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Seed Sowing (Vegetables)

Easy steps for growing from seed with Evette Jungwirth

Get back to basics and plant your own heirloom seeds!

Step 1

Sow the seed directly into the soil.

Step 2

Push into the soil to twice the depth of the seed.

Step 3

Water in well, then keep the soil moist to touch until the seedling emerges.  This can take 1-3 weeks depending on the variety.

Step 4

Protect young seedlings from pests such as slugs and snails. Water and fertilise when necessary.

Growing from seeds is one of the biggest joys of gardening and here at Diggers we encourage everyone to give it a go.

Many varieties do much better if you sow from seed rather than transplant a seedling.  The following fruits and vegies should always be grown from seed:

♦    BEANS
♦    BEETROOT
♦    CARROT
♦    CORN
♦    FENNEL
♦    PARSNIP
♦    PEAS
♦    PUMPKIN
♦    RADISH
♦    ROCKMELON
♦    SILVERBEET
♦    TURNIP
♦    WATERMELON
♦    ZUCCHINI

cool Climate - October

BEAN 'AUSTRALIAN BUTTER' ORGANIC

A climbing butter bean that ticks all the boxes. The long round beans are golden yellow and have the taste, texture and appearance of having already being daubed with butter. Flowers are mauve and the seeds are deep purple making a sensational contrast to the pods. Prolific and producing for months this one is a real winner.

BEETROOT HEIRLOOM MIX

Green, yellow and red ribbed leaves make a colourful addition to salads, while their roots provide a unique sweet taste. Includes Chioggia, Globe, Golden and White Blankoma.

CAPSICUM SEVEN COLOUR MIX

A rainbow collection of heirloom sweet capsicums including Sweet Chocolate, Purple Beauty, White Diamond, Yellow Marconi, Chinese Giant, Red Cubanelle and Orange Bell.

CHILLI HELLFIRE MIX

If you like heat then this mix of flaming beauties will set your mouth on fire! Our exclusive mix includes the knock-your-socksoff Habanero, fiery Red Cap Mushroom and Red Hot Cherry.

CARROT HEIRLOOM MIX

An exclusive Digger's mix exploding with colours from red to white and purple to yellow. Succulent and sweet, these carrots hold their colour when cooked, adding an exciting dimension to meals and salads.

LETTUCE HEIRLOOM MIX

A splendid mix of some of our favourite heirloom lettuces that bring colour and flavour from the garden to the table. Includes Tennis Ball, Rouge d'Hiver, Freckles, Tango and Red Leprechaun.

ARTICHOKE 'IMPERIAL STAR' (PVP) ORGANIC

Delicious flavour and smooth buttery texture with an average of 6-8 buds per plant in the first year. Cut back after flowering for increased yields in the following years. Offsets can be divided to propagate new plants.

SWEET BASIL

This is the true basil favoured by continental cooks. Grow half a dozen plants and you will have enough to pick fresh all summer plus make pesto that you can freeze for quick pasta dishes in the winter.

BROCCOLI 'DE CICCO' ORGANIC

ORGANIC! Traditional Italian sprouting broccoli. Harvest the central head first to promote vigorous side shoots for up to 6 months. Harvest in 9 weeks from transplant. Yields 1.1kg/plant.

CELTUCE

A lettuce that is also used a celery - strange but true. This ancient Chinese vegetable is much sought-after by those that know it, branded 'the next big thing' in Epicurious, so get ahead of the curve with this new (to the west anyway) vegetable. Grow and harvest young leaves as a lettuce then cut the succulent stems when they run to seed, reaching 30-40cm high.

CHERVIL

This anise flavoured leaf is a favourite of French chefs to add piquancy to salad greens. Ideal for growing during the short day lengths of the winter months but equally as happy in the warmer months in a shady moist position. Its white flowers are like a delicate Queen Anne's Lace.

TOMATO 'BARRY'S CRAZY CHERRY' ORGANIC

Only the second tomato to surpass Tommy Toe in our taste tests! Profuse (really - crazy!) clusters of oblong yellow fruit that change in flavour from tart to sweet as they ripen - finishing with a flavour like sweet moscato (Brix level of 8). This selection is sure to be a hit with young and old alike. 96 Days, 3 kg

CHIVES 'GARLIC'

Strappy leaves with a mild garlic flavour. Ideal for stir fries. Also makes an ideal companion plant in the vegetable garden.

