'The Edible Garden' starts at 8pm on BBC 2 on April the 7th

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Re: 'The Edible Garden' starts at 8pm on BBC 2 on April the 7th

Post: #194062 grahamhobbs
Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:43 am

Jim, would love to hear more about the land squatters, we need such a movement today. The Norman's established (by conquest/theft) the land tenure that exists to this day, with, what is it, 6% owning 90% of the land and strict planning laws to keep us, ordinary folk, out of these green and pleasant lands.

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Post: #194106 yvette
Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:21 pm

Yes, there are quite a few books about various plotland movements, think I have read the Colin Ward one - what I like so much about plotlands and allotments is the transformation of often quite unpromising spaces into something very valuable to their occupants - and also how they can operate almost as 'alternative' societies which feel different from mainstream societies. Was it Colin Ward who wrote a book about garden sheds as utopian spaces in everyday life?

Ok, who's going to put this programme proposal forward to the BBC? We clearly have a genius idea here....!!

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Post: #194199 jim
Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:59 am

Dear Graham and Yvette,

The Plotlands really took off in the 20s and 30s when the "Homes fit for Heroes" failed to materialize and people took the matter of housing into their own hands. There was a lot happening in Scotland where it was known as "land raids" but I've found plotland housing in Selsey and East Wittering in Sussex, Brownwich in Hampshire and Gurnard on the Isle of Wight. All these are seaside locations but there were many in countryside settings. East Wittering has some charming homes built from old railway carriages (with enormous price tags, ironic don't you think?).

The idea of people squatting land, housing and feeding themselves and becoming independent in a way that has been impossible since the free commons of England were enclosed didn't meet with Government approval. I have heard that General Montgomery hated the "bungalows", and, under war regulations, sequestered the land and used it for tank practice! Imagine the wreckage.

I've tried googling "Plotlands" but there doesn't seem to be a lot of material about it, just another piece of unofficial history ...... The only way to find out would be to go and do it yourself. Those people I've spoken to are proud of their homes and only too pleased to tell you about their history. And I do agree, a telly series would be fascinating. Come on BBC!

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Post: #194200 Green Aura
Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:04 am

Well, I have to eat humble pie. This programme must have something going for it.

My daughter, scared of every creepy crawly known to humankind, said that after watching The Edible Garden for a couple of weeks she fancies having a go at growing some veg. AND is willing to try to brave the creepy crawlies (all except spiders! :lol: ) :shock: :lol:
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Post: #194202 jim
Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:29 am

I knew I'd seen Alys in a previous incarnation!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0eZjJZzNB4

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Post: #194270 mrsflibble
Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:12 pm

here's some info about my local plotlands...

http://www.roselake.co.uk/
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Post: #194413 jim
Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:17 pm

Dear Mrs F

Ta for the link, I find the whole subject fascinating!

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Post: #194829 Kitty Ballistic
Sat May 01, 2010 9:57 am

I managed to find this programme online as I missed the first couple, and I was reminded of this place after Alys' mention of self-sufficient...ish. :iconbiggrin:

I have enjoyed the programmes so far, but I agree with the previous comments re: small gardens (my entire garden is probably about the size of Alys' patio :iconbiggrin: ), the Jamie 'vibe' of the programme (not always a bad thing) and the comments about GW not really being aimed at those wanting to start gardening on a small budget. I think Alys' programme is more lifestyle than gardening, but it's enjoyable to watch nevertheless.

And Yvette, I also didn't know that peashoots were edible. So that's two of us in the whole wide world. :mrgreen:

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Post: #194843 southeast-isher
Sat May 01, 2010 12:36 pm

For anyone lucky enough to have the space and interested in going much deeper it looks like Martin Crawford has a new book out (and there is also his DVD available already). You can read about it in The Ecologist.

http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/gardening/473096/creating_a_forest_garden_working_with_nature_to_grow_edible_crops.html

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Post: #195045 Millymollymandy
Mon May 03, 2010 1:05 pm

Odsox wrote:
yvette wrote:was I the only one who didn't realise that you could eat pea shoots as a salad vegetable? Major embarrassment if I was :oops:

Yep .... just you in the whole wide world. :lol:

You may like to know you can eat broad bean shoots as well.
If you pinch the tops out when bean pods start forming, not only does it deter blackfly it also provides a free meal. :cheers:

I didn't know either but I've never grown peas before. It would be a bit expensive though to buy pea seeds just to eat the shoots.
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Post: #195054 Jandra
Mon May 03, 2010 1:36 pm

It would be a bit expensive though to buy pea seeds just to eat the shoots.


Ah, but I tried the trick Alys showed: buy ordinary whole peas from the supermarket for a few p and sow them. It works like a charm - all germinated - and I ate my first shoots in a salad yesterday. Tastes good too!

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Post: #195056 Millymollymandy
Mon May 03, 2010 1:45 pm

I don't think they have such a thing here Jandra, I'd never heard of dried peas before.
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Post: #195058 Jandra
Mon May 03, 2010 1:58 pm

That would be a pity. Are you sure, MMM? Something like pois sec or pois sechés? I see plenty of pea soup recipes (potage pois, soupe au pois) and some of them ask for these, though many only mention pois cassés, which wouldn't germinate, obviously.
I used the German variety of dried peas for pea soup. They were on the same shelf as the split peas and the pre-soaked soup peas. I thought it'd never work, for sure, but was pleasantly surprised at the germination rate. I figured if the few test peas didn't germinate, I could always use the rest in a soup!

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Post: #195064 theabsinthefairy
Mon May 03, 2010 3:58 pm

Hi MMM - we have dried peas in our bio shop and also in the larger Cora in the city.


Made me smile seeing the dried apple rings on the show last week.

Everyone takes the mickey out of me when they see me drying them over the Rayburn like mad all autumn, the French are particularly confused. I use them, not just on cereals for us, but as horsey and bunny rabbit treats during the winter.

I have also left them for too long and they dry out rock hard, and then you can paint them and make Christmas decorations out of them too. :oops:
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Post: #195074 Millymollymandy
Mon May 03, 2010 5:36 pm

Oh I'll have a look then in the supermarkets, thanks guys! :thumbright: They do have quite a selection of dried stuff but I'm usually looking for red split lentils which they rarely have. :roll: Then I can just grow some in a tub like Alys did, I just hope I like the taste as I'm not a pea person (probably why I've never heard of dried peas!).
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