Vegetables

This page lists many of the vegetables that feature in articles I’ve written for pumpkinbeth.com.  I’ve also added some extra plant pages with information on other vegetables that I thought you might like to know about!

Click on each plant’s name to discover more information about a particular plant and find links to every article that mentions that vegetable.

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Arctium lappa can be found growing wild across Europe, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean, as well as other locations around the world.  In the UK, Arctium lappa is more commonly known as Greater Burdock, but I’m sure that this plant has a range of common names,…

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…

The Asparagus Pea (also known by the botanical name Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) is a small, decorative plant with a naturally low growing habit.  When I first heard of the Asparagus Pea, I was so excited by the very idea of this plant.  I can remember reading…

Aubergines (also known as Eggplant or by the plant’s botanical name, Solanum melogena) are tender plants that need warmth and bright sunshine if they’re to thrive.  Sow aubergine seeds in pots of peat-free compost, inside a heated propagator or glasshouse, from January to April.  Ensure…

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…

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 concentric rings of pink and white flesh inside.  For more information on…

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…

Crimson flowered broad beans are great fun!  These rather glamorous plants are the crimson flowered form of broad beans.  Plants produce large cerise coloured flowers, which are followed by green broad bean pods, filled with green broad beans. Broad bean ‘Crimson Flowered’ (also known by…

Broad Bean ‘Robin Hood’ is a dwarf broad bean.  If you’re looking for vegetables to grow in containers, Broad bean ‘Robin Hood’ is an ideal choice.  Broad Bean ‘Robin Hood’ is a green seeded broad bean, which grows to just 30-40cm (12-16 inches) tall. In…

Broccoli is a lovely vegetable to grow.  Advances in seed breeding have created a more versatile range of broccoli cultivars that can produce a harvest in autumn, or late winter, early spring, or summer, depending on the broccoli cultivar you choose to grow and the…

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…

Carrot ‘Oxheart’, or Daucus carota ‘Oxheart’ is an old French carrot cultivar that grows well in both sandy soils and heavier soils.  These stump rooted carrots are are well suited to growing in containers, or in shallow, stony soils.  Although this is a stump rooted…

Carrot ‘Short n Sweet’ (Daucus carota ‘Short n Sweet’) is a brand new carrot from Burpee Europe that has been especially bred to cope with poor and heavy soils.  These carrots produce orange-coloured, small sized carrots that tend to produce carrots measuring up to 10cm…

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…

Cauliflowers (also known by their botanical name Brassica oleracea) are vegetables that thrive in rich fertile soils; these crops flourish when given regular waterings.  Cauliflowers aren’t the easiest vegetable to grow: you will need to have fertile soil, that’s free of Club Root to succeed…

Celeriac (also known by the botanical name Apium graveolens var. rapaceum) is not the easiest vegetable to grow; these plants have a long growing season and the seeds need to be started off in the warmth, fairly early in the season.  Celeriac seedlings will need…

Chilli pepper ‘Draky’ (Capsicum annuum) is a chilli pepper that produces large-sized chilli peppers that ripen from green to red.  ‘Draky’ chilli pepper plants are cone-shaped, because of their size and shape, ‘Draky’ chilli peppers resemble a sweet pepper in their appearance.  These chillies are…

Chilli Pepper ‘Pepperilli’ (Capsicum Pepperilli™ TZ 5488 F1) is an attractive and productive chilli pepper with large-sized chillies that ripen from green to red.  ‘Pepperilli’ makes a superb container plant for planters filled with peat-free growing media, but in summertime ‘Pepperilli’ plants can also be…

Chilli Pepper ‘Sivri Biber’ (Capsicum annuum) produces long and slender chillies that are a popular ingredient in Turkish cuisine.  ‘Sivri Biber’ chilli peppers are blessed with a sweet and mellow flavour.  They are usually considered as mild flavoured chillies, but heat levels vary; older ‘Sivri…

Chilli pepper ‘Trinidad Perfume’ (Capsicum chinense) is a ‘no heat’ or ‘heatless’ Habanero chilli pepper with a truly gentle flavour.  ‘Trinidad Perfume’ chilli peppers can be enjoyed raw or used in culinary dishes; these lovely chilli peppers have a mild flavour, rather like a sweet…

Chilli Pepper Ponky Pepper Spicy Jane is a new chilli pepper that was introduced by Suttons Seeds, in 2019.  This dwarf chilli pepper has been especially bred for gardeners with limited space, as this chilli plant can be successfully grown in a hanging basket or…

Chilli Pepper ‘Dragon’s Breath’ is a new chilli pepper which was launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.  Chilli ‘Dragon’s Breath’ has been registered with the Guinness World Records, as at the time it was launched it was claimed to be the hottest chilli…

Chilli peppers (also known as chillies, chile peppers, and by their botanical names of Capsicum annuum, Capsicum frutescens, Capsicum baccatum, Capsicum pubescens, and Capsicum chinense) are a group of tender vegetables that flourish in warm and sunny conditions.  Gardeners can grow green, white, red, yellow,…

Corn salad ‘Medallion’ (Valerianella locusta) is a super easy to grow salad plant!  This is an annual plant that produces edible green, oval rounded leaves, with a subtle mild flavour. I’ve grown corn salad ‘Medallion’ from seed in a really shaded position inside my Vegepod. …

Courgettes, also known as Zucchini (and by the botanical name of Cucurbita pepo), are tender vegetables that are very productive and rewarding to grow.  Courgettes vary from one variety to another; you’ll find seeds of yellow courgettes (like my plant in the photograph above), pale…

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