CORIANDER

Looking light and gauzy in the garden, coriander grows rapidly in the cooler months. Eat the leaves fresh, dry-fry the seeds and use the roots for that nuance of Thailand in a stir-fry or curry.

CORN 'BABY' F1

For Baby Corn, harvest continuously before the silks appear and grow up to 6 cobs per plant. Fresh baby corn is the most delicate of delicacies and makes sophisticated stir-fries. Never put up with the tinned variety again. For Popcorn, simply leave the cobs on the plant to mature, then dry the kernels.

CUCUMBER 'LEBANESE MINI MUNCHER'

No need to peel this classic Mediterranean smooth skin variety. Perfect for salads, pickling or combining with yoghurt for a traditional tzatziki. Yields approximately 40 fruit/plant.

DILL 'BOUQUET' ORGANIC

From Lithuanian to Laos, the soft, feathery leaves and seeds of Dill are the vital ingredient for salads, pickles, vinegars and yoghurt dishes, and of course, cucumber. The blue textured leaves also contrast in ornamental plantings with salvias, dahlia, while the yellow umbel flowers attract beneficial insects to fruit trees and the vegetable patch.

KALE 'TUSCAN CAVOLO NERO'

The kale that launched this superfood! A culinary champion in the kitchen and lauded by seasonal chefs. Also known as Tuscan Black, it grows like a mini palm tree with elephant-grey leaves that can be picked continually from 8 weeks. Perfect for light braising in butter and verjuice.

LEEK 'MAMMOTH BLANCH'

Awarded the RHS Award for Garden Merit in 2011, this leek is a real show stopper. Long, thick white shanks are sweet, tender and tasty. Described as "the perfect leek" by our restaurant manager who gave it 100% in taste tests. Great in the garden too. Can be picked early or left in the ground to extend the harvest period and produce huge exhibition worthy specimens. Resistant to bolting.

LETTUCE HEIRLOOM MIX

A splendid mix of some of our favourite heirloom lettuces that bring colour and flavour from the garden to the table. Includes Tennis Ball, Rouge d'Hiver, Freckles, Tango and Red Leprechaun.

PARSLEY 'CONTINENTAL'

Flat leaf Italian style variety with a slightly milder flavour than the curly leaf varieties.

PARSNIP 'HOLLOW CROWN'

A smooth skinned variety that has been a favourite since the 1820's. The flavour improves if stored in the soil over winter. Sow in spring in cold climates and in autumn in warmer climates.

PUMPKIN 'BUTTERCUP' ORGANIC

Rich, sweet and dense flesh from a pumpkin that is not only delicious, but the perfect size for an average household. Tops in our taste tests. Harvest in 17 weeks, 7.5 kg per plant.

RADISH 'PINK LADY SLIPPER'

Pink Lady Slipper is a charming yet robust addition to our radish offerings. Its crisp texture and mild pungency made it a taste test winner. The roots are an attractive pink colour, elongated with a blunt tip and slender taproot. In addition, this radish maintains its crisp texture and mild flavor for a stunning 40+ days from sowing! Matures in 30 to 34 days.

SILVERBEET FIVE COLOUR MIX

Dazzling, colourful and extremely nutritious. Midribs of red, orange, yellow, pink or white make this the perfect fountaining accent plant for any flower or vegetable garden. Listed in Vilmorin's Vegetable Garden 1888, and also called Rainbow Chard we grew this for its re-introduction into the US for What's Old is New, where it became a best seller and a signature plant for heirlooms.

SPINACH 'BLOOMSDALE'

Introduced to American gardeners way back in 1826 this heirloom variety has thick, savoy (crinkled) bright green leaves that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins on a compact plant. It maintains a neat rosette of leaves for some time as it is resistant to bolting.

SPRING ONION 'EVERGREEN TRIDENT'

A versatile easy to grow vegie that can be used in a range of dishes from salads to stir fries. They add a touch of heat without making your eyes water like their other onion cousins.

SQUASH 'GEM'

This South African Gem is a space saving, compact vine producing grapefruit-sized squash that can be eaten fresh or stored as a mini-sized pumpkin for roasting. Sweet when small, savory when larger.

SWEDE 'LAURENTIAN'

A full flavoured earthy swede with a savoury aftertaste. Under-rated as a vegetable, its smooth and creamy texture is a welcome surprise in our restaurant.

