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Grow it and eat it

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 14:41

Did either Jamie Oliver or Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall start from scratch with seeds or tree whips  and take the gardener through whay is needed before you have produce you can eat?

Grow it and eat it

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 14:34

I am just trying to gauge opinion ( like the Romans did in their forums!),  as  have read a lot of complaints about the dearth of gardening programs and the surfeit of cookery programs.  I also see lots of unusual fruit and veg. growing at the Bristol Unuv. Botanic garden where I am a volunteer gardener and have to do research to find recipes for them.  I think a program such as I suggest would appeal to a lot of new gardeners and cooks and also could integrate a lot of ethnic groups and their growing and cooking too.  It could be an entertainment with strong factual bias which would fit the BBC and their strong lead on such programs in educating the public.

Grow it and eat it

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 14:16

Having just given a Xmas luncheon for some friends and introduced them to kohlrabi which I had grown myself, and which they liked, I am on a mission to get more programs about growing fruit and veg. and then recipes for eating it includind salad suggestions and tips about ripeness of fruit to eat raw etc.  This will bring in those clamouring for more gardening programmes as well as the multitudes who love the cookery and catering programs.  How about it BBC - a "Grow it and Eat it" pprogram!

can I plant now?

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 10:20

Yew or holly would be my choice.

Talkback: December gardening jobs

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 17:32
I have to go up to my spinney and cut cornus sticks which are now bright red to stick into my spreads of white heather at the front gate which are just opening their flowers. It is one of my favourite December jobs. I saw a similar thing in a picture of one of the big gardens that opens to the public in the winter and thought - ahh great minds think alike. It does make people look and wonder!

autumn colour

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 16:26

I prune mine after the flowers have finished as it sprawls all over the path - deliberately  I must say as mine is definitely a naturalistic garden.  If you grow it as a climber you need to tie the long pieces in as it does not have tendrils.

autumn colour

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 15:23

You are welcome, Nadolig, did you notice it is featured on the home page at the bottom?  click n the picture and you will read all about it.

autumn colour

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 11:34

And of course catkins add interest.  This is the length of my Garrya elliptica catkins on 07.12.12.

 They will get much, much, longer by the end of the winter.

autumn colour

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 11:30

Heucheras give lots of colour,  This is a caramel coloured one .


autumn colour

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 11:27

The value of grey plants is very high in the autmn.  T


his is Convolvulus cneorum.

Discussions started by happymarion

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