Asparagus - Pacific Purple - 82RW

Asparagus - Pacific Purple - 82RW

Details   A purple variety that is sweeter and less fibrous than green asparagus. Takes three years for the crowns to grow large enough before harvesting, though a small amount of light picking can be done in the second year. Seed needs 18 to 23deg for germinating, once seedling first shows itself transplant into its own 2L pot and plant out into its permanent about 12 months later, never let the first seedling spear get frosted till fully in leaf.
Botanical name   Asparagus officinalis
Grower name   Richard Watson
Storage Info   seed renewed yearly
Contains at least   30 seeds
Price per packet   $4.50
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Caigua 1RW

Caigua 1RW

Details   From the cucumber family Caigua suits most areas of New Zealand as it handles cooler weather. The small thumb sized fruit can be used as a gherkin replacement as well as cut up into salads. Can grow to 3m so best to grow up and over some sort of frame work.
Botanical name   Cyclanthera pedata
Grower name   Richard-Paul
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Contains at least   20
Price per packet   $4.50
Epazote - 154RW

Epazote - 154RW

Details   Epazote, once cultivated on a large scale as a medicinal herb, is now grown in few herb gardens. A roadside weed in much of North America and central and southern Europe, its herbal uses are barely recognized today outside its native Mexico and South America.
Various native peoples in the American and Mexican West today drink epazote tea or eat the plant to facilitate childbirth and ease painful menstruation as well as to expel worms and relieve gastrointestinal disorders (some of which might be brought on by the worms). Epazote leaves can be poulticed on arthritic joints, athlete’s foot, and insect bites.
Botanical name   Dysphania ambrosioides
Contains at least   100
Grower name   Richard Watson
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Price per packet   $4.50
Pink Raspberry - 5RW

Pink Raspberry - 5RW

Details   A sweet fruit that's less tart than the red, grows into a 1.5m bush in heavy damp soils, 1m on light land. Was found growing near the Arthurs Pass village in the 1950's by a gardener who maintained this variety in Rangiora till his death in the early 90's. Richard has grown it ever since. Raspberry seed needs stratification, which can also be done in the fridge by placing the seed in damp paper on a plate then cover the plate with cling wrap. About 6-8 weeks should be enough.

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Botanical name   Rubus
Contains at least   20
Grower name   Richard-Paul
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Price per packet   $4.50
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Red Giant - 2RW

Red Giant - 2RW

Details   Large strain of perennial celery producing red stalks and pinkish yellow blanched hearts, looks good in raw salads. Stronger tasting than green celery, good for soups and stews. Handles winter frosts better than standard celery varieties, though in heavy frost areas the stems are not eatable during these periods .  
Botanical name   Apium graveolens var. dulce
Contains at least   50 seeds
Date Of Seed Harvest   Jan 2023
Grower name   Richard-Paul
Price per packet   $4.50
Skirret - 6RW

Skirret - 6RW

Details   Skirret is a perennial vegetable which dates back to Roman times. Related to carrots, it is the bunches of skinny white roots that is the edible portion. Doesn't like to be grown anywhere too dry and are slightly vulnerable to carrot fly. Roasted its a very tasty vegetable. Sow in spring time and treat the seedling like carrot seedlings by keeping them weed free and at a spacing of 20cm apart. Roots develop their full flavour during winter. Best grown as a annual.

Skirret seed is a difficult seed to germinate, the best method appears to be surface sowing in early winter outdoors in a area where the surface stays damp, by spring the small seedlings can be transferred to there garden bed, space out by 20cm x 20cm.
Botanical name   Sium sisarum
Grower name   Richard Watson
Contains at least   50 seeds
Price per packet   $4.50
Teasel - 7RG

Teasel - 7RG

Details   Teasel - spiky flower heads were used for carding wool in the old days, also regarded as having some of the best bee attractant flowers. Finches love to eat the seeds.
Botanical name   Dipsacus fullonum
Contains at least   30 seeds
Date Of Seed Harvest   2023
Grower name   Rick Ginders
Price per packet   $4.50
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