Grown as annuals, bulb onions are one of the most cultivated crop in our gardens and one of the most used vegetable in our kitchen. Eaten raw or cooked, this can be used in the kitchen all year round. The bulbs may be rounded, flattened or have a long torpedo shape and normally have a brown or yellow skins with white flesh inside. There are also some varieties with red skin and pinkish-white flesh. Some cultivars are suitable for storage and will keep until the next spring if kept in a dark and cold place away from frost. You can even consume the green-leaved thinning as spring onions.Read More »
Although potatoes can be purchased fairly inexpensively, it's still a good idea to know how to grow your own. Potato plants are grown from seed potatoes. Never use potatoes that you bought from your supermarket as seed potatoes. Always buy your seed potatoes from local nurseries, seed sellers or from seed catalogs. These seed potatoes are produced and treated especially for growing more potatoes.Read More »
This root vegetable is a hardy perennial but is normally grown as an annual. The black-skinned, white-fleshed roots grow longer than 20 cm and wide of about 4 cm across the neck. The plants grow to about 90 cm tall and produce yellow flowerheads. The whole plants are edible, even if they are grown for their roots that have an unusual flavor and are eaten cooked. The young leaves and shoots of overwintered plants and the young flower buds and their flower stalks are also delicious cooked.
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Okras are tender annual plants grown for their edible pods. They are also known as ladies’ fingers. The pods are 10-25 cm long and can be white, green or red depending on the cultivar. Immature pods are eaten as a cooked vegetable and mature pods may be dried and powdered for use as a flavoring.
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This is a system by which vegetable crops are grown on different area of the garden in succession in consecutive years. The main reason for rotating vegetable crops is to prevent a build-up of soil-borne pests and diseases specific to one group of crops.Read More »
There are many lesser-known vegetables that can be cultivated for using raw in salads. They are also good for small gardens or containers as they do not occupy too much space and can be grown as cut-and-come-again crops. They are more tolerant and usually pest and diseases free and can be grown under cover even in winter. You could try some of the following.Read More »
This member of the onion family is a biennial that is grown as an annual. It can reach 45 cm tall and 15 cm across. The edible part is the sweetly flavored, thick, white shank that forms below long, blue-green leaves. This part may be blanched by deep planting or by earthing it up. Leeks are used cooked, as a vegetable or in soups.Read More »
Radishes are of several types. Some of them are annuals, others are biennials and they are all grown for the swollen roots. The small types can be either round and measure up to 2.5 cm in diameter, either long and grow up to 7 cm long. Large forms include oriental radishes known as mooli or daikon and the large, overwintering, winter radishes. The round large form may grow over 23 cm in diameter and the long form will grow up to 60 cm long.Read More »
Designing a kitchen garden with straight, disciplined rows of crops can bring great satisfaction, but fruits, vegetables and herbs can also be used as imaginative design elements of the mixed border or the flower garden. Among the kitchen garden plants you will find amazing colors and shapes that will rival those of the purely ornamental plants. Combine them in a border to obtain an ornamental, yet edible garden.Read More »
Vegetables have different time for harvesting and they can be used fresh, stored or both, depending on the nature of the vegetable. Most vegetables are harvested at maturity but some of them, especially leafy vegetables and brassicas may be harvest at different stages of their development and will often resprout for a second and even third crop. This last method is called cut-and-come-again harvesting and is suited to certain types of lettuce, endive, sugar loaf chicory, Oriental greens and Swiss chard. This way crops may be harvest starting with their seedling stage until they are semi-mature or mature.Read More »