TURNIP 'WHITE MINI'

Tender round white roots, stores well. Crisp, beautiful well shaped rounds, ideal for the turnip lover. Harvest in only 7 weeks.

WATERMELON 'SUGAR BABY'

This 1950s ice box sized heirloom produces an abundant crop of sweet, red fleshed melons. Has a compact growth habit that won't take over your garden. Harvest in just 10 weeks- making it our earliest yet. The tough outer skin resists cracking and its compact 15cm fruit fits perfectly in the fridge. 4 fruit per plant, 3kg per fruit.

ZUCCHINI 'BLACK BEAUTY' ORGANIC

Pick flowers for stuffing or leave fruit until it is 15cm long. Produces more fruit than the standard hybrid Black Jack. Just 9 weeks to harvest.

CALENDULA 'GREEN HEART ORANGE'

Named from the Latin 'Kalenade' (the first day of the month) because it can be in flower every day of the year bring brilliant orange brightness to the garden in the darkest of seasons. So willingly do they grow that they barely need sowing. Elizabethans called it marigold before Mexico was discovered, which then, became the source of popular modern marigolds. Beneficial with medical and culinary properties, like many gardeners, this flower is too `green at heart'.

VIOLA 'HEARTSEASE'

The true Johnny-Jump-Up, also known as Heartsease for its use in treating a range of ailments throughout the ages- ranging from bronchial complaints to fevers to skin problems. We grow it purely for its endearing tri-coloured, face-like flowers and its ability to self seed where other violets dare not. It is the ultimate ground cover for planting under spring bulbs flowering from late winter right through to summer.

CALIFORNIAN POPPY 'JELLY BEANS'

Candy for the eye, the double fluted flowers in bright red and orange and pink, Jelly Bean is a bright and long lasting splash of colour during quieter times in the garden. Sown in drifts, Californian Poppies look spectacular and are quick to cover bare patches of the garden.

BLUE BORAGE

Easy to grow from seed and one of the most popular plants for bee keepers. The slate grey leaves are topped by panicles of electric blue flowers that last for months and are the best for attracting pollinators to your garden. Both the flowers and leaves can be added to summer drinks making it a vital addition to the kitchen garden.

MARIGOLD 'ALUMIA VANILLA CREAM'

Buttery vanilla cream flowers on a bushy plant make for a unique French Marigold. Marigolds are all reliably long blooming flowers and this variety with an open face and exposed stamen attracts bees and other beneficial garden pollinators. The petals have culinary uses though it is hard to resist the charming warm colour.

SWEET BASIL

This is the true basil favoured by continental cooks. Grow half a dozen plants and you will have enough to pick fresh all summer plus make pesto that you can freeze for quick pasta dishes in the winter.

BEAN 'DRAGON'S TONGUE'

Extremely beautiful bush bean with wide succulent pods of pale lemon streaked with purple. Delicious as both a fresh or dried bean. Harvest in 9 weeks. Yields over 250 grams per plant.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS 'RED RUBINE' AKA RUBY

Buttons of burgundy-red nutty sprouts with lavender-blue leaves. These sprouts turn an intriguing caviar-black when cooked.

CELERY 'DORATA D'ASTI'

Easier to grow than other varieties, remaining crisp and juicy without the need for blanching. Snap off the lime-green stems from summer through to autumn and winter. Harvest in 15 weeks, yields 1.1kg per plant.

TOMATO 'JAUNE FLAMME' ORGANIC

This jewel-coloured heirloom from France produces fruit in just 7 weeks from transplant. With large amounts of carotene, orange tomatoes have almost as much beta-carotene as carrots. Yields 6.5kg/plant.

EGGPLANT 'LISTADA DE GANDIA'

A stunning Spanish heirloom with showy lavender and white craquelure stripes, that's early to fruit, productive and exquisitely beautiful. Originally from from the Gandia region in the province of Valencia on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, many have tried to claim it as their own, and there is certainly no debating it's popularity world-wide. There is no need to peel the 15-20cm, almost seedless fruit with fine-textured flesh. Yields 3.5kg per plant.

CORN 'PAINTED MOUNTAIN' ORGANIC

Saved from extinction by Montana farmer, Dave Christensen, the original strains of this ancient corn were believed to be widely cultivated by native Indians and early American settlers. Painted Mountain is very cold hardy and can be ground for flour or grown purely to enjoy the rich tapestry of colours found in every cob.

