Onions are one of the most versatile vegetables and can be found in cooking all over the world. Onions can be a lot of work and take up a lot of space, but growing your own onions is very rewarding.
If you were served steamed spinach as a child, you were probably put off it for life. But there is a lot more you can do with this versatile and nutritious vegetable. Spinach is high in vitamins A and C, thiamin, potassium and folic acid. It also has useful amounts of iron (though it is harder to absorb than the iron from red meat).
Leeks are a great vegetable to grow at home. They are rich in vitamin C as well as folate, and have useful amounts of B vitamins, vitamin E, copper, potassium and iron.
Garlic is a great vegetable to grow, because if you like cooking then chances are you use a lot of it. Garlic stores well, so plant plenty to keep yourself well-supplied until next year's crop is ready.
Many people think that carrots are difficult to grow, and relatively speaking they can be harder than other common vegetables. But the taste of home grown carrots is worth the effort. A few simple tips should see you on your way to success with growing carrots in no time.
When we first thought about renovating our kitchen, we had grand ideas of knocking out walls and installing brand new joinery. But, as is often the case, when we started working out costs our plans had to be scaled back. We ended up spending about NZ$1,500 all up (less than US$1,000).
If you are considering getting a credit card (or perhaps cutting yours up) you should weigh up both the costs and the benefits of having one of these pretty pieces of plastic in your wallet.
What happens when you are trying to grow your own vegetables but the weather doesn't play ball?
This is part three of a three part series of living with food allergies and intolerances. See also part 1 and part 2. This article deals with phow to manage your food intolerances and everyday things you can do to stop it controlling your life.
This is part two of a three part series on food allergies and intolerances. See also part 1 and part 3. This article deals with the most common types of intolerances and their causes.