If you are eating seasonally, you are eating fruit and vegetables that have been grown naturally and are naturally at their best. This means the fruit and vegetables that you grow have extra flavour, extra crunch and extra juiciness. Some of the produce that you buy in the supermarkets are picked well before they were ready and out of season produce is flavourless. So always eat and grow seasonal produce.
Below is what we can grow in the All Year here in W.A. It is really trial and error on your behalf as to what works in your garden. You will have some winners and losers, but the important thing to remember is to never give up. If you are having trouble come along to one of our workshops to learn more or to just ask questions. http://thegreenhouseorganic.com/workshops
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Below is only a few varieties that are available - There are plenty more. The list below doesnt inclued the herbs and vegetables that you can grow in spring/summer and autumn/winter, so before you plan your all year plantings, remember to include the other seasons herbs and vegetables.
Amaranth - Grain - Contains more than three times the average amount of calcium and is also high in iron, Vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Sow in punnets or direct.
Artichoke – Green Globe - An ornamental edible plant. Flower buds are deep green with a light purple tinge. Sow direct or in punnets.
Artichoke – Purple - “Violet de Provence” – produces tasty, medium sized purple heads. Perennial. Sow direct or in punnets.
Beetroot – Bullsblood - Heirloom variety since 1840. Sweet, deep red-burgundy foliage. Beets are tastiest harvested when 5cm in size. Sow in direct.
Beetroot – Chioggia - A bulb with a bullseye of red and white rings on the inside, fading to soft pink when cooked. Sow in direct.
Beetroot – Cylindria - Smooth skinned cylindrical dark purple red flesh bulb. Root remains sweet and tender over long growing season. Sow in direct.
Beetroot – Detroit - Popular variety for both the roots and baby leaves. Eat fresh, pickled or cooked. Great additive to juices. Sow in direct.
Beetroot – Egyptian - Sweet flavours. Flatter rooted beet with smooth skin and deep red, tender and flavoursome flesh. Sow in direct.
Bok Choi – Pechay - Type of Chinese cabbage that does not form a head. Contains Vitamin A and C. Sow in direct or in Punnets.
Bok Choi – Taisai - Type of Chinese cabbage that does not form a head. Very Pleasant and unique flavour. Sow in direct or in Punnets.
Borage - Known as starflower is an annual herb. Leaves are cucumber flavoured and flowers are edible. Sow in direct.
Calendula - Also known as Pot Marigold. Used traditionally as a culinary and medicinal herb. Flowers are edible. Sow Direct.
Carrot – All Season - Large orange roots growing to 20cm. Good disease resistance. Sow Direct.
Carrot – Amsterdam - Produces uniform blunt tipped baby carrots with rich deep orange red colour. Very Sweet. Sow Direct.
Carrot – Chantenay - Short thick roots that taper to a blunt end. Great flavour. Orange-red in colour. Sow Direct.
Carrot – Dragon - Purple skin with bright orange flesh. Dragon carrots have more carotene and antioxidants than other carrots. Sow direct.
Carrot – Little Finger - A baby type carrot with deep orange coloured root. Developed in France for pickling and canning whole. Sow direct.
Carrot – Lunar White - Vigorous producer with creamy white roots that are very mild and delicious
Carrot – Nantes - Fast maturing orange heirloom variety of carrot. Nantes has sweet smooth skin that when young doesn’t need peeling. Sow direct.
Carrot – Purple Haze - F1 Hybrid – No seed saving. Purple skin colour with sweet flavour. Sow direct.
Carrot – Rainbow - A mixture of multi-coloured carrots that will brighten up any salad, soup or stir fry. Sow direct.
Celery – Tall Utah - Is crisp, stringless green celery with tightly folded heart. A vigorous grower. Sow in punnets or direct.
Chard – Rainbow - Bouquet of wrinkled, slightly savoyed rich green and bronze leaves and bright coloured stems. Sow direct or in punnets.
Chard – Ruby Red - Sweet Swiss Chard with rich crimson red stems and bright green leaves. Mild flavour and high nutritional value. Sow direct or in punnets.
Chives – Garlic - Also known as Chinese leeks, they have an oniony flavour with a distinctly garlicky taste. Sow Direct.
Chives – Onion - The plants form neat grass like clumps of tubular leaves that pack a lot of flavour. Great for containers. Sow Direct.
Choy Sum - Similar to Kailaan. Leafy green vegetable that bears yellow flowers. Height to 40cm
Sow Direct or in Punnets.
