What seeds am I meant to sow this time of year?
What time of year is it now Spring/Summer or Autumn/Winter? See our lists below which are general recommendations of what you should be sowing and when.
How will my plants arrive?
All our plants are OGA certified. Our plants are sold in different size pots and occasionally bare rooted. Some plants are dormant during winter meaning there are no leaves on the plant or it has retreated to below the soil into a bulb or rhizome. Please read the product descriptions for more details on pot size and if plants are deciduous. Plants arrive via Australia Post and they may deliver the parcel to your door or leave a parcel card and it will need to be picked up from the post office.
When receiving plants remove from the box immediately and place into sheltered position. Water well, gradually move to a sunny position or plant out into your garden. All plants have information supplied for growing and usage.
When are orders sent out?
Plants are posted to VIC, QLD, SA and NT on Mondays only to ensure you receive them before the weekend. Plants to Northern QLD and NT need to be posted Express Post and a extra postage charge will be available at checkout. Plants take up to 5 working days to arrive from the date they are posted.
Plants are posted to NSW on Mondays and Tuesdays. Plants take up to 4 working days to arrive from the date they are posted.
During busy periods (spring and Autumn) some plant orders may be sent the following week due to high demand. We do our very best to post orders ASAP
All other orders are processed within 24 hours of receiving your order and may take up to 10 working days to arrive depending on your location and the postal service used.
Seeds - Seed orders are posted Monday to Friday all over Australia except WA.
Is our farm shop open to the public?
Yes!!! Our farm gate is open to the public Monday to Friday 9am - 4.30pm. In our retail area we have a large seed display, books, garden products and our nursery housing 400 varieties of organic plants. We also grow all of our seeds here so you can see the summer/winter crops growing.
Who grows our seeds?
We are proud to say at Greenpatch we grow:
-190 varieties of OGA certified organic seeds
-400 varieties of plants in our OGA certified organic nursery
A handful of seed growers throughout Australia support us by producing seeds and using organic principals and methods. The majority of our seeds are grown onsite at Greenpatch and a handful of growers spread throughout Australia support us and the organic principals.
Many seed companies buy their seeds in from overseas and rarely produce varieties so why not question where the seeds you are buying come from... We pride ourselves in supporting Australian growers and producing as many varieties ourselves as possible! In some cases imported seed is used when no other option is available to ensure seed availability in our extensive range of vegetables, herbs, flowers and grains.
Click here if you would like to learn more about where our seeds and plants are grown.
OGA, BFA Organic?
Organic Growers Australia (OGA) is organic certification for growers. So when you see 'OGA Certified' next to a product on our site it means it has been grown at Greenpatch Organic Seeds and it is certified organic. Our certification number is 760.
Certification Lookup: http://aco.net.au/organic-product-search/?search_term=Greenpatch+Organic+Seeds
BFA (Biological Farmers Australia) or now known as 'Australian Organic' is a Australian organic certification body. http://austorganic.com/
'Organic' means its has been grown using organic principals and the majority of these products are certified organic but rather then carrying over these certifications we simplify it to 'organic'.
NASAA is the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia. http://www.nasaa.com.au/
What does organic mean?
Organic growing can consist of any number of methods, including the use of green manure, composting, crop rotation following mulching and establishment of legumes. Plant preparations, biological controls, companion planting and plant diversity are combined to balance pests and diseases. No chemical pesticides, chemical herbicides, artificial fertilizers or chemical fungicides are used in organic growing.
Are our seeds hybrids or GMO seeds?
No we don't stock any hybrid or GMO seeds. They are all open pollinated varieties so you can save the seeds year to year.
Do you send your products Overseas?
No, we do not send any of our products overseas.