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How to Grow Microgreen Peas

close up of microgreen pea shoots

If you love salads, you will definitely love microgreens. They are not only nutritious but also incredibly simple to grow. When growing microgreens, no garden is required. You just need to find a sunny spot anywhere in your house, and you are ready to go. Of all the microgreens available, the simplest to grow is…

Growing Vegetables with Children

bright green herbs grow closely together in pots.

Vegetable gardens not only bring fresh, seasonal produce to your table and immense satisfaction to your soul, but they can be inspirational and educational for your children. Working with compost, worms, water, seeds, insects, plant growth and the final fruits of your labour instil in children not only the importance of being involved with their…

Growing Sweet, Sweet Corn

Beans growing up corn plants with squash trailing underneath

Well firstly, we’ll establish the difference between sweet corn and the generic term, ‘corn’. Those lush fields of gold blowing in the summer wind I remember from my English childhood were corn, which in England tends to be a collective term for wheat, oats, barley or rye.  Generally speaking, corn in America and Australia means…

Vegetable Garden Basics: Growing Broccoli

a broccoli head sitting in the middle of a large plant, ready to pick

I always think of broccoli as a kind of superior cauliflower, but that could be something to do with childhood memories of English school dinners, where the ‘caulie’ was boiled to death, grey and unappetising. Yeuch. Talking of boiling, broccoli is a mass of valuable nutrients like glucoraphanin, which the body turns into sulforaphane, a…

How to Grow Cucumbers – Rambling or on a Trellis

Cucumber vine growing on a trellis, with a single cucumber hanging down in the middle, ready to pick

Crisp, fresh-from-the-vine cucumbers are the epitome of warm summer evenings. From the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, cucumbers can be pickled or sliced and depending on the variety, can be cylindrical or elongated in shape. Traditionally thought of as an out-of-control vine rambling across the yard, it may surprise you to know that cucumbers also grow exceptionally…

Perennial Vegetables: Growing Asparagus

a bunch of asparagus spears, tied with a string

Editors note: Between this article and reading Barbara Kingsolver’s discussion of asparagus in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, A Year of Food Life, I am determined that I will be growing asparagus in my garden very soon!  If you like Asparagus, you are not alone. It may surprise you though, to know that you will be eating…