Collards – Champion - Rich Blue-green cabbage-like leaves. Waxy leaf surface provides natural protection from cabbage worms. Sow Direct or in Punnets.
Cress – Upland - Annual. Zesty, spicy flavoured leaves. Young leaves used in salads or used as a garnish. Sow direct or in punnets.
Dandelion - Perennial plant with jagged bright green leaves and yellow daisy like flower. Rich in Vit A, B complex C and D. Sow Direct.
Dill - Annual herb in the Celery Family. Grows to 60cm. Attracts beneficial insects to garden. Sow Direct.
Fennel – Sweet - Hardy perennial. Highly aromatic with an anise flavour. Leaves have a delicate flavour. Sow direct or in punnets.
Hyssop - Easy to grow member of the mint family. Attracts bees. Sow direct or in punnets.
Leek – Autumn Giant - Fine flavour, mid-season variety for harvest through autumn. Dark green leaves with white stalks that are mild and sweet. Sow in direct or in punnets.
Leek – Giant Carentan - European variety with extremely tender 15cm long white stems. Great in cool wet conditions. Sow in direct or in punnets.
Leek – Musselburgh - Extremely hardy. Medium dark green tops and large tender white stalks. Milk flavour. Sow in direct or in punnets.
Lemon Balm - A clump-forming Perennial herb from the mint family. Used for its calming effects. Sow Direct.
Lettuce – Amish Deer - Heavy production with dark green pointed leaves. Soft texture and sharp flavour. Sow direct or in punnets.
Lettuce – Australian Yellow - Non hearting variety of lettuce with yellow-green leaves. Heat resistant. Sow in punnets or direct.
Lettuce – Brown Romaine - Type of Cos Lettuce. Loose leaf with green and brown tinged leaves. Heat resistant. Sow in punnets or direct.
Lettuce – Buttercrunch - Heat Tolerant variety of Lettuce. Does well under stress and has good bolt resistance. Sow in punnets or direct.
Lettuce – Cos Little Gem - Very small green romaine type. One of the best tasting lettuce. Heat tolerant. Sow in punnets or direct.
Lettuce – Cos Paris Island - Compact dark green with upright slightly curly leaves. Sweet flavour with a white heart. Sow in punnets or direct.
Lettuce – Cos Verdi - Upright variety with green smooth leaves and open head. Rich taste ideal for Greek salads. Sow direct or in punnets.
Lettuce – Freckles - Type of Cos Lettuce. Loose leaf with freckled burgundy specs throughout the leaves. Sow in punnets or direct.
Lettuce – Great Lakes - Heirloom iceberg type of Lettuce. Produces large crinkled leaves which form a dense head in the centre. Slow to bolt. Sow in direct.
Lettuce – Iceberg - Tightly formed head of crisp, sweetly blanched leaves. Sweetest leaves are in the centre. Sow direct or in punnets.
Lettuce – Lollo Rosso - Very Curled leaves that are light green with bright red edges. Mild and tasty. Sow in punnets or direct.
Lettuce – Royal Oakleaf - A loose leaf lettuce with attractive deeply serrated green leaves. Sow in punnets or direct.
Lettuce – Salad Bowl Green - Sweet Tender with a sweet flavour. Large deeply lobed, green leaves. Slow to bolt. Sow in direct.
Lettuce – Salad Bowl Red - A large fast growing lettuce with burgundy/green leaves. Copes well in our summer heat. Sow in punnets or direct.
Lovage - Perennial. Member of the parsley family. Has dark green leaves that look and smell like celery. Leaves used for flavouring stews, soups and salads. Sow direct or in punnets.
Marigold – Sparky - Fantastic colours and unusual flower form. Easy to grow in pots or planters. Flowers are edible. Sow Direct.
Marjoram – Sweet - Perennial. Has a sweet pine and citrus flavour. Cultivated for its aromatic leaves. Sow direct or in punnets.
Mizuna - Tastes peppery like rocket, but is milder and sweeter. Mizuna has crisp stalks and frond like leaves. Sow in punnets or direct.
Mugwort - Used medicinally for its anti-herpetic effect, also used to flavour food. Staple ingredient in many Korean dishes. Sow direct or in punnets.
Mustard – Florida - Produces dark green leaves that are flavourful and full of vitamins. Sow in punnets or direct.
Mustard – Green Wave - Frilly Green Mustard grown as a baby leaf. Adds a kick to salads, or let grow to full size for thicker leaves. Sow in punnets or direct.
