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New Seeds To Try

The following are some unique selections to try from Sgaravatti Seeds.

Tomato Monte Carlo

A large, full flavoured tomato. Early and productive plants are laden with juicy flattened globe shaped tomatoes averaging 250-300 grams. Firm pinkish red fruit slices well. 



Tomato Barlo

Large ½ pound fruits have a green shoulder. The large fruit is quite firm, making it popular for market.




This fragrant plant has two uses; both as cilantro for a fresh touch of flavour to many dishes, as well as use as a spice – coriander seeds. Take caution when seeding, as coriander has a taproot, and does not like to be disturbed once rooted. So, either seed directly into the garden in spring, or seed into peat pots that can be directly planted into the ground in spring.




Also known as starflower, Borage grows wild in the Meditteranean. It is cultivated and used widely throughout Europe for its healing properties and for a nice addition to a salad. Borage is also cultivated in the US, where it is more popular as an herbal supplement rather than a food product. The leaves are robust and have medicinal properties and the topper of the plant is a striking blue star shaped flower hence the name. The flowers are edible as well and are often found candied for cake decorations or made into sweet syrups. In Italy it is served as a side dish much like a serving of vegetables.


Caper Bush

Caper plants (Capparis spinosa) are usually found growing wild in the Mediterranean in dry stony areas similar to those where olives are grown. Capers grow in brambles/vines, much like blackberries do in North America. Caper seeds most often readily germinate, but can benefit from a moist chilling period of 6-8 weeks. They can be seeded into a gritty mix of sand/soil. Mature plants will require a hot, dry spot in which to grow, and must come indoors for winter.



2016 is the year of the pulse! This extremely versatile pulse requires a long growing season. Start plants indoors about 4-6 weeks before planting out. Plants are best sown in peat pots to prevent transplant shock when planting out.


Sensitive Plant

A source of fascination to adults and children alike. When touched, the narrow fern-like leaflets fold together. The plant will gradually return to normal, taking up to about half an hour. This touch-induced movement of leaves is known scientifically as thigmonasty, and is thought to be a defensive mechanism against grazers. At night, the leaves will also fold and bend in movements known as nyctonastic movements (reaction to absence of light). Plants also produce fluffy, pompon like blooms.  When seeding, it’s important warmth and humidity are consistent; place pots/grow trays in a warm spot and be sure to cover with a humidity dome.


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