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Vegetable Families

VEGETABLE FAMILIES
Who is related to whom?
Amaryllidacea
Onion                                                     Needs soil to be slightly more alkaline.  
Garlic                                                     Sow as seedlings – slow growing.
Leek
Shallot
Spring onion
Chives
Apiaceae
Carrot                                                           
Celeriac                                                Very fine seed – plant thickly and then thin out.
Coriander
Fennel                                                  Strong smelling – good for companion planting.
Dill
Celery
Parsley
Parsnip
Asteraceae
Artichoke                                                Plant as seedlings
Chicory
Endive
Lettuce
Salsify
Tarragon
Yacon
Brassicaceae
Bok choy                                              Heavy feeders.  Ensure soil enriched prior to planting.  
Broccoli                                                Affected by cabbage white butterfly – interplant with 
Brussels sprouts                                 strong smelling  herbs, flowers and plants from other 
Cabbage                                              families.  Resistant to nematodes
Cauliflower
Chinese cabbage
Horseradish
Kale
Kohlrabi
Mizuna
Mustard greens
Nasturtium
Radish
Rocket
Swede
Turnip
Watercress
Chenopidaceae
Amaranth                                              Sow seeds directly into soil.  Beetroot needs boron so 
Beetroot                                                 enrich soil with compost or seaweed. 
Chard  
Quinoa                                                    
Silverbeet
Spinach
Warrigal greens
Convolvulaceae
Sweet potato                                                Plant runners directly in soil.  Needs a lot of space
Kangkung

Cucurbitaceae
Choko                                                            Sow directly into the soil.  Mulch well
Cucumber
Luffa
Melons
Pumpkins
Rockmelon
Squash
Watermelon
Zucchini
Fabaceae
Broad bean                                                Sow seeds directly – soak overnight first
Chick Pea
Fenugreek
French bean
Lima Bean
Peas
Runner bean
Snake bean
Snowpeas
Winged bean
Yam Bean/Jicama
Malvaceae
Okra
Rosella
Poaceae  
Sugarcane                                              
Sweet corn                                                Sow seeds directly.  Heavy feeder.
Solanaceae
Capsicum                                                Acid lovers and heavy feeders so prepare soil first.
Chilli
Eggplant
Potato
Tamarillo
Tomato