Growing Brussels Sprouts

Growth habits and planting needs The site chosen for planting should be protected from winds but get at least 6 hours of sunlight. Prepare the bed at least two weeks before planting. To successfully grow Brussels sprouts make sure the soil is rich, friable and well drained with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. Brussels sprouts need lots of nitrogen to grow strong stems and … Continue reading Growing Brussels Sprouts

Growing Cabbages

Growth habits and planting needs Cabbage is a hardy annual cool-weather crop that is easy to grow and is an important vegetable, protective against cancer and for lowering cholesterol when cooked for a short time or eaten raw. In fact, the humble cabbage is one of the oldest known vegetables and was  known to the Ancient Greeks and Romans. If your garden is small you … Continue reading Growing Cabbages

Growing Chillies

  Although Chillies are sown in August, the plants grown in Sydney are now bursting with fruit in the garden. Grantham gardener Anjali has some amazing chilli plants growing that are full of fruit. Here is some information on growing these colourful and tasty fruits in your home garden. Growth habits and planting needs Chilli plants love a hot sunny aspect and love humidity so … Continue reading Growing Chillies

Growing Cauliflower

With good preparation and ample moisture, cauliflower are easy to grow in the home garden and the effort in growing will be rewarded by tender, mild flavoured flower heads that are so healthy. Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C anda good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese. As a member of the … Continue reading Growing Cauliflower

Growing radishes

Radishes belong to the Brassica family and  are one of the most common garden vegetables, widely cultivated throughout the world. They vary in colour and shape from red, white, purple or black and can be round or long and cylindrical. Like other members of the Brassica family they contain sulforaphane and indole-3 which are thought to be protective against cancer when eaten raw. They are also … Continue reading Growing radishes

Growing Sunflowers

Sunflowers come in a variety of sizes and they all add a splash of sunshine  to the garden and attract bees. They are easy to grow and an excellent way to introduce children to gardening. Growth habits and planting needs As Sunflowers are allelopathic, that is, they produce toxins that prevent the growth of other plants, care should be taken about the location chosen to … Continue reading Growing Sunflowers

Growing Turnips

Turnips are an easy crop to grow, quick to mature and sown in January will be ready in Autumn. The turnip roots are rich in vitamin C. The turnip leaves however, are even richer in vitamins and minerals being a good source of vitamin K, A and C, B complex and an excellent source of important minerals like calcium, copper, iron, potassium, and manganese. If harvested … Continue reading Growing Turnips