Growing fruit and vegetables (BBC)

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Grow your own

It’s rewarding and healthy and you don’t need a big garden to cultivate your favourite fruit and vegetables. You can grow them in containers, grow bags and even hanging baskets. Learn how to get started from our selection below.

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A tree for warm climate : Common Jujube (Ziziphus zizyphus) – (Dave’s garden)

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Common Jujube : Ziziphus zizyphus

For many people, the common name jujube conjures up images of a fruit-flavored gummy candy with a dense, stiff texture. It is also one of the common names for Ziziphus zizyphus, a deciduous fruit tree that is relatively easy to grow in warm climates. The species is probably native to Syria and/or North Africa, but thousands of years ago, it was exported to China where it has been in cultivation ever since. It was introduced to the U.S. in the 1800s at Beaufort, North Carolina and is hardy to at least zone 6. The smooth-green fruit darkens as it matures, first to to red then purplish-black and wrinkled. The end result is a sweet, dried, wrinkled fruit; hence the common name Chinese date.

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Miracle Fruit: Myth or Miracle? (Gardening Tips ‘n’ Ideas)

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Miracle Fruit: Myth or Miracle?

Posted: 28 Apr 2008

Whenever the claims of a new ‘wonder’ fruit or veg make the rounds, you’re always left trying to decipher fact from fiction – or in this case myth from miracle. Yet after reading a few journals, chasing links around the web and testing the solidness of some of the claims, it appears that Miracle Fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, is all that it claims to be and more. The fruit, shaped the size of a grape with bright red skin carries a rather large pip for its size – think avocado or mango here. Within 24 hours of picking it begins to deteriorate and turn brown, not that this changes any of its effects, it just doesn’t look as appetising. So what’s so miraculous about Miracle Fruit? It’s active protein dubbed ‘miraculin’ has the ability to turn everything sour to sweet. Within an hour of eating the fruit, the protein activates the ‘sweet-receptors’ of the consumers tongue and makes everything taste like a desert.


For us gardeners, the good news is that not only are they becoming more wide spread as fruit but propagated material is also increasing. It’s quite probable that you could be growing one of these in your own backyard – providing your climate doesn’t suffer frosts. Apart from this, they seem to be very compatible with most climates and will fruit within a year or two.

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Experimenting with wild strawberries in container (Willem)

Some weeks ago, I was setting up some experiments with wild species of strawberries, e.g. Fragaria vesca, in plastic bottles.  I obtained excellent results, very promising for application in the drylands. Here are a couple of photos :

Wild strawberries in bottle

Wild strawberry plant in a plastic bottle, flowering and fruiting after a couple of weeks (Click on the photo to enlarge it).


Fragaria vesca in bottle

Here is a  young Fragaria vesca, developing well in a plastic bottle.

Grow your own crops in pots (BBC Gardening)

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Grow crops in pots

You may not have room for a vegetable patch or time for an allotment, but you can plant up pots from early spring onwards with edible crops and enjoy fresh, tasty, homegrown produce all summer. Lots of varieties are happy in pots if you look after them well. Many delicious varieties of salad, vegetable and fruit will thrive in containers and don’t take up much space – follow our guide to growing crops on patios, balconies, windowsills and roof gardens. Continue reading Grow your own crops in pots (BBC Gardening)

Growing your own vegetables and fruits (BBC Gardening)

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BBC Gardening (see my Blogroll) 

Grow your own

It’s rewarding and healthy and you don’t need a big garden to cultivate your favourite fruit and vegetables. You can grow them in containers, grow bags and even hanging baskets. Learn how to get started from our selection below.

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Growing artichokes

Growing asparagus

Growing aubergines, chillies and peppers

Growing beans

Growing beetroot

Growing brassicas

Growing blueberries

Growing carrots

Growing celery

Growing chicory

Growing courgettes and squash

Growing cucumbers

Growing currants

Growing crops in pots

Growing espalier apples

Growing grapevines

Growing gooseberries

Growing leeks

Growing onions and garlic

Growing peas

Growing potatoes

Growing raspberries

Growing rhubarb

Growing salad plants

Growing spinach, chard and spinach beet

Growing strawberries

Growing sweetcorn

Growing tomatoes

Using a grow bag


Gardening for Nutritional Foods (Gardening.ygoy)

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Gardening for Nutritional Foods

Super foods seem to be under the spotlight for their special characteristics. These are food items oozing with nutrition. According to nutritionists, they are a rich source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals and play a major role in prevention of diseases, and enhancing longevity and good health. Examples of such nutrient-rich foods are:

  • Green Tea
  • Carrots
  • Oats
  • Beans
  • Salmon
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Fruits such as Apricots, Bananas, Strawberries, Pineapple, Citrus fruits, Mango, Papaya
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Chili peppers

The best method is to grow your own fruits and vegetables, in your own garden. Gardening is one of the best ways to get really close to Mother Nature and it is a sure recipe for health, fun, profit, and also exercise, both mental and physical. As we all know, fruits and vegetables begin to depreciate in nutrient value as soon as they are severed from the plant. So, nothing but gardening gives us the healthiest food. This is because the picked-to-table time is the lowest, thus ensuring minimum loss of nutrition.
Vegetable gardens are back in style in today’s health-conscious society. Approximately, 50 percent of American families own vegetable gardens. You don’t have to look around for land to make a garden. An unused plot in your backyard or side yard can very well be turned into a garden. If you don’t have enough space, don’t worry. There are many alternatives available. A container vegetable garden, a vertical vegetable garden, a window box garden, a raised bed garden, or vines running up trellises can serve as gardens too. You can also mix vegetable plants with your already present landscape.
Even if you are a greenhorn when it comes to plant a vegetable garden, you will not face too many hassles. Free information on the Internet is overflowing and most of it is explained in layman’s terms. So, you should have no problem learning how to garden.


Non-flowering strawberries in window boxes (J. TOLLEDOT)

Here is a question coming from my friend Joseph TOLLEDOT :

“I remember you had a flowering and fruiting Strawberry plant in a bottle…I planted some 10 bare-root Strawberry plants in March in window boxes – only one plant flowered and gave some fruit only once and then stopped. All the others have produced plenty of healthy leaves and many runners but no fruit – very disappointing! – What can I do now? Any ideas? I have seem much contradictory advice on the internet so I am unsure what to do!”


Joseph referred to my former posting:

My very simple strawberry bottles (Willem)

Strawberries flowering and fruiting in plastic (PET) bottles

I don’t have see a clear reason for the fact that Joseph’s strawberries are not flowering in the window boxes.  I can only make a couple of suggestions :

1. Can it be that temperature is sometimes becoming too high in the boxes?

2. Can it be that inside the boxes (behind the window) there is a lack of UV rays?

Who can help us out ?


Strawberries in containers and grow bags (RHS)

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The Garden
January 2001

Pot the red

A handful of strawberry plants can yield a bumper crop of fruit. Jim Arbury recommends a variety of suitable containers

Jim Arbury is Superintendent of the Fruit Department at RHS Garden Wisley

Sweet and versatile, strawberries are the essence of a British summer and delicious when eaten freshly picked. Strawberry plants will yield good crops of fruit when grown in small spaces including a wide range of containers, and growbag cultivation is particularly economical and productive. The small, short-lived perennial plants are suitable for autumn or spring planting, and a little extra time spent now in caring for your autumn-planted runners and finding the right location to grow a container of cold-stored strawberry plants will help to improve your chances of a bumper summer harvest. Continue reading Strawberries in containers and grow bags (RHS)