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SANDVELD ORGANIC’S RANGE OF CERTIFIED ORGANIC SEEDS
Sandveld Organics offers a range of certified organic vegetable, salad and herb seeds that perform well under organic cultivation. Our seeds are all grown in the open pollinated way and contain no genetically modified organisms whatsoever. Most varieties qualify for heirloom status defined as ‘before the chemical revolution brought about by the Second World War’. Other heirloom definitions require a variety’s age to be at least 50 years or older, which also applies to most of our plant varieties.
We have for years been importing and working with certified organic seeds from Sativa Rheinau AG in Switzerland (Certified by Demeter or Bio Swiss). Selected seeds have been produced in cooperation with Jamaka Organic Farm in the Cederberg area; they are certified through SGS. Sandveld Organics has been registered with the Department of Agriculture as grower, cleaner & seller of seed since 2002.
Our range of seeds includes VEGETABLES, HERBS AND SALADS and USEFUL PLANTS & FLOWERS.... Availabilities vary on short notice depending on harvests and seasons. All our products are offered in good faith and without guarantee.
Artichoke - Green Globe
This hardy, decorative perennial plant stands for up to 5 years once established. Globes are harvested in spring and early summer, very pretty purple flowers if left to flower. The plants die down during summer to produce new shoots in winter, when older plants can be multiplied by replanting individual shoots. Artichokes have medicinal use for gastric problems and for cholestrol reduction. Direct plant 1cm deep or start in seedling trays in late summer. When 6cm high transplant seedlings into rows at least 1m x 1m apart.
Artichoke - Jerusalem
This pretty flowering plant stands up to 2 meters and produces edible tubers. Whilst it is mainly planted from tubers it can also be grown from seed. Its roots spread prolific and can be invasive if not kept under control. Direct plant tubers, or start with seeds in seedling trays early spring. When 6cm high transplant seedlings into rows or groups 50cm x 50cm apart. Protect from wind and provide support if necessary.
Direct plant in rows of 5cm in-row spacing, best time for planting is spring and early summer.
- Contender is a proven South African variety with medium size bean pods.
Beetroot is planted directly 2cm deep into rows spaced 10x40cm. Thin out emerging plants leaving only one single, strong shoot. Alternatively, grow in seedling trays or rows and plant out into final spacing once 6cm tall. Harvest beetroot when root is well developed but before going into flower. Young leaves can be prepared and eaten like Swiss chard or spinach.
- Detroit Dark Red is a traditional variety grown widely in South Africa
Brinjal (also called Eggplant or Aubergine)
Brinjals love heat and can grow into hardy, up to 1m tall bushes. Without heavy frost plants may stand two to three years producing during the warmer summer months. For best results start planting 1mm deep in seedlings trays or rows in a protected, warm and humid place. Transplant the seedlings when 6cm tall into full sun and final spacing of 60cm x 60cm.
- Violette Aubergine is of Swiss organic origin and grows into a decorative plant with dark red leaves and relatively small, pear-shaped fruit.
- Night Shadow is a local variety that produces a strong plant with large fruit.
- Sfumata produces white and purple striped brinjals of medium size
Broccoli is planted 2mm deep in seedling trays or rows in a cool place from December to March. Once 6cm high the seedlings are planted out into final spacing of 60cmx60cm. Broccoli is also popular for sprouting.
- Green Sprouting Calabrese is a traditional variety grown widely in South Africa
- Coastal is a variety of Swiss organic origin.
Cabbage is planted 2mm deep in seedling trays or rows in a cool place from December to March. Once 6cm high the seedlings are planted out into final spacing of 60cmx60cm.
- Dotterfelder Dauer is of Swiss organic origin and produces a large leave cabbage
- Waedenswiler, also of Swiss origin produces heavy heads suitable for processing.
Cabbage is planted 2mm deep in seedling trays or rows in a cool place from December to March. Once 6cm high the seedlings are planted out into final spacing of 60cmx60cm.
- Rodynda is of Swiss organic origin and produces a large leave cabbage with a slightly pointed head.
- Topaz is a red cabbage of Swiss organic origin with a smaller, roundish head.
Start seedlings by planting 1mm deep in trays or seedbeds in a cool place from January to March. Transplant the seedlings once 6cm tall into final spacing of 60cmx60cm. Any kind of prolonged environmental stress sends Chinese cabbage into flower before producing a head.
- Granat is a quick growing cabbage variety of organic Swiss origin.
Carrots are planted directly 1mm deep into thin rows spaced 30cm apart. Deeply loosen and finely prepare soil but do not work fertilizer into soil before planting, feed between rows once established. Thin the carrot plants when 3cm high into minimum in-row spacing of 2cm. Irregular and deep watering irrigation encourages strong root growth.
