A few hundred years back, some quite serious wars were fought for control of the spice trade. At this time of year, one can see why.

The crops available during an English winter are pretty bland, aren’t they? And quite a lot of them taste of cabbage, which is not to everyone’s taste. I wish I could suggest crops to plant now, which would enliven the coming months; however, though greenhouse heaters can provide warmth, you are still left with a shortage of daylight, which helps neither germination nor ripening. More…