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Broad Beans In Your Garden

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Broad Beans In Your Garden

road beans are often prefixed with the word 'humble' in food magazines but these small, oval-shaped legumes are actually quite extraordinary. Thought to have originated in the Mediterranean basin - although botanists have never once found any in the wild - this veg has a fascinating history that stretches back for millennia. In 2015, carbon dating of seeds found at an archaeological dig in Israel revealed that Neolithic farmers cultivated broad beans more than 10,000 years ago. also known as fava beans, they went on to play a starring role in the diet of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, along...

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What Are Onion Sets?

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What Are Onion Sets?

Onions are one of the easiest crops to grow. They have few major pest issues, don’t take up much room and can be grown anywhere in the garden where there is well-drained soil and full sun exposure.  What are onion sets? An onion set is simply an onion which has not been allowed to grow to its full size. Our growers plant onion seeds very close together so the resulting onions grow very small because they are so crowded.   When can you plant them? They can be planted in either autumn or spring. Planting in autumn gives them a great...

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Hardneck vs Softneck Garlic: Choosing the Right One

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Hardneck vs Softneck Garlic: Choosing the Right One

Hardneck vs Softneck Garlic: Choosing the Right One Whilst we're all familiar with garlic in its culinary form. Many first time growers will not realise garlic is separated into these two categories based on each variety’s tendency to develop flower stalks (scape), its hardiness, and its clove formation pattern. Hardneck Hardneck garlic varieties are named for them growing a long flowering stem. These will grow bigger but fewer cloves. They are much easier to peel Much more hardy than softneck varieties.  Have stronger, more complex flavours Hardneck varieties do not store as well as softneck varieties, starting to deteriorate within...

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To Pea or Not to Pea?

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To Pea or Not to Pea?

Peas or pea pods come from vining or low-growing plants from the legume family that actually prefer cool weather and reach maturity relatively quickly, hence their popularity on spring menus after the produce drought that is winter. Hence also their ability to be grown in cool, damp places such as England, after which a particular variety of peas takes its name. The peas themselves are actually the seed of the plant, for which the pod that contains them is technically the fruit. English Peas. A Proper Variety English peas, garden peas, or sweet peas generally refer to the same thing...

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Potato Types Explained

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Potato Types Explained

  There are three basic categories of potatoes which are defined by their time of planting and lifting. These are: First Earlies Second Earlies Main Crop Some other subcategories are Extra First Earlies, Early Maincrop and Late Maincrop. Don't get too hung up on these, some potatoes are very fast to mature and others are a lot slower.  Within each category, there are plenty of different flavours, shapes, colours and textured potatoes. Some have exclusive culinary uses and some are grown for their excellent potentional storage capabilites. There is literally a potato for every garden! With planned planting of the different types, fresh potatoes...

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