Growing Guides

Leeks

A popular and versatile autumn and winter vegetable, leeks are members of the Alliaceae (onion) family but are much easier to grow successfully than onions. Site and soil Leeks prefer …

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Kale

Not only nutritious and easy to grow, kale is attractive, flavoursome and generous – it’s the cool weather green that keeps on giving.Kale tolerates less than perfect soil and weather …

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Garlic

There are two main categories of garlic. Softneck varieties are the most common. They don’t have a flowerhead and tend to have a longer shelf life. Hardneck varieties have flowerheads …

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Fennel

Although Sweet Fennel or Florence fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var. azoricum) is classified as a herb, it is also a handy and hardy addition to a vegetable garden. Plants grow up …

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Corn

Sweet corn is a warm season crop requiring average temperatures of 16 to 24 degrees C for optimum growth, and 80 – 110 frost free days from germination to harvest. …

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Chillies

Chillies are the fiery cousins of the capsicum family. There are dozens of varieties, each with a unique character and flavour. Colour isn’t a good indicator of heat – size …

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Cherries

Cherries are closely related to apricots, plums, nectarines and peaches, which are collectively known as drupes, or more commonly known as stone fruit. They belong to the Prunus genus of …

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Celery

Celery is part of the Apiaceae family, along with celeriac, parsley, parsnip, carrots and fennel. Site and soil Celery originally grew in marsh land and has never lost its love …

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Carrots

What’s not to like about carrots? They have been my favourite food since I was a kid, they’re full of goodness, they just about look after themselves and they offer …

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Broad Beans

Although broad beans are from the Fabaceae family, they look different and grow differently to their bean cousins. They tend to be bushy, with square, hollow stems and without beany …