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Leek
Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum
Leeks are best grown as a cool season crop and are frost hardy; they love rich, loamy, well-composted soils. Sow in early autumn and spring, seed is hard to germinate in hot weather. Suitable for temperate and subtropical areas.
Leek 'Giant Carentan' Organically certified
Old French variety; mild flavoured, extremely tender leek; very large, creamy white stalks and blue-green leaves; vigorous, fast growing, hardy and tolerates very cold weather.
SL100 approx. 250 seeds
SL101
SL190
Leek 'Varna' Organically certified
'Varna' is a tall, slender, bunching leek with light green leaves. It is unusually fast-growing and tends to produce a clump, rather than a single stem. A delicious alternative to spring onions; use either raw in salads or lightly steamed. Hardy and pest resistant; well suited to warmer areas and will grow even in far north Qld. Days to harvest: 60 - 80
SL102 approx. 250 seeds
SL103
Lettuce
Lactuca sativa
Lettuce requires a rich, well-drained soil with constant moisture, it dislikes acidity. Lettuces can be sown all year in most of Australia, if very hot or cold periods are avoided. Select the correct variety for the time of year and the area you live in. Generally avoid growing solid hearting varieties during hot weather, as they are prone to bolt or to bacterial diseases. In tropical areas only the lettuces marked H for 'hot and humid' should be selected; the sowing time in these areas is limited to April through July. Lettuce seed will not germinate over 30°C. The best germination is at a soil temperature between 15 - 20°C. In the warmer months chilling the lettuce seed in the fridge for a few days before sowing will improve germination. Direct sow or sow into seedling trays for later transplanting. Cover seed lightly to 5 mm deep as lettuce needs light to germinate, firm down and keep moist. Space plants 20 - 30 cm apart. Prepare soil with compost or well-rotted manure and added potash, feed regularly with liquid manure, mulch well. Avoid watering in the heat of the day. Growing under shadecloth is beneficial in hot areas.
Iceberg / Crisphead Types
Avoid growing iceberg types during hot or humid weather. These lettuces are unsuitable for tropical areas.
'Great Lakes' Organically certified
'Great Lakes' is a classic iceberg type with crisp, crunchy, tender, light-green leaves and large solid hearts. It is a popular, easy-to-grow home garden lettuce. It is slow to bolt. Days to harvest: 88 full size.
SL128 approx. 350 seeds
SL129
SL163
'Ice Queen' Organically certified
syn. 'Reine Des Glaces'
'Ice Queen' is a French Batavia iceberg type with deeply notched emerald-green leaves around a crisp, crunchy, sweet heart. It is a popular, easy-to-grow lettuce for the cooler months and early spring plantings. It is slower to bolt than some icebergs. Days to harvest: 65 - 70.
SL195 approx. 350 seeds
SL196
SL197
Leaf Lettuce Types H
Leaf lettuce types are the easiest to grow; heat resistant and very vigorous. The leaves of the heads do not close tightly but form an open rosette. The leaves are 'cut and come again' giving a long harvest without picking the whole head. Sow all year. Best type for salad mixes.
'Salad Bowl Red' H Organically certified
'Salad Bowl Red' is a leaf lettuce with long, burgundy red, deeply-lobed leaves; it forms a large, compact rosette. The inner leaves are reddish-bronze. It copes well with summer heat and is very slow to bolt. It is fast growing and decorative. It makes a good addition to baby leaf mixes. It is a good choice for 'cut and come again' salad greens. Days to harvest: 28 salad mix; 45 - 50 full size.
SL142 approx. 350 seeds
SL143
SL151
SL184
'Salad Bowl Green' H Organically certified
'Salad Bowl Green' is a fast growing lettuce with bright, lime green, long wavy leaves that are deeply notched; it forms a large, dense rosette. It copes well with summer heat as it holds flavour and texture well and is slow to bolt. It is also a good choice in colder areas for its ability to grow rapidly even in early spring. It is a good choice for 'cut and come again' salad greens. Days to harvest: 28 salad mix; 45 - 50 full size.
SL140 approx. 350 seeds
SL141
SL174
SL183
'Lollo Rossa Darkness' H Organically certified
'Lollo Rossa' has frilly leaves heavily tinged with red. It is heat tolerant and very decorative both in the garden and in salads.
SL152 approx. 350 seeds
SL153
SL154
'Royal Oakleaf' H Organically certified
'Royal Oakleaf' is a leaf lettuce with large, deep-lobed, tender, sweet, dark-green leaves with thick midribs. It copes well with summer heat as it holds flavour and texture well and is slow to bolt. Its leaves resist turning bitter even in hot temperatures. It is a good choice for salad mixes. Days to harvest: 28 salad mix; 50 to full size.
SL171 approx. 350 seeds
SL172
SL175
Butterhead / Boston / Bibb Types
Butterhead types have small heads with soft, butter-textured leaves. They are slow to bolt and retain sweetness in the heat. Butterhead types are highly rated for salad mixes. Generally they can be sown all year, but avoid very hot periods. The tender leaves can be damaged by very heavy rain.
