Vegetables

This page lists many of the vegetables featured throughout my website.

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Asparagus, also known by its botanical name of Asparagus officinalis, is an amazingly delicious vegetable, which is made even more appetising when you eat the spears the same day they are harvested.  The sooner you eat asparagus spears, the sweeter they taste.  Freshly harvested asparagus spears have a familiarly sweet quality, it’s rather like the … Continue Reading →

Beetroot, also known by its botanical name of Beta vulgaris, is an easy to grow root vegetable, which can be sown outside, from March until the beginning of August, in the UK. There are a great many beetroot cultivars available, offering beetroot in a great many shapes, sizes, and colours. You might opt to sow … Continue Reading →

Beta vulgaris ‘Chioggia’, is more commonly known as beetroot ‘Chioggia’.  This is a beetroot cultivar with a pink-red outer skin.  If you cut beetroot ‘Chioggia’ in half you’ll see that this beetroot has rings of pink and then white flesh inside.

Broad beans, also known by their botanical name of Vicia faba, are a wonderfully easy to grow, delicious bean. The seeds of broad beans are very large in size, making them easy to sow.  Broad beans are an ideal choice of vegetable to sow with children and anyone who finds handling small seeds rather fiddly. … Continue Reading →

Cabbages, also known by their botanical name of Brassica oleracea var. capita, are a beautiful and delicious vegetable. The cabbage pictured above is a savoy cabbage, but many cabbage types and cultivars are available for the gardener to grow, each cabbage type has different sowing times.  Spring cabbages are sown in late summer and autumn, … Continue Reading →

Chilli Pepper ‘Dragon’s Breath’ is a new Chilli which was launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.  Chilli ‘Dragon’s Breath’ has been registered with the Guinness World Records, as it’s claimed to be the hottest chilli in the world, with a rating of 2.48m SHU!

Dwarf French bean ‘Ferrari’, also known by its botanical name of Phaseolus vulgaris, is a dwarf bean cultivar that produces white flowers, which are followed by green pods or beans. I chose a Dwarf French bean ‘Ferrari’ to grow for my 2016 Peat Free Compost Trial, this dwarf French bean cultivar tends to produce its … Continue Reading →

Florence fennel, also known by its botanical name of Foeniculum vulgare Azoricum Group, forms a swollen bulb shape, at the base of the plant’s stem as it grows.  The swollen base can be eaten raw or cooked, it has a sweet, fragrant aniseed flavour.  The fronds and ferny leaves can be eaten too, they have the … Continue Reading →

Hostas are a genus of very hardy, herbaceous perennials, which flourish when planted in moisture retentive soil, in light shade, to quite shaded conditions. Hostas are flowering plants.  Depending on the cultivar, Hostas flower from spring to late summertime, producing spikes of flowers, many of which are fragrant.  Hosta flowers may be white, pink, lilac, … Continue Reading →

Kohlrabi, also known by its botanical name of Brassica oleracea (Gongylodes Group), is an easy to grow, delicious vegetable.  It may look a little quirky, but kohlrabi is such a great vegetable! Many cultivars of Kohlrabi are available.  You can grow both purple and green coloured kohlrabi.  Both colours look exactly the same when they’re … Continue Reading →

Mangetout ‘Golden Sweet’, also known by its botanical name of Pisum sativum ‘Golden Sweet’, is a tall growing variety of pea, that requires supports – twiggy pea sticks, or wire fencing to climb – either would be suitable. Mangetout ‘Golden Sweet’ produces attractive, colourful flowers and lime-yellow pods, which can be eaten when they are … Continue Reading →

Mangetout ‘Shiraz’, also known by its botanical name of Pisum sativum ‘Shiraz’, is a tall growing variety of pea, that will require tall supports, such as twiggy pea sticks or wire fencing to grow well.  Mangetout ‘Shiraz’ produces pretty pink flowers, which are followed by purple pods.  The pea pods can be eaten when immature, … Continue Reading →

Cucurbita maxima ‘Atlantic Giant’, more commonly known as Pumpkin ‘Atlantic Giant’, is a well known and widely available pumpkin cultivar, which produces large sized pumpkins with a variable colouration.  ‘Atlantic Giant’ pumpkins vary from having a pale peach to orange coloured outer skin.

Cucurbita pepo ‘Baby Boo’, is more commonly known as Pumpkin ‘Baby Boo’.  This is a pumpkin cultivar which produces enchanting, miniature sized pumpkins with a cream coloured outer skin, that will fit happily in the palm of your hand. Pumpkin ‘Baby Boo’ will happily scramble over the ground, or it can also be grown as … Continue Reading →

Cucurbita pepo ‘Jack be Little’, which is more commonly referred to as Pumpkin ‘Jack Be Little’.  Pumpkin ‘Jack Be Little’ is a pumpkin cultivar which will happily scramble over the ground, or alternatively this pumpkin plant can be grown as a climber – it will happily grow up a trellis, arch or other support.  If … Continue Reading →

Cucurbita pepo ‘Munchkin’ is commonly known as Pumpkin ‘Munchkin’.  This is a pumpkin cultivar that produces miniature sized pumpkins, which appear first as pale yellow when young, and ripen to a yellow- orange colour as the pumpkins mature. The pumpkins produced by this small pumpkin, are so small that they fit happily in the palm … Continue Reading →

Runner beans, also known by their botanical name of Phaseolus coccineus, are a tender perennial, that originates from Mexico and South America. Runner beans are deservedly popular in the UK, they are an easy to grow vegetable that is both decorative and productive. The more commonly known runner bean cultivars are tall growing, they can … Continue Reading →

Solanum tuberosum + Solanum melongena EGG AND CHIPS PLANTS have not been genetically modified.  Each plant is from the Solanaceae family, they are completely natural – the aubergine and potato are compatible vegetables from the same family, that have been grafted together, to grow as one plant.  The aubergine grows above ground, and the potatoes … Continue Reading →

Brassica napus (Napobrassica Group) ‘Magres’, is more commonly known as Swede ‘Magres’.  This is a swede cultivar which offers resistance to many strains of mildew.  Swede ‘Magres’ is a purple topped swede with yellow flesh.

Sweet Pepper ‘Popti’ is a new dwarf pepper, which grows to about 18″ or 2ft (60cm tall).  This new sweet pepper is described as being very healthy, offering resistance to Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Pepino Mosaic Virus, Tobacco Etch Virus, Potato virus Y, and Phytophthora capsici.

Sweetcorn, also known by its botanical name of Zea mays, is a delicious vegetable, which is easily grown.  Home-grown sweetcorn tastes amazing!  It’s so much sweeter than supermarket sweetcorn because the sugar inside the sweetcorn kernels turn to starch after harvesting.  The sooner you eat your sweetcorn after harvesting, the sweeter it will be. Sweetcorn … Continue Reading →

Sweetcorn ‘Bodacious’, also known by its botanical name of Zea mays ‘Bodacious’, is a sweetcorn cultivar, that’s idea for forcing inside to grow and eat as sweetcorn shoots.

Tomatoes, also known by their botanical name of Solanum lycopersium, are an easy to grow, delicious vegetable (or fruit of you’re rather particular about plant classification).  Tomatoes are a member of the Solanaceae family, they are related to potatoes and deadly nightshade. Tomato plants are tender – frost kills these plants.  In the UK, tomato … Continue Reading →