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  • Artichoke Green Globe

    R26.00

    Cynara scolymus

    The Green Globe Artichoke can grow up to 2m tall. Its silvery-green leaves forms a beautiful rosette and if left to flower, you are rewarded with a stunning purple flower.
    Artichokes are rich in anti-oxidants and, quite possibly, one of the lesser known super-foods.

    This variety prefers warm summers and mild winters. It will thrive in good soil. Water regularly and it’s a good idea to provide some frost protection in winter.
    Artichokes are targeted by slugs, snails, flying insect larvae and sucking insects. It is susceptible to diseases like damping off, powdery mildew, botrytis and curly dwarf virus.

    Best months to sow: July, September, October.
    Best months to transplant: January, August, October.

    Companion plants:
    Good: Mint, marigold, nasturtium, corn, coriander, cucumber, tarragon, sunflower, rhubarb.
    Bad: Potatoes.

    Approx. 20 seeds

  • Artichoke Purple Italian Globe

    R32.00

    Cynara scolymus

    This open-pollinated variety hails from Italy. The plants produce large, purple-coloured 8–16 cm heads.
    Purple Italian Globe are tender and according to most culinary gurus, it tastes better than the green varieties. Artichokes are rich in anti-oxidants and quite possibly, one of the lesser known superfoods.
    They like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil. The purple globe artichoke are more tolerant to both heat and cold than the standard green globe artichoke. They do not like frost. Mulching is very important if you want to cultivate artichokes successfully. Avoid overhead watering.
    Artichokes are targeted by slugs, snails, flying insect larvae and sucking insects.
    These include aphids, mites, scab and thrips. It is susceptible to diseases like damping off, powdery mildew, botrytis and curly dwarf virus. The majority of artichoke plant diseases can be avoided by crop rotation.
    Best months to sow: September, October, July.
    Best months to transplant: January, October, August.
    Companion Plants:

    Good: Mint, marigold, nasturtium, corn, coriander, cucumber, tarragon, sunflower, rhubarb.
    Bad: Potatoes

    Approx. 20 seeds

  • Bean Jicama

    R26.00

    Pachyrhizus erosus

    Also known as the Mexican Turnip and or the Mexican Potato.

    NOTE: The only part of the Jicama bean that is edible is the root, everything else above the ground is toxic.

    The tubers are the size of a turnip and have a yellow to brown coloured skin and a creamy yellow white flesh, which is crisp and juicy and has a sweet and nutty flavour.

    Can be eaten raw or boiled.

    Approx. 10 seeds

  • Beans Black Eye (Cow Peas)

    R26.00

    Vigna unguiculata

    Black Eye Beans are a sub-species of cow peas. AKA Black-eyed Pea, Black-eyed Bean or Goat Pea.

    The pods can either be used young as green beans or left to dry on the plant for dry beans. the dry beans are used to make delicious dishes all over the world. the Dry beans are a pale colour with a black spot that resembles an eye, giving the bean its’ name.

    The plants are heat loving and drought resistant, however they are susceptible to Root-knot nematodes.

    Harvest is between 50 and 90 days, depending on how the beans are to be used.

    Approx. 25 seeds

  • Beans Chinese Snake (Cow Peas)

    R24.00

    Vigna unguiculata

    A very productive cow pea that remains productive for the whole summer.

    Approx. 25 seeds

  • Beans Legume Bambarra Nut

    R26.00

    Vigna subterranea

    Also called “the seeds that satisfy”, this ground nut grows in the same way as peanuts. The whole plant is lifted and beans are shelled in the same manner as peanuts. It’s very productive, resistant to high temperatures and demands very little from the soil. It will produce where other legume crops will fail. Other Names: Cokon (Original local name), Njugo Beans (South-Africa), Kwam (Northern Nigeria), Nyimo (Zimbabwe), Congo Goober, Earth Pea.

    Approx. 25 seeds

  • Beans Legume Nyimo Bean

    R25.00

    Vigna subterranea

    One of the world’s most underrated foods, and naturally superior to other legumes. The Nyimo bean is very well known in Africa under a number of different names. We have a number of strains from this outstanding bean. This one is directly from Zimbabwe and is known as the Nyimo bean.

    Approx. 25 seeds

  • Beans Lima Dixie

    R26.00

    Phaseolus lunatus

    Dixie Beans are practically unknown in South Africa. These are also known as Bush Lima Beans and are a different variety to our normal beans that we are used to. Lima Beans are eaten only as “green shelled” beans or as dried beans. The pods are inedible and actually taste quite disgusting… I know I tried them. For best results these beans are picked when the pods are swollen and before they “turn”. Shell them and cook for 15- 20 mins in boiling water or a steamer. Don’t eat them raw as they are indigestible. Toss on a good dollop of real butter and have a feast. You will never look at beans the same way again.

    Approx. 25 seeds

  • Beans Runner Wellington Wonder

    R26.00

    Phaseolus vulgaris

    A prolific producer of large flat pods. This New Zealand heirloom is a real prize in the garden. Runners grow well over 2 m tall and bears prolifically for 3-4 months if picked regularly. The beans are great as a cut bean, are stringless and freeze well.

    Resistant to Bean Anthracnose

    Approx. 25 seeds