Newsletter - Autumn 2020
Autumn is a most productive time in the garden. Getting a winter garden started in the warmer months gives plants a good start.
We continue to enjoy implementing our aim to serve home gardeners and growers who supply produce to others using only the old traditional heritage open pollinated varieties.
It’s not always possible to keep each variety in the catalogue each year. Many growers world-wide share our vision so we are able to offer the widest range without resorting to patented hybrids which are a cross between two man manipulated inbred varieties. With the heritage varieties growers can select their own seed for future plantings. - Alf Finch.
Garlic - certified organic
Seeds to plant through Autumn/Winter
For growers in the tropics and frost free sub-tropics, you can benefit from planting:Bean, Broad Bean, Bush Bean, Climbing Beetroot Broccoli Brussels-Sprouts Cabbage Capsicum Carrot Cauliflower Celeriac Celery Collards Corn Cucumber Eggplant Gourd Kale Kohl Rabi Leek Lettuce Mustard Greens Pumpkin Radish Rockmelon Salad Greens Corn Salad Edible Chrysanthemum Endive Kang Kong Mesclun Mix Mizuna Purslane Rocket Tatsoi Shallots Silverbeet Spinach Squash, Button Sunflower Tomato Watermelon Zucchini Asian Vegetables Herbs
Storing valuable seeds to maintain best germination
It’s not uncommon to take seeds out of storage after 3 years and get over 90% germination. In fact we expect this will be the case after 7 years.
Seeds in correct storage must first be dry.
Most seeds which come from dry seed heads will be dry after a few days in a warm sunny position.
However seeds from fleshy fruits take much longer than people realise. Seeds of pumpkin, melons and cucumbers may feel dry to touch after a week of drying though when sealed in a container if there is too much moisture these seeds will go mouldy. These seeds must be dried for twice as long as you think. Remember to store them safe inside at night because nights can have much dew as evidenced by a damp lawn in the morning and seed eaters are out at night.
Temperatures must not change too much during the 24 hour day-time period. Early morning to mid-afternoon can be a big temperature change every day. Keep seeds inside in a cool place as high temperatures reduce viability and vigour.
An ideal place therefore is the crisper in a fridge. However only after being dry enough to seal in an air (water) tight container. Once dry enough seeds can be frozen without damage, but if too moist they will be killed.
Three things which destroy seeds are:-
- Changes in Temperature
- Humidity (too much moisture)
Grow well – Alf Finch
Recommended onion growing seasons
Apart from some overlapping three growing seasons are recommended
10-12 hours light
15+ hours of light
Book Special - 30% discount on all titles
Our stock reduction sale continues, we are offering a massive 30% off all our books, DVDs, and wall charts. Prices will remain listed at full price but we will manually deduct 30% discount off any books on your order when we process your order.