New Releases 2018 19
Here are the vegetable varieties from my breeding program that became available to the public this year.

Vegetable breeding is a long and expensive process. It typically takes 8-9 years to breed a new variety of a vegetable. Because it is a part of my seed growing business I don't charge more for seed or tubers my new varieties but I may have to in the future as the breeding part gets bigger. The extra time, space and money is taking a toll.



Potato 'Toffee Apple

This is a diploid potato that grows and tuberises quickly. It can be harvested at 9 weeks from planting. Very eyecatching bicolour.

It has deep eyes but thin skin so doesn't need peeling. The plants are not very producing, only producing around 600g of potatoes per harvest but since you can grow them continuously and harvest three times per year the amount is close to commercial varieties.

 This is a indeterminate potato so tubers can be harvested on a regular basis by bandicooting, therefore extending the harvest.

Some tubers should be available winter 2019


   

Oca (Oxalis tuberosa)

A great potato substitute for growing in shady areas, I grow mine under shadecloth bed covers.
Can be eaten raw after sweetening in storage, also great for roasting and microwaving.

Some of the tubers shown here are small as I had to dig them early because of mouse damage.

This is an under-rated vegetable that should have more commercial exposure. It is easy to grow (under shadecloth), needs little fertiliser, and my varieties are less prone to bacterial stem rot.

Short day tuberiser - mine are harvested in June.

14 varieties released this year. More in 2020.

 Melon 'Pomona'

'Pomona' melon is named after the Roman Goddess of fruit trees and gardens. One of the parents is 'Green Bosnian', and it retains some of the features of its parent, like the flavour and green flesh. Beautiful very light netting and thick flesh.

Pomona is green fleshed and even in maturing but a little easier to tell when it is ripe than its parent, although it still takes a little practice. The fruits weight around 2.5 to 3 kg.

Ripe fruits hold well on the vines and travels well but they take some practice to tell when they are ripe. Suitable for commercial and home growing.

Now stable, seed is available.


Garlic 'Easygrow'

Withstands more waterlogging and weed pressure than other garlic varieties. Hardneck.
Leaves are more upright and darker green than its parent 'Monaro Purple'

Hotter in flavour than its parent, it also matures two weeks earlier. The bulbs are a bit smaller than Monaro Purple but more even in size, especially under trying conditions.
Some bulbs available 2019





Available in 2019
Potato - 'Sassy lass'

Diploid potato with very low dormancy. Great for year round growing and 3-4 times a year harvesting in the subtropics.
Fast growing and tuberising, and very high producing for a diploid. Tuberises in hot weather, daylength neutral.

Pink skin, white flesh. Best for home gardens or where they are used within a couple of weeks of harvest. I have already had some interest from subtropic market gardeners for this variety.