Mustard – Oskra Purple - Large rounded purple leaves with a pungent and sharp taste. Companion plant to repel aphids. Sow in punnets or direct.
Mustard – Red Giant - Purple-red leaves which are edged and veined pale green. Vigorous growing broad leaf. Sow in punnets or direct.
Nasturtium Jewel - Red, pink, orange and yellow flowers. Use leaves and pods in salads or as a garnish. Sow direct or in punnets.
Nettle – Stinging - Wild perennial herb. High in potassium and iron. Use leaves as you would spinach and as a tea. Cooking slightly, kills sting. Sow in punnets or direct.
Oregano - Small shrub with small greyish green oval leaves. The flavour is zesty and strong and used in Italian dishes. Sow in punnets or direct.
Pak Choi – Green - Attractive hourglass shape with glossy, dark green leaves and green stems. Sow in direct or in Punnets.
Pak Choi – Kwang Moon - White stemmed fast growing open leaved. Eat raw in salads or cooked. Sow in direct or in Punnets.
Parsley – Italian - A flat leaf variety. Has dark leaves and slender stems with a bright and slightly bitter flavour. Sow in punnets or direct.
Parsley – Triple Curl - Fast growing old fashioned parsley. Biennial herb producing rosettes of darkish green leaves. Sow in punnets or direct.
Radish – Black Spanish - Black radish that is larger than traditional radishes. Flesh is crisp, white and slightly bitter. Sow direct or in punnets.
Radish – Cherry Belle - Round Smooth scarlet crisp skin with white flesh. Fast and easy to grow. Sow direct or in punnets.
Radish – Daikon - White fleshed with a very mild taste and low in calories. Elongated root in a shape of a carrot. Sow direct or in punnets.
Radish – Early Scarlet Globe - Round red roots with white flesh that is mild and tasty. Sow direct or in punnets.
Radish – French Breakfast - Pre-1885 French heirloom with mild spicy flavour. Red top and white bottom. Sow direct or in punnets.
Radish – Hailstone - Large rooted variety with pure white skin and firm flesh that is juicy, mildly spicy in taste. Sow direct or in punnets.
Radish – Pink Beauty - Uniform roots with medium tops. Nice, tender, crisp texture and taste. Sow direct or in punnets.
Radish – Purple Plum - Round brilliant purple roots that are sweet and crunchy. Sow direct or in punnets.
Radish – Watermelon - Edible globular root. Creamy white inside with pale green skin. Sow direct or in punnets.
Rocket – Wild - Known as Perennial wall rocket. Mustard like plant that grows in clumps with long leaves that are lobed. Picked and used as baby leaf rocket. Sow Direct.
Rocket – Salad - Nutritious green leafy vegetable. Young Leaves are sweet and nutty in flavour. Eaten raw or cooked. Sow in punnets or direct.
Rue - Perennial. Tolerant to hot and dry soil conditions. Supposedly repels cats and snakes. Sow direct or in punnets.
Salad Burnet - The leaves have a subtle, cucumbery taste which is both cooling and pleasant. Used in salads, sandwiches, soups and dips. Sow in punnets or direct.
Silverbeet – Fordhook - Biennial normally grown as an annual growing to 70cm. A very popular home garden variety. Sow direct or in punnets.
Spearmint - Perennial aromatic Herb. Fresh or dried leaves can be used as a tea, in baths, facials to cleanse skin and much more. Sow in punnets or direct.
Spinach – Perpetual - This old heirloom s a relative of chard. Needs to be picked soon before eating. The leaves are shiny green with white midribs. Sow direct or in punnets.
Spring Onions – Evergreen - Salad onion with long slender white green stalks. Grows in cluster of 5-10cm long stalks. Sow Direct.
Spring Onions – White Lisbon - Hardy and reliable variety with long white stems and bright green tops. Sow in punnets or direct.
Tansy - Perennial. Flowering herbaceous herb. Cultivated and used as an insect repellent. Sow direct or in punnets.
Tatsoi - Also called Spinach Mustard. Tatsoi has dark green spoon shaped leaves which form a thick rosette. Sow in punnets or direct.
Thyme - Low growing perennial to 1m. Attractive border or edging plant. Can be used dry or fresh in soups, stews, casseroles and as an herbal tea. Sow in punnets or direct.
Watercress - Low growing wide spread perennial. Can grow in cool flowing water and in a partly shaded area. Exceptionally rich in Vitamins and minerals. Sow in punnets or direct.