Is garlic a vegetable or herb? The gardening world appears undecided. Either way, I’m really into home-grown plants that naturally pep up the flavour of everything we eat, and garlic is top dog. Compared with supermarkets, gardeners have a wide range of garlic types to choose from, with varying strength and flavour.
Pumpkins are a member of the squash family (Curcubita). First cultivated across the Atlantic, they were brought to us by intrepid explorers.
Non-drop needles or not, all cut Christmas trees die sooner or later. Come January they're either in a sorry, naked state at the bottom of the garden with most of the needles somewhere in your lounge.
Bees rank highly in the affections of gardeners, right up there with birds, butterflies and hedgehogs. Bees are also unique among insects in their dependence on flowers –more or less everything needed to fuel adult bees and to grow new, young bees comes from pollen and nectar. So, not surprisingly, the quantities and qualities of food for bees provided by different flowers have been the subject of exhaustive research. So much so that you could be forgiven for thinking that there’s nothing left to discover.
I’ve long maintained that bulbs can be brilliant for beginner, container and urban gardeners (of which I am all three): throw most tulips, muscari, daffs [daffs are narcissi, so I've gone with common name] , and Iris reticulata in pots with good enough compost and they will be alright. But the woodland balcony I’ve been nurturing for just over a year poses the conundrum of part-shade, and which spring flowers will bloom from under it; not to mention the daily battles with squirrels.
Plant: Mail order salad plug plants of corn salad, winter purslane, American land cress, lettuce 'Winter Density’, lettuce 'Arctic King’, salad rocket.
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