March: What to Plant

March is the month to start planting more bulbs in your garden. It’s a month that still yields some hot summery days but the cooler weather is certainly winning. We’re going to go temperate for our suggestions, however if you live in a different climate zone and wish to plant outdoors, you can check out this website here for more planting options.

Get that vegetable garden ready – it’s the time to plant broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, onion, radish, spinach and turnip.

When to Harvest:

Harvest from May:

Broccoli.

Radish.

Spinach.

Turnip.

Harvest from June:

Cabbage (start in undercover seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks).

Harvest from July :

Broad Beans.

Harvest from September:

Onion.

Culinary suggestions for your new garden:

Broccoli: raw, slice, steam, however you like broccoli – also goes well with blue cheese sauce. Have you ever felt like a bowl of freshly steamed broccoli smothered in gooey cheese sauce, no? Well we definitely suggest you try it.

Radish: use raw in salad or on their own with bread and butter.

Spinach: use young leaves in salad; you can also steam it or add it to a stir fry. Why not try it in a curry? Check out our spinach and cheese curry recipe.

Turnips: grate young turnips and use them raw in salads, older turnips will be best in stews.

Broad beans: the fresh beans can be steamed or boiled and eaten fresh or mixed in with curries.

Onion:  depending on the onion planted and grown, you can use red onions in salads or stir-fries where as brown (white) onions can be roasted whole with other vegetables when they’re young or when mature used in stocks and as a base in sauces.

Cabbage: when young they taste best on their own in salads or when more mature add them to a stir-fry or steam to preserve the flavour.

Happy planting and cooking!

Photo credit ~ Sneh Roy "Cook Republic." 

February: What to Plant

February is a great time to finally plant that at home garden you’ve been planning for years. It’s a month that still yields summery days without scorching heat. We’re going to go temperate for our suggestions, however if you live in a different climate zone and wish to plant outdoors, you can check out this website here for more planting options.

What’s in season:

Get that herb and vegetable garden ready – it’s the time to plant beetroot, broccoli, chives, cucumber, turnip, lettuce and parsley. These will all be ready to harvest from May. Oregano and radish will be ready from April. All these are fine to plant in a garden that sees temperate temperatures. Make sure you water as needed and research each seed/plant to make sure you’re taking care of it the right way. 

What can grow together:

Beetroot can grow in the same bed as onions, broccoli, oregano and lettuce.

Chives can grow with parsley as well as turnips.

You can sow seeds straight into garden beds or start in seed trays and transplant when the plant starts to outgrow its tray.

Culinary suggestions for your new garden:

Beetroot: Salads, roasts and fresh juice. Try our Beetroot Salad.

Broccoli: Raw, slice, steam, however you like broccoli – also goes well with blue cheese sauce. Have you ever felt like a bowl of freshly steamed broccoli smothered in gooey cheese sauce, no? Well we definitely suggest you try it.

Chives: Salad or an alternative to onion (gives a taste of onion in cooked dishes).

Cucumber: Raw in salads/sandwiches.

Lettuce: Raw in salads/sandwiches. 

Oregano: Tomato dishes/ green style dishes.

Parsley: Use leaves and stems for flavour – cook in dishes like ratatouille or in white sauces.

Radish: Raw in salads or on their own with bread and butter.

Turnip: Raw in salads or in stews. 

Happy planting and cooking! 

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