CAPSICUM 'GILBOA ORANGE'

Large, glossy, bright orange fruit that is more resistant to pests and disease than other varieties. The thick succululent flesh is deliciously sweet either cooked or raw.

BEAN 'DRAGON'S TONGUE'

Extremely beautiful bush bean with wide succulent pods of pale lemon streaked with purple. Delicious as both a fresh or dried bean. Harvest in 9 weeks. Yields over 250 grams per plant.

TOMATO 'PINK BUMBLE BEE' ORGANIC

Taking the organic and farmers markets of the US by storm, Pink Bumble Bee and its relatives from the 'Artisan Tomato' stables are the next big thing in open-pollinated tomatoes. Through our connections with the seed merchants, Diggers is the first to release these 'heirlooms of the future' here in Australia. The vibrant colour and flavour are sure to impress even the most seasoned tomato growers.

TOMATO 'GREEN ZEBRA'

Green Zebra has an in-built colour marker that produces yellow stripes indicating when it is ripe. Bred by the creator of hunderds of 'modern heirlooms', Tom Wagner. Firm, crack resistant fruits have zingy flavour. It's early and the colour confuses the pests. One of the most beautiful, modern heirlooms now considered a classic. Fruits in 11 weeks from transplant, yields up to 13.6kg per plant.

ROCKMELON 'FRENCH CHARENTAIS'

As delicately scented as the finest wine. It's the one the French adore above all others, says melon guru, Amy Goldman. 18 fruit per plant and 500g per fruit.

SUNFLOWER 'PRADO RED' ORGANIC

Exclusive to Diggers. Rich velvet flowers in rich red to burnt orange tones, fading to yellow at the end of the season. The generosity of a multi-stemmed sunflower with up to 10 heads per plant that dazzles in the garden up to 2 months of consistent flowering. Flowering can be extended from regular de-heading. ORGANIC

ZINNIA 'CALIFORNIA GIANTS'

Sunset colours of these double flowers evoke the American state in size and proud form. Bright blooms of coral pink, vivid orange, reds, yellows and purples stand upright. Hardy, with peerless preformance during long hot Australian summers once established. With firm, long lasting petals, Zinnias are excellent cut flowers from our grandparents' generation long overdue for some extra attention in a changing climate.

RUDBECKIA 'INDIAN SUMMER'

From the praires of the American mid-west comes this long-flowering Black- eyed Susan. The huge yellow daisy blooms with dark centres are held on sturdy branches from summer through to autumn. A wonderful cut flower and fantastic in pots.

warm Climate - October

ARTICHOKE 'IMPERIAL STAR' (PVP) ORGANIC

Delicious flavour and smooth buttery texture with an average of 6-8 buds per plant in the first year. Cut back after flowering for increased yields in the following years. Offsets can be divided to propagate new plants.

SWEET BASIL

This is the true basil favoured by continental cooks. Grow half a dozen plants and you will have enough to pick fresh all summer plus make pesto that you can freeze for quick pasta dishes in the winter.

PEA 'GREENFEAST'

An easy and rewarding crop for new and experienced gardeners. Traditional, sweet juicy peas for shelling are produced in abundance on these dwarf bushes.

BEETROOT HEIRLOOM MIX

Green, yellow and red ribbed leaves make a colourful addition to salads, while their roots provide a unique sweet taste. Includes Chioggia, Globe, Golden and White Blankoma.

CAPSICUM SEVEN COLOUR MIX

A rainbow collection of heirloom sweet capsicums including Sweet Chocolate, Purple Beauty, White Diamond, Yellow Marconi, Chinese Giant, Red Cubanelle and Orange Bell.

CARROT HEIRLOOM MIX

An exclusive Digger's mix exploding with colours from red to white and purple to yellow. Succulent and sweet, these carrots hold their colour when cooked, adding an exciting dimension to meals and salads.

CELTUCE

A lettuce that is also used a celery - strange but true. This ancient Chinese vegetable is much sought-after by those that know it, branded 'the next big thing' in Epicurious, so get ahead of the curve with this new (to the west anyway) vegetable. Grow and harvest young leaves as a lettuce then cut the succulent stems when they run to seed, reaching 30-40cm high.

CHERVIL

This anise flavoured leaf is a favourite of French chefs to add piquancy to salad greens. Ideal for growing during the short day lengths of the winter months but equally as happy in the warmer months in a shady moist position. Its white flowers are like a delicate Queen Anne's Lace.

