The Edible Garden  

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Emma
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In 2010, Alys Fowler did 6 episodes of a wonderful GYO show called The Edible Garden. The BBC sometimes repeat it, and then the episodes are made available on iPlayer for a short while. (You can buy your own digital copy from the BBC Shop, but it's never been available on DVD). 

Alys Fowler attempts to avoid shop-bought fruit and vegetables and live off her own home-grown produce. It's no easy task because Alys doesn't want to turn her garden into an allotment, so she's growing her fruit and vegetables among her flowers.

Alys will focus on different foods and show how anyone can grow, cook and eat from their own garden - even if they live in a city.

At the time of writing, two episodes are available on iPlayer:

Peas and beans: "Peas and beans are prolific vegetables but they also look beautiful in the borders. Alys makes delicious broad bean falafels and pea shoot cocktails, and forages for willow to make plant supports. And she has two new additions to the family - her chickens!"

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Salads: "Alys weaves salad crops through the flower borders of her small urban back garden. Salad crops are some of the easiest things to grow and the tastiest to eat. Lettuces, tomatoes and cucumbers can go from garden to plate in minutes. But while her garden takes root, she needs to fill the hungry gap by foraging in 'the wild larder', to make lime-leaf salad, dandelion fritters and 'home brewed' nettle beer."

Alys also wrote a book to go with the series, but it's not quite the same as watching her in person.

Feel free to add to this thread as and when you see more episodes are being broadcast!

 

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Posted : 3rd March 2019 8:10 am
Emma
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Aha! Turns out you can watch the whole series (and download if you want) via archive.org:  https://archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22Alys+Fowler%22  

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Posted : 4th March 2019 4:45 pm
Emma
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And if you have seen the Peas & Beans episodes, you might want Alys' broad bean falafel recipe, which didn't get included in the book that accompanies the series. 

(Don't let that put you off buying the book, it's packed with useful stuff, including plenty of recipes!)

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Posted : 4th March 2019 5:03 pm
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