- Nantes is a traditional variety of carrots producing cylindrical carrots. The seed may be locally produced or of imported Swiss organic origin.
Start cauliflower seedlings by planting 1mm deep in trays or seedbeds in a cool place from January to March. Transplant the seedlings once 6cm tall into final spacing of 60cmx60cm. Cauliflower makes large heads only if fed and watered regularly and well.
- Neckarperle is an imported variety of Swiss organic origin.
- Snowball is a traditional South African variety.
- Purple produces large plants with heads of purple colour.
Chillies do vary a great deal in appearance, they may be long, slim, crimpled or round, of green, yellow, purple to red and black colour and in taste from mild to prohibitively hot. Without frost plants may stand for two to three years producing fruit during warmer months. For best planting results start seeds 1mm deep in trays or seedbed rows in a warm, humid place during August & September. Transplant the seedlings once 6cm tall into full sun and final spacing of 60cm x 60cm.
- Jalapenos grow into strong plants producing fleshy medium hot chillies that can be used green or red.
- Birds Eye grow small, pretty plants with very hot but tiny fruit that stand upright like candles and change colour from purple to yellow then red as they mature.
- Habaneros are extremely hot with pretty yellow or red fruit. They only perform well in protected, hot and moist climate.
- Long Slim Cayenne produce low plants with many longish, medium to hot chillis of green to red colour.
- Pepperdews grow into bushes that produce lots of small, round and mild fruit. Famous as pickles.
- Bishop’s Crown grows into large bushes with decorative, red chillies shaped like small lamp shades.
- De Cayenne is a medium to hot chilly of traditional longish shape.
- Durban produces lots of small, green to red and very hot chillies from a medium size plant.
Direct plant from September onwards in-row spacing of 30cm, if possible allow to climb and prevent from wind. Insufficient and irregular irrigation can cause bitter cucumber end points.
- Ashley is a traditional South African cucumber (not an elongated English type one).
Fennel of Florence, or Bulb Fennel
Fennel of Florence originates from Italy and is used for salads and cooking. This type of fennel produces heavy bulbs with a milder taste than the herb variety. Plant 3mm deep in seedling trays or seedling rows late summer. Transplant the seedlings once 10cm high out into full sun and final spacing of 40cm x 40 cm.
Kale is a cabbage family plant that produces bushy leaves that can be eaten raw or cooked. It is planted 2mm deep in seedling trays or rows in a cool place from December to March. Once 6cm high the seedlings are planted out into final spacing of 40cmx40cm. Regular harvesting encourages plant to produce more leaves.
- Halbhoher is a kale of Swiss organic origin that grows into bushy plant with pretty green and heavily curled leaves.
- Curly Red is of Swiss origin. The plant is medium high and has curly leaves with a reddish hue.
Kohlrabi are a cabbage family vegetable that is planted 2mm deep in seedling trays or rows in a cool place from December to June. Once 6cm high the seedlings are planted out into final spacing of 40cmx40cm. Kohlrabi are fast growing, the apple-sized thick base and young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.
- Azur Star is a red kohlrabi variety of Swiss organic origin.
- Lanro is a white kohlrabi variety of Swiss organic origin.
Leek is an onion family plant that can be planted throughout the year but does best in cooler climates. Plant seeds 2mm deep in seedlings trays or seedbeds. Once 10cm tall plant out into final spacing of 10x10cm, as straight and deeply into ground as possible for long, tender white leeks. Leeks are prone to go into flower in very hot and dry areas.
- Carentan is a traditional local variety.
Maize is grown into summer, from August to October. The seeds are direct planted 1 to 2 cm deep, in rows or clusters for best wind pollination. They grow up to 3m tall. Traditional maize cobs need to be picked when still young for consumption.
- Bont mielies produce very decorative cobs with red, yellow and blue corns.
- Wupperthal mielies are traditional white maize with large cobs.
Melons are grown into summer, from August to October. The seeds are direct planted 1 to 2 cm deep, often 3 to 4 seeds grouped in a small circle, the circles spaced wide as plants tend to branch out far.
- Spanspek produces round, small to medium size sweet melons.
- Outydse produces strong, ground covering plants and larger, oval shaped sweet melons.
- Congo is a traditional South African watermelon producing large, round, dark green striped fruit.
- Gold Nugget is a heirloom watermelon from America that produces small round fruit that turns bright yellow when ripe.
- Winter spanspek is planted last and produces yellow fruit with sweet, bright green flesh.
