Plants & Vegetables

Bloomin' nuisance

March 19, 2010

A daffodil drought has England all of a twitter, SIMON WEBSTER reports.

Burdock leaf in early autumn, ready for the roots to be harvested.

Herbs

February 12, 2010

Burdock (X Arctium lappa X) may be a tough, unglamorous and thistle–like, but it has a delicious edible root and invaluable medicinal uses, writes PENNY WOODWARD.

Honourable farming

December 22, 2009

Organic farmer and author, Michael Ableman, wants to see honour return to the art of farming, and every local community growing food. RYAN SANGARA visited his Foxglove Farm in British Columbia .

Uplifting annuals

December 22, 2009

With sustainable gardening, the focus is naturally on growing productive, edible plants, but there’s also a role and place for vibrant annual flowers. In spring, their colours give us a not-to-be underestimated emotional lift after the dolorous winter days, while as summer approaches they hum with bees and other insects, creating a rich, almost sensual place.

Bamboo Beauties

December 22, 2009

Beautiful and useful, non-invasive clumping bamboos can be a wonderful asset in the garden. NICK ROMANOWSKI chooses some of the most distinctive for tropical and temperate climates.

Lessons from Nino

December 22, 2009

MARC LLEWELLYN, the author of Finding Nino - a Seachange in Italy, reveals how an Italian peasant farmer sparked his love of organic gardening.

Back in Australia, his love affair with home-grown produce has flourished.

Super sunflowers

December 22, 2009

As a child I used various seed mixes for feeding my pet budgerigar, mice and gerbils. Curious to see what sort of plants these blends contained, one Easter holiday I sowed some of each. When the summer school holidays started in my London backyard I had my first crops of chilli, millet, sorghum and sunflowers. Those first sunflowers really caught my eye, just as they did with Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish conquistador, who recorded seeing them being cropped in 16th century Peru.

In their own skins

December 22, 2009

After having some absolute bumper harvests, I've been scratching my head and seeking out ever more diverse meal ideas featuring our surplus apples, tomatoes, carrots and potatoes. I've also been pondering how to keep excess produce long-term using low-energy technologies. Most importantly, my efforts need to elicit more yums than yuks from the family when it comes to dinner time.

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