Traditionally planted on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March, sweet peas are grown for their pretty flowers and sweet fragrance. All parts of the plant are poisonous*, so why grow them in an edible garden? Read on and find out!
The happy faces on their flowers gave violas the reputation of being able to ‘ease the heart’, hence ‘heartsease’.
The bright red Flanders poppy, also known as ‘corn poppy’ or ‘field poppy’, is not just a symbol of remembrance, parts of it can be eaten. The flowers bring a bright cheerfulness to the garden, the seed heads can be used in floral arrangements and the plants self-seed, basically looking after themselves when conditions are right.
Lettuce is a common vegetable, the basis of many salads: Caesar, Waldorf, even the humble ‘garden salad’. In fact, in some parts of the world, the plant itself is called ‘salad’.
How many varieties of lettuce can you name?
With the advent of the warm weather, it’s time to start warm weather crops, like beans, corn, tomatoes, chillies, capsicums, peppers, cucumbers, melons, zucchini, squash and pumpkins.
Whatever the colour, Nasturtiums add a bright splash to the garden, your salad, sandwich or as a garnish!