Ceylon Malabar Spinach Basella Alba Seeds

Ceylon Malabar Spinach Basella Alba Seeds

Ceylon Malabar Spinach Basella Alba Seeds

Packet of 10+ fresh dried seeds.

This one is a fantastic twining vegetable that we use at least once a week, all year round.

Grows so easy that I’m often chuck a bit of our excess in with the chooks and guinea pigs. They love it too!

Grows really well from cutting, but seeds are just as easy. Just stick them in the ground, not too deep, just 1cm deep is perfect, water and wait.

Takes about 4-6weeks, but we generally get about a 70% strike, and that’s with no care or attention at all, just planted shallow then ignored. This pack should get you quite a few plants to get you started.

Once you have a couple you can just rip a stem off every now and then and use it to fill in gaps or spaces in your garden. A 10cm of stem with the leaves removed, just shoved in the ground should be reshooting in about a month.

Very high in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and calcium, along with soluble fibre and loads of antioxidants.

Fantastic taste!!! I seriously love the stuff. This green form tastes just like baby spinach leaves but crisper and kind of more refreshing.

Great raw in a salad, or just by the handful as you cruise on past.

It’s never bitter or sour, or unpleasant in any way, as the “Fordhook” or traditional spinach often can be, especially when grown in poor dry soils or harsh conditions like we have here.

Better than the supermarket spinach, that’s for sure!

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!

Talinum Fruticosum Amazon Spinach Ginseng Seeds

Talinum Fruticosum Amazon Spinach Ginseng Seeds

Packet of 200+ home grown organically produced seeds!

This super productive species is a real asset here for us.
It is super productive all year round providing lots of leafy greens for both us and the chooks.
The leaves can be eaten raw in salads, or cooked in stews, curries, soups, and a handful of young leaves, a pinch of basil and a bit of fetta cheese is awesome on home made pizza and breads!
Being related to Purslane there is a bit of oxalic acid in them so if you are eating huge amounts keep that in mind.

High in vitamin C, vitamin A, iron and calcium, it is also used as a treatment for measles in Cameroon, diabetes in India, and as a general cure all tonic in Indonesia.

Grown on a huge scale all around the world especially in Africa, Asia, and the Americas and it gets it’s common name “Amazon spinach” because it grows extensively along the Amazon river in Brazil, and the “Ginseng” bit because it is considered a good all round treatment for whatever ails you.

It self-seeds with ease and can be weedy in the moister lush soils further south.
Easy to kill if you feel the need making a great addition to compost, mulch or as green manure, just it is very fertile and hardy so keep an eye on it.

While I am lead to believe that Talinum fruticosum is the currently correct accepted name, it is also labelled as Talinum triangulare, Amazon spinach, Amazon waterleaf, beldroega graada, belok-sup, bolki, broadleaf ginseng, cariru, Ceylon spinach, Ceylon spinach, espinaca de Java, espinaca de Surinam, Florida spinach, Florida spinach, grasse, gbure, Indian ginseng, Lagos bologi, leaf ginseng, lustrosa grande, Philipine Spinach, Philippine spinach, potherb fameflower, pourpier tropical, Surinam purslane, Surinam purslane, Surinam spinach, sweetheart, verdolaga blanca, verdolaga de castilla, waterleaf and the synonyms Calandrinia andrewsii, Calandrinia lockhartii, Calandrinia pachypoda, Claytonia triangularis, Claytonia triangularis var. crassifolia, Portulaca crassicaule, Portulaca fruticosa, Portulaca racemosa, Portulaca triangularis, Ruelingia triangularis, Talinum andrewsii, Talinum attenuatum, Talinum confusum, Talinum crassifolium, Talinum fruticosum, Talinum grandiflorum, Talinum mucronatum, Talinum racemosum, Talinum revolutum, Talinum triangulare, and Talinum triangulare var. purpureum.

Despite my kinda crappy pictures it does make a great ornamental and in good conditions you end up with a bush about 1m square, covered in beautiful pink flower and glossy green succulent leaves.

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties no problems!!!

NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent. 🙂

 

Hibiscus Heterophyllus Lutea Native Hibiscus Seeds

Hibiscus Heterophyllus Lutea Native Hibiscus Seeds

Hibiscus Heterophyllus Lutea Native Hibiscus Seeds

Packet of 25+ seeds!

This beautiful (despite my dodgy pictures) Australian native is not just attractive, it is very useful too. Very similar to Hibiscus divaricatus, but with a bit fleshier base on the flower bud, and a much wider growing range.

The flowers, shoots, the whole plant actually is edible, and it doesn’t need any fancy preparation or cooking. The flowers go great in a salad and the buds are used just like rosella for making jam and tea. Leaves and shoots taste a lot like Ceylon Spinach.

The central stem of the plant has a very strong fiber and the bark is easily peeled. It was used to make dilly bags and nets by the Australian Aboriginals, and the settlers used it to make snares and ropes.

It is found all the way from the bottom of NSW all the way up the coast line of QLD and a large chunk of the interior, and it handles just about all soil types.

As to propagation, just soak in warm water or give them a bit of a rough up on the concrete before you plant them, keep them warm, really can’t go wrong with these guys. Or just plant as is and let nature do it’s thing, germination unscarified was only about 3-5weeks.

Cuttings are easy too. Just cut off a branch as thick as your finger, stick it in the ground and wait. I got 60% take doing that as a bit of an experiment a while ago.

Grown (and sometimes sustainably wildharvested) by me and the Mrs, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!

Taro Elephant Ear Coco Yam Colocasia Esculenta LIVE PLANT

Taro Elephant Ear Coco Yam Colocasia Esculenta LIVE PLANT

Taro Elephant Ear Coco Yam Colocasia Esculenta LIVE PLANT

1 live plant in a 100mm pot, ready to plant out at your place. The leaves may be removed to make posting easier, but they will soon regrow.

IT WILL BE SENT ON A MONDAY, so if your order payment comes in Sunday, after I have started to pack the orders, it will NOT be posted until the following week!

This added delay is for the benefit of you and the LIVE PLANTS. It is not just to annoy you!

Most bulbs were divided and potted up 3-6months ago and have a nice developed root system on them now. The plants will be sent in order of arrival and the plant you receive will be whatever plant I am up to.

As these are large plants the postage will cost and extra $10 which will be automatically added in the checkout. More info on postage HERE.

Known by lots of names. Coco yam, cocoyam, dasheen, eddo, elephant ears, elephant’s ear, taro, wild taro and river potato.

This a great species as the whole plant is really nutritious after careful preparation, and this variety is one of the better ones I have tried. The leaf and tuber is very high in vitamins and protein and it reproduces very fast in moist clay soils. Great for the shores of dams and creeklines where nothing else will grow. This is not ‘Euchlora’ or ‘Fontanesii’ the ornamental forms that can be a real pest in some places.

Two things though, the first is wear gloves when harvesting a lot of it, and never ever eat it raw or undercooked. It contains a little calcium oxalate crystals that need to be broken down by heat before it is edible, and if you have ever had a bite raw, trust me, you will never do that again! Ffwwoah, feels like a mouthful of crushed lightbulbs and borax and it truly is a terrifying experience.

Vinegar gargling and self-induced vomiting helps, a little….

If you are harvesting heaps of it can cause irritation and burning to the tender skin around your finger nails and the webbing and I can not even imagine getting it anywhere more “sensitive”.

That said, it is delicious when cooked, just like yam, and it is the main ingredient of a whole heap of dishes. Just steam or boil it for an hour or so and it is awesome. The leaf is like Ceylon spinach and the stem and root is nice and starchy.

It has been cultivated as a food crop for more than 28,000 years and is a major staple in China, India, South East Asia, Indonesia, Polynesia, the Mediterranean, Africa, and South America. Because Colocasia has been in cultivation for so long, no one knows for sure where it truly is native, but all evidence points to somewhere in Southeast Asia.

The cooked leaves are used in Hawaiian luaus and the corms are mashed into poi.

New Zealand Maori style “Hangi/Hungi” cooked taro is awesome! I could just sit down in the shade and eat it with a cold beer for days.

That’s about it folks, keep it moist and you can’t really go wrong.

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!

NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent. 🙂