Carrots, also known by their botanical name of Daucus carota, are an easy to grow, delicious root vegetable.  There are a wide range of carrot cultivars available for gardeners to grow, from the more regularly seen orange coloured carrots, to red, purple, white, or yellow coloured carrots.  I enjoy the subtle differences in the taste and texture of the carrots of each colour variation. 

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 a traditional, round, globe shaped beetroot, or you may choose to sow a cylindrical beetroot, which has been bred to produce evenly shaped beetroot slices, ideal for pickling, such a Beetroot ‘Alto’, an F1 Hybrid, which you can see pictured in the image for ‘Beetroot’ at the top of this page.

Asparagus, also known by its botanical name of Asparagus officinalis, is a delectable 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 sweetness we enjoy when we eat freshly harvested sweetcorn. 

Figs, also known by their botanical name of Ficus carica, are wonderfully beautiful shrubs or trees, that produce delicious, parthenocarpic fruits in summer and early autumn.  In the UK, figs grown outdoors produce one crop of figs a year, but when the same fig plant is grown in warmer climates it can crop at least twice a year.

Fig shrubs or trees are very attractive, their large, beautiful leaves are very handsome indeed, these plants can add a pleasing character and charm to the garden.

Broad beans (also known by their botanical name of Vicia faba) are wonderfully easy to grow beans that tastes delicious.  If you haven’t grown them before, you might think of yourself as someone who doesn’t like broad beans, but stay with me – it’s still worth growing this fabulous vegetable.  That sounds mad, I know, but so far, I have converted every single friend who had previously thought they disliked broad beans. 

Lagurus ovatus ‘Bunny Tails’ is a really lovely annual grass that produces ovate, soft, fluffy, panicles which look very pretty on the plant, and last indefinitely as a cut flower.  The stems dry so well and so easily, requiring no special care – simply cut a few stems and place them in an empty vase.  Lagurus ovatus ‘Bunny Tails’ suits modern, urban, cottage, and country gardens, complimenting both formal and more relaxed plantings.

Rumex sanguineus var. sanguineus (also known as veined sorrel) is grown for its attractive, ornamental, edible leaves, which have a tangy flavour and feature attractive red veining.

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