CHILLI HELLFIRE MIX

If you like heat then this mix of flaming beauties will set your mouth on fire! Our exclusive mix includes the knock-your-socksoff Habanero, fiery Red Cap Mushroom and Red Hot Cherry.

CHIVES 'GARLIC'

Strappy leaves with a mild garlic flavour. Ideal for stir fries. Also makes an ideal companion plant in the vegetable garden.

CORIANDER

Looking light and gauzy in the garden, coriander grows rapidly in the cooler months. Eat the leaves fresh, dry-fry the seeds and use the roots for that nuance of Thailand in a stir-fry or curry.

CUCUMBER 'LEBANESE MINI MUNCHER'

No need to peel this classic Mediterranean smooth skin variety. Perfect for salads, pickling or combining with yoghurt for a traditional tzatziki. Yields approximately 40 fruit/plant.

DILL 'BOUQUET' ORGANIC

From Lithuanian to Laos, the soft, feathery leaves and seeds of Dill are the vital ingredient for salads, pickles, vinegars and yoghurt dishes, and of course, cucumber. The blue textured leaves also contrast in ornamental plantings with salvias, dahlia, while the yellow umbel flowers attract beneficial insects to fruit trees and the vegetable patch.

EGGPLANT HEIRLOOM MIX

A kaleidoscope of eggplants that you’ll never see in the supermarkets! Includes a colourful and delicious mix of ‘Rosa Bianca’, ‘Violetta di Firenze’, ‘Slim Jim’ and ‘Listada de Gandia’ varieties. Ready to harvest from 12 weeks.

LEEK 'MAMMOTH BLANCH'

Awarded the RHS Award for Garden Merit in 2011, this leek is a real show stopper. Long, thick white shanks are sweet, tender and tasty. Described as "the perfect leek" by our restaurant manager who gave it 100% in taste tests. Great in the garden too. Can be picked early or left in the ground to extend the harvest period and produce huge exhibition worthy specimens. Resistant to bolting.

LETTUCE HEIRLOOM MIX

A splendid mix of some of our favourite heirloom lettuces that bring colour and flavour from the garden to the table. Includes Tennis Ball, Rouge d'Hiver, Freckles, Tango and Red Leprechaun.

PEPPERMINT

Commonly used as a flavouring in tea, ice cream, biscuits and sweets. It can also be used to scent shampoos, soaps and lotions or used as a natural pesticide and insect deterrent. The flowers produce large amounts of nectar and attract bees.

PARSLEY 'CONTINENTAL'

Flat leaf Italian style variety with a slightly milder flavour than the curly leaf varieties.

PARSNIP 'HOLLOW CROWN'

A smooth skinned variety that has been a favourite since the 1820's. The flavour improves if stored in the soil over winter. Sow in spring in cold climates and in autumn in warmer climates.

PUMPKIN 'BUTTERCUP' ORGANIC

Rich, sweet and dense flesh from a pumpkin that is not only delicious, but the perfect size for an average household. Tops in our taste tests. Harvest in 17 weeks, 7.5 kg per plant.

RADISH 'PINK LADY SLIPPER'

Pink Lady Slipper is a charming yet robust addition to our radish offerings. Its crisp texture and mild pungency made it a taste test winner. The roots are an attractive pink colour, elongated with a blunt tip and slender taproot. In addition, this radish maintains its crisp texture and mild flavor for a stunning 40+ days from sowing! Matures in 30 to 34 days.

ROCKMELON 'SHARLYN' ORGANIC

Winner of our 2016-17 Rockmelon trial, Sharlyn resembles an elongated cantaloupe but with a more restrained balance of sweetness. Its pale orange flesh is soft near the center and more firm near the rind. Its aromatics are both floral and fruity. Sharlyn melons have a short shelf- life and should be eaten within a week of harvesting when ripe. 102 Days, 18 kg

ROSELLA ORGANIC

Rosella has been recognized in natural health industries for its high levels of vitamin C and diurectic properties. Now it is becoming more widely accepted and the unopened flowers (calyces) are used for tea infusions, jams and relishes, and the leaves can be used in salads.

SILVERBEET FIVE COLOUR MIX

Dazzling, colourful and extremely nutritious. Midribs of red, orange, yellow, pink or white make this the perfect fountaining accent plant for any flower or vegetable garden. Listed in Vilmorin's Vegetable Garden 1888, and also called Rainbow Chard we grew this for its re-introduction into the US for What's Old is New, where it became a best seller and a signature plant for heirlooms.

