BEETROOT - Don't discard the leafy tops! They are rich in vitamin C and make a boring green salad rainbow bright. The purple roots get their deep colour from the betalain pigment which has potent anti-inflammatory properties an abundance of health benefits. Hardy and easy to grow.
BROAD BEANS - If you have to stand around podding beans...make it a family occasion. Little hands can be of great assistance & it might be even more appealing to eat later!? Pardon the two-four year olds. How good would it make you feel though with every mouthful packed with nutrients.
LETTUCE - Crisp power packed addition to your lunch or dinner plate. Plant to devour or to admire the pretty green rosette form in rows. Not just for rabbits! What's a burger without some greenery?
RADISH - We all know don't judge a book by its cover, and the same can be said for the watermelon radish. Slice open once the globular root is 5-10cm in diameter and discover a pale green rimmed exterior with a rich rose red crunchy flesh - exactly the same colour as the perfectly ripped watermelon (well uhhh...it was never going to resemble a banana was it?). As eye catching as your primary teachers earrings (but in a good way) with a sweet yet mild peppery tone, the watermelon radish is easy to grow to brighten up your life and plate. Enjoy fresh or fermented. CRUNCH!
SALAD ROCKET - Include young rocket leaves in salads, garnishes, sandwiches for a mild peppery kick. This fast growing and easy crop gives the same health benefits as broccoli, kale & brussels sprouts but is waaaaaaaaay easier to grow.
SNOW PEAS - Tell me you've crunched on a bright green homegrown snow pea. Forget shucking inedible fibers of other pea varieties and throw in the edible flowers and shoots as a garnish. Less time, looks good and more nutrients. Win!
BABY SPINACH - Generally speaking the darker the vegetable the more nutrients it will obtain. Cut single leaves to extend the plants life and your harvest! Energy booster that is less addictive than coffee.
CARROT - Once they've sprouted pull out every second or so seedling. It'll give the ones in the ground more space to really stretch out and grow well - think aisle seat in a plane rather than seat 37B (squish!). Don't throw them out though; they can still be used as baby carrots in stir-fry. Yum!
TOMATO - If you are going to grow anything yourself for flavour, make it a tomato. Once you've tasted your own proudly grown fruit (yep it's technically a fruit!) you'll never go back to those floury red cricket balls at the grocery shop again. You'll taste the difference and enjoy watching them twirl up a trellis or stake like a real growing connoisseur.
CUCUMBER - Tired eyes? Grow some cucumbers to slice and rest those lids with a homemade rejuvenation mask. Best picked young at around 15cm. You cannot get fresher than a crunch cucumber!
SETTLER HIVES - Herbs
CHIVES - An extremely useful cut garden herb that grows year after year with lilac or blush decorative pom pom flowers. Eat often to detoxify the body and boost skin health while increasing the flavour of your pizzas. Plural.
BASIL - If you are growing tomatoes you'd better plant a basil or two for an award winning bruschetta and pesto combination. Get that quintessential Italian taste with this easy to grow herb. All the benefits minus the international airfares
MINT - So easy to grow that it's probably best contained to a pot. Goes wild when it's given a sideways glance and kept hydrated. Beautiful bright green leaves great for homemade beauty remedies, decorating desserts or pina coladas. Or all three at ones if you're a multi tanker!
OREGANO - An easy to grow herb that will add flare to your lamb, egg and vegetable dishes. Plant once and harvest for years! Enjoy the scented leaves, attractive white flowers and smug feeling of satisfaction.
THYME - So many puns. So little thyme. Grow for flavouring soups, stews, stuffing and beef dishes. Simple to grow in dry sunny spots; it will reward you by providing a weed suppressing ground cover and attractive delicate flowers. Thyme after thyme.
PARSLEY - The sophisticated palatable flat leaf kind; not the hard curly leaf variety that leaves dark green shreds between your teeth. Best planted in a sunny position near your kitchen door for easy pickings.
CORIANDER - The herb that divides the population. You either lathe or love it and considering you've picked up this packet you are most likely the latter. Unless you are about to throw it in the fire (don't!). A quick and easy grow with a short life but hey - that flavour is worth it. Diamonds are a forever. Coriander plants aren't.
SETTLER HIVES - Flower Nectar
POPPY - 'In Flanders field the poppies blow.’ The start of a beautiful versed poem from World War I. Said to be written by a physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae after he went to bury a dear friend on a recent battle field. The visual is invoking. Let’s be a part of tradition. These heroes are in red, pink and white and are short lived (heart break) but will reseed with a purpose and grow as tall as 70cm. You have our word that we will donate all the profits to The Invictus Games Foundation inspired by HRH The Duke of Sussex.
SUNFLOWER - Do you really need a description for a sunflower??? As large and as bright as the sun (artistic license used) these grow to 1.5m tall and create a striking attraction in the dullest space. Perfect to grow with little ones and watch the flower heads follow the sun from East to West each day. Sunglasses recommended
LAVENDER - *ehem* did anyone else know to deadhead lavender!? It's the perfect plan. Second year in I can look good bearing arms full of blooms when I visit, and 100% expect more for myself and the bees.
