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Growing Baby Marrows

November 7, 2019 11:14 am Published by

Baby marrows, also known as courgettes or zucchinis, are the most rewarding plants for the home vegetable gardener to grow.…

Growing Potatoes

November 7, 2019 10:38 am Published by

Potatoes are an easy crop that can be grown all year round. The first crop is planted in August or…

Growing organic vegetables

November 7, 2019 9:30 am Published by

Why grow Organic? Like generations before us, we are again discovering the joys and benefits of growing healthy, homegrown vegetables.…

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Sweet Potatoes

October 25, 2018 11:01 am Published by

Sweet potatoes are not a run-of-the- mill veggie where you just buy a packet of seeds, sow them and watch…

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Don't Slow Down Now!

April 10, 2018 2:51 pm Published by

Don’t Slow Down Now! TEXT Alice Spenser-Higgs Autumn is a good time to grow vegetables in containers. The milder days…

Baby Cabbages

February 5, 2018 10:23 am Published by

Like all things miniature, baby cabbages have an appeal all of their own. They don’t take up as much growing…

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Ooh, Melons!

February 5, 2018 8:57 am Published by

Ooh, Melons! Known as cantaloupe in much of the world, here the sweet melon is generally referred to as spanspek…

Brussel Sprouts

January 30, 2018 8:22 am Published by

Get rid of those pouts, grow brussel sprouts! A sprout from Brussels…? BRASSICA oleracea variety gemmifera, the vegetable we know…

Watercress Wonders

January 26, 2018 9:31 am Published by

The wonders of watercress. Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) is a creeping perennial that is one of the oldest leafy vegetables to…

Pattypans

January 26, 2018 8:59 am Published by

Pattypan squash (Cucurbita pepo) Pattypans look like little yellow, green or stripy spaceships and, like baby marrows, these bushy squashes…

Lush Swiss Chard

January 24, 2018 1:36 pm Published by

Lush, Leafy Swiss Chard Swiss chard is nature’s gift to food gardeners because it is such an easy, rewarding vegetable…

Brassica Troubleshooting Guide

January 23, 2018 2:35 pm Published by

As families go, the brassicas are demanding and temperamental, especially if they’re expected to perform outside their comfort zone (which…

Carrots

January 23, 2018 1:37 pm Published by

Carrots are delicious eaten raw or cooked, and studies suggest that eating one a day might beat taking vitamin supplements.…

Cabbage Patch

January 23, 2018 12:35 pm Published by

Cabbage is one of our best winter crops, because it likes growing in cool, moist conditions. It is less troubled…

Fresh Asian Flavour

January 23, 2018 10:22 am Published by

Heading into winter, the fresh flavour of Oriental vegetables balances the richness of winter food, and they are also good…

Know Your Onions

January 23, 2018 9:54 am Published by

Know your onions It’s probably impossible to count the number of savoury recipes that contain onions. Onions (Allium cepa) is…

Step-Up Veggies

January 22, 2018 4:08 pm Published by

Step-Up Veggies Growing vertically is a great way to make the most of limited space. This handy DIY ladder allows…

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Eat your Veggies

January 22, 2018 3:25 pm Published by

How to get kids to eat veggies It’s great to grow your own veggies and enjoy the taste of fresh…

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Tomato Planter

January 22, 2018 8:31 am Published by

Upside-Down Tomato Planter Home-grown tomatoes always taste better, and to make the most of available space they can even be…

Everyone Loves Butternut

January 19, 2018 11:13 am Published by

It’s worth allocating some space and time to this melt-in-the-mouth veggie. Although butternuts, like pumpkins, take up more space than…

Generous Green Beans

January 19, 2018 10:45 am Published by

Fresh green beans are so versatile and delicious when properly prepared – a must have summer crop. Get cracking and…

Sweetest Sweetcorn

January 19, 2018 10:32 am Published by

It’s at its sweetest fresh off the cob before the sugars start converting, so it’s always best to grow your…

Devilishly Wicked Chillies

January 19, 2018 10:01 am Published by

If you’re addicted to chillies, here’s how to grow them successfully from seed – there’s a world of unusual varieties…

Hearty Kale

January 18, 2018 9:17 am Published by

A potent superfood that’s now touted by celebrity chefs, kale is one of the few veggies that regularly crop through…

Sweet Parsnips

January 18, 2018 9:01 am Published by

Sweet Parsnips Parsnips aren’t a vegetable that springs to mind, being more common in the colder countries than in South…

Radiant Radishes

January 18, 2018 8:49 am Published by

The radish belongs to the Brassicaceae family. While we are all familiar with the red radish, other cultivars come in…

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Lusty Leeks

January 18, 2018 8:32 am Published by

Lusty Leeks Essential flavourings for cold season soups and stews, garlic, leeks, chives and onions are the kitchen garden’s storm…

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Healthy Broad Beans

January 18, 2018 8:13 am Published by

Healthy Broad Beans Most seasoned veggie growers agree that broad beans are one of the easiest of the winter crops…

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Artichoke

January 15, 2018 2:52 pm Published by

The Gourmet Herb Artichoke As a vegetable, globe artichokes (Cynara scolymus) are considered a gourmet delicacy. As a garden plant,…

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Superb Celery

January 15, 2018 2:27 pm Published by

Before 2019 celery was an elusive vegetable that appeared in the occasional salad or disguised in a chef’s mirepoix. But…

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Prized Pumpkins

January 15, 2018 2:13 pm Published by

Prized Pumpkins Pumpkins are the big daddy of vegetables, and they certainly like to ramble. Although not ideal for small…

Sweet Peppers

January 15, 2018 12:04 pm Published by

Capsicum annuum is the best-known domesticated species of pepper in the world and contains a huge number of varieties including…

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Spinach by Any Other Name

January 15, 2018 11:43 am Published by

Spinach by any other name Most of us use the terms ‘spinach’ and ‘Swiss chard’ interchangeably when referring to our…

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Bravo For Brinjals

January 15, 2018 11:22 am Published by

Bravo For Brinjals The eggplant, aubergine, or brinjal is something of an acquired taste. If you like that slight bitterness,…

Peppers

September 2, 2015 8:29 am Published by

Early December presents the last chance in the season to plant both the hot and the sweet capsicums, so whether…