SPINACH 'BLOOMSDALE'

Introduced to American gardeners way back in 1826 this heirloom variety has thick, savoy (crinkled) bright green leaves that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins on a compact plant. It maintains a neat rosette of leaves for some time as it is resistant to bolting.

SPRING ONION 'EVERGREEN TRIDENT'

A versatile easy to grow vegie that can be used in a range of dishes from salads to stir fries. They add a touch of heat without making your eyes water like their other onion cousins.

SQUASH 'GEM'

This South African Gem is a space saving, compact vine producing grapefruit-sized squash that can be eaten fresh or stored as a mini-sized pumpkin for roasting. Sweet when small, savory when larger.

SWEDE 'LAURENTIAN'

A full flavoured earthy swede with a savoury aftertaste. Under-rated as a vegetable, its smooth and creamy texture is a welcome surprise in our restaurant.

TOMATO 'BARRY'S CRAZY CHERRY' ORGANIC

Only the second tomato to surpass Tommy Toe in our taste tests! Profuse (really - crazy!) clusters of oblong yellow fruit that change in flavour from tart to sweet as they ripen - finishing with a flavour like sweet moscato (Brix level of 8). This selection is sure to be a hit with young and old alike. 96 Days, 3 kg

TURNIP 'WHITE MINI'

Tender round white roots, stores well. Crisp, beautiful well shaped rounds, ideal for the turnip lover. Harvest in only 7 weeks.

WATERMELON 'SUGAR BABY'

This 1950s ice box sized heirloom produces an abundant crop of sweet, red fleshed melons. Has a compact growth habit that won't take over your garden. Harvest in just 10 weeks- making it our earliest yet. The tough outer skin resists cracking and its compact 15cm fruit fits perfectly in the fridge. 4 fruit per plant, 3kg per fruit.

ZUCCHINI 'BLACK BEAUTY' ORGANIC

Pick flowers for stuffing or leave fruit until it is 15cm long. Produces more fruit than the standard hybrid Black Jack. Just 9 weeks to harvest.

CALENDULA 'GREEN HEART ORANGE'

Named from the Latin 'Kalenade' (the first day of the month) because it can be in flower every day of the year bring brilliant orange brightness to the garden in the darkest of seasons. So willingly do they grow that they barely need sowing. Elizabethans called it marigold before Mexico was discovered, which then, became the source of popular modern marigolds. Beneficial with medical and culinary properties, like many gardeners, this flower is too `green at heart'.

VIOLA 'HEARTSEASE'

The true Johnny-Jump-Up, also known as Heartsease for its use in treating a range of ailments throughout the ages- ranging from bronchial complaints to fevers to skin problems. We grow it purely for its endearing tri-coloured, face-like flowers and its ability to self seed where other violets dare not. It is the ultimate ground cover for planting under spring bulbs flowering from late winter right through to summer.

CALIFORNIAN POPPY 'JELLY BEANS'

Candy for the eye, the double fluted flowers in bright red and orange and pink, Jelly Bean is a bright and long lasting splash of colour during quieter times in the garden. Sown in drifts, Californian Poppies look spectacular and are quick to cover bare patches of the garden.

BLUE BORAGE

Easy to grow from seed and one of the most popular plants for bee keepers. The slate grey leaves are topped by panicles of electric blue flowers that last for months and are the best for attracting pollinators to your garden. Both the flowers and leaves can be added to summer drinks making it a vital addition to the kitchen garden.

MARIGOLD 'ALUMIA VANILLA CREAM'

Buttery vanilla cream flowers on a bushy plant make for a unique French Marigold. Marigolds are all reliably long blooming flowers and this variety with an open face and exposed stamen attracts bees and other beneficial garden pollinators. The petals have culinary uses though it is hard to resist the charming warm colour.

CELERY 'DORATA D'ASTI'

Easier to grow than other varieties, remaining crisp and juicy without the need for blanching. Snap off the lime-green stems from summer through to autumn and winter. Harvest in 15 weeks, yields 1.1kg per plant.

CORN 'HONEY AND CREAM' F1

So sweet it doesn't need cooking, with plump yellow and white kernels. Harvest in 12 weeks. Sow >20 C soil temperature.