AMMI MAJUS - If only Lorde had known – you can have royalty in your garden if not your blood. Queen Anne’s Lace is stunningly intricate with lace like (well duh) white cluster flowers which attract bees and compliments alike. A dainty and whimsical plant which lives for around a year at 100cm tall. Grow for a touch of yesteryear. Or to be cutting edge. Full circle.
COSMOS - These pearly white petals will bode you goodnight each dusk, as you sit back and congratulate yourself on your growing prowess. Plants will flower repeatedly within a year and usually self seed and scatter naturally around your garden. At 60cm tall they bow to the wind, but never life’s pressures while boasting a cheery yellow centre.
SALVIAFARINACEA - “To the victor belongs the spoils”. Victor = you. Spoils = long flower spikes en masse and smug satisfaction. This salvia will bring bees and admirers to your garden with its rare blue tones and (the best part) they are surprisingly easy to care for! Each plant will live for around a year and reach 50cm tall.
ECHINACEA PURPUREA MAGNUS - When your friends are all getting into essential oils (one drop will do WHAT?) stay ahead of the pack by growing the source. Echinacea is common in many herbal remedies but who cares when it’s so drop dead gorgeous? Expect a plant around 100cm tall that lives for multiple years with spectacular purple flowers which look striking even as they fade. A personal favourite of persons with good taste.
SETTLER HIVES - Cut Flowers
For a little extra “zing”ia (stay with me) in your garden give these a go. With double petals in bunches of bright colours they will give your day an extra “zing” (ok I’ll stop). At 80cm tall and living for around a year, the pastel and mid tones of pink, purple and orange are sure to delight (unlike the puns).
SWEET PEA - Nope it’s not a nickname this time (how would that fit in an envelope?) it’s one of the world's most beloved fragrant flowers. Easy peasy to grow up a light frame and enjoy the scent at head height. Comes in devine lilac (not the grandma colour, the stylish one) and sweetheart pinks and purples. Lives for less than a year but forever in your memory.
SUNFLOWER - Like a teddy bear this sun ower just looks so CUDDLY!!!* Huge fluffy spheres of deep golden flowers. Cut for your vase and enjoy them!! They can flower for two months getting up to 1.5m tall. *cuddling flowers not recommended.
DAHLIA - Bold. Loud. Colourful. You and these Dahlia’s have a bit in common right? Well even if you don’t, release your attention seeking alter ego with these bright Dahlias. They will live for a little less than a year but at 60cm tall with punches of yellow, red, orange, white and pink are sure to convince you to live a little wilder. Go on, wear that purple with the red!
SETTLER HIVES - Micro Greens
KALE - Reputed to be the best tasting kale and is prized by chefs in Italy: I prefer pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) though. BUT if you are chasing nutritional value you can’t beat Black Tuscan Kale. Grown as micro-greens for great flavour to complement your dishes (go gourmet) or hide it in smoothies *mwa ha ha! They’ll never know.
AMARANTH - Micro-greens which are actually not green at all. Amaranth is a translucent deep violet colour which can be cut to eaten when about 3-5cm tall. It won’t fill your hunger pains but will make the food on your plate pop. We’ve also heard that when eating ‘greens’ in micro size they hold a nutritional value five times higher!! Sold. The beet like flavour is a bonus.
SETTLER HIVES - Natives
BILLY BUTTON - Super on trend – but think classic not tragic – these golden yellow blooms are a perfect addition to your gardenscape or windowsill vase. The year round strappy silver foliage is complimented with yellow balls of happiness at 50-75cm tall during Spring. Lasts for multiple years.
Like a yellow exclamation mark in your life.
PAPER DAISY - The ultimate keepsake. These daisies are petite at 40cm high but don’t let their small stature fool you – the cut flowers last for MONTHS in a vase. The plant completes its lifecycle within a year but if you play your cards right you’ll have pink posies inside until they literally are gathering dust. Not that you’d have dust. I’m sure you are squeaky clean.
SETTLER HIVES - Wild Flowers
COTTAGE MIX - Dreaming of an english countryside but can't leave your day job? Grow your own meadow and splurge your hard earned dosh on (insert luxury) instead of the flights. Less mowing, more butterflies and definitely no jet lag. A mix of wild cottage flowers ranging in height from 40cm - 150cm with a one to two year lifespan. Enjoy a colour palette of purples, pinks, reds, yellows and white with a hint of Colin Firth*. *Colin not guaranteed in every meadow.
COMMON DAISY - This is truly beautiful. Get this. The name translates from the Latin, Bellus meaning pretty and perennis meaning perennial or forever. “Pretty Forever” not so stock standard. You may know it as a Lawn Daisy or English Daisy, but our favourite is the term “Day’s Eye” and is a reference to the way that the flower closes at night and opens in the day. Watch out. Low-growing, carpet-forming perennial win.
SETTLER HIVES - Edible Flowers
ALYSSUM - Hardy and self seeding, alyssum is a joy to grow with lightly honey scented (you know who to expect) and pure white flower heads covering the whole plant en masse throughout the year. Bees will dance all over it!