7. Salad Crops #DigYourOwnaForCorona

You can grow a marvellous range of salad plants with very little difficulty. They’re the perfect thing to grow as a ‘cut-and-come-again’ crop – the idea is that you sow a few seeds every few days or so, you snip off leaves as you want them when they’re young, small and fresh, and you keep doing that all summer! I want to say right at the start that when I say ‘salad crops’, I won’t be including celery (which can be very tricksy), cucumbers (which would need a whole blog to themselves), tomatoes (which I talked about in yesterday’s...

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6. You say tomatoes, I say terrific! #DigYourOwnaForCorona

Whoa! ‘This Grow Your Own’ is taking off in a BIG way in these troubled times – and that is such brilliant news. And if your veg doesn’t all turn out like it looks in the supermarkets (and sometimes fails to appear at all!), so what? We’ll have learnt something new, connected with the gob-smacking seed-to-harvest journey and hopefully end up with a some delicious things you’ve GROWN YOURSELF. You have to be ‘quids in’, don’t you? Today, I’m talking about tomatoes, those stalwarts of any self-respecting veg drawer. I think I’m slightly addicted to the sharp luscious smell...

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Six spring plants to lift our spirits

Firstly a big welcome to all of you who’ve signed up to this, our regular Saturday blog, on the back of Elaine’s daily ‘DigYourOwnaForCorona’ posts – there is a link below if you haven’t experienced them. Her message to the nation is that we all can grow our own veg this summer if we just follow her orders (and let’s face it, if Caroline can, any of you can).Unfortunately the success of this campaign has gone to E’s head and she’s now acting like a diva: ‘oh all right I’ll do the radio interview, but it does mean cancelling...

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Peltaria agliacea – (shieldwort, garlic cress)

No question, it has to be an edible this week as we all try with varying degrees of success to grow our own fruit and veg. It’s odd, and rather unhelpful, that garlic cress is very difficult to source, and this I just don’t understand as it’s an easy plant to propagate, easy to grow, very decorative in and out of flower, and edible … what more could you want?! Peltaria alliacea is a hardy perennial in the Brassica family. It is endemic to south eastern Europe but has been recorded as naturalised on the Isle of Skye. The decorative, purple flushed foliage emerges early in the year and the leaves, which have a garlicky mustard flavour, can be cooked...

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