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Cucamelons

September 10, 2019 1:34 pm Published by

The little fruit of many names – mouse melon, Mexican mini watermelon, Mexican sour cucumber, Mexican sour gherkin, pepquino orRead More...

Turmeric

December 10, 2018 8:00 am Published by

Also known as Curcuma longa, Curcuma domestica is believed to have originated in India. The name ‘turmeric’ is thought toRead More...

Earthworm Value

March 16, 2018 1:03 pm Published by

The value of earthworms Charles Darwin, one of the world’s greatest naturalists, spent many years studying earthworms. He concluded thatRead More...

Watermelon

March 14, 2018 6:09 pm Published by

One of the highlights of summer is homegrown watermelon Watermelons are easy to grow but require space; because each plantRead More...

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Cherry on Top

February 5, 2018 9:25 am Published by

Cherry on Top Whence these delicious treats? PRUNUS avium, the main ancestor of the sweet cherries that are grown commerciallyRead More...

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Pomegranate

January 30, 2018 8:50 am Published by

Pomegranate Cut a pomegranate fruit in half and the beauty that is revealed inspires artists to paint it, draw it,Read More...

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Noble Bay

January 29, 2018 11:53 am Published by

Bay, the noblest of leaves It may come as a surprise, but sweet bay (Laurus nobilis) has a long associationRead More...

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Dilly for Dill

January 29, 2018 10:35 am Published by

Dilly for Dill With its feathery, blue-green leaves and clusters of yellow flowers in summer, dill (Anethum graveolens) is anRead More...

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 squashesRead More...

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Garlic

January 25, 2018 1:59 pm Published by

Garlic Planting garlic • Garlic grows best if planted in full sun, in soil that drains well and has beenRead More...

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Go Goji

January 24, 2018 9:30 am Published by

Go Goji Growing your own berries has become a trend over the last couple of years for many reasons: berriesRead More...

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A+ Apples

January 24, 2018 8:31 am Published by

A+ Apples There is archaeological evidence that apples (Malus domestica) have been eaten since as far back as 6500 BC,Read More...

Pods of Peas

January 23, 2018 1:49 pm Published by

Pods of Peas Frozen peas can never match the sweetness and tenderness of homegrown garden peas, especially when they’re eatenRead More...

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.Read More...

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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 stormRead More...

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Robust Rhubarb

January 17, 2018 11:08 am Published by

Robust Rhubarb Rhubarb is a strange plant; it’s grown in the vegetable garden, eaten as a fruit, and possesses medicinalRead More...

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Sweet Pineapples

January 15, 2018 1:18 pm Published by

Sweet Pineapples Common name: Pineapple Botanical name: Ananas comosus Origin: Tropical Mesoamerica Suitable climates Pineapples are one of the mostRead More...

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 includingRead More...

Sowing Guide for December

November 2, 2017 7:05 am Published by

Leaf vegetables: spinach, rocket Root vegetables: beetroot (cooler areas) Legumes: bush and runner beans Brassicas: broccoli (first sowing for coolerRead More...

March Vegetable Sowing Guide

March 1, 2017 10:15 am Published by

March Vegetable Sowing Guide Summer rainfall temperate: Broccoli, Broad beans, Cabbage, Chinese cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Beetroot, Lettuce, Leeks, GardenRead More...