Saturday, July 27, 2019

Pre-Orders for Tomatoes and Plug Seedlings

We are now sowing our tomato plants to sell in late October and early November.  To help us out and guarantee you that you get the varieties that you want please pre-order now. 


Seedlings coming up in the Greenhouse

We will put out a pre-order call for Basil, Capsicum, Chillis and Eggplants soon. The timing for these plants are different. 

What to do to get tomatoes and other plants. 

Send us  email us (hobartkitchengardens@gmail.com) by August 4 that tells us

  • Whether you want home delivery (minimum order $30) or pick up (minimum order $20) from our house in Moonah.  

We deliver to all suburbs within the Hobart City Council Area and to Bellerive, Berriedale, Bonnet Hill, Chigwell, Claremont, Derwent Park, Dowsing Point, Geilston Bay, Glenorchy, Goodwood, Howden, Howrah, Huntingfield, Kingston, Lindisfarne, Lutana, Margate, Montagu Bay, Montrose, Moonah, Mornington, Risdon, Risdon Vale, Rose Bay, Rosetta, Rosny, Rosny Park, Taroona, Warrane or West Moonah.

If you have a very large order get in contact as we might deliver outside this area.


  • When you want to receive your order.
Choose your date for delivery

Friday October 25,
Friday November 1,
Friday November 8 or
Friday November 15

OR

your date for pickup

Wednesday October 23
Thursday October 24
Wednesday October 30
Thursday October 31
Wednesday November 6
Thursday November 7
Wednesday November 13
Thursday November 14

Pick ups will be between 11am and 7pm.

  • Tell us want plants you want and how many of each. Full list below
Tomatoes are $5 per plant. They come in paper pots.

More information on tomato varieties can be found here
Black Cherry
Cherry Roma
Garden Delight
Sugar Lump
Tiny Tim
Yellow Pear
Black Russian
Grosse Lisse
KY1/Scoresby Dwarf
Mary Italian
Mortgage Lifter
Roma
Tigerrella

$2.50 Plugs
Italian Parsley (Flat Leaf Parsley)
Garlic Chives
Common Chives

$1 Plugs
Perpetual Spinach (type of silver beet with milder flavor and thinner stems)

50c Plugs
Australian Yellow Looseleaf Lettuce
Green Oak Looseleaf Lettuce
Red Salad Bowl Looseleaf Lettuce
Parris Island Cos Lettuce
Freckles Cos Lettuce
Iceberg Lettuce

  • Give us your contact information
Name, address (if getting delivery) and phone number.

  • Deposit money into our account with your ast name as a reference. We will only process orders once we have payment. 
Account details are  CB Chamley, BSB 484-799 Account Number: 202869152 

Once we have payment we will send you and email confirming your order. If for some reason we are unable to fulfill an order that you have paid for we will refund the part we have not been able to fulfill. 

In a couple of months you'll have your plants!

Plants not sold through ordering will be sold at garage sales. Dates announced closer to time. 
Thanks
Chris

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Tomato Varieties 2019

In 2019 we have 13 great varieties to choose from. Our tomato plants are $5 each . 

You can order plants for home delivery or pick up. 

Our tomatoes are grown in handmade paper pots. Its part of our commitment to reduce waste and tread lightly on the planet.   

Our tomatoes are grown outdoors for at least 6 weeks before sale. This hardens the plants up due to exposure to cold and winds. When you transplant them to your garden they should not slow down due to shock or die. 


The pots are compostable but should be removed from the plant before planting. If you plant the tomato with its pot on you will limit its growth.

Cherry Tomatoes


Black Cherry

Fruit: Dark mahogany coloured grape sized fruit. Delicious Sweet and juicy flesh with a slightly smokey flavour. 
Growth Habit: Vigorous, high-yielding vine growing to 3m. Tomatoes produced in trusses. Beware these can grow into extremely large plants! Indeterminate. 
Uses: Salads and snacking

Other: Russian heirloom. Will generally produce over a long time and resists cold better than most tomatoes.


Cherry Roma

Fruit: Delicious oblong cherry tomatoes. Prolific producer of fruit
Growth Habit: Vine. Best with support. Indeterminate
Uses: Salads and snacking
Other: Heirloom variety.


Garden Delight 

Fruit: Red, cherries with a great flavour. Very sweet tomatoes. Fruit grows on trusses
Growth Habit: Reliable and prolific tomato plant. Vine grows to around 2m. Harvest over long period. Indeterminate. 
Uses: Snacking and salads.
Other: Has won taste tests!