Okra is a heat loving vegetable originating from the Middle East. The plants can grow over a meter high with decorative flowers before producing the edible pods. Okra needs quite high temperatures to germinate and is best planted direct in early summer, 1cm deep into final spacing of 45cm x 60cm. The pods are harvested when finger long.
- Clemson Spineless is a traditionally grown variety in South Africa
Onions are best planted 2mm deep in seed bed rows or in seedling trays, depending on area from February to May. The seedlings are transplanted once 15cm high into final spacing of 10cm x 20cm. The onions are ready for harvesting as soon as the leaves begin to fall.
- Gold Nugget is a traditional South African variety that produces brown brown with good storage qualities if cured properly.
- Onions of Florence produces longish onions suited for fresh use in salads and cooking. They are grown in a red and in a white colour variety
- Our red onions have been developed for our own coastal climate for vigour, size and disease resistance. Good storage qualities if cured properly.
Peas and Mange-Tout
Peas are grown during the cooler months, planted directly 2cm deep in single rows with 10cm in-row spacing. Wide spacing between the rows is essential for ventilation and to allow access during harvesting. Supporting the plants improves health and harvest performance especially of climbing varieties.
- Oregon Sugar Pod is a bush type of mange-tout pea that produces flat longish pods.
- Sugar Snaps are climber type of mange-tout peas with oval shaped, fleshy pods.
- Green Arrow is a traditional South African pea, the fully grown peas are eaten and the pods are discarded.
- Waeggisser is a mange-tout pea with pretty pink flowers and medium size pods.
- Aspargus peas produce delicate plants with red flowers and smallish, square pods with a light asparagus taste. Unlike the other peas they prefer warmth and are best grown into summer.
Peppers are planted during August to October 1mm deep in seedling trays or seedbed rows preferably in a warm and protected place. Once 6cm high they are planted out into final spacing of 50cm x 50cm. Protect from wind and excessive sun to avoid burning of fruits.
- Oro is of Swiss organic origin and produces peppers that turn golden yellow once fully matured.
- Jumbo is of Swiss organic origin and ripens into a heavy fruit that turns bright red once fully matured.
- Californian Wonder is a traditional green to red pepper grown widely in South Africa.
Pumpkins are grown from August onwards into summer, for example three pods 2cm deep together in a small circle. Allow good spacing between circles as plants spread widely in all directions. Pumpkins store well if left on the plants until mature and kept outside and in the sun thereafter.
- Boerpampoen is a favourite in South Africa and produces very large and heavy light green pumpkins.
- Etampes is a bright orange, large pumpkin very similar to boerpampoen but of Swiss organic origin.
- Queensland Blue is a very hardy pumpkin variety with grey, hard skin fruit of medium size.
Squashes are like pumpkins best planted from August to October, three pods 2cm deep in a small circle, with wide spacing of 1,5m between the circles (with the exception of some marrows that grow into upright bushes, spacing 90cm x 90cm). Marrows are delicious as flowers, as baby fruits, green or as fully grown fruit.
- Zucchetti produces green longish shaped marrows. It is of the bush type and of Swiss organic origin.
- Waltham butternuts grow into wide ranking plants. A traditional South African pear shaped squash.
- Rolet Gem is a favourite South African squash producing lots of small, round dark green fruits.
- Hubbart is traditional South African and produces heavy, rough skinned green or yellow squashes.
Spinach & Chards
Spinach of the Swiss chard type grows throughout the year in moderate climates, especially if well irrigated during summer. Direct plant 2cm deep or into seedling trays, final spacing 25cm x 50cm. Harvesting by breaking off outer leaves encourages growth.
- Gruener Schnittmangold is of Swiss organic origin with green leaves and stems.
- Fordhoek Giant is a well established local variety with large dark green leaves and white stems.
- Bright Lights looks similar to Fordhoek Giant but has bright red or yellow spined leaves.
- Winterriesen is a genuine spinach of Swiss origin that produces fairly large, dark green leaves.
Tomatos are best planted into summer, from August onwards, 1mm deep in seedling trays in a warm, humid location/ When plants are 6cm high transplant into full sun and final spacing of 30cm x 60cm. Plants do not like wind and must be supported / tied up to grow to full size and to carry well.
- Red Bella Rosa produces small red cherry-type tomatos of slightly elongated shape.
- Yellow Bella Rosa is as a small yellow cherry-type tomato of slightly elongated shape.
- Coeur de Boeuf is an oxheart type tomato of Swiss organic origin. Strong plants and light red medium to large size fruit.
- Rodade is a traditional South African tomato with hardy plants and lots of medium size tomatoes.
- Vleistamatie is a delicious old fashioned tomato with very sweet fruit but lesser storage qualities.
