‘Superfood’ fans get garden advice


Published: Sunday 12th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Fans of “superfoods” are being given advice on how to grow “supergardens” filled with fruit and vegetables packed with nutrition and flavour.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said any garden, whatever its size, can be used to grow foods ranging from tomatoes to kale and blueberries, which are good to eat and can even look good.

Gardeners who only have small plots or urban gardens can try growing blueberries in pots, training a kiwi vine over an arch or putting in alpine strawberries beneath trees.

Possibilities for bigger gardens include globe artichokes, which add height, colour and taste to ornamental beds, while wigwams for climbing varieties of beans can also be decorative, the RHS said.

And raised beds of carrots, beetroot, chard, kale and spinach could be fitted into a sunny spot in most gardens, the experts said.

Chief horticultural adviser Guy Barter said: “We’re often sold the idea of superfoods, rich in vitamins and minerals.

“All veg are good of course, but we’ve looked through and identified some that are even better than others.

“For gardeners interested in health and good flavour there’s a whole scope of things you can do.”

He said that some things were hard to grow in the UK, for example citrus fruits, while bell peppers ideally needed a greenhouse to thrive in our climate.

If there were space constraints, vegetables that needed plenty of room, such as pumpkins, might be hard to fit in, and asparagus was “brilliant but you have to wait two years before you can get it”.

But Mr Barter said his top three superfoods were beetroot, kale and blueberries.

“Beetroot is a bit of a marmite situation. You either love it or loathe it,” he said, adding that if gardeners liked it, the leaves and the root was tasty and the seed was pretty cheap.

Kale was also a winner because the seed is cheap, the plants last a long time, grow all winter and are “incredibly flavoursome”, Mr Barter said.

And blueberries can be grown in pots, close to the house to keep birds off, and so that it is easy to harvest the fruit to add to the breakfast bowl, Mr Barter said.

He advised would-be “supergardeners” to spend this time of year planning their garden, although keen superfood fans in southern England could try sowing beetroot and kale for leaves in sheltered spots or greenhouses.

Published: Sunday 12th October 2014 by The News Editor

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