‘Tis the season of seeding

Spring seed varieties include:

A classic in the garden, you can never go wrong with this aromatic herb. Full of nutrients, great in pesto, and the perfect garnish for your summer salads. Contains protein, vitamins E, A, K, B6 and C, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, copper and potassium. Basil takes around 10-12 days to germinate, and approximately 7-8 weeks to mature for harvesting.

Beetroot (Bull’s Blood).
With gorgeous contrasting colours, these beets are jam-packed with goodness with the added bonus of looking great in a salad. Contains vitamins A & C, calcium, magnesium, iron, folate and potassium. Ready to harvest in around 18 days.

Add a little beauty to your plate with this stunning, bright blue flower. Both good to look at and good to eat, this edible beauty has a distinct cucumber smell and taste. Borage is rich in vitamins A & C, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium and Omega 6. Ready for harvesting roughly 60 days from direct sowing.

Cherry Tomatoes.
Everyone’s favourite at the dinner table, these juicy numbers are perfect in salads - especially Caprese. These also make a great addition to the kids’ lunchboxes, or in vege kebabs on the barbie. Cherry Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A, C & E, are high in fibre and high in antioxidants. These take around 7-14 days to germinate, and approx 11-15 weeks to mature. All good things take time!

With a slightly bitter, yet fresh and minty taste, this mild seed is a favourite with kids. Add to salads, sammies, smoothies or soups. Chia is a vitamin-rich microgreen that’s highly nutritious and high in calcium. These take around 8-12 days to mature. Harvest at 2cm high, or just before they start to fall over.

The number one herb to use in Asian and Mexican dishes - what even is guac without coriander? Coriander is particularly rich in vitamins A, C & K, and is an antioxidant superfood that’s high in fibre. This one’s ready to harvest around 65 days from sowing.

Tasty and delicious edible flowers, these scattered petals make a gorgeous addition to any salad. Or, you can also add the whole flower to your summer drinks as garnish - the petals have a slightly spicy, clove-like flavour with a little sweetness to round it out. The flower buds contain biotin, folate, vitamin C, calcium, protocyanin and flavones. Ready to harvest 10-12 weeks from sowing.

Curled Cress.
A super herb with a slightly peppery taste (pepper grass), Cress makes for a tasty addition to your lunchtime sandwiches and soups. Contains vitamins A, C, K & B complexes, calcium, iron, magnesium, folate and potassium. Ready to harvest in around 7-14 days.

Lettuce (Drunken Woman).
This Italian sweetheart has bright leaves, bronze ends, and mixes perfectly into your summer salads. Ready to harvest 60 days from sowing, you can pick the leaves off or harvest as a whole.

Mesclun is best served in salad and pairs beautifully with bacon, blue cheese and sweet red peppers. This one is high in vitamins A & C, folate, calcium and iron. Ready to harvest 60 days from sowing.

Mizuna is also known as Japanese greens or Chinese lettuce. The foliage has a mild, fresh, crisp taste that can be added to all types of salads, or cooks nicely with meat. High in vitamins and antioxidants, Mizuna has several health benefits including improved bone, immune and eye health. Ready to harvest 30 days from sowing.

Pak Choi.
If anything deserves the label ‘superfood’, it’s Pak Choi. Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre, Pak Choi is the perfect addition to a good stir fry. Or, pan fry it with garlic and chilli and enjoy on its own. Ready to harvest 40 days from sowing.

With a tangy, peppery flavour, Rocket is the ideal addition to your morning egg, or on your pizza with prosciutto. Contains vitamins A & C, calcium, iron and phosphorus. Ready to harvest 7-14 days from sowing.