Vegetables

This page lists many of the vegetables that feature in articles I have written for pumpkinbeth.com

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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…

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.

Broad beans, also known by their botanical name of Vicia faba, are a wonderfully easy to grow, delicious bean!  If you haven’t grown broad beans before and you think of yourself as someone who doesn’t like broad beans, it’s still worth growing this fabulous vegetable! …

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. i…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Globe artichokes are a wonderful vegetable to grow, they look so beautiful and taste absolutely delicious!  A freshly harvested globe artichoke has an entirely different and far superior taste and texture to a shop bought globe artichoke. Globe artichokes are easily raised from seed.  You…

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…

Jerusalem artichokes are an easy to grow and incredibly delicious vegetable!  I’d describe Jerusalem artichokes as having a wonderful, smokey, savoury flavour, which is quite unlike any other vegetable, it really is yummy! The one thing I must say early on, is that Jerusalem artichokes…

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…

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…

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…

Potatoes can be planted and grown in the soil, but don’t worry, if you don’t have the ground available, you can grow your own successful harvest of potatoes in a container.  I have grown potatoes very successfully in various different containers, including an old bin,…

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 ‘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…

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…

I love pumpkins!  These days there are a fantastically wide range of pumpkin cultivars to choose from.  You could grow a small pumpkin that fits in the palm of your hand, or you could grow a pumpkin that is so large, that specialist equipment is…

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.    

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…

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