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New stock just in includes a sprouting broccoli "spigariello", from the Naples region, a chicory "catalogna pugliese" from Puglia of course, and a mixture of three colours of beetroot.
I have reviewed my seed stock and as usual there are a few varieties that have use-by dates at the end of 2014 and following my policy of not selling any seed at full price that has less than 12 months these are offered ON SPECIAL, usually $1.00 less than the normal price. The viability of seed decreases with time but I believe that you will get satisfactory germination rates form this seed. I have also put out some Parsnip seed with a use-by date of 12/2015 at $1.00 off as this seed does lose viability more quickly than most.
WA Customers please see information on new quarantine regulations here
Beans, peas and corn. A new range of Roma, French, borlotti and broad beans, podding and snow peas and corn have been added to provide a more complete selection for home gardeners. Grown in Australia, this is quality seed in generous quantity and included because quarantine does not allow import of these varieties from Italy. Your feed back welcomed.
There have been changes to the quarantine laws regarding tomato and pepper seed recently in that all seed now needs to be tested for several viral diseases that can adversely impact on tomato production. The cost of testing one variety of tomato or pepper seed is $3,500 which means that I will not be importing this seed from Italy at this time. I have identified some locally grown tomato seed, some with Italian heritage, and this is now included in my range. Your feedback welcomed.
The Italian Gardener sells vegetable and herb seed from Franchi Sementi SpA, one of the most respected seed producers in Italy, and a family owned business since 1783. Franchi vegetables deliver on quality and flavour.
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