Posts tagged ‘pollination’

November 28, 2010

Planting for urban bees

by growingpeople

This week I’ve been planning out a bee and butterfly garden to plant out in the spring with one of the school groups I teach in West London.  The school has a large space (already home to several happy chickens) which will be used to plant lots of vegetables, but the students are keen to put all the odds in their favour by attracting as many friendly pollinators to the site as possible.

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November 22, 2010

Edible of the week: Akebia Quinata

by growingpeople

Akebia quinata, native to Japan, China and Korea, tend to be grown as ornamentals but do produce incredible fruit that look like a sort of cross between a fig and an aubergine.  The problem with growing them in the UK is that they flower in early spring when late frosts can damage the pollen and there are few pollinating insects about anyway, and so they rarely fruit in this country. I have two of these in my garden, and both did flower last year, so I’m going to have a go at hand pollination next year. I’ve been told the fruit’s pulp has a mild custard-like flavour.

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