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Lettuce / Lactuca sativa

Lactuca sativa ‘Steamboat’ – A good choice for home gardeners wanting to grow their own Iceberg-type lettuce. The firm, crisp heads are quite dense with a desirable crunchy texture that comes from the high water content. ‘Steamboat’ is resistant to … Continue reading

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Amaranthus / Love-Lies-Bleeding & Joseph’s Coat

Amaranthus caudatus – Love-Lies-Bleeding has a broad native range – including India, Africa and Peru. As the name implies it bears dramatic pendent blooms of crimson-red. Both the leaves and seeds are commonly used as a food source in South … Continue reading

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Plants for Herbal Teas

Mentha x ‘Hillary’s Sweet Lemon’ – This cross of Apple (Mentha suaveolens) and Lime Mint (M. piperita subsp. citrata) bears attractive lavender bloom spikes. It has a spearmint flavour with a hint of lemon and makes a perfect cup of … Continue reading

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Calendula & African Marigold

Tagetes erecta ‘ANTIGUA Yellow’ – This dwarf variety of African Marigold features 3″ wide fully double rounded blooms of bright yellow from late spring through to autumn. Despite the common name, this species is native to Central America and Mexico. … Continue reading

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Edible Salad Greens

Brassica juncea ‘Red Frills’ (syn. Brassica juncea var. crispifolia ‘Rubra’) – A finely-cut mustard green that is as tasty as it is beautiful. ‘Red Frills’ features fringed burgundy-red leaves that add the taste of mustard and horseradish to salads, stir … Continue reading

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Unusual Herbs

Origanum majorana ‘Variegata’ – Variegated Sweet Marjoram can be a little hard to find and bears pale pink blooms in summer. It is a frost-tender annual herb with creamy-yellow (occasionally pink tinted) variegated green foliage with a mellow oregano flavour. … Continue reading

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Herbs

Artemesia dracunculus var. sativa – French Tarragon is a native of southeastern Russia and one of the four ‘fines herbes’ used in French cooking. It is a hardy woody perennial with a spicy licorice flavour that rarely flowers and is … Continue reading

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