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Spring Onions

Time for Planting Onions

Mon, 08/03/2010 - 4:13pm

From leeks and shallots to red salad onions, the members of the onion family are an incredibly versatile lot and they’re wonderful crops to grow at home too. For most areas, now is the time to sow...

Burdock leaf in early autumn, ready for the roots to be harvested.

Herbs

Fri, 12/02/2010 - 12:06pm

Burdock (X Arctium lappa X) may be a tough, unglamorous and thistle–like, but it has a delicious edible root and invaluable medicinal uses, writes PENNY WOODWARD.

Uplifting annuals

Tue, 22/12/2009 - 1:57pm

With sustainable gardening, the focus is naturally on growing productive, edible plants, but there’s also a role and place for vibrant annual flowers. In spring, their colours give us a not-to-be...

Bamboo Beauties

Tue, 22/12/2009 - 1:40pm

Beautiful and useful, non-invasive clumping bamboos can be a wonderful asset in the garden. NICK ROMANOWSKI chooses some of the most distinctive for tropical and temperate climates.

Super sunflowers

Tue, 22/12/2009 - 9:46am

As a child I used various seed mixes for feeding my pet budgerigar, mice and gerbils. Curious to see what sort of plants these blends contained, one Easter holiday I sowed some of each. When the...

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