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Long popular in France and Italy, the leaves of arugula provide a spicy zap when added to a salad. (Young leaves taste best.) You can also sauté or steam them like spinach or other leafy greens. Plants look a little like a dandelion, but more open. Leaves grow best in …

For the most romantic day of the year you will need to be ready with great looking flowers. There are many opportunities you have to count for a significant set of flowers that will make things work. But only Valentine’s Day is a time when we can show our love …

Sweet, juicy, nutritious red fruits add appetizing colour to fresh salads and are superb for stuffing. Also great on the grill! The big, blocky peppers (they average around 4 to 6 ounces) ripen from dark green to bright red. High-yielding plants are well adapted throughout the US. Grow your own …

Mint is one of the easiest herbs to grow. This one has extra large leaves that most cooks really like for chopping into sauces and drinks. Our sweet mint is grown from cuttings of a variety that comes to us from Israel, where mint is used in many dishes, from …

Backyard gardeners are on the rise. With an increased focus on local and naturally-grown fruits and veggies, it’s clear why so many people are turning to their own yards to source the food they need. Erratic weather patterns and non ideal growing climates are pushing other gardeners to consider investing …

Easy to grow, onion chives pack a lot of flavour for their compact size. The plants form neat grass-like clumps of tubular leaves that contribute an onion flavour to salads, creamy soups, potatoes, egg dishes, and others. A wonderful addition to an herb garden. Great for containers, and also makes …

Heirloom. Best known as an ingredient in pies and tarts, rhubarb is a perennial with edible celery-like stalks. The leaves contain high concentrations of oxalic acid and should not be eaten. While rhubarb is sometimes eaten raw with sugar sprinkled on it, most uses for this plant are in recipes …

Prized for its use in tomato paste and sauces, Roma produces a large harvest of thick-walled, meaty, bright red, egg-shaped tomatoes about 3 inches long and with few seeds. This tomato is not juicy. This is not a slicing tomato. Instead, the flesh is thick and drier so that it …

Heirloom. In German, kohlrabi is a “cabbage turnip,” referring to the fact that it is in the cabbage family but forms an edible turnip-like bulb just above the soil line. Not truly a bulb, it is an expanded stem. The unusual purple bulbs have a mild turnip-like flavour and may …

Heirloom. The pride of Washington state, this globe-shaped onion is exceptionally mild and makes jumbo- to colossal-sized bulbs with light brown skin and pretty white flesh. Sweetest of all the long-day varieties, it is the only long-day that comes close to matching the sweetness of Georgia Sweet. Exceptionally mild flavour. …