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Vegie variety factsheet?

Postby stuartgrant » Tue Aug 01, 2006 2:02 pm

Hi all,

Does anyone have or know of a good source of info on vegetable varieties? I want to know, for example, which varieties of peas, potatoes, carrots, onions etc are best suited to early, middle or late season?

The best source I've found is seed catalogues, believe it or not - most vegie books list 2-3 varieties at the most - but I'd still like more consistent info.

I realise that varieties are nationally and locally (not to mention climatically) specific, and therefore hard to track down reliable info on, but surely there's a good (preferably free, online) factsheet for vegie varieties?

Any help appreciated.
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Stuart Grant
Launceston, TAS, Australia.
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Postby cordelia » Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:26 pm

Other people will probably have better ideas, but the local Dept of Agriculture would have some info.
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Postby Bulbinella » Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:28 am

Hi Stuart, and welcome to the forum, I don't know of any sites that actually list the info you are after, but I've sent you a PM with a couple of sites that may help.
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Postby Sam » Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:08 am

Hi Stuart and welcome.

You might try diggers.com.au - Clive Blazey has written a fantastic book on growing vegetables in Australia and they specialise in heirloom seeds. They're good quality and it is nice to know that by growing them you are saving species that would possibly otherwise die out.

Just a bit of housekeeping - if you go into your profile, you can put your location so we all know where we are - it helps for answering questions.

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Postby Bulbinella » Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:42 am

Sam, Digger's was one of the sites I sent to Stuart, are you a member of them? I have been for quite a few years now, it's a wonderful 'club' and the variety of seeds and plants is fantastic isn't it :D
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Postby stuartgrant » Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:11 pm

Thanks everyone,

For anyone interested in finding info on vegie cultivars, here's what I've found:

- Eden Seeds, Greenpatch, Greenharvest and Diggers' all have free catalogues with some info;
- http://tinyurl.com/kqocr has info from NSW agriculture on a dozen or so vegies;
- Search for "cultivar" rather than "variety" because you'll get more relevant hits...;
- I emailed my state govt department for specific info - I'll update if they are helpful.
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Postby Sam » Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:59 pm

Hi Bulbinella - yes, we were members, not at the moment though.

I loved the magazines they sent out - really got you thinking about the organic ways and had such great idea in them.

We tried the Moon and Stars watermelons last year - they were wonderful. I want to try the Cream of Saskatchewan variety next, but might wait and see how the water restrictions go first!
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