Recipe: Broad bean risotto

Broad beans: These large, leafy beans produce big pods that contain either white or green beans depending on the variety. The tips of the bean plants can also be picked and eaten, so can whole small pods – or wait until the beans reach full size before harvesting. Broad bean risotto […]

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CHATSWORTH HOUSE

A stunning estate to visit in Derbyshire. The gardens are renowned for their waterworks, sculptures, a maze and of course a wonderful kitchen garden. Visiting information: www.chatsworth.org Where is it?: Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PN (if using Satnav). Tel: 01246 565300

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How to grow parsnips

SOW: Good fertile soil, well draining and not too stony. Sow seed in threes, 15cm (6in) apart. If three germinate then reduce to one seedling. WHEN TO SOW: Not as early as some books and seed packets suggest. February is too early if sowing direct. Wait until March or early […]

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Growing garlic in a container

Garlic is one of the easiest crops to grow and needs relatively little maintenance. But if you don’t have a lot of space for garlic in your garden, how about growing it in containers? This ‘Czechmate’ has just been planted (November 1st) and takes about 15 minutes to do, that’s […]

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Garlic: Softnecks or Hardnecks?

There are two types or sub-species of garlic, softneck and hardneck. So which is best for you? Softneck (Allium sativum var. sativum) • Produces more cloves than hardneck but they are smaller • Stores better than hardneck • Not as hardy as hardneck (can be grown in autumn or spring […]

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Signs of carrot fly

They may not be the fastest veg to grow but they are well worth the effort – the aroma of freshly pulled carrots and fresh to the plate is a joy not to be missed. Oh dear, but what are those black streaks? These are the tell-tale sings of carrot […]

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