– CELTUCE – A MUTANT VEGETABLE THAT IS EASY TO GROW AND DELICIOUS TO EAT! RARE AND NEVER FOUND IN COLES OR WOOLIES WHICH IS WHY EVERY SERIOUS VEGGIE ENTHUSIAST SHOULD GIVE IT A TRY! LETTUCE AND STALK IS DELICIOUS! FAST GROWER! Description Ever shopped at a Chinese market andSee more...

– CELTUCE – A MUTANT VEGETABLE THAT IS EASY TO GROW AND DELICIOUS TO EAT! RARE AND NEVER FOUND IN COLES OR WOOLIES WHICH IS WHY EVERY SERIOUS VEGGIE ENTHUSIAST SHOULD GIVE IT A TRY! LETTUCE AND STALK IS DELICIOUS! FAST GROWER!

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Ever shopped at a Chinese market and seen a strange, rough-skinned root-looking vegetable with a few weak leaves of lettuce on top? That’s celtuce, and you should make friends with it!

Celtuce goes by many names, some of which contain the word “lettuce,” which makes sense, as it is indeed a variety of lettuce. You might see it advertised as “stem lettuce,” “asparagus lettuce,” or “celery lettuce,” or, at Chinese grocery stores, as wosun.

Celtuce is one of the easiest and tastiest vegetables to use that you’ll find anywhere. It is a form of lettuce grown primarily for its thick stem, which looks not totally unlike a broccoli’s stalk, except even larger and gnarlier.
The stem of the celtuce should be peeled of its tough exterior (this is not very hard; you can use a peeler or a knife), revealing an interior that’s surprisingly crisp, delicate, and mild.
This interior can be eaten raw or cooked; it is fantastically versatile, tending to retain its Water-chestnut-like crispness whether pickled, grilled, roasted, or stir-fried.
Raw is my favourite way to eat it. The flavour is mild but nutty, with an almost smoky aftertaste that can be surprising given its pale green colour. It is excellent in salads, sliced thinly to take the place of any other crunchy vegetable, like radish or cucumber or carrot.

It can be spiralized to make a crispy noodle-like thing, or stir-fried quickly to impart flavours. And it doesn’t only take to Chinese flavours; it plays very nicely with Mediterranean flavours like walnuts, lemon, and olive oil.
Celtuce is a scary-looking thing, but its flavour and texture are anything but!

Grow Notes
Plant in full or part sun in well-drained soil. Keep plants well-watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth.

Sow
Plant seeds direct or raise seedlings in Summer, Autumn and Spring at 6mm depth with 30cm between plants and 50cm between rows.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
3-7 days at 4-22°C

Maturity
90 days.

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HERBALIST’S GARDEN, LONG ISLAND DILL MAMMOTH IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDERESTIMATED HERBS EVER! HUGE STARBURST FLOWERS, LUXURIANT FOLIAGE AND PERFECT FOR THE BACK OF A GARDEN BED OR COMPANION PLANTED WITH YOUR VEGGIES! Dill is well known for the pickles it flavours and as a lovely flavour added toSee more...

HERBALIST’S GARDEN, LONG ISLAND DILL MAMMOTH IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDERESTIMATED HERBS EVER! HUGE STARBURST FLOWERS, LUXURIANT FOLIAGE AND PERFECT FOR THE BACK OF A GARDEN BED OR COMPANION PLANTED WITH YOUR VEGGIES!
Dill is well known for the pickles it flavours and as a lovely flavour added to salads, cold soups and fish. The seeds and the foliage are both flavourful, and the seeds are reputed to be a cure for flatulence.
ATTRACTS CATERPILLER AND APHID PREDATORS – CAN BE EATEN OF COURSE AND IS GREAT FOR MAKING PICKLES!
STUNNING FLOWERS TOO!
Dill is an annual, self-seeding plant with feathery green leaves. It is used most commonly in soups, stews, and for pickling. Dill is easy to grow and attracts beneficial insects to your garden, including predatory insects such as ladybugs and others that eat pests.
As an herb, A. graveolens is commonly grown for the culinary attributes of its leaves and seeds. Its distinctive foliage texture and flower colour and form make this plant a nice companion in a mixed border. It provides a valuable food source for butterfly larvae and attracts beneficial insects also.
Dill has been used in ayurvedic medicines since ancient times and it is a popular herb widely used as a spice and also yields essential oil. It is an aromatic and annual herb of apiaceae family. The Ayurvedic uses of dill seeds are carminative, stomachic and diuretic.
There are various volatile components of dill seeds and herb; carvone being the predominant odorant of dill seed and ?-phellandrene, limonene, dill ether, myristicin are the most important odorants of dill herb. Other compounds isolated from seeds are coumarins, flavonoids, phenolic acids and steroids.

Grow Notes
Plant in full sun in well-draining soil.

Dill does not grow well when transplanted so sowing directly is best.

Sow
Sow direct in Spring, Summer or Autumn at 2mm depth and 20cm spacing.

Keep soil moist but never wet.

Germination
7-21 days at 15-25°C
Maturity
60 days.

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EGGPLANT RED RUFFLES CAN BE USED IN FLORAL DECORATIONS, EATEN IN ASIAN AND OTHER DISHES TOO! DELICIOUS AT THE GREEN STAGE, USED EXTENSIVELY FOR ASIAN DISHES WHEN RED. PICKING ENCOURAGES MORE FRUITS. An Asian variety from Thailand also known as Hmong Red that produces bright red, round, ribbed fruits 75mmSee more...

