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Grow it and eat it

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 10:01

In my slate scree this morning, 16.12.12,picking up the brown leaves i found this white primrose flower.


Now how to find out whether it is safe to have the petals on my salad?

autumn colour

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 09:55


Outshining even the Jasminum Nudiflorum in my front garden this morning , 16.12.12, was the golden privet.

Grow it and eat it

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 21:56


Talkback: Winkworth Arboretum

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 17:15

In the winter, the Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden is open to visitors, Monday to Friday but no Visitirs centre. but there is a box on the front gate for a voluntary contribution to the development of the garden or if you wish to buy any of the plants for sale at the gate.  There are always paid or volunteer gardeners there to answer any questions. IF you go to the website you will see opening hours and tours on Sundays by the curator, Nick Wray, during the winter.

Grow it and eat it

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 17:04

Perhaps Nigel Slater could front the program and then we might see him sit down to eat.  He and his guests seem to always eat standing up!  Weird.


Grow it and eat it

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 16:09

Thank you, Dovefromabove.  Must visit the library.


Grow it and eat it

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 15:45

Golf king, you had me giggling!  I did thin"he lines ofthe Hairy Bikers who combie food and geography, but thought gardening and history with a hint of geography would be better combination,. when I saw the recent one-off on Dorothy Hartley and her book on the ""Food of England."

Talkback: Winkworth Arboretum

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 14:48
So with you there, Pippa, as long as it is not too cold. Stretching my legs at the Brisol Bot. Garden on Thursday in between cleaning seed sessions my lungs actually hurt with the intensity of the cold as it was below freezing. But it looks like milder weather till Xmas now so brisk walks are the answer for restless limbs. Yes, even at 84 I need the fresh air and exercise apart from the stimulation nature always provides.

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.

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