Here are some of the herb seed sellers in Australia:
If you are new to buying seeds there are thousands of different varieties to choose from. You may like to consider:
- How much space you have – if you need to grow them in small areas or pots
- Your climate and if they are drought tolerant
- High yields or gourmet flavour
- Organic or not
Heirloom seeds have stood the test of time. Each time they are chosen from the best plants, so you progressively get seeds which suit the climate, give good yields and taste great. Modern hybrids are selected for looking good on a grocery store shelf and transporting long distances. For example, hybrid tomatoes often have thick skins. Hybrid plants may crop all at once, while heirloom seeds tend to crop over a longer period which makes them more suitable for the home grower.
There are a number of good places to buy heirloom and/or organic seeds in Australia:
List of heirloom and/or organic seeds in Australia
I was surprised to stumble across some heirloom seeds on eBay. You can also buy some seeds on Etsy, but the sellers are mostly American. I’ve not bought seeds from overseas as I imagine that Australian Customs would quickly quarantine them.
Seed Savers is another option.
I half-heartedly planted a choko underneath our grape with a handful of compost. Matthew shook his head and said I’d regret it. Neither of us like chokos. It only took a few months for the choko to overtake the gnarly aged vine and started ascending the garage wall. A weedy tomato is also mixed into the montage. Chokos are notorious for being fast growers.
I wanted to know what other plants were heavy yielding. In retrospect, these are the types I wish I had leaned towards growing for our self-sufficiency challenge.
Here’s a list of prolific edible plants:
Bean, Broad – Coles Dwarf; Egyptian; Long Pod
Bean, Bush – Blue Lake; Brown Beauty; Cherokee Wax; Dwarf Snake Bean; ES 58; Frenchie; Golden Wax; Hawksberry Wonder; Provider; Strike; Roma; Stringless Green Pod; Tendergreen; Violet Queen; Walter; Windsor Long Pod
Bean, Climbing – Blue Lake; Climbing Princess; Daydream; Green Zebra; Kentucky Wonder; Lazy Housewife; Natural Salt (Lohey’s Special); Purple King; Zebra
Beans, Dried – Red Kidney
Beetroot – Detroit
Broad Bean – Big Ben; Coles Dwarf; Early Long Pod
Broccoli – Waltham
Capsicum – Californian Wonder; Jimmy Nardello; Lipstick (Pimento); Orange Bell
Carrot – Nantes
Chilli – Cyklon; Jalapeno; Serrano;
Cucumber – Crystal Apple; Double Yield; Giant Russian; Green Gem; Japanese Climbing; Lemon; True Lemon; West Indian Gerkin; Wisconsin Pickling
Eggplant – Black Beauty; Little Finger; Rosa Bianca; Thai Green; Turkish Orange
Honeydew Melon – Early Silverline
Kale – Red Russian
Leek – Musselburg
Pea, Bush – Greenfeast; Southern Cross; Sugarsnap
Pea, Climbing – Alderman (Telephone)
Pea, Snowpea – Melting Mammoth; Oregon Sugar; Sugarsnap
Pumpkin – Delica; Golden Nugget; Jack Be Little; Waltham Butternut
Rockmelon – Noir des Carmes
Silverbeet – Fordhook Giant; Lucullus
Snowpea, Climbing – Melting Mammoth; Roide Carauby; Youkumo Giant
Spinach – Winter Giant
Squash, Button – Early White Bush; Golden Scallopini; Green Tint; Patterson Juane et Verte; Yellow Bush Squash
Squash, Winter – Blue Hubbard; Table Queen (Acorn)
Tomatillo – Toma Verde
Tomato, Bush – Budiah; Burpees Quarter Century; Burwood Prize; KY1; Napoli; Pink Ping Pong; Roma; Thai Pink Egg; Tiny Tim; Yellow Sausage
Tomato, Climbing – Baby Red Pear; Beans Yellow Pear; Beefsteak; Black Cherry; Break O Day; Broad Ripple Yellow Currant; Cherry Fox; Cherry Yellow Pear; Cherokee Purple; Daydream; Golden Sunray; Green Zebra; Gross Lisse; Harbinger; Lemon Drop; Moneymaker; Mortgage Lifter; Olomaic; Oxheart; Peruvian Cherry; Ponderosa Pink; Purple Lalabash; Purple Russian; Raspberry; Red Cherry Cocktail; Red Cloud; Red Fig; Siberian; Snow White; Speckled Roman; Sunray (Golden Orange); Super Sioux; Tigerella; Tommy Toe; Verna Orange; Yellow Pear
Watermelon – Northern Sweet;
Zucchini – Black Beauty; Early Prolific Straightneck; Golden Arch Crookneck; Rondo de Nice; Round; Yellow Straightneck
It’s pretty long list, but please let me know if I’ve missed any heavy bearing edible plants.
I’ve been doing some research about different types of seeds and their characteristics. I love making lists and flicking through seed catalogues, so this little exercise has combined these two joys in one.
Although, I’m not a big fan of watering. It’s…. well…. it’s boring. Thankfully we’ve had lots of rainfall recently so I’ve been able to skip the odd day or two. Matt has a water gauge and has been faithfully recording the rainfall on a registration chart. Sadly, between bush fires and torrential rainfall Australia remains a predominantly dry sunburnt country.
Here’s a list of tough drought tolerant edible plants:
Bean – Scarlet Emperor Runner
Broccoli – Waltham 29
Cucumber – Sweet and striped
Rockmelon – Planters Jumbo
Tomato – Cherry Yellow Pear, Purple Calabash Climbing
Warrigal Greens (New Zealand Spinach)
Watermelon – Sugarbaby
Once again, if you know of any other edible varieties that are drought tolerant, please let me know.