Rosemary originally comes from areas such as Turkey and Southern Europe. Rosemary is an attractive evergreen shrub-type herb with pine needle-like leaves. It has trusses of blue flowers that last through spring and summer in a warm, humid environment. All Rosemary varieties will do great in a sunny position, whether grown in a container or in garden soil. It is […]

Vegetable Gardening | Beetroots (Umbelliferae – Beta vulgaris)

There are few things prettier than a beetroot with its dark red stems and bright green leaves that resemble beautiful umbrellas with dark red lacework on the edges. As a vegetable the beetroot is attractive enough to earn its place as a huge asset in any type of garden. Just imagine how eye-catching the display […]

Brinjals, Egg plants and Aubergines (Solanaceae – Solanum melongena)

How about putting purple in your garden – edible purple vegetables that is? Brinjals have originated from the Solanum insanum and the Solanum incanum. Brinjals are probably one of the most popular of vegetables with every country having its own particular way in which the people prepare them for eating. Brinjals are cultivated and eaten in most parts […]

Vegetable Gardening | Carrots (Umbelliferae – Daucus carota)

Carrots are commonly available vegetables and in many cases it is taken for granted. However, if we stop to think a bit about carrots then we can truly be astonished at this little powerhouse. Carrots are packed with nutrients, anti-oxidants, and beneficial qualities. Carrot origins can be traced to the Afghanistan region as far back […]

Vegetable Gardening | Cauliflower (Brassicaceae – Brassica oleracea)

Cauliflower a vegetable fit for royalty. If ever one happens to grow a cauliflower in a home garden, then one can truly say that one has a home vegetable garden because a cauliflower is one of the most difficult vegetables to cultivate successfully. In the event of the smallest, minutest error, one can be left […]

Growing Globe Artichokes (Asteraceae – Cynara scolymus)

Artichokes, or rather the globe artichoke is a thistle-like perennial that originated around the Mediterranean. It is a rather big but beautiful, architectural, ornamental plant / vegetable / flower and as such an asset to most home or even backyard gardens, regardless of the type of garden where it is planted and cultivated. Big because […]