GROW

Kangkong

Leafy greens all year round

March 2010

Looking for a green leafy vegetable that will give you a healthy harvest any time of year? PHIL DUDMAN has been experimenting with growing Kangkong in a container and believes it makes a fabulous choice for busy city gardeners with limited space.

Succulent spears of freshly picked asparagus are delicious raw or cooked.

A vegetable to invest in

March 2010

Asparagus is a tough, rewarding, long-term vegetable that, once established, will give many years of nutritious spears, writes PENNY WOODWARD.

Spring Onions

Time for Planting Onions

March 2010

From leeks and shallots to red salad onions, the members of the onion family are an incredibly versatile lot and they’re wonderful crops to grow at home too. For most areas, now is the time to sow seed or plant seedlings and it’s particularly urgent in warmer areas where true onions need a long cool growing season to fully develop. PHIL DUDMAN tells you what you need to know to get your crop in the ground.

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

Herbs

February 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.

Uplifting annuals

December 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 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.

Super sunflowers

December 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.

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