Plant of the Month: Lettuce

Plant of the Month: Lettuce

How many varieties of lettuce can you name? If you’re like most people, the answer is about five: Iceberg, Cos, Salad Bowl, Oakleaf and Buttercrunch. Given that some, perhaps many, of you are members of Permaculture Sydney West, you can probably name a few more:...
Plant of the Month: Cape Gooseberry

Plant of the Month: Cape Gooseberry

What is that strange looking fruit? It looks like a little paper lantern! This is ‘Cape Gooseberry’, also know as ‘Peruvian Ground Cherry’, ‘Golden Berry’ or ‘Aztec Berry’. Sometimes, in USA, it is marketed as ‘Pichuberry’. It comes from South America, around Peru,...
Plant of the month: Peas

Plant of the month: Peas

Winter has been cold this year but it’s still possible to plant peas, both those used for shelling and those eaten pods and all, like snow peas (sometimes called ‘mangetout’, literally: “eat all”). Peas need a soil temperature of less...