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Amaranth Leaf   Amaranth Grain   Angled Luffa   Globe Artichoke   Asparagus  
Amaranth Leaf syn. Leaf Amaranth; Chinese Spinach, Tampala, bayam
Amaranthus tricolor
A nutritious, leafy green for warmer areas. It is a fast-growing and best to harvest the whole plant as older plants get tough and bitter tasting. Successive sowings will provide greens over a long period. The leaves have a sweet, tangy flavour and are best cooked, raw leaves should not be eaten very often, as they are high in nitrates and oxalic acid. In China and Japan it is the main vegetable used as a cooked green.
Leaf Amaranth prefers a fertile, well-drained garden soil, full sun to partial shade. Soil temperature needs to be at least 20°C to germinate seed, sow late spring and summer. Harvest is 30 days to baby leaf and 50 days to maturity, when they are about 20 cm tall. As they get older the leaves will get tougher.
Amaranth 'Red' H Organically certified
'Red' is a very attractive, nutritious, red leafy green for warmer areas.

SA124 approx. 500 seeds
SA125
Amaranth 'Red Calaloo' H
Syn. Red Stripe Leaf
Red Calaloo has attractive green leaves with a red splash down the middle.

SA112 approx. 500 seeds
SA113
Amaranth Grain H Organically certified
Amaranthus hypochondriacus
An ancient Aztec food grain that is higher in protein than wheat or rice; it is a rich source of the essential amino acid, lysine. It grows vigorously, tolerates drought and heat. It is pest-resistant. The flowers are vivid burgundy, feathery plumes, 1.5 - 3 m high. The pale blonde amaranth grains are shiny, slightly larger than poppy seeds. It is delicious cooked as a cereal, can be ground for flour or popped like popcorn. It is a warm season annual and germinates best at 20 - 27°C soil temperature. Sow seed from late spring to summer in temperate areas. In subtropical and tropical areas, sow all year (avoiding frost periods). It takes 4 - 6 months for a grain crop. Harvest the seed head once a few seeds drop, lay on a tarp and dry in the sun for a week until the stems are dry. Separate the seeds from the stems and winnow in a light breeze.

SA127 approx. 450 seeds
SA128
SA129
Angled Luffa
syn. Okra Vine, Okra Cee Gwa
Luffa acutangula
Angled Luffa is a fast growing, vigorous annual vine that requires a trellis to grow on. The young fruits are similar in flavour to zucchini but slightly sweeter, it is a good substitute for zucchini in humid areas as it does not suffer fungal problems. The stem tops, young leaves and flower buds can be steamed as vegetables and the seeds from mature fruit roasted with salt and eaten. Plant it in a rich soil in full sun. Sow seed in spring.

See also Luffa - Loofah
Angled Luffa H
SA109 approx. 12 seeds
SA110
Angled Luffa 'Long Ridge' H
This is an F1 hybrid so is not suitable for seed saving.

SA106 approx. 8 seeds
Globe Artichoke Cynara scolymus
Globe artichoke is an herbaceous perennial to 1.5 m high, suitable for temperate, Mediterranean climates. The edible flower buds are a delicacy, pick them before they start to open. The striking grey-green foliage and spectacular flowers add beauty to the garden. Globe artichoke has a restricted climatic range and prefers cool, moist summers and mild winters. Chilling is needed to produce buds. A deep, rich, well-drained, alkaline soil is required; artichokes will grow in a pH range of 6.5 - 7.5. Compost and manures are beneficial. Sow spring in temperate areas. Globe artichoke needs to be dug and divided every 3-4 years.

Unsuitable for tropical and Subtropical areas
Growing in humid, subtropical and tropical areas is very difficult. Unfortunately even if the plants grow well, insufficient chilling will make bud production unlikely or of very poor quality. High temperatures in spring will also cause the flower buds to open prematurely. Plants will be short-lived, often collapsing during periods of heavy rain. If artichokes are on your 'most desired' list then try the 'Imperial Star' variety as they begin cropping early. Enthusiasts in warmer areas dig the roots and put them in the fridge during the summer for planting in the autumn. Excellent drainage is required and raised beds will help.
Globe Artichoke - Green Globe improved variety - 'Imperial Star' Organically certified
'Imperial Star' is an improved variety adapted to a wider climate range than other artichokes, it crops well in the 1st year. The large flower buds are deep green faintly tinged with purple with solid hearts, between 7.5 and 12.5 cm wide.

SA102 approx. 10 seeds
SA117
Globe Artichoke 'Violetto'
'Violetto' is a gourmet vegetable, smallish buds are slightly elongated, violet, or green and violet-tinged; 7.5 cm wide by 12.5 cm long.

SA100 approx. 10 seeds
Asparagus
Asparagus officinalis
Asparagus is a herbaceous ferny perennial to 1.5 m high, asparagus has both male and female plants. Sow seed in seedling trays in early spring, 5 mm deep at 25°C soil temperature. Germination will take approximately 21 days. Plant out in full sun in a deep, rich, well-drained, soil, compost and manures are beneficial. The pH of the soil should be 6.5, lime if necessary. After the 1st year, remove female berry-bearing plants as the berries will germinate and choke the bed if left. Care should be taken to avoid harvesting the first few years, to allow the crowns to build strength. More growing information...
Asparagus 'Mary Washington'
'Mary Washington' produces thick, straight, dark green spears tinged with purple at the tightly folded tips; wonderful flavour raw or cooked.

SA111 approx. 20 seeds
SA115 approx. 300 seeds
SA126

2 year old crowns are available from July to September.
Asparagus 'Sweet Purple'
'Sweet Purple' asparagus has large, deep-burgundy spears which are very tender with a mild, nutty flavour when cooked. The spears are much more tender than green asparagus because the vascular bundles have less lignin per spear, which make the spears less stringy. This allows the cook to use the entire spear with very little waste. It also has a 20% higher sugar content. Because of this extra sweetness, this vegetable is often eaten raw. Some restaurants like to garnish salads with purple asparagus.

SA103 approx. 10 seeds
SA118 approx. 300 seeds
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Asian and Tropical Vegetables For Hot Wet Summers
If you are challenged by pest and disease problems in your vegetable garden during hot, humid summers, don’t give up! Green Harvest offers a range of vegetables, grown around the world in subtropical and tropical areas, that we have found to be hardy and reliable to the weather extremes of high temperature and humidity experienced in the ‘wet season’. As a general rule sow these vegetables from October through to March, to replace more temperate varieties. Seeds suitable for subtropical and tropical conditions are marked H for hot and humid!

Part of the problem is gardening books written by authors from cooler areas neglecting to give good advice on plant selection for northern areas of Australia. We recommend the books The Seed Savers Handbook or Organic Vegetable Gardening for the best information on subtropical vegetables.

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