Seed Sowing Guide – July

Kate’s Tip of the month:

It is perfect onion sowing time. Onions are day length sensitive. You can read what Peter Cundall says about growing onions and other day length sensitive plants here.

Permaculture Tasmania Seed saving workshop with Kate

Permaculture Tasmania Seed saving workshop with Kate

Sow these seeds in July:

Sow these seeds in the garden

Broadbeans ‘Coles Dwarf’, ‘Crimson Flowering’ and ‘Aquadulce’

Onions ‘Red Sheffield’, ‘Creamgold’ and ‘Domenica Sweet’

Plant out garlic cloves

Sow these seeds in trays to transplant:

Artichoke ‘Purple Globe’

Broccoli Raab

Broccoli ‘Purple Sprouting’ and ‘De Cicco’

Brussels Sprouts ‘Diablo’ F1

Cabbages ‘Munchkin’ F1 and ‘Red Express’

Carrots ‘Merida’, ‘Amsterdam Forcing’ and ‘Scarlet Nantes’

Cauliflower ‘All Year Round’


Collards ‘Champion’


Endive ‘Rhodes’

Kai-Lan ‘Chinese Kale’

Kale ‘Toscano / Cavolo Nero’ and ‘Dwarf Blue Curled’

Kohl Rabi ‘Kolibri’ F1, ’Superschmelz’

Komatsuna, green

Lettuces ‘Flashy Trout Back’, ‘Winter Density’, & ‘Rouge d’Hiver’


Mizuna ‘Purple’

Pak-Choi ‘White Stem Cantong’, ’Red Choi’ F1

Parsnip ‘Melbourne Whiteskin’

Peas ‘Sugarsnap’ and Snow peas ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’ (only in the hothouse or in a frost-free location)

Radicchio ‘Rossa di Treviso’

Radish ‘Easter Egg’,  ’Nero Tondo’  ’Watermelon’

Radish Oiental ‘Daikon’

Rocket,  ‘Heirloom’


Shallots ‘Roderique’

Spinach ‘Tyee’ F1, ‘Steadfast’ & ‘Bloomsdale Longstanding’

Spring Onions ‘Bunching’

Turnip ‘Purple Top White Globe’

Kate’s Tip of the month:

It is perfect onion sowing time. Onions are day length sensitive. You can read what Peter Cundall says about growing onions and other day length sensitive plants here.

You can buy these seeds from my market stall at The Cygnet Market.

If you need any further advice, please ask. My father (and grandfather) ran a very successful nursery for many years in Adelaide and I have grown up amongst trees, plants and seeds. I want people to be able to grow their own food.

If you would like to purchase Cottage Garden seeds or Native seeds, you can order these from us at Cygnet Market.

All of my products are also available most days from 1pm at The Garden Shed and Pantry, Cygnet

Leatherwood and other honey varieties

People often ask us for local honey when they visit the Garden Shed and Pantry at The Cygnet Market.  Why is honey from Tasmania so well regarded?  Is it because Tasmania has some of the cleanest air and water on the planet?  Is it because Tasmania is the only place in the world which produces the unique Leatherwood honey from the pristine rainforest wilderness on the West Coast?

Leatherwood flower

Leatherwood flower

Tasmanian Honey

Tasmanian honey is primarily single floral varieties.  When bees visit flowers to gather nectar, the honey they produce has the unique taste, aroma and colour from that particular flower.  Depending on the season, bees in Tasmania can visit trees, shrubs and flowers such as Manuka, Blue Gum, Leatherwood, Stringy Bark, Blackberry and Prickly Box.

We usually have Leatherwood and Forest honey for purchase at The Cygnet Market.  Where the honey is produced from flowering trees and shrubs that are not solely Leatherwood we have identified that honey as Forest.

Sometimes we also have Blue Gum and Stringy Bark honey for sale.

Leatherwood honey is Tasmania’s premier honey, accounting for close to three quarters of all the honey produced on the island. Unlike many aromatic honeys that offer a feminine perfumed scent, Leatherwood honey is musky and spicy.  The texture is creamy and smooth but it is not too sweet or acidic.  Leatherwood melts in your mouth and offers a lingering after-taste.  It does crystallize into very fine crystals and can get quite firm. To return Leatherwood Honey into its liquid, creamy form, gently heat it for two-three hours at under 100 degrees F.  To truly appreciate this honey it must be liquid and creamy.  After heating, it will stay liquid for many weeks. The colour is creamy yellow to ochre.