- Marmande is a French type tomato, plump with delicious taste but fairly demanding in care.
- Money Maker is a South African favourite, very strong plants with excellent resistances that produce an abundance of small to medium size tomatos.
HERBS & SALADS
Basil is planted into summer, from August onwards, 1mm deep in seedling trays or seedbeds. Plant out once 6cm high into final spacing of 30cm x 50xm. Regular irrigation and breaking out flower shoots leads to large plants with lots of leaves. Basil can not take frost.
- Common Sweet Basil, with large green leaves
- Purple Basil with reddish leaves and a hint of cinnamon in taste
Celery is best planted in moderate to cool climates and seasons. Sow 1mm deep in seedling trays or seedbeds, when 6cm high plant out into final spacing of 30cm x 30cm. Bushy plant that dries well.
Celeriac likes moderate to cool climates and seasons. Sow 1mm deep in seedling trays or seedbeds, it is a very slow germinating plant! When 6cm high plant out into final spacing of 30cm x 30cm. Ortho is an imported Swiss variety
Coriander is planted for use as fresh ‘cilantro’ or leave to flower to harvest seeds. Plant into winter direct in tight rows 10cmx30cm apart and water well to harvest fresh leaves. Allow wider spacing if planted into summer for harvesting seeds.
Dill is direct planted and grows quite tall, best time spring and early summer. Leaves and seeds are used for cooking (salad and fish dishes) and preserving (gherkins).
The herb variety of fennel is direct planted and is an extremely vigorous grower that can turn into a problem plant if left to spread uncontrolled. It is medicinal as tea, and tasty as herb with fish and chicken; the young shoots are delicious in salads. Very beneficial plant in an organic garden as it attracts an abundance of beneficial insects and small birds.
Garlic Chives are a perennial herb of the onion family. It is usually multiplied by splitting existing plants but can also be grown from seed. Similar culinary uses like spring onions or garlic chives.
Parsley is best started in a protected environment like seedling trays or seedbeds as its seed is very small and slow to germinate. Leaves are best during first year as it is a bi-annual and will bolt and flower in the second year.
- Curly variety
- Flat Leaf Italian variety.
Radish is planted directly, in rows 30x3cm, in moderate climates right through the year. The root is delicious as salad, cooked in stews or preserved as pickle.
- Cherry Belle is a local variety that produces small, round red radishes. It is very fast growing, ready for harvest in four to six weeks.
Rocket is direct planted in rows 30x3cm throughout the year. Fast germinating and strong growing, the leaves can be harvested in a few weeks. Rocket’s nutty taste is delicious in salads or as greens on hot dishes. Excellent bee forage if left to flower, propagating easily if left undisturbed.
- Salad Rocket has larger leaves and white flowers.
- Wild Rocket produces smaller, more serrated leaves with stronger flavour, yellow flowers.
Salads have a very fine seed and are commonly first planted in seedling trays and transplanted into final spacing of 50x50 cm. Salads grow throughout the year but may burn and bolt into flowering in hot and dry conditions.
- Great Lakes is a local, traditional green lettuce type of salad
- Maravilla di Verano has attractive frilly red leaves
Butter Lettuce produces compact heads with soft leaves that are delicious but quite delicate.
- Ultra is of Swiss organic origin
Cos Lettuces are characterized by elongated heads with stalked leaves.
- St. Blaise is a traditional green cos variety.
- Forellenschuss produces very attractive red dotted leaves
Battavia type lettuces are suitable for continuous harvesting leaves but can also be left to form heads.
- Lollo Rosso is a dark red lobed leaf type that grows vigorously and offers high pest resistance
- Red Lattughino produces reddish curly leaves
- Red Oakleaf produces soft, lobed leaves of dark red colour
- Green Oakleaf produces soft, lobed leaves of light bright green colour
Endive are winter salads that perform better in cooler weather.
- Bubikopf produces large heads with green outer and yellow inner leaves
- St. Laurent is a Frisee type endive with strongly serrated leaves, yellow inner and green outer leaves
Chicory type salads have a delicately bitter taste and do best under very cold weather conditions or frost.
- Grumola is a dark green leaved salad producing small rosettes
- Verona a Palla produces first red rosettes and grows into heads with white stems dark read leaves
USEFUL PLANTS AND GREEN MANURES
Stinging Nettle is considered a weed. It is however very beneficial for any composting process and also has medicinal uses (dandruff treatment)
Cow Peas are a nitrogen fixing summer pasture and green manure.
Buckwheat is planted in spring to early summer and grows into a knee high plant with heart shaped leaves,pretty light pink flowers and triangular, edible seeds. The plant’s weed suppressing capabilities still need to be confirmed under African conditions.