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Frequently Asked Question!


Either net your Brassicas over the warmer months or spray weekly with Dipel (an organic natural bacteria)

Tomatoes that are hit by cool weather at the start of the growing season or where soils are still too cool struggle to uptake phosphorus. This displays as purpling under the leaves. In Tasmanias erratic spring weather, protect plants till the weather is stable mid to late December. The seedlings should come good.

Open pollinated means simply that the plants are left to become pollinated on their own, naturally, either through cross pollination (via wind, insects or water) or self pollination (the transfer of pollen from the male to the female of the same flower, or to those of another flower on the same plant)

Hybrid seed is produced by intentionally cross-pollinating plants. Hybrids are bred to improve the characteristics of the resulting plants, such as greater yield, better uniformity, improved disease resistance, etc. Hybrid seed generally cannot be saved, as the seed from the first generation of hybrid plants does not reliably produce true copies, therefore, new seed must be purchased for each planting. For many vegetables that are hybrid, a hybrid seed can be saved over the years and the best saved until the seed becomes stable again (Each years seed is known as F3, F4, F5 etc).

A hybrid is defined as the product of a cross between two different varieties or parents of the same plant species. Why are hybrids so expensive? Hybrid seed costs more because of the extra work that is involved in their production. In return, you can usually expect better quality, higher yield, vigor and uniformity and in many cases better disease resistance. Hybrid flowers generally have improved coloor and larger blooms.

Depends on the vegetables/herb and how they are stored.

See this link for some information

Onions, Parsley, Parsnip are very short in life so fresh seed is important.

A unit of pungency (heat) is called a Scoville. This rating of Chilli pepper heat can be relatively mild (300-600) or blistering (200,000-350,000). The number of Scoville heat units indicates the amount of capsaicin present.

Aphids is generally a sign of stress. Often Dry soils or poor quality soils. Infestations that are not too severe can be controlled by spraying off with the hose and improving growing conditions. Let some carrots go to flower or plant lots of flowers around the garden to attract beneficial insects.

I stock all types. If the seed is marked as Organic seed, I have sourced this from a certified organic farmer. If it says organically grown seed, I have grown this (I am not certified organic) or have sourced from a grower who does not use chemicals and grows with organic principles. The balance is largely untreated seed although some imported have to be treated for quarantine purposes.

Some varieties grow well almost anywhere, but others do well only in specific climates. If you are unsure msg or email me. A lot of valuable information can be found in the variety or vegetable descriptions. The timing of planting is generally the important factor in warmer areas compared to where I live in Tasmania.

Not all crops are suitable for hothouse growing, but a surprising number will grow and produce if handled correctly. For Cooler Seasons: Beetroots, Collards, Radish, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce, Silverbeet, Carrot Spring Onions, Herbs, Endive, Kale, Greens, Parsley, Peas. For Warmer Seasons: Celery, Zucchini, Eggplant, Tomato, Capsicum and Chilli Peppers, Herbs. This is a general guide. I have not grown everything in a hothouse.

Determinate – Almost always bush types, short plants which do not need to be staked, although a stake often helps support the eight of the fruit.  They require more garden space than staking tomatoes and grow well in a cage.

Indeterminate – Tall, large plants which require stakes or trellis. Have more tomatoes on each plant and produce later and longer. I identify each type in online and have also added these two categories to help. 

Good seed storage results when seeds are kept dry. And the temperature is kept low. 

Ideally, use silica gel packs (available online) in containers to control moisture in the box. Then stored in the fridge is perfect however in the cupboard is fine (around 4 degrees temps and the seed lasts ages for most types of vegetables).

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