Orange Blossom Honey

We obtain our Orange Blossom Honey from the riverlands of South Australia, Australia’s premier citrus growing area.

orange blossom

orange blossom

Orange Blossom Honey is often made from mixed citrus nectars including oranges, grapefruit, lemons, mandarins and limes.  It is a thick, very sweet honey.  Initially the aroma is of medium intensity reminiscent of orange blossoms.  With time, it takes on an additional delicate fruity aroma like marmalade with slightly citric acid tones.  Light amber to white, the lighter colour and milder flavour come in years when there is a large harvest and the honey is less contaminated by other nectars.  It will darken with age and crystallizes slowly into granules of various sizes.

Therapeutic uses: Orange Blossom Honey plays a beneficial role for intestinal problems and nervousness. It is recommended to treat insomnia, and is often added to herbal teas.

orange blossom honey grove

orange blossom honey grove

Organic products (including Tasmanian and Orange Blossom Honey) can be obtained from the Cygnet Market or at the Garden Shed and Pantry.

Restrictions on transporting honey to other states within Australia:

Honey can not be taken from Tasmania to NSW/ACT or South Australia without a permit.  In Western Australia all untreated honey, honey products like royal jelly, and second hand bee keeping equipment are banned from entering the State.

Transporting Honey to Victoria, Queensland or the Northern Territory is free and requires no permits.

Cygnet Market Winner Wanted – June 16,

Pictured below is the second winner of the GaSP! Take 10 voucher from the June 16 Cygnet Market.

The person highlighted below will be entitled to ten percent discount off their next purchases from the Garden Shed and Pantry prior to the Cygnet Market on July 21.  If you know the person pictured, please contact them and let them know they are a WINNER!!

The winner should email us here to claim their prize.

You too, can be a winner.  Just visit the Cygnet Market for the opportunity of being selected by our  photographer.

GaSP Take 10 winner 2

GaSP Take 10 winner 2

Growing Vegetables South of Australia by Steve Solomon

Steve Solomon Growing Vegetables South of Australia

Steve Solomon Growing Vegetables South of Australia

Steve Solomon is a gardening legend in Tasmania and prior to that, in the US of A.  Since coming to Tasmania in 1998, Steve has turned his hand to producing vegetables all year round, in Northern Tasmania.  There are over 230 pages in the all-new 5th revision.

If you grow vegetables or fruit in Tasmania, then this should be the first book you buy.

This fabulous book includes:

  • when to sow every type of vegetable in Tasmania, a year-round Tasmanian planting calendar
  • the best varieties of vegetables to grow in Tasmania, and how and where to get high quality seeds
  • Getting 12 months of food production every year without using a greenhouse; the art of winter gardening
  • Growing melons, eggplant and other heat-lovers without a greenhouse.
  • the basics of natural gardening including soil building, irrigation, garden planning, fertilisers, compost, etc
  • raising vegies without mains water
  • defeating local insect pests, without resorting to chemical poisons and how to work around vegetable diseases.

Steve Solomon has unfailingly grown a huge vegetable garden since 1973.  He is the author of eight previous veggie gardening books, all of these were written for the Cascadia Bioregion (western Oregon and Washington states).  There the climate is a mirror image of Tasmania’s.
Steve founded, built up and later sold a mail-order garden vegetable seed company in the USA.  During those years he grew extensive varietal trials.  Doing this gave him a unique understanding of how to achieve the full food-production potential of our maritime climate.
He lives and gardens on red krasnozem soil in Grindelwald, TAS.  Steve produces over half his family’s food from his garden.  He maintains his health by making his own fresh vegetables a majority of his diet and so concentrates on producing during the winter instead of preserving.

Steve says, “I write REGIONAL garden books providing specific information for a climatic zone. Twice now I have found myself in a region (same climate, strangely) where the indigenous people had no indigenous source of information — Cascadia and Tasmania. So I supply the need. I do this mainly because I wish to engender independent living and non-dependency.”

Steve’s detailed notes include a vegetable  by vegetable guide, as well as informed and informative chapters on soil, water, seed and pests. Many gardeners use the recipe for his Complete Organic Fertiliser with great results.