Sugar Lump
Fruit: Large deep red fruit up to 40cm across. Excellent flavour
Growth Habit: Determinate. Bush
Uses: Eaten fresh or preserved
Other: Heirloom from the 1860s

Tiny Tim

Fruit: Small, sweet, red round fruit 2-3cm across
Growth Habit: Dwarf Bush to 50cm high. Ornamental and high yielding. Determinate.
Uses: Great for pots and containers or small areas. Fruit lovely whole salads
Other: This variety dates back to 1945. 


Yellow Pear

Fruit: As name suggests plant produces yellow pear shaped fruit. Bite sized and tangy.
Growth Habit: Vigorous plant. Best staked. Heaving bearing with a long season. Indeterminate. 
Uses: Fresh or pickled
Other: 

Medium to Large Fruited Tomatoes


Black Russian

Fruit: Round, reddish-black coloured with dark purple stripes, medium sized fruit 4-6cm across with smooth thin skin and dark flesh.Excellent flavour - reputed to be one of the best tasting black tomatoes.
Growth HabitCompact plant - semi climbing. Best staked. Indeterminate. Thrives under cool growing conditions, but does well in all areas. Highly disease resistant. Fast producer only 69 to 100 days to harvest
Uses:  Excellent for eating fresh in salads or cooked
Other: Russian Heirloom 

Grosse Lisse

Fruit: Large globe-shaped smooth fruit that are deep read in colour. Tasty
Growth Habit: Producers over a long period. Indeterminate. Needs support. Tall plant to 2m. 

Uses: Eaten fresh 
Other: One of the most popular backyard tomatoes in Australia.


KYI (Scoresby Dwarf)
KY1 Bush. 

Fruit: Red, round 5-8cm across. Good flavour
Growth Habit: Bush to 1m. Determinate. Reliable and disease resistant
Uses: Used to make sauces because of great flavour. Can be grown in large pots
Other: Victorian Heirloom

Mary Italian

Fruit: Red Beefsteak to 10cm across with excellent flavour.
Growth Habit: Early variety. 40-50 days to fruiting from transplant. Best with support. Indeterminate. 
Uses: Versatile. Snacking, sauces and salads
Other: American Heirloom possibly of Italian descent. One of our favourite tomatoes. 


Mortgage  Lifter

Fruit: Huge fruit to 12cm across and 1.5 kg. Very good flavour. Beefsteak type tomato
Growth Habit: Prolific producer of fruit. Will need support. Indeterminate. 
Uses: Good for slicing and cooking. Eating fresh
Other: Developed during the depression by "Radiator Charlie" who paid off his mortgage with these tomatoes. Considered one of the best flavoured varieties. Recommended by Peter Cundall.


Roma
Large tomatoes are Romas. Small are Cherry Romas.

Fruit: Red oblong fleshy fruit with slightly thicker skin and fewer seeds that other tomatoes. These tomatoes also tend to be heavy for their size
Growth Habit: Determinate. Compact bush to about 1m high. Likely to require some support in part due to the weight of the fruit. 80 days to maturity. Prolific grower with no disease problems.
Uses: Roma tomatoes are ideal for making sauces and canning. They produce large volumes of fruit in a short period. 
Other: Easy to grow and more disease resistant than most tomatoes. Very productive.

Tigerrella 


Fruit: Red fruit with yellow stripes. Exceptional flavour
Growth Habit: Indeterminate. Needs staking. Producing lots of fruit over a long period.
Uses: Salads and sandwiches. 
Other: Heirloom from England



Notes on Tomatoes
Tomatoes need full sun. Minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day preferably more. 

Most tomatoes need some kind of support. They do not climb like beans and need to be tied with soft material like stockings or jolly rope to trellis. Varieties can grow without support are Tiny Tims, KYIs, Roma and Sugar Lump. KY1, Roma and Sugar Lump may need support when fruiting. 

Indeterminate tomato varieties - will grow until frost kills them They will continue to bloom and set fruit. These tomatoes are large vines and will need support. 

Determinate tomato varieties - Grow to a set size and will then will bloom and set fruit. Their harvest is over a smaller period around 2 weeks to 1 month.These varieties are better for making sauce and cooking as they produce large volumes of fruit at the same time.Never prune determinate tomato varieties - you just reduce your yield. These varieties are smaller plants and can be grown in large containers. However all tomatoes do better planted in the garden.









Saturday, July 6, 2019

Back in October 2019

Almost 2 years ago I had to stop Hobart Kitchen Gardens due to depression. It was a really hard decision as I enjoyed my business and obviously needed the money. 

