Broccoli, Grow it, Eat it

Broccoli

Broccoli has its roots in ancient times, although it wasn’t cultivated for home use until around the 1600’s.

The broccoli we know and love today started its commercial journey about a century ago.
Although it’s best to eat broccoli before the heads start to flower, if you have an abundance of broccoli in the garden, leave a few to grow on – the flowers are edible too!

 

Healthy Reasons
Broccoli has a reputation of being a super-food and contains many healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Purple sprouting broccoli has more antioxidants than regular green broccoli but there are plenty of healthy reasons to eat both.

Try it out at home!

Broccoli

 

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Linda x

Carrot Cake Recipe

Carrot Cake

Once all the ingredients are collected and prepared, this recipe is quick and easy!

 

 

Carrot Cake
Ingredients:
8oz. (200g or 2 cups) flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
5oz. (125g or ⅔ cup) sugar
2oz. (50g. or ½ cup) chopped walnuts
4 carrots, prepared and grated
2 bananas, mashed
2 eggs, beaten
5fl.oz (150ml or ½ cup) sunflower oil
1-2 teaspoons mixed spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice)
Handful of raisins
For the topping:
Cream cheese
Icing sugar (powdered sugar)

Method:
1. Preheat oven to Gas mark 4 (350F, 180C)
2. Beat all ingredients together well and pour into a lightly greased cake pan
3. Bake for about an hour on the centre rack of the oven
4. Remove from oven and cool thoroughly on a wire rack
5. Blend cream cheese and icing sugar together to make a topping and spread evenly over cooled cake

Bon Appetit!

Linda x

P.S. If you want to grow some organic carrots to tempt the family’s tastebuds, download this guide to growing carrots at home. There are some scrumptious recipes including the one above!

Carrots

 

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Strawberries

Strawberries

Wild strawberries can still be found in some unspoiled areas – often in light woodland.

However, wild strawberries tend to be smaller and not nearly as sweet as the hybrid varieties we grow today.

They are good to make jam with though, so if you have some wild strawberries growing, it may be worth letting them grow and experiment with a little jam making!

 

Healthy Reasons
All berries are power packed super foods. Strawberries are rich in vitamins, particularly vitamin C and contain dietary fibre.
Strawberries also contain phenol which is an anti-inflammatory and helpful in treating asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
Leaves, as well as the fruits, have been used medicinally for many years. Strawberries have been said to cure anything from kidney conditions to throat infections. But we definitely know they are packed with vitamins and taste delicious so well worth growing at home.

How to Grow Strawberries will help guide you to growing the freshest organic strawberries to enjoy all summer!

Strawberries

 

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Happy Gardening!

Linda x

Onions, a chef’s delight

Onionsa chef'sdelight!

Onions have been hard to date by archaeologists, but it’s generally thought that onions have been eaten since prehistoric times and have been cultivated for at least 5000 years. Onions grew wild and were indigenous to many parts of the world.

Healthy Reasons
As well as being a valuable food crop, onions have been used in herbal medicines for many centuries. A common preparation, still used today to soothe cough and cold symptoms; Slice an onion and place in a small bowl with a little sugar. Cover and leave overnight. The resulting liquid should be sipped first thing in the morning.
Onions have been proved to balance insulin levels, therefore reducing blood pressure. They are one of the few vegetables that can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease through lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Onions are also a good source of B vitamins, vitamin C and dietary fibre.

Download this step by step guide to growing onions at home.

Onions

 

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Linda x

Garlic

Garlic

Garlic has been cultivated as a food and healing herb for 5000 years. It was thought at one time to have aphrodisiac properties and was therefore not eaten by monks, young women or anyone who shouldn’t have their passions aroused!

 
There are many myths and legends attached to garlic. Modern science has proved that it has antibacterial and antifungal properties so maybe it really did ward off nasty bugs.
Growing garlic bulbs with your vegetables will certainly help deter the bad bugs away from your crops. Strong smelling herbs are always a good addition to a vegetable plot.

Healthy Reasons
Garlic has been known as a super healing herb for centuries. It’s been used in herbal medicines to treat many ailments including the common cold.
Garlic has proved itself to be a powerful antibiotic although should never be taken in large doses. Garlic also has antioxidant properties which help protect against free radicals and is a good source of vitamin C and B vitamins.

Download this step by step guide to growing garlic at home.

Garlic

 

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Happy Gardening!

Linda x

Blackcurrants

Blackcurrants

Blackcurrants are one of the world’s most commercially grown crops and have been picked in the wild since medieval times when they were also used as a medicinal herb.

It wasn’t until the 19th and 20th centuries that research uncovered just how vitamin packed blackcurrants are!

 

Weight for weight, blackcurrants have 4 times as much vitamin C as oranges and were one of the most grown fruits during the early part of the 20th century, especially during war years when vitamin C wasn’t easy to find elsewhere.
Blackcurrants are also a good source of calcium and iron and are rich in antioxidants.

This step by step growing guide will help you get the most out of your home-grown blackcurrants.

Blackcurrants

How to Grow Blackcurrants

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Happy Gardening!

Linda x