'Buttercrunch' Organically certified
'Buttercrunch' has ruffled leaves surrounding a soft, buttery, blanched cream coloured heart. The small, compact heads have an excellent flavour; the outer leaves are very dark green, thick, crisp and juicy; the inner leaves are very tender. It is highly rated for microgreens or salad mixes. The soft leaves are damaged by heavy, wet season rain so avoid sowing in subtropical areas from November onwards. Days to harvest: 28 days salad mix; 50 - 55 days full size.
SL126 approx. 350 seeds
SL127
SL192
'Bronze Mignonette'
Syn. 'Brown Mignonette' is a 'butterhead' lettuce type. It is an excellent home garden variety; easy to grow with exceptional eating qualities and is slow to bolt. It has ruffled, soft, reddish-brown tinged leaves, a loose heart and is very tender and sweet. It is suitable for planting for most of the year. Days to harvest: 25 days salad mix; 46 days full size.
SL203 approx. 350 seeds
SL204
SL215
'Green Mignonette'
'Green Mignonette' is a butterhead lettuce type. It is an excellent home garden variety as it is easy to grow with exceptional eating qualities and is slow to bolt. It has soft, deep green, ruffled leaves, a loose heart and is very tender and sweet. It is suitable for planting for most of the year. Days to harvest: 25 days salad mix; 46 days full size.
SL200 approx. 350 seeds
SL206
SL207
'Marvel of Four Seasons' Organically certified
syn. 'Merville de Quatre Saison', 'Continuity'.
A French heirloom lettuce introduced in 1885. It has beautiful ruby-red and rose-pink outer leaves with a tightly folded green centre. The leaves are extremely tender and sweet. This variety is best grown at cooler times of the year. Days to harvest: 50 - 60 to full size.
SL148 approx. 350 seeds
SL149
SL150
Cos / Romaine Types
Cos lettuces have thick, juicy, crisp leaves with a sweetness unmatched by other lettuces; they are used for Caesar salads; very hardy and resistant to bolting.
'Freckles' Organically certified
syn. Forellenschuss, Trout Back
'Freckles' is an heirloom, heat-tolerant, cos / romaine lettuce. It is slow to bolt in warmer weather. The deep green, glossy, tender leaves with their attractive wine red splashes give a striking look to salads. The red colour darkens as the leaves get older. Days to harvest: 68 to full size.
SL169 approx. 350 seeds
SL170
SL193
'Little Gem' Organically certified
syn. 'Sucrine'
'Little Gem' is an upright, compact mini-cos with a crisp, blanched, sweet heart and green outside leaves. The leaves are tender and juicy with a great flavour. It is useful for small spaces and containers. This is an excellent lettuce for Caesar salad. It is hardy, heat resistant and slow to bolt.
SL185 approx. 350 seeds
SL186
SL187
'Parris Island Cos' H Organically certified
'Parris Is Cos' is an excellent romaine lettuce with crisp leaves and a sweet flavour. It is an upright lettuce with dark green, savoyed outer leaves and a creamy white heart. A vigorous grower that copes well with transplanting. It is hardy, heat resistant and slow to bolt. This is a good lettuce for Caesar salad. Days to harvest: 66 to full size.
SL138 approx. 350 seeds
SL139
SL164
SL182
'Brown Romaine' H Organically certified
syn. 'Rouge d'Hiver'
Non-hearting cos / romaine type with long leaves and an upright head. Thick, juicy, crisp leaves with a sweetness unmatched by other types. The leaves have an attractive, mahogany edging. It is heat resistant and slow to bolt. Days to harvest: 60 to full size.
SL104 approx. 350 seeds
SL105
SL191
'Summer Harvest' H
syn. 'Canasta'
Our favourite! A fast growing lettuce with an excellent taste and texture; very high resistance to bolting; crunchy green, red-tipped ruffled leaves around a cream coloured, crisp heart. Copes extremely well with summer heat and humidity. Days to harvest: 55 to full size.

SL218 approx. 350 seeds
SL219
SL220
'Organic Lettuce Mix' H Organically certified
Contains a colourful mix of 'cut and come again' lettuces; mix may include 'Marvel of Four Seasons', 'Freckles', 'Salad Bowl Red', 'Salad Bowl Green', 'Buttercrunch'; 'Royal Oakleaf', 'Brown Romaine', 'Green Mignonette', 'Lollo Rossa', 'Parris Is Cos'.
SL144 approx. 800+ seeds
SL188
SL198
See also Organic Salad Mix.
Luffa H
Luffa aegyptiaca previously syn. Luffa cylindrica
syn. Loofah, Vegetable Sponge
A vigorous annual vine. Young fruits are used as squash substitute, mature fruits are dried and used as a bathroom sponge. Sow in spring. Suitable for temperate, subtropical and tropical areas.
SL113 approx. 15 seeds
SL202
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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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