Over the last 2 years lots of people have stopped me in the street to see how I am and if I will be selling plants again. Its been lovely to have people share the success they had with the plants we sold them. Our customers have also been really supportive, caring and understanding of my situation. During this time I have been working on my meditation,  renovating my house and working on getting better. 

Now I have recovered from my depression. I've decided to re-start Hobart Kitchen Gardens. I love providing great plants and hope to be able to continue to do it in a way that is sustainable for me and the planet. 

To be viable we need to change our business model. Without an income I had to sell my truck. This means that I can't do markets or a stall at New Town Plaza.  Nor can we have ongoing sales from home as this is not permitted under council bylaws. The best option for us is a home deliveries and pick up for orders. We will be selling plants via home delivery and pick up. You will be able to order weekly. We hope that our regular customers will find this convenient. 

We will have a couple of garage sales in this time (one around show day and a second in November) to sell our plants. 

Our season will  be short mid October (a week before Show Day) till Christmas. Tomatoes will be available from mid October to mid November. Basil, capsicums, eggplants and chilies from mid November to Christmas. The plugs will be available all season. 

In our business most of our money is made selling these plants over this time period. To make deliveries worthwhile for us we need have a certain dollar value per delivery. At other times of year the dollar amount that customers buy is too low.

I have also sold some of my infrastructure and can't produce the volume of plugs anymore. We will be will have 6 varieties of lettuce, common and garlic chives, Italian Parsley and perpetual spinach in our plug trays.

I'd really like to thank you for your support over the years. I'd also like to thank my wife and daughter for their support of Hobart Kitchen Gardens and of my recovery. 
Chris

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lovely chillies, capsicums and eggplants at our stall at New Town Plaza on Saturday December 16

$5 Plants in Paper Pots 
Eggplants, Capsicums and Chillies
Chocolate Beauty Capsicum
Hungarian Yellow Wax Capsicum
Long Red Cayenne Chilli
Jalapeno Chilli
Anaheim Chilli
Rosa Bianca Eggplant
Early Long Purple Eggplant

Herbs and Tomatoes 
Italian Sweet Basil
Lettuce Leaf Sweet Basil - uglier but hardier than other types of sweet basil. 


$2.50 Plug  Seedlings
Muncher Burpless Lebanese Cucumber
Common Chives
Garlic Chives
Italian Parsley
Triple Curl Parsley
Common Thyme
Waltham Butternut Pumpkin
Zucchini Black Beauty 

$1 Plug Seedlings
Silverbeet Fordhook Giant
Celery Tall Utah
50c Plug Seedlings
Australian Yellow Looseleaf Lettuce
Freckles Cos 
Parris Island Cos
Iceberg Lettuce

$25 Bag
Complete Organic Fertiliser

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Chillies, capsicum, eggplants, cucumbers, basil, lettuce and the last week of tomatoes

At our stalls this weekend at New Town Plaza on Saturday and the Farm Gate Market on Sunday we've got a great range of plants. Really good varieties of capsicum, chillies and eggplants selected for our Hobart climate.

Last of our tomatoes this week. There will be some extra tomato varieties at New Town on Saturday as we have a bit more room. 

$5 Plants in Paper Pots 
Eggplants, Capsicums and Chillies
Chocolate Beauty Capsicum
Hungarian Yellow Wax Capsicum
Long Red Cayenne Chilli
Jalapeno Chilli
Anaheim Chilli
Rosa Bianca Eggplant
Early Long Purple Eggplant

Herbs and Tomatoes 
Italian Sweet Basil
Lettuce Leaf Sweet Basil - uglier but hardier than other types of sweet basil. 
Scoresby Dwarf Bush Tomato (KY1) - Good for pots (largish ones!)
Tigerella Climbing Tomato
Walter Bush Cherry Tomato

$2.50 Plug  Seedlings
Crystal Apple Cucumbers
Muncher Burpless Lebanese Cucumber
Italian Sweet Basil
Common Chives
Garlic Chives
Italian Parsley
Triple Curl Parsley
Common Thyme
Waltham Butternut Pumpkin
Zucchini Black Beauty 

$1 Plug Seedlings
Celery Tall Utah
Silverbeet Fordhook Giant

50c Plug Seedlings
Australian Yellow Looseleaf Lettuce
Green Salad Bowl Looseleaf Lettuce
Freckles Cos 
Parris Island Cos
Iceberg Lettuce
Common Rocket
$25 Bag
Complete Organic Fertiliser

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Farm Gate Market Cancelled due to high winds December 3 2017

Farm Gate Market is cancelled due to the weather. If you are feeling intrepid some of the producers with perishable food might be in the Grub Hub area. We'll be back at New Town on Saturday and the Farm Gate Market on Sunday next weekend.