Fava Bean – Robin Hood

Robin Hood is a short compact but heavily cropping variety of broad bean. It has a fairly distinct green bean especially when young. The image here is of the fully mature beans at the end of […]

Fava Bean – Witkiem Manita

Witkiem Manita is a fairly fast growing Broad Bean that has fairly early large pods that average about 5 beans per pod. The beans are a nice mid green colour and especially when picked early have a […]

Radicchio – Grumolo Rossa

The red Grumolo is a nice looking and tasting small Radicchio. Radicchio is a perennial chicory – Cichorium intybus – and grows well during winter when it develops it’s best leaf form and colour. They are […]

Kale – Black Toscana

Kale comes in a number of forms and Black Toscana is possibly the best looking and has the best and most refined taste. It is variably known as ‘Nero di Toscana’, ‘Tuscan Kale’ and ‘Cavola […]

Coriander – Cilantro

Coriandrum sativum is a versatile plant that can be used in many ways. It’s best to think of Coriander as the seed used as a dry spice while Cilantro is the green herb leaf. And even though […]

Sunchoke – Helianthus tuberosus

Sunchoke is also known as Jerusalem Artichoke although it originates from the Americas and is a Sunflower and has no relationship to Artichokes at all. They are a very tasty root vegetable that are sadly under used and […]

Black Turtle bean

The Black Turtle bean is a full flavoured and nicely textured ‘dry’ bean that is perfect for the Mexican and South American food experience. When you cook them the water stains with the black colour […]

Amaranth – kiwicha

Amaranthus caudatus is a very old food plant that can be grown for both it’s edible seed and it’s edible leaf. If it’s given a long sunny growing season and a good soil it will grow […]

Potato – Sapphire

Sapphire is a main crop medium sized purple skinned oval shaped potato. It has a distinct looking complex purple flesh but with a variable white marble and fairly obvious white marginal ring around its outer edge […]


Sage – Salvia officinalis – has an unusual and distinct flavour. It is a ‘dry land’ plant that likes the sun, soil heat, lots of air flow around it and a fairly minimal but constant level of […]

Shelling Pea – Telephone

Telephone – or in old heritage speak ‘Alderman’ – is a very old and excellent large podded green pea that is perfect for shelling. If you can hold off long enough and not eat them […]

Yakumo Snow Pea

Yakumo is a large crispy flavoursome purple flowered Snow Pea – (often referred to as ‘mange tout‘). It is probably the most reliable and best flavoured Snow Pea I have grown. The flavor is very ‘green’ and […]

White turnips

Small white globe turnips are a thing of beauty. If cropped when small they are a fairly mild but still delicious root vegetable and the leaves have a fairly mild brassica flavour almost like a spinach. […]

Rakkyō – Allium chinense

Rakkyō – Japanese scallion or Chinese scallion is a lightly flavoured member of the onion family. They have small bulbs when fully developed and it is an excellent vegetable in itself, but also a great addition to […]

Chili – De Arbol

The needle like Chili De Arbol looks like it should be dangerous – and generally it is pretty hot to eat – up to about 30,000 scoville just below a cayenne pepper. You need to pick carefully […]

Chili – Serrano

The Serrano chill pepper is one of the ‘classics’ that comes from Mexico and is a great ‘hot’ variety for fresh use. The heat ranges a lot but is usually the next step up from […]

Aji Chanca

Aji Chanca is a mid heat range cultivar of Capsicum baccatum var. Pendulum. It is very similar to Aji Amarillo but has a more shortened bulbous form and slightly less heat. The flavour of this cultivar, like […]

tomatillo simple sauce

This season the tomatillo crop has been outstanding in amount and quality. There has been an abundance of all varieties and sizes. The simplest possible way to fully enjoy your fruity tomatillo is to simmer and […]

Chili – Shishito

Shishito chill pepper is a mild bright emerald green and usually about 7-10cm long. It has a distinctly interesting wrinkled form and the end tip area is supposed to resemble a lions head that gives it the […]

Potato – Royal Blue

Royal Blue is a main crop potato variety that would have to be near the top of anyones growing list. Strictly speaking the skin is a purple but looks blue when it has aged and […]

Potato – King Edward

King Edward is a very versatile potato that has white flesh with an off white skin and big pink blushes around the growth points. It usually grows into a flattened oval that tends to have […]

Scarlet runner bean

Scarlet runner beans – Phaseolus coccineus – are a short lived perennial that are often grown for a single season of production. As the name implies they climb and ramble and have beautiful red flowers that […]

Balinese corn – zea mays

Balinese corn is a smaller paler open pollinated multi cob variety that produces a lot of green vegetative growth to about 2 metres and usually has about 2-3 cobs on each stem. They tend to […]


Ok so time for a small rambling rave about threatening wildlife… This photo is of a beautiful tiny Diamond Python lounging high up in my Balinese Corn crop in late summer. It’s a baby and […]

pleach – plum & peach

Plum & Peach crossed gives you a ‘pleach’. Tastes like plum and peach mixed – looks like a peach with purple plum colour inside. These are very tasty stone fruits and have a lot of […]


Rockmelons are a thing of beauty. The surface webbing on the skin is totally fascinating to watch developing as they grow and expand into full sized fruit. It disguises them well in amongst the vines. […]

Aji amarillo

Aji is a word that can mean a few things – one of them is the common name for the group of chill that are of the Capsicum baccatum species group that grow from the […]

Land Cress – Barbarea verna

Land Cress is crisp, spicy and very similar to water cress. It forms large rosettes of leaves up to about 30cm in length that can be gradually harvested throughout the season. It seeds profusely and […]


Borago officinalis is an odd plant which is so friendly with it’s fresh and spicy cucumber tasting leaves and honey flavoured flowers while attracting excessive numbers of bees to your whole garden and yet simultaneously fighting […]


Chamomile is a name for a group of flowering herb plants that smell like apples – but is usually understood to refer to the herb Matricaria recutita used most often for brewing a herb tea. It […]

Jalapeño – purple

This current crop of purple Jalapeño are just really beautiful – almost pure black. They have the same pleasant chili flavour and ‘zing’ as the green & red jalapeños but they seem to stay unmarked […]

Tomato – cherry

Currently am growing two self developed varieties of cherry tomato for fresh use. They have been selected over about 15 years for taste, consistent size, colour and profusion of fruiting over a long growing period. […]

Chili – Poblano

I love these mild but still tasty chili peppers. They are easy to grow with some sun, heat, water and a good deep soil. Like a lot of the peppers they seem to like having […]

Bean Royal Burgundy

Royal Burgundy is an interesting and flavoursome glossy purple bean that changes to green when heat is applied – but is tasty fresh and uncooked, so ideal for salads with a great crunchy ‘snap’ and […]

preserved salted lemons

I love preserved salted lemons! Here’s a simple way to make them. Essentially you are preserving them in acid (lemon juice) and salt. Over a fairly short time they soften up and take on that […]

Bean Roc D’Or

Roc D’Or is a classic open pollenated golden butter French snap stringless bush bean. It is a fast strong growing smallish bush and has prolific harvests of small yellow or gold beans (that start off […]

Fava Bean – Red Epicure

Red Epicure is a classic variety of Broad Bean that produces well and is a plant that grows strong and tall. I have found that the plants are usually the biggest of the Broad Beans […]