EGGPLANT RED RUFFLES CAN BE USED IN FLORAL DECORATIONS, EATEN IN ASIAN AND OTHER DISHES TOO! DELICIOUS AT THE GREEN STAGE, USED EXTENSIVELY FOR ASIAN DISHES WHEN RED. PICKING ENCOURAGES MORE FRUITS.
An Asian variety from Thailand also known as Hmong Red that produces bright red, round, ribbed fruits 75mm diameter (3”) on 60-90cm (2-3’) plants. Fruits are lovely when green but bitter when red and the red ones are used extensively in Asian cuisine. Best when harvesting young (green). Used as “miniature pumpkins” in floral arrangements.

Grow Notes
Plant in full sun in moist, well-draining soils.

Sow
Sow direct or raise seedlings in Spring, planting at 5mm depth and 70cm spacing with rows 80cm apart.

Keep soil moist but never wet.

Germination
7-14 days @ 24-32°C

Maturity
65- 75 days, Perennial.

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THAI GREEN ROUND EGGPLANT IS A GORGEOUS LOOKER IN THE GARDEN AND IS VERY PROLIFIC INDEED! A DELICATE, MILD FLAVOUR AND HIGHLY PRIZED IN EVERY ASIAN GARDEN! This south-east Asian variety is very popular in Thai and Vietnamese cooking and is a common home garden vegetable. Producing round light greenSee more...

THAI GREEN ROUND EGGPLANT IS A GORGEOUS LOOKER IN THE GARDEN AND IS VERY PROLIFIC INDEED! A DELICATE, MILD FLAVOUR AND HIGHLY PRIZED IN EVERY ASIAN GARDEN!

This south-east Asian variety is very popular in Thai and Vietnamese cooking and is a common home garden vegetable. Producing round light green white variegated striped fruit about 5cm in diameter they may be eaten raw but often included in a variety of dishes particularly stir-fry.

An authentic favourite in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, round green eggplant is often eaten raw. Of course, it’s also great in stir fires! The fruits exceed expectations. They certainly are round, but the green is marbled with white, making an attractive pattern.

The heavily bearing plants produce fruits that measure about 5cm in diameter, and they’re a favourite among those who love growing their own veggies.

Grow Notes
Plant in full sun in moist, well-draining soils.

Sow
Sow direct or raise seedlings in Spring, planting at 5mm depth and 60cm spacing with rows 80cm apart.

Keep soil moist but never wet.

Germination
7-14 days @ 24-32°C

Maturity
80 days, Perennial.

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TOONA SINESIS IMPORTED FROM JAPAN! AN EDIBLE PINK TREE! A REAL MAHOGANY TREE THAT CAN BE GROW IN A POT OR AS A BONSAI – IS A FOOD SOURCE (THE GROWING TIPS ARE DELICIOUS AND HAVE AN ONION FLAVOUR) AND IT HAS A SPECTACULAR JAW DROPPING COLOUR TOO! DEPENDING ONSee more...

TOONA SINESIS IMPORTED FROM JAPAN! AN EDIBLE PINK TREE! A REAL MAHOGANY TREE THAT CAN BE GROW IN A POT OR AS A BONSAI – IS A FOOD SOURCE (THE GROWING TIPS ARE DELICIOUS AND HAVE AN ONION FLAVOUR) AND IT HAS A SPECTACULAR JAW DROPPING COLOUR TOO!

DEPENDING ON THE POLLINATION, WEATHER AND SOIL YOU MAY GET RED, ORANGE/RED (CALLED ORANGE FLAME), PURPLE, WHITE OR PINK OR A MIXTURE. SIMPLY AMAZING!

Toona sinensis (syn. Cedrela sinensis A.Juss.; Chinese mahogany, Chinese toon, or red toon (Chinese: ??; pinyin: xi?ngch?n; Hindi: daaraluu; Malay: suren; Vietnamese: tông dù) is a species of Toona native to eastern and southeastern Asia, from North Korea south through most of eastern, central and southwestern China to Nepal, northeastern India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, and western Indonesia.

It is a deciduous tree growing to 25 metres (82 ft) tall with a trunk up to 70 cm diameter. The bark is brown, smooth on young trees, becoming scaly to shaggy on old trees. The flowers are produced in summer in panicles 30–50 cm long at the end of a branch; each flower is small, 4–5 mm diameter, with five white or pale pink petals. The fruit is a capsule 2–3.5 cm long, containing few seeds.

The young leaves of T. sinensis (xi?ngch?n) are extensively used as a vegetable in China; they have a floral, yet onion-like flavor, attributed to volatile organosulfur compounds. Plants with red young leaves are considered of better flavour than those where the young leaves are green.

The timber is hard and reddish; it is valuable, used for furniture making and for bodies of electric guitars. Being a “true mahogany” (mahogany other than Swietenia), it is one of the common replacements for Swietenia mahogany (“genuine mahogany”) which is now commercially restricted from being sourced natively.

THE SEEDS ARE LARGE, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Prefers full to part sun in well-draining soil.

Sow
Soak the seeds in warm water overnight. Spread on a damp paper towel in a container or bowl with cling wrap over the top, and leave the seeds in a warm spot to germinate. Keep the paper towel damp.

OR

Plant seeds in Spring a clean pot with damp soil, add a very light covering of sand, glad wrap the entire thing and wait.

Once seeds germinate, using a pop stick, pot them up with potting compost and water in well – when you move them hold them by the leaves to be sure not to damage the roots.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
7-14 days at 17-25°C

Maturity
Deciduous tree growing to 25m.

 

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