native to the Indian subcontinent, loved for its slightly spicy and refreshing fragrance, with many tiny colourful flowers. Revered by people who follow Hinduism and Jainism for its great medicinal and spiritual characteristics, which have been proven through many scientific studies.

Ayurvedic texts describe Holy basil as a pillar of holistic herbal medicine and a goddess incarnated in plant form (the mother medicine of nature). Many traditional Hindus worship an alter bearing a Holy basil plant that is placed in the courtyard of their home or in another prominent location. Today Holy basil remains one of the most cherished of India’s sacred plants. Also used to repel insects.

Ocimum tenuiflorum features a purple stem with green leaves and small white/mauve flowers. The leaves smell of peppermint, cloves, liquorice and/or lemon. They are usually steeped to make Holy basil tea, Tulsi tea or incorporated into herbal infusion blends, said to support immunity health to help you stay feeling your best.

The juice of leaves possesses diaphoretic, antiperiodic, stimulating and expectorant properties. It is used for catarrh and bronchitis, applied to the skin, used to treat ringworm and other cutaneous diseases and dropped into the ear to relieve earache. An infusion of the leaves is used as a stomachic in gastric disorders of children. Decoctions of the root are given as a diaphoretic in malarial fevers. The seeds are mucilaginous and demulcent and are given in disorders of genito-urinary systems.

Not for use in pregnancy or during nursing except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Always consult a medical or herbal practitioner before embarking on any program of using a new medical herb. Some herbs should not be taken in certain situations, for example pregnancy, or for certain health conditions where adverse reactions may be possible. Alternatively, you may have allergies to an herb, or induce side effects from other medication and health conditions. So please do not take without qualified medical advice.

Grow Notes
Growing to between 30-60cm tall, place them 40cm apart and place in part or full sun, in moist well drained soils. To promote healthier, bushier plants, many gardeners may choose to pinch basil seedlings early in the season to help promote the plants’ branching habit.

Frequent and consistent watering will result in lush, green growth from plants without the need for frequent fertilization. At harvest time, make certain only to remove about one-fourth of the plant to ensure continued basil harvests throughout the season.

Sow
Place the Tulsi seeds on top of the soil in Spring or early Summer and tamp them for good soil to seed contact. Cover the seeds with 1mm layer of compost or soil. Mist the seeds with sprayer and place them where they receive warmth, bright shade, and some part morning sun. Keep the soil constantly moist until the germination occurs.

When the seedlings have grown two or three sets of true leaves, transplant them carefully in individual containers or outdoors, taking care not to disturb the roots.

Germination
8-14 days @ 21-23°C

Maturity
100-110 days to maturity. Tulsi grows as a perennial plant in frost-free areas with mild winter and as an annual in cold and temperate climates.

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FOR YOUR HERBAL GARDEN! RED RAMI TULSI SACRED BASIL IS A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL HOLY BASIL WITH MIXED COLOUR LEAVES AND SO MANY USES! HARDLY SEEN, IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND VERY USEFUL TOO! Description Tulsi or Holy basil is a herb native to the Indian subcontinent, loved for its slightlySee more...

FOR YOUR HERBAL GARDEN! RED RAMI TULSI SACRED BASIL IS A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL HOLY BASIL WITH MIXED COLOUR LEAVES AND SO MANY USES! HARDLY SEEN, IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND VERY USEFUL TOO!

Description
Tulsi or Holy basil is a herb native to the Indian subcontinent, loved for its slightly spicy and refreshing fragrance, with many tiny colourful flowers. Revered by people who follow Hinduism and Jainism for its great medicinal and spiritual characteristics, which have been proven through many scientific studies.

Ayurvedic texts describe Holy basil as a pillar of holistic herbal medicine and a goddess incarnated in plant form (the mother medicine of nature). Many traditional Hindus worship an alter bearing a Holy basil plant that is placed in the courtyard of their home or in another prominent location. Today Holy basil remains one of the most cherished of India’s sacred plants. Also used to repel insects.

Ocimum tenuiflorum features a purple stem with green-purple leaves and white-to-purplish blossoms. The leaves smell of peppermint, cloves, liquorice and/or lemon. They are usually steeped to make Holy basil tea, Tulsi tea or incorporated into herbal infusion blends, said to support immunity health to help you stay feeling your best.

The juice of leaves possesses diaphoretic, antiperiodic, stimulating and expectorant properties. It is used for catarrh and bronchitis, applied to the skin, used to treat ringworm and other cutaneous diseases and dropped into the ear to relieve earache. An infusion of the leaves is used as a stomachic in gastric disorders of children. Decoctions of the root are given as a diaphoretic in malarial fevers. The seeds are mucilaginous and demulcent and are given in disorders of genito-urinary systems.

Not for use in pregnancy or during nursing except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Always consult a medical or herbal practitioner before embarking on any program of using a new medical herb. Some herbs should not be taken in certain situations, for example pregnancy, or for certain health conditions where adverse reactions may be possible. Alternatively, you may have allergies to an herb, or induce side effects from other medication and health conditions. So please do not take without qualified medical advice.

Grow Notes
Growing to between 30-60cm tall, place them 40cm apart and place in part or full sun, in moist well drained soils. To promote healthier, bushier plants, many gardeners may choose to pinch basil seedlings early in the season to help promote the plants’ branching habit.

Frequent and consistent watering will result in lush, green growth from plants without the need for frequent fertilization. At harvest time, make certain only to remove about one-fourth of the plant to ensure continued basil harvests throughout the season.

Sow
Place the Tulsi seeds on top of the soil in Spring or early Summer and tamp them for good soil to seed contact. Cover the seeds with 1mm layer of compost or soil. Mist the seeds with sprayer and place them where they receive warmth, bright shade, and some part morning sun. Keep the soil constantly moist until the germination occurs.

When the seedlings have grown two or three sets of true leaves, transplant them carefully in individual containers or outdoors, taking care not to disturb the roots.

Germination
8-14 days @ 21-23°C

Maturity
100-110 days to maturity. Tulsi grows as a perennial plant in frost-free areas with mild winter and as an annual in cold and temperate climates.

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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!

Sow
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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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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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...

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 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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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...

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 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!

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 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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