Green Harvest Nursery
I’ve been buying rare and unusual edible plants from Green Harvest’s online, organically certified store for many years, so I was thrilled to spend the morning there to celebrate International Permaculture Day on the first Sunday in May.
Green Harvest is a family-owned business that’s been trading since 1992 in the small country town of Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland. It’s recognised as being the first organically certified seed supplier with BFA – ACO in Australia.
Owner, Frances Michaels, is an experienced Permaculture Teacher who facilitated courses at Crystal Waters Eco Village for many years in the 1990s. Her passion for permaculture and organic gardening inspired the creation of Green Harvest, and her ongoing aim is to make it easier for Australians to have home gardens full of nutritious, chemical-free vegetables, herbs and fruit.
The garden shop is in a purpose-built, rammed-earth, green building and brimming with tube stock inviting me to take a few (or many) home to try in my own garden. It was quite an adventure trying to choose plants by reading labels and imagining where they’d grow at our place, but in the end I selected one of almost everything I saw!
There’s something for every enthusiastic home gardener who wants to grow their own food. On display I saw heirloom vegetable, herb and flower seeds, micro-green sprouting kits, quality garden tools, propagation equipment, books, organic pest controls, and everything to keep your poultry flock healthy and happy.
Edible, Display Garden
Outside, the edible, display garden is a delight. This is a place of abundance that showcases the plants as they would grow in a home garden, with each carefully labelled for easy identification. In this garden, the plants are grown and tested for suitability to our region before they are recommended to customers.
Also, if you haven’t visited the website, I absolutely recommend you do because it includes comprehensive plant profiles and detailed information about growing and using an extensive range of edible plants. A specialty is the list of rare and unusual green leafy perennials that are well-suited to the climate of SE Queensland. Green Harvest Website
We are proud that our website is the most comprehensive source in Australia (and possibly the world) of both organic gardening products and information on organic growing.
The business started using the under the kitchen table model and now employs 23 people in the country town of Maleny.
– Frances Michaels
Unique to Green Harvest
Green Harvest has also developed several unique seed mixes including a Good Bug Mix™, Clucker Tucker™ and Give Bees A Chance Seed Mix™, plus PestGuard Bags.
Good Bug Seed Mix encourages beneficial insects into gardens as a natural biological control for pest insects. Planting this mix of insectary flowers and herbs will enhance the natural biological controls already present in a garden ecosystem, improve the natural balances and reduce pest outbreaks. Good bugs will have a plentiful supply of food so they’ll live longer and reproduce more. This seed mix can be planted in areas that can go a little wild, such as garden edges or along fence lines, and generally only 1-5% of land area is needed for good results.
It contains colourful re-seeding annual and perennial flowers including Alyssum, Buckwheat, Caraway, Coriander, Cosmos, Dill, Gypsophilia, Lucerne, Marigolds, Phacelia, Queen Anne’s Lace and Red Clover. It blooms for much of the year, providing nectar, pollen and habitat for wild and introduced beneficial insects such as predatory mites and tiny micro wasps, ladybirds, lacewings, hoverflies, tachnid flies and predatory beetles. See website
Clucker Tucker Seed Mix is a blend of annual and perennial plants that improves the health and nutrition of backyard poultry by providing greens for cutting or free range. It includes Barrel Medic, Bok Choy, Buckwheat, Forage Chicory, Clover, Cocksfoot, Linseed, Lucerne, Millet, Forage Plantain, Silverbeet, Subclover and Sunflower. Most of these plants have vigorous root systems that will quickly regrow leaves that are cut or eaten. See website
Give Bees A Chance Seed Mix is a beautiful blend of nectar and pollen flowers for honey bees and native bees. It’s been carefully selected to provide a food supply for bees by blooming for a large part of the year, and contains Alyssum, Anise, Anise Hyssop, Bergamot, Borage, Calendula, Caraway, Cornflower, Cosmos, Dames’s Rocket, Dill, Hyssop, Phacelia, Queen Anne’s Lace, Siberian Wallflower and Yarrow. See website
PestGuard Bags protect tomatoes and other fruit from damage by pests including fruit fly and tomato grub. They’re made of spun bonded polypropylene that is UV stable and has a 20% shade factor. Air, water and foliar-based fertilisers can penetrate the white gauze-like fabric, but exclusion from pests will reduce or eradicate the use of chemical insecticides. See website