CORN 'PAINTED MOUNTAIN' ORGANIC

Saved from extinction by Montana farmer, Dave Christensen, the original strains of this ancient corn were believed to be widely cultivated by native Indians and early American settlers. Painted Mountain is very cold hardy and can be ground for flour or grown purely to enjoy the rich tapestry of colours found in every cob.

hot Climate - October

SWEET BASIL

This is the true basil favoured by continental cooks. Grow half a dozen plants and you will have enough to pick fresh all summer plus make pesto that you can freeze for quick pasta dishes in the winter.

CHILLI HELLFIRE MIX

If you like heat then this mix of flaming beauties will set your mouth on fire! Our exclusive mix includes the knock-your-socksoff Habanero, fiery Red Cap Mushroom and Red Hot Cherry.

CORIANDER

Looking light and gauzy in the garden, coriander grows rapidly in the cooler months. Eat the leaves fresh, dry-fry the seeds and use the roots for that nuance of Thailand in a stir-fry or curry.

CUCUMBER 'LEBANESE MINI MUNCHER'

No need to peel this classic Mediterranean smooth skin variety. Perfect for salads, pickling or combining with yoghurt for a traditional tzatziki. Yields approximately 40 fruit/plant.

DILL 'BOUQUET' ORGANIC

From Lithuanian to Laos, the soft, feathery leaves and seeds of Dill are the vital ingredient for salads, pickles, vinegars and yoghurt dishes, and of course, cucumber. The blue textured leaves also contrast in ornamental plantings with salvias, dahlia, while the yellow umbel flowers attract beneficial insects to fruit trees and the vegetable patch.

EGGPLANT HEIRLOOM MIX

A kaleidoscope of eggplants that you’ll never see in the supermarkets! Includes a colourful and delicious mix of ‘Rosa Bianca’, ‘Violetta di Firenze’, ‘Slim Jim’ and ‘Listada de Gandia’ varieties. Ready to harvest from 12 weeks.

LETTUCE HEIRLOOM MIX

A splendid mix of some of our favourite heirloom lettuces that bring colour and flavour from the garden to the table. Includes Tennis Ball, Rouge d'Hiver, Freckles, Tango and Red Leprechaun.

RADISH 'PINK LADY SLIPPER'

Pink Lady Slipper is a charming yet robust addition to our radish offerings. Its crisp texture and mild pungency made it a taste test winner. The roots are an attractive pink colour, elongated with a blunt tip and slender taproot. In addition, this radish maintains its crisp texture and mild flavor for a stunning 40+ days from sowing! Matures in 30 to 34 days.

WATERMELON 'SUGAR BABY'

This 1950s ice box sized heirloom produces an abundant crop of sweet, red fleshed melons. Has a compact growth habit that won't take over your garden. Harvest in just 10 weeks- making it our earliest yet. The tough outer skin resists cracking and its compact 15cm fruit fits perfectly in the fridge. 4 fruit per plant, 3kg per fruit.

ZUCCHINI 'BLACK BEAUTY' ORGANIC

Pick flowers for stuffing or leave fruit until it is 15cm long. Produces more fruit than the standard hybrid Black Jack. Just 9 weeks to harvest.

COSMOS 'WHITE'

Profuse and bright pure white flowers float on tall strong stems with bold yellow centres. This tough annual performs through late spring and into the Australian summer. Cosmos combine perfectly with old fashioned favourites such as sweet peas, salvias and hollyhocks for cottage garden appeal. Excellent cut flower to also bring inside.

PUMPKIN 'DELICATA MINI SWEET' ORGANIC

Non running bushes provide fruits with green and yellow striped skin. Best picked when young. Can be planted with 1m spacing. Harvest in 13 weeks. Yields 7kg per plant.

ROCKMELON 'PETIT GRIS DE RENNES'

A very old heirloom that was first noted in a bishops garden in Rennes France over 400 years ago. And it is still popular today because of its sublime flavour and fragrance. We found the vine to be compact and the fruit small making it the perfect melon for most suburban gardens. It also performs well in areas with cooler summers.

SQUASH 'JAUNE ET VERTE' ORGANIC

Picked young,the flesh is sweet and buttery. The tender skin cooks to lime green. Compact variety producing scalloped fruit over a long period. This French heirloom created much excitement amongst those of us who were previously unconvinced about the merits of growing squash. Harvest from 7 weeks, yields 3kg per plant.

