Growing Mustard Greens

  There are many varieties of mustard greens to choose from, with different leaf forms and color of leaves that range from medium green through dark green, purple and red. Also known as Chinese mustard, Indian mustard, they are Brassica juncea from the Brassicaceae Family. Mustard greens are nutritious and easy to grow and are rich in vitamins K, C, E, and folate and beta carotene. Mustard greens may … Continue reading Growing Mustard Greens

Anjali’s Pigeon peas

In early February this year Anjali planted pigeon peas and has shared the pictures of their development with us. The pigeon pea is a short lived perennial legume that can be grown for food and as a green manure crop to to improve soil structure. The cultivation of the pigeon pea goes back at least 3,500 years and is thought to origininate in peninsular India. … Continue reading Anjali’s Pigeon peas

Growing Mizuna

Mizuna, a delicate fern like member of the brassica family, is a delicious, peppery mustard green that can be eaten fresh or added to stir fry dishes, or soups and is so easy to grow. Mizuna are also rich in vitamin C, viatamin K, iron and folate. Like other brassicas it contains plant compounds called glucosinolates, which are beneficial to the body’s immune system. Growth … Continue reading Growing Mizuna

Growing Leeks

Leeks have been cultivated in Egypt for over 3000 years. They are  known scientifically as Allium porrum, are related to garlic, onions, shallots and have a more delicate, mild and sweeter flavour than onions. Growth habits and planting needs Leeks prefer to be grown in full sun but will tolerate some shade. The soil should be well drained and enriched with well rotted compost and … Continue reading Growing Leeks

Growing Garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum) is a close relative of onions, leeks and chives a popular ingredient in cooking due to its delicious taste though from ancient times, the main use of garlic was for its health giving and medicinal properties. Garlic is very rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Manganese. Growth habits and planting needs Select a site that gets full sun. When choosing what garlic … Continue reading Growing Garlic