Rhubarb has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years & probably came to Europe in the Dark Ages. It is an herbaceous perennial with the stems being eaten in early summer. Rhubarb contains oxalate – especially in the leaves – so stems only should only be eaten in season.
Red, White and Black Currants are deciduous shrubs native to western Europe & a very useful plant for any garden & small space as the plants produces masses of soft fruits in early summer that are tasty. and versatile.
Raspberries are an easy to grow soft fruit. They grow on canes that can provide many raspberries each year. Raspberries can grow in a variety of colours & are very nutritious.
Radishes are edible root vegetables of the Cabbage family. They are easy to grow and roots are ready to harvest with a month. A quick growing companion plant breaking up the soil.
Pumpkins are a gourd like squash that grow during the summer and are harvested in the autumn. Traditionally used at Hallowe’en and Thanksgiving in North America.
Potatoes are a hugely popular and versatile vegetable. They are very easy to grow either in the ground or in containers. Originating in the high Andes they are now a staple food grown everywhere!
Plum trees are small to medium sized and ideal for a smaller area. As well as adding height & shade to the garden plum trees produce pretty spring blossom and delicious fruit in a variety of colours & sizes.
Like apple trees, pears come in two main categories – dessert for eating and cooking pears. Pear trees provide height and shade in a garden. They have blossom in spring and provide a crop of fruit in the autumn.