PUMPKIN 'WALTHAM BUTTERNUT'

A prized heirloom Butternut that sets the standard by which other pumpkins are judged. Classically shaped fruit with a small seed cavity so you get more usable pumpkin. Soft yellow flesh and a great nutty flavour. Harvest in 19 weeks. 6kg per plant.

CORN 'PAINTED MOUNTAIN' ORGANIC

Saved from extinction by Montana farmer, Dave Christensen, the original strains of this ancient corn were believed to be widely cultivated by native Indians and early American settlers. Painted Mountain is very cold hardy and can be ground for flour or grown purely to enjoy the rich tapestry of colours found in every cob.

CORN 'TRUE GOLD'

Traditional, open pollinated corn is getting harder to find as sweeter hybrids become more popular. Don't be deterred - this is corn as it should be - crisp, buttery and true corn flavour.

SUNFLOWER 'VAN GOGH'S LANDSCAPE'

Recreate a great artwork with tall statuesque single stemmed summer annuals that proudly hold large traditional gold flowers with charming ruffled petals. Mid-height Sunflowers for growing en mass that always stops the traffic or a bee in a heart beat. 75 days to flower from direct sowing with good longevity in a vase as a cut flower.

SUNFLOWER 'PRADO RED' ORGANIC

Exclusive to Diggers. Rich velvet flowers in rich red to burnt orange tones, fading to yellow at the end of the season. The generosity of a multi-stemmed sunflower with up to 10 heads per plant that dazzles in the garden up to 2 months of consistent flowering. Flowering can be extended from regular de-heading. ORGANIC

BLUE BORAGE

Easy to grow from seed and one of the most popular plants for bee keepers. The slate grey leaves are topped by panicles of electric blue flowers that last for months and are the best for attracting pollinators to your garden. Both the flowers and leaves can be added to summer drinks making it a vital addition to the kitchen garden.

ECHINACEA 'MAGIC BOX'

A hardy and eye catching summer performer, Echinacea is an iconic wildflower in the prairies of USA. Here, the bold structural cones are a magnet for all kinds of beneficial insects with as a source of nectar through out summer and seed heads for birds into late Autumn. This pop art mix of colours of magenta, yellow and cream, will keep the bees flocking to your garden from Summer through to Winter. By deheading spent flowers in early Summer gardeners can encourage further flowering in late Summer- early Autumn.

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Agastache

A highly aromatic plant with fine tubular flowers on upright vertical stems, Agastache are multi-purpose and multi-dimensional plants for the garden.

Asparagus

The low-down on asparagus by Camilla Lazzar

Avocado

Growing and harvesting avocado by Clive Blazey

Blueberries

The basics on blueberries with Julie Willis

Bulbs

Julie Willis shares the simplicity of planting bulbs

Citrus

Marcus Ryan shares his tips on growing citrus trees

Dahlias

Growing and caring for dahlias with Camilla Lazzar

Dragon Fruit

Jamie Alcock's tips on growing this exotic fruit

Espalier Training

Julie Willis tells us how to espalier fruit trees

Garlic

Camilla Lazzar's hints on growing and harvesting garlic

Garlic explained

Garlic explained

How to grow Tomatoes

The Diggers team share their tips and tricks for a successful tomato season.

Melons

Melon varieties and how to grow them with Julie Willis

Microgreens

Tim Sansom's 5 key points on growing microgreens

Oca (New Zealand Yam)

Camilla Lazzar on this 'lost crop of the Incas'

Potatoes

How to grow the humble spud!

Seed Sowing (Wildflowers)

Easy steps for growing from seed with Evette Jungwirth

Seedling Care

Tips on caring for your vegetable and flower seedlings

Strawberries

Julie Willis' hints on growing strawberries

Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

Sweet Potato

Camilla Lazzar's planting, growing and harvesting tips

Tea

Totally tea with Julie Willis

The secret to planting roses

Follow our step by step guide to ensure your success with roses this season

The secret to planting trees

Planting trees is a great way to add some instant impact to any space, follow our step by step guide to ensure your success.

Three Sisters Companion Planting

Our Seed Manager, Evette, explains this ancient companion planting method.

Tree Planting

Bill Bampton shows us how to give trees a good start in the garden

Vegie Garden Basics

Creating a vegie garden from scratch with Julie Willis

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Evette Jungwirth

Evette is a passionate backyard gardener and has been a Diggers Botanical Guide. Over the years she has also headed up the Heronswood Garden Shop, plus our plant, seed and bulb departments, giving her a wealth of knowledge to share with members.
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