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Winter Newsletter 2023

Winter is here, with its cool weather cheer, but don't wait too long, Spring is near!
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Winter Newsletter


Cool weather, warm fires and fresh Cabbage! How good is winter...

With a nice dry winter thus far in our part of the world growing has been a joy, dry weather is a seed farmers best friend! 

We hope your gardens are bursting with colour and food. We wish you all the very best to a wonderful winter, and spring glorious ahead.
 

We hope you enjoy reading our seasonal newsletter.  We encourage any feedback so please let us know how we're going. 
Left to right: Sophia, Stami & Neville
Change of Ownership

This year has been our 30th anniversary growing and providing seeds and plants to Australian gardeners and retailers. We are very proud of our achievements in providing quality certified organic seeds and plants, and an ever-increasing range for our customers growing needs. We are delighted to announce our son Stami has taken over Greenpatch Organic Seeds.

Stami has been working at Greenpatch for 13 years having an extensive understanding of the business and thrives off the importance of keeping seeds local, organic and open pollinated so we can all have the opportunity to save seed. You can expect the same quality of seeds, plants and customer support moving forwards with an even stronger emphasis on producing more seed then ever at our two farms near Taree in NSW.

The business will operate from the same premises continuing to supply quality seeds & plants to stockists. You will find the same friendly staff that will be happy to help with any questions about any of our products.

We are most gracious for your customer support over the years, a big thanks to you all. We wish you all a fruitful growing season ahead!

Neville & Sophia

If you have any questions about the changeover, please feel free to contact us:
Ph: 02 6551 4240
Email: enquiries@greenpatchseeds.com.au

Dormant Rhizomes Available Now!
Perennial food plants are worth their weight in gold, they are low maintenance, don't ask for much and give a lot back. While many people may see winter as simply a time of waiting for spring, it can be quite productive. Not only are there tonnes of winter veg to be grown, now is the time you can harvest the summer sun...in the form of a rhizomes or tubers in the ground that is!

Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosa) - Not only a great source of food through the cooler months, they have gorgeous sunflower like flowers... ornamental and edible, you can't beat that. Be sure not to eat too many, they don't call them 'Fartichokes' for no reason...

Sweet Root / Yacon (Polymnia sonchifolia) - 'Yacon' meaning 'Water root' in the Inca language is almost exactly as the name describes, a delicous, crunchy, sweet tuber. Perfect eaten fresh in salads, baked, steamed or cooked in curries.

Turmeric (Cururma longa) - A plant needing very little introduction. Known for its anti-inflamitory uses, Turmeric is also highly ornamental and brings a tropical feel to all gardens. Turmeric can be used fresh in curries, soups or herbal teas, you can even try making your own turmeric powder!

Get your hands on some dormant rhizomes now, ready for spring planting, and this time next year you'll be thanking yourself! 
 
 
'every flower is a bloom in the right direction'
Fight the Frost
Plants are a lot like humans, or, humans are a lot like plants. Some of us thrive in winter, others bury themselves in jumpers and blankets, only to re-emerge once the warmth of spring hits.
Be sure to protect your frost sensitive plants this winter, here's a few helpful tips:
 
1) Simply pull out an old bedsheet or pillow case and drape it over your plants, it ain't pretty, your neighbors may question you, but they work!

2) Plastic sheets, anything you can get your hands on, an old tarp even, you just need to create a barrier for the cold night air to settle on rather than on your plants!

3) If frost is a real issue for you annually, it may be worth investing in some "horticultural fleece".
 

Happy gardening from all of the Greenpatch team!
What Seeds Can I Sow Now?

Cold:
 Beetroot, Asian Greens, Brassica, Celery, Kale, Spinach, Turnip, Broad Bean, Foxglove, Lupin, Lettuce, Radish, Onion, Shallot, Parsnip, Parsley, Chamomile, Watercress, Fennel, Garlic, Calendula, For-Get-Me-Not and Poppies.

Temperate: Artichoke, Asian Greens, Brassica, Beetroot, Kale, Onion, Leek, Garlic, Pea, Carrots, Parsnip, Hollyhock, Poppy, Fennel, Garlic, Carrot, Shallot, Spinach, Rhubarb,  Potato, Celery, Lettuce, Borage, Salad Rocket, Coriander, Dill, Sweet Pea, Calendula, Love in a Mist  and  Foxglove.

Sub-Tropical: Brassicas, Carrot, Beans, Garlic, Kale, Lettuce, Potato, Rhubarb, Rocket, Shallot, Spinach, Dill, Evening Primrose, Lemon Balm, Coriander, Parsley, Chives, Marigold, Calendula, Strawflower, Petunia, Beetroot, Celery, Tomato

Tropical: Beans, Capsicum, Chilli, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant,  Pumpkin, Melons, Lettuce, Luffa, Mustard, Okra,  Potato, Rockmelon, Tomato, Sunflower, Celosia, Marigold, Cosmos, Portulaca, Coriander, Basil,  Parsley, Marjoram, Oregano, Zucchini, Snake Bean, Ceylon Spinach

What's New?
Feverfew plants - A stunning perennial, bringing colour and fragrance to gardens, as well as a useful herb. Can be used as a treatment for, you guessed it, fevers, migraines, headaches and a whole lot more.

Watermelon - Early Moon Beam - A variety not easy to come across, with delicious, firm, sweet yellow flesh, give it a go this summer, you won't be disappointed.

Maize - Manning Pride -  We received this seed as part of our corn/maize project. With many heirloom varieties no longer being grown in Australia we felt there was a need to find varieties and grow them out, making them available to all of you! Manning Pride is by far the tastiest fresh corn Stami has ever eaten despite this being a maize meant for animal fodder. Harvest cobs fresh and pan fry with real butter and enjoy.

Seed Back In Stock!
Table - Queen Squash - If we had a dollar for every time we were asked about this variety! An amazing nutty flavoured squash, best eaten baked with a little too much butter.

Lettuce - Frilly Pink - A favorite amongst many at Greenpatch, side picking variety producing large tender green leaves with a bright pink outer edge. Tolerant of warmer weather.

Lettuce - Cos Verdi - Another favourite among many growers and gardeners, it's hard to go past as an all round great lettuce! Best grown through Autumn, Winter & Spring.

Pumpkin - Gramma - If you have never eaten Gramma Pie with Ice Cream now's your chance. If your clever, grow the Gramma Pumpkin yourself and then deliver it to your mother or grandmothers house, they always have the best recipes for Gramma Pie! 

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