- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: any soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The root of this vegetable is delicious when grated and used in association with roast beef or fish. It is easy to grow and has a very strong flavour. Care should be taken preparing the root though as the pungent fumes can cause irritation to the eyes. Great stuff for clearing the sinuses!
- Garden care: Best planted in early spring into 15cm deep holes which are spaced at 60cm intervals. To stop it getting out of hand (it can become invasive), you should lift all the plants in October after the first frost. You can store the roots in sand, using the larger ones in the kitchen, and replanting the smaller ones the following spring. Alternatively you can grow it in a deep container filled with John Innes No 2 compost.
- CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs
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Q:Vegetable suggestions for a shady veg. garden!
Hello I have raised beds for veggies in my new garden. One bed gets sun most of the day whilst the other gets only a little sunshine .Could you please help with a list of fruit and veg to grow in each of them. Many thanksAsked on 7/4/2010 by Judith
A:Hello There, I'm afraid you will have trouble getting a bumper yield of any of the edible crops if the bed receives little sun, as most of them need full sun. Ones that tolerate some shade include radish, potato, borage, horseradish, blueberry, blackberry and tayberry - all the others will flourish in the sun. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 8/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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