Veges A - CH

VEGETABLES A – CH

admin / December 15, 2017

This section gives detailed descriptions for the cultivation of most of the different vegetables that you are likely to encounter. They are arranged in alphabetical order to make searching easier. There are also suggestions for choosing varieties of vegetables that have proved reliable to grow, particularly in the more challenging parts of the North of the UK. Most of the…

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CHINESE CABBAGE (Brassica rapa var. Pekinesis)

admin / November 17, 2017

Chinese cabbages have a long history of being grown in several Asian countries. They are now becoming more frequently grown in the UK, and there are two basic forms. One type is shaped like a very large cos lettuce, with tightly packed yellow leaves with a sweet taste.  Useful in stir fries and salads.They are rather prone to bolting in dry…

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CHICORY (Cichorium intybus) perennial

admin / November 17, 2017

Chicory plants have been popular in Italy since Roman Times, but are fairly new to this Country. There are several varieties available from different parts of Italy such as Treviso, Venice and Verona. One seed catalogue lists some 30 different varieties of chicory with different shapes, sizes and colours. While it is the leaves that are usually eaten, the roots can…

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CHARD (Beta vulgaris cicla group)

admin / November 17, 2017

It is originally from the Mediterranean area and not Switzerland, as it’s common name, Swiss chard, might indicate! It has been suggested that it got the common name after an epidemic of flea beetles ate the leaves so badly that they resembled Swiss cheese! It is a cultivated form of Sea beet It is more edible than spinach as it does not…

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CELERY (Apium graveolens)

admin / November 17, 2017

The wild plant grows in marshy, salt impregnated ground in several parts of the world. The cultivated form needs a long growing season in the North of the UK. Therefore it is probably best sown with a little heat in cells, then transferred to a cold frame before being transplanted to the final growing position in May. I always look…

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CELERIAC (Apium graveolens var. rapacium)

admin / November 17, 2017

Probably originally from the Middle East, the edible bulbous root is a cultivar of celery and is very nutritious. It was apparently introduced to the UK in the 1720’s, but has never been as popular here as it is in other Northern European countries. Indeed, I have never come across anyone growing it on our allotments apart from myself. This could…

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CAULIFLOWER (Brassica oleracea Botrytis group)

admin / November 17, 2017

Yet another member of the cabbage family and my favorite. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors and not just the standard white that you may be familiar with. The Cauliflower “curds” that are the part that is usually eaten, are in fact a clump of flower buds. If these are left fully protected from frosts to continue growing, they…

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CARROTS (Daucus carota)

admin / November 17, 2017

Originally from Afghanistan and purple in colour, Carrots were grown for their aromatic leaves and seeds rather than their roots. The leaves and seeds were used in a similar manner to that of their relatives such as parsley, fennel and dill. In Europe in the 8th century, red and yellow carrots were known. Then the Dutch bred the orange variety in…

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CARDOON (Cynara cardunculus)

admin / November 17, 2017

The Cardoon is a member of the Thistle family, related to the globe artichoke, and grows to about 2 m high. It is the blanched stalks that can be eaten, rather than the flower buds. I have not tried eating the blanched stems, but according to the literature, the end result is not very exiting being rather like eating tough…

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CAPE GOOSEBERRY (Physalis peruviana )

admin / November 17, 2017

Originally from South America, especially Columbia, Chile and Peru, it is related to the tomato. It was grown in the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa in the early 1800 hundreds, hence the common name. Some forms of the plant can be up to 2 m tall when grown in a greenhouse, but there are dwarf forms available which grow…

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