By The Garden Deli

Violets – flowers of myths, movies and fragrant train travel

They feature in a well-known rhyme popular with children and lovers, have been sung about by Elvis, and were sold by Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Violets are a much loved spring flower with a long history of cultivation and cultural importance.   The violet’s popularity as a cultivated flower dates back, at least,…

Cherry tomatoes

Growing tomatoes

Ask a gardener which edible crop they would grow if they had space for only one, and you will often get the answer ‘tomatoes’. If you’ve tasted a just-picked, perfectly ripe tomato you’ll understand why. It’s not just the freshness and flavour, but the warmth of the sun still held in the skin and juice…

Five herbs to grow for bees

Herbs make great border and pot plants. They bring scent, colour and texture to a planting. Many have nectar-rich flowers to feed the bees too. And, if that’s not enough to encourage you to plant herbs, these fantastic ornamentals come with the added bonus of being packed with wonderful flavours to use in your cooking.…

Grow one thing… Parsley

If you’re the kind of cook who searches out fresh, seasonal ingredients, growing your own is a natural extension of your passion for good food. But when time and space are limited, the idea of tending a kitchen garden can seem unrealistic. There is one easy way to make a start on your home vegetable…