Snowdrops have emerged and spring is definitely in the air. This also means that the time has come to seek out some seed potatoes to start them chitting in the windowsill. Chitting, or sprouting potatoes is done to encourage new healthy growth by limiting the chits to 3-4 (by breaking off excess sprouts) eventually . . . → Read More: Potato varieties for the vegetable garden and the kitchen!
Beetroot is another easy- to grow, tasty variety of Beta vulgaris which also include Swiss chard (see previous post) and sugar beet. Unfortunately it is mostly known as its pickled form, or cooked and vacuum-packed in plastic. I find the latter form to be pretty (mushy) and particularly disgusting. The best way to enjoy . . . → Read More: Cooking oven roasted beetroot: a simple recipe with onions, herbs & garlic
Hurray, it’s that time of the year again when tomatoes start to ripen and this morning I had the first one straight off the plant…Deliciously sweet with that home-grown tomatoey aroma that is always lacking from watery shop bought tomatoes. No wonder really; commercial tomatoes, even the so called vine-ripened ones, are hydroponically grown . . . → Read More: Home grown tomatoes and why we eat the anemic, tastless commercial counterpart
young patty pan
This is the first year I have have been growing different squashes. Butternut squash, Winter squash and patty pan squash which belong to the Cucurbita genus but Patty pans and courgettes are Cucurbita pepo or summer squashes, wilst winter squashes like butternut are Cucurbita moschata. The advantage of the winter . . . → Read More: Patty pan squash: a vegetable from outer space?
Swiss chard: an easy vegetable
Swiss chard AKA perpetual spinach, silver beet, seakale beet (-Beta vulgaris supsp. maritima-) is one of those “super” easy vegetables. It is available as plain green and colored varieties (rainbow chard).
Swiss Chard is high in vitamins A, K and C with 175 grams containing 214%,716%, and . . . → Read More: Swiss chard – the “easy” vegetable