Growing Land Cress

Land Cress or Barbarea¬†Verna is a wonderful plant for the home vegetable garden as a dead end trap for the eggs of butterflies, like the cabbage butterfly. The caterpillars hatch and die after eating the leaves of the land cress which is rich in saponins and toxic to the caterpillars. In doing so it acts as a biological pest control agent. This beneficial plant is … Continue reading Growing Land Cress

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