How to sow

Some vegetables are sown direct and then thinned out as they grow and are harvested where they were originally sown. However there is another technique; this uses a nursery bed to sow seeds in to and these are moved to their final positions when they are small plants. Traditionally crops such as brassicas (cabbages, kale, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts etc.) and…
Grow your own veg fast

Grow your own veg fast

In these uncertain times lots of people are having the urge to start growing their own veg. Why not have a go at microgreen growing tasty nutritious veg in a matter of days. Microgreens are veg harvested while still only tiny shoots and are packed with vitamins and antioxidants to help boost health. They can also be grown on windowsills.…
BEETROOT RISOTTO

BEETROOT RISOTTO

A delicious and distinctively pink risotto that is sure to please children and adults alike. SERVES 4 | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes • 250g/8oz risotto rice • 1ltr/1¾ pints vegetable or chicken stock • 1tbsp olive oil • 4 shallots, finely chopped • ½ courgette, chopped • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped • 50g/2oz butter…

Podcast 17: Things to do in May

The Kitchen Garden Magazine Podcast – packed full of hints, tips and advice from the team. It’s National Gardening Week – In this episode, the team look through the May issue and talk about companion planting, making a carrot fly-free frame, growing in buckets, planting, heritage beetroot and look ahead to the Harrogate Spring Flower show.…
SALMON & BEETROOT TOAST

SALMON & BEETROOT TOAST

Inspired by the Scandinavian combination beetroot & salmon, this delicious recipe can be served as a starter or as part of a bigger spread. SERVES 6 Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes • 200g/8oz smoked salmon • 2 large beetroot • 6 slices of bread • Butter for the toast FOR THE DRESSING: • 1 tbsp runny…
BEET BURGER

BEET BURGER

Crispy on the outside, yummy and smoky flavoured on the inside, this recipe has everything you want from a burger.  Serve it with potato wedges or a big salad for a lighter meal. MAKES 6 PATTIES Preparation time: 35 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes • 2 large beetroots (about 350g/12oz) • 1 large onion • 100g/3oz green lentils, cooked…
Smoked Salmon & Beetroot Salad

Smoked Salmon & Beetroot Salad

This speedy salad can be whipped up as an impressive starter for your guests over the festive period.  SERVES4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes • 250g/9oz beetroot • 1 apple, sliced • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar • 100g/3½oz mixed leaves • 200g/7oz wild smoked salmon • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 tsp honey • 1…
Beetroot & Mackerel Blinis

Beetroot & Mackerel Blinis

These tasty blinis are great to serve at the Christmas party and don’t take long to make either if you make the chutney in advance. SERVES 32 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time for the chutney: 60 minutes FOR THE CHUTNEY • 1kg/2lbs 3oz raw beetroot, peeled and chopped • 2 onions, chopped • 2 apples, chopped • ½ tbsp…
Sweet Pickled Beetroot

Sweet Pickled Beetroot

Preserve your own home-grown beetroot in a sweet and spiced vinegar, and enjoy in the coming months with salads and cheese. MAKES 4 JARS Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes • 1.5kg fresh beetroot • 1 cinnamon stick • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns • ½ tsp whole cloves • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds • 1 tsp…