Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Chicory in the cupboard

Happy New Year and good growing to all in 2013

To celebrate the new year here is a bouquet of chicory dug up from the allotment a month ago, trimmed down to the root and stuck in a pot of earth in my kitchen cupboard. The darkness and warmth has accelerated growth. The ground is too wet and cold to work right now so a little indoor gardening helps to tide me over til the new growing season begins.

For me chicory is the winter crop. Not only are they beautiful to look at but the bitterness of the leaves is mildly addictive. For anyone who loves salad leaves they are essential (and undemanding). In this picture there are two different varieties (Grumulo Rosso and Rosso Treviso) both hardy and flourishing outside as well.

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