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Allotments Allotments, especially those in cities are important habitats for wildlife as they provide food, shelter and breeding sites.
By gardening in harmony with nature, people benefit as much as the other species belonging to the planet.
Allotment gardening provides the opportunity for a year-round healthy lifestyle which is active and reflects the ideals of sustainability and well-being.
Allotment gardening, fundamentally, is about fresh fruit and vegetable produce.
Antioxidants Natural body chemicals (including vitamins, minerals, and enzymes) which protect against cell damage inflicted by free radicals, which cause disease, such as cancer and aging.
Apple The apple is probably the most popular fruit. Fruit tree blossom is of decorative value in any garden.
It is thought by some that not only does the eating of apples help to keep the doctor from our doors but helps to keep ourselves from the dentist.
Artichoke, Globe Globe artichokes are perennials, and produce the edible flower only during the second and subsequent years.
Rooted suckers can be planted each year so that mature specimens can be disposed of after a few years, as each individual plant only lives a few years.
Apart from food use, the Globe artichoke is also an attractive plant for its bright floral display, sometimes grown in herbaceous borders for its bold foliage and large purple flowerheads.
Artichokes, Jerusalem Jerusalem artichokes aren't actually artichokes. They're root vegetables from the same family of plants as the sunflower.
They taste similar to artichokes, hence the name, and they can be boiled, mashed, roasted or grated raw into salads.
Try mixing mashed Jerusalem artichokes with mashed potato, carrot or turnip. They are also good for making soup.
Asparagus Asparagus plants are perennials. The underground portion consists of stems, or rhizomes, and roots. The edible aerial stems (spears) grow upward from them.
Good asparagus spear production is dependent upon a dormant period. Dormancy is usually brought about by cold weather or drought.

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