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Spring Onion's

April 6, 2014
Spring onion

Quickcrop Seedling Tray Variety

Spring onions tend to be treated as an afterthought by most gardening books yet they are a popular crop and very useful, possibly because they are really easy to grow. Salad onions, also properly called scallions are not just easily grown, they can provide a useful substitute for bulb onions if stocks are low as you await the new crop.

Feeding Spring Onions

They like a rich well drained soil but being a useful crop to fill into gaps in the summer, they tend to get what they are given. It’s a good idea to give some general purpose fertiliser a week before and rake the soil into a fine tilth before sowing them.

Cultivating Spring Onions

Conventionally spring onions are grown in rows 6" (15cm) apart but they can more easily just be thinly scattered in a patch and either raked in or covered with half an inch (1.5cm) of fine soil.

They do not need a great depth of soil and a winter crop can be grown in the greenhouse in an ordinary seed tray filled with compost. Salad onions are ideal for container growing and even if you have a vegetable patch or an allotment, growing some salad crops by the back door where they'll be handy is always a good idea.

Successionally sow each week or two from early March for a continuous supply throughout the summer.

You can over-winter spring onions outdoors as well. Late sowings in August, September and a fine October will provide an early crop by late spring. Always use a winter hardy variety for this.


10 Interesting Uses of Garlic

April 6, 2014

There are much more uses of garlic than just cooking. Go through for some clever ways to use this vampire slaying herb.

Use as a pesticide in your garden
Avoid using those harmful commercial pesticides and choose a natural, diy method with garlic instead. It is fast and easy to make, economical, not toxic to the environment and to your body and it works. Chop one to two heads of garlic, put in the bottom of a jar and cover with boiled water. Put lid on and allow staying overnight, then strain a...

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April 6, 2014

Are your dishes starting to taste a little bland and predictable? If so, why not try livening things up with herbs.

Herbs can give any dish, even an old favorite, a delicious new taste. And whether you opt for the ease and convenience of using quality dried herbs, or you prefer the fresh taste of herbs picked fresh from your very own herb garden, here are 10 herbs that should be in every kitchen.

  • Basil. Basil has a strong flavor, that’s both peppery and spicy. Some types of basil also have a ...

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Flower salad with hazelnut dressing

November 17, 2012
Prep time
  • 20 mins
Cook Time
  • none
  • 4 as side dish, 2 as main
  • Dressing:
  • 50g (2oz) whole hazlenuts, with skins
  • 2 tbsp hazlenut oil
  • Salad:
  • 1 packet or several big handfuls of bought or home grown baby leaves - you choose
  • 2 orange marigold heads
  • 2 dark purple pansy heads
  • handful of deep pink geranium petals
1. Heat the oven to about medium - 180 C/350F/Gas 4. Lay the hazlenuts out in a small ovenproof dish, place in the oven and keep an eye on them - they need ten mins max 2. Remov...

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Flowering Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

November 17, 2012


Flowering Kale Caesar Salad Recipe
3 cups flowering kale leaves, cut into thin strips
Juice from half a lemon
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Homemade Croutons
2 cups day old whole grain bread, cut into 1 ½-inch cubes
¼ cup olive oil
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
Salt & pepper to taste

Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe
2 organic egg yolks
Juice from one lemon
2 Tablespoons brown mustard 
1 garlic clove, minced
1 anchovy
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
¾ cup olive oil

Preheat oven to 425...

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Summer Flower Salad

November 17, 2012

 6 cups mixed lettuce leaves
35 fresh edible nasturtium petals
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon walnut oil
1 teaspoon prepared French mustard
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
salt and pepper

The nasturtium flowers should be fresh, unblemished and unsprayed. Do not wash them if possible, as the petals bruise easily. Check in the long horn at the back for insects and pick off the stem.
Mix the flowers with the lettuce leaves.
Shake the dressing ingredients together ...

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Spring salad with jasmine flower vinaigrette

November 17, 2012

1 tsp lemon juice

5 jasmine flowers

1 tsp Dijon mustard

3 tbs apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

8 cups home-grown mixed salad leaves (such as baby endive, baby spinach, baby rocket, coral green and baby beetroot leaves)

1 cup edible flower blossoms (such as lemon, nasturtium, pansies, violets, violas and borage)

  1. Step 1

    Place lemon juice, jasmine flowers, mustard, vinegar and oil into a small bowl. Gently mix to form a creamy dressing (the flavour from the jasmine flowers will add a t...

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Salad's using Garden Flower's

November 17, 2012

When your garden gives you flowers and vegetables, use them both to make a salad that tastes like pure spring.

Ingredients you can grow in your flower bed:

Pansy petals

The largest of the viola-type flowers, all of which you can eat (the littlest are Johnny-jump-ups). Faint lettucelike taste; velvety texture.

Carnation petals

Sweet and spicy. Eat only the petals, and taste each flower before using, as they can sometimes
be bitter.

Calendula petals

Usually orange or yellow, with a daisylike appearance...

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November 17, 2012
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November 17, 2012

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