The Scottish Mail on Sunday

FIVE VEGETABLES THAT ARE PERFECT FOR REPEAT CROPS

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1 ASPARAGUS ‘BURGUNDINE’

The purple spears of this recent introducti­on (right) have a sweet flavour and are so tender they can even be eaten raw.

2 BABINGTON LEEK

This British native is a dual-purpose edible – harvest shoots in winter and bulbs in late summer as a substitute for garlic.

3 GLOBE ARTICHOKE ‘GREEN GLOBE’

A spectacula­r plant boasting silvery-green, deeply toothed leaves and 6ft-tall stems topped with large, edible flower buds.

4 RHUBARB ‘VICTORIA’

Named in honour of Queen Victoria after her coronation in 1837, this produces heavy yields of thick, tender red stems with green flecking.

5 SEA KALE ‘ANGERS’

A striking plant with large, silvery leaves and sprays of pretty white flowers. Its young stems are ideal for forcing.

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