I am very pleased to be able to sell Steves book (the latest 5th revision) at the Cygnet Market or at the Garden Shed and Pantry.  The price is $22

For those people who are not able to get along to the Cygnet Market, I am happy to post a copy.  Please contact me here with your location so I can calculate shipping costs.

Organic Pumpkin Seeds

We have recently added pumpkin seeds to our snack pack range and, instantly, they have become very popular!  Australian Pumpkin Seed Company deals exclusively in the special ‘naked’ dark green pumpkin seed. The seed naturally grows without the hard fibrous casing of regular pumpkin seeds making it the easiest to eat and process.  The type of seed originated through a natural mutation some 300 years ago in the Styrian region of Austria and Slovenia (Europe).

Roasted and lightly salted

Roasted and lightly salted

As well as having a wonderful ‘healthy green’ nutty flavour, these dark green pumpkin seeds are well known for their high oil content.

Also known as a Superfood, pumpkin seeds are packed full of nutrients. One handful will give you:

  • a protein boost – supplying a well balanced form of all the essential amino acids which are very nourishing, energising and easily digestable.
  • iron and phosphorus – promoting healthy blood development and efficient  nerve and mental activity.
  • magnesium – necessary for muscle relaxation
  • zinc – known for its many functions in the body including the healing and maintenance of tissues, enhancing the immune system.
  • antioxidant vitamins A & E – protects cells from free radical damage and aids the body to grow, maintain and heal.
  • B group vitamins – necessary to process protein, carbohydrates and fats.
  • essential fatty acids contained in the oil which make up to 45 – 50% of the total seed, supply and transport vitamins to the body, reduce cholesterol and support the reproductive and urinary tract.
  • No cholesterol
Australian Pumpkin Seed Company

Australian Pumpkin Seed Company

Pumpkin Seeds can easily be added to:

• salads

• pizza

• stirfries

• bread

• cakes

• biscuits

• your morning cereal

• garnishing any dish

• fruit salad

Our Pumpkin Seeds are available raw or gently dry roasted (to maintain nutritional quality) and flavoured to give you variety. The range includes:

  • Natural (raw) – ideal for salads, bread, biscuits etc
  • Traditional (gently dry roasted & lightly rock salted) – a great and healthy snack!

Our Snack Pack range includes:

Organic Sundried Apricots

Organic Pistachios

Organic Roasted (lightly salted) Pumpkin Seeds

Organic Cacao Nibs

Organic Fruit and Nut mix, and

Organic Brazil Nuts

To complement our range of organic nuts and dried fruits, you can now purchase Pumpkin Seeds at the Garden Shed and Pantry or at the Cygnet Market.  We also sell the famous, worlds best almonds, Johnston Almonds, local hazelnuts and walnuts.

Enjoy the healthy eating available from the Cygnet Market.

This week at the Cygnet Market

I have organic cacao nibs, organic ground turmeric, organic cinnamon sticks, wild harvested long pepper all arrived today. The range of spices I have is expanding every week and I get fresh supplies regularly so you can always be sure of the best flavours. Those mentioned above are personally sourced by Barry Beach, a colleague of mine in Adelaide, who runs Beach Organics.

This week is a bucket of the black manzanillo; beautifully ripe with a great, full flavour. $10 / 500g
The koroneiki oil I have now is very popular at $12 / 750ml bottle or $60 / 5 litre container.

olive oil large or small

olive oil large or small

Winter grains
It is porridge and soup time and I have fresh supplies of organic, Australian soup mix, pearl barley, rolled oats, red and green lentils etc etc etc for all your cooking needs. I often make quinoa porridge with 1/2 quinoa, 1/2 oats. Don’t forget, if you wish to mill your own grains, I have access to 20 kg bags of almost every organic grain grown in Australia, at very good prices.

High Teas Experience
Have you checked out our Travel the World on the High Teas workshop information? Please read about it here. Bookings continue to be added and we are looking at an additional date if we have enough interest for a second session!

Please note: The Garden Shed and Pantry will be closed from after the market on Sunday June 16th until the next market on Sunday July 7th.

Looking forward to sharing with you my passion for fresh, organic, Australian ingredients, direct from the farmer or maker to me. It makes a world of difference!

Come and see us on the stage at the (double) market this Sunday and remember to give us your best smile for our photographer and the GaSP Take 10 Competition!

All the best,

Kate and Lenny

Up on the Stage

Up on the Stage