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Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus
Sow watermelons direct after all danger of frost has passed into warm soil, 1-2 cm deep, 1 m apart on raised mounds, rows 2 m apart; watermelons need plenty of space. Prepare soil with compost and well-rotted manure; deep digging is beneficial. The soil needs to be well drained. Pinch out the terminal bud to encourage branching. Harvest when the tendril closest to the fruit stem is dry and brown and when the underside of the fruit has changed colour.
Watermelon 'Allsweet' Organically certified
A large, oblong melon with striped green rind and sweet red flesh. It is disease resistant with few seeds and keeps well.
SW124 approx. 35 seeds
SW125
SW135
Watermelon 'Crimson Sweet' H Organically certified
syn. Warpaint
Fruit is round, dark green with large stripes, 10-12 kg with bright red, very sweet, juicy flesh with a fine texture. Good disease resistance.
SW101 approx. 35 seeds
SW102
SW115
SW136
Watermelon 'Sugarbaby' Organically certified
Popular home garden variety that will fit in the fridge, round fruit 3 - 5 kg. Red flesh is crisp, mouth-watering, with a sweet, rich flavour. Sets 4-6 melons per vine, easiest watermelon to grow.
SW103 approx. 35 seeds
SW104
SW138
Untreated seed, non-organic seed - special price
SW139 Untreated
Watermelon 'Moon and Stars' Organically certified
Moon and Stars is an heirloom variety with very sweet, rich, red flesh. The rind is patterned with yellow markings and the foliage can be speckled yellow as well. Fruit can grow very large, between 13 and 20 kg.
SW116 approx. 35 seeds
SW117
Wax Gourd H
Benincasa hispida
syn. Chinese winter melon, flour gourd
A fast growing, long season, warm climate vegetable producing very large fruit up to 20kg. The round gourds are green with a white waxy coating. The wax gourd keeps for many months off the vine and is eaten raw or cooked. The shoots, tendrils and leaves are also eaten as greens; seeds are edible and are tasty roasted. Use the white flesh of this giant fruit in a chicken and wax-gourd curry; serve appetizers of finely chopped stir-fried vegetables in bowls made from a hollowed-out melon. Sow after frost in spring; in tropical areas sow during the dry season. Sow direct into well composted soil, 1-2 cm deep, 1m apart on raised mounds, rows 1m apart. Days to harvest: 100.
SW121 approx. 25 seeds
SW137
Zucchini syn. courgette, summer squash, zucchino
Cucurbita pepo
Zucchini should be sown direct, after frost, as it needs a warm soil to germinate; in subtropical areas and tropical areas avoid sowing during periods of high humidity. Space 'hills' 1 m apart, add plenty of compost, sow 3-6 seeds 15-20 mm deep and thin to the 2-3 strongest. Keep the soil moist. It needs a rich, high in nitrogen, well-drained soil, preferred pH 6-7.5. Pick when about 15 cm long, the flowers are also edible. Plan for 2 plants per 4-6 people.
Zucchini 'Black Beauty' Organically certified
'Black Beauty' produces dark-green, glossy, smooth fruit with creamy, white flesh and a good flavour. It is fast growing with a prolific yield. The fruit freezes well. Bushes have a semi-upright, open growth habit which makes for easy picking. In subtropical and tropical areas avoid sowing during periods of high humidity. It is an open-pollinated zucchini introduced in 1957. Days to harvest: 44 - 64.
SZ100 approx. 20 seeds
SZ107
SZ112
SZ108
Zucchini 'Cocozelle' Organically certified
Syn. Cocozella di Napoli
'Cocozelle' is an heirloom squash from Italy, long and cylindrical, pale green with dark green stripes. It is tender with a good flavour. Best harvested just as the flower falls away. It can also be grown large as a marrow. Days to harvest: 45 - 50.
SZ102 approx. 20 seeds
SZ103
SZ115
Zucchini 'Costa Romanesque' H
Syn. Costata Romanesco
A distinctive Italian heirloom bush zucchini with prominently ribbed fruit. The skin is medium grey-green with pale green flecks. It is delicious raw or cooked with a nutty flavour. The male flower buds are also eaten. It stays tender even when very large. It is a favourite of the River Café and Jamie Oliver. Days to harvest: 52 - 60.
SZ110 approx. 20 seeds
SZ111
SZ114
Zucchini 'Golden'
'Golden' zucchini produces slender, cylindrical fruit. The bright golden colour adds interest to stir-fries and ratatouille. It has a distinctive nutty flavour and can be eaten raw or cooked; fast growing with a prolific yield. Bushes have an upright, open growth habit which makes for easy picking. Days to harvest: 48.
SZ117 approx. 20 seeds
SZ118
SZ119
SZ120
Q. Why don't my pumpkin, squash or zucchini set fruit?
A. The most obvious problem can be lack of bees. Many gardeners find they need to hand pollinate. To encourage a visit by bees, avoid using overhead sprinklers and any form of insecticide. Bees also do not like windy conditions.

There are a range of other factors that influence pollination and successful fruit set:
  • too much rich nitrogen fertiliser will cause leaf growth at the expense of flowering,
  • too high a summer temperature will do the same,
  • being stung by Cucumber fruit fly can cause tiny fruit to drop off the vine,
  • moisture stress will do the same, and
  • lack of calcium or boron will also cause young fruit to yellow and drop off.
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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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