Category: Vegetables A-Z

Growing Asparagus

This delicious vegetable is expensive to buy but easy to grow. The shoots are cut below soil level when they are about 10cm (4in) long, but all cutting must cease soon after the middle of June to allow the plants…

How to grow Aubergine(Egg Plant)

The egg plant is another name for this vegetable which comes from tropical climates. It is grown in greenhouses or it may be grown in frame from May onwards and even outside in a very sheltered position in the mild…

Growing Broad Beans

These were certainly known to the Ancient Egyptians and are probably natives of northern and western Asia. They are extremely hardy. Cultivation A good rich loam suits these beans, though they are not difficult to grow on any soil. This…

Growing french beans and haricot beans

The difference between the French bean and the haricot bean is merely that in the former the pod containing immature seeds is eaten, while the haricots are the ripe seeds without the pods. The details of cultivation are the same…

Growing Beetroot

This sweet salad-vegetable has a high food value. It needs good deep soil, and is best suited to occupy a place where a previous non-root crop has been grown. Do not add fresh manure as this is inclined to cause…

Growing Artichokes

The flavours of these vegetables are acquired tastes and are not every gardener’s choice. Jerusalem and Chinese artichokes are easy enough to grow and yield a good crop, taking up little space, but the globe artichoke is rather wasteful of…

How to grow Broccoli Sprouting

Broccoli Sprouting is another variety, italica, of Brassica oleracea. Both purple and white sprouting produce a profusion of young shoots invaluable for prolonging the supplies of winter greens. Purple sprouting is the most hardy and will safely overwinter in most…

How to grow Brussels Sprouts

This important member of the cabbage family, known botanically as Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera (Cruciferae), originated in Belgium. The popularity of the vegetable is due not only to the fact that picking can be extended over a long period, but…

How to grow Cabbage

Cabbages are gross feeders and require adequate quantities of manure dug in well before planting. Firm ground is essential. A slightly alkaline soil with a pH 7.0 or over is best. On an acid soil apply lime, but never at…

Growing Melons

Melons, being a tropical member of the cucumber family, definitely need the shelter and warmth of a frame or cloche. If you don’t have a greenhouse, or don’t have space in it, sow the seeds in late spring into peat…