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12. Herb Heaven – Beginner’s Veg

We really hope we’ve talked you into growing some vegetables this summer, and Laura has expounded on the subject of fruit. This is the last episode of our Beginner’s Veg course but if you enjoyed it, please think about buying our pocket-sized book that accompanies the course – the link is at the end. Let’s…

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11.What about some fabulous fruit? – Beginner’s Veg

So we’ve got our salad crops on the go and plans in place for that warming winter veg, all we need now is some home-grown fruit for delicious summer puds, jams and jellies, with some left over to stock up the freezer. There’s such a range of varieties now to suit any size of garden,…

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10. Today it’s chard, spinach and kale – Beginner’s Veg

Let’s turn now to some lovely leafy veg! Swiss chard, kale and spinach leaves are delicious and full of vitamins, whether cooked/steamed for stir-fries and the like, or eaten in salads when very young and fresh.  You can sow seeds of kale and chard throughout the spring and summer, and with a bit of protection,…

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9. Winter Veg: Why you need a PLAN! – Beginner’s Veg

Let’s fast forward now to next winter; warming vegetable soups, vitamin-packed green leaf smoothies, crunchy homemade coleslaw and parmesan encrusted roast parsnips with your Sunday lunch. It may seem a world away but actually right now is the time to get cracking on the winter veg front. Having covered all the sexy summer salad-y stuff…

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8. Courgettes and Squashes – Beginner’s Veg

Courgettes and squashes are really good fun to grow if you have more than a shoebox of space. Apart from anything else, I love getting so much PLANT from one seed! They are generally easy – even my horticulturally challenged little sister Caroline had roaring success with butternut squash last year! And just a couple…

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7. Salad Crops – Beginner’s Veg

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…

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6. You say tomatoes, I say terrific! – Beginner’s Veg

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 of tomato leaves and of a just-picked tomato. Those of you who’ll be growing them for the first time are in for a treat! They are fabulous for growing in pots, as well…

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5. Dwarf runner beans, peas and carrots – Beginner’s Veg

Now let’s get busy on some marvellous veg that you can grow outside, or in pots big and small, or (in the case of pea-shoots) just in an old butter-container on your kitchen window! Getting Hold of Seeds It is a very common rookie mistake to sow too many seeds at once. You DO NOT…

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4. Know your onions! – Beginner’s Veg

We’re now going to talk about growing the most versatile vegetable of them all – ONIONS! Not usually difficult, unless you live in a swamp, and lovely to have on hand at almost any time in the kitchen. So let’s get started………. 1. Seeds and sets, onions and shallots You can grow onions from seed,…

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3. Broad Beans – Beginner’s Veg

I’m going to be talking about one of my favourite of all vegetables today – broad beans. It’s the second veg in our Beginner’s Veg series. It’s not too late to register here if you haven’t already. One of the joys of growing your own broad beans is that they are SO seasonal – one…