Greenhouse and squash
Rampant squash in the Harland’s permaculture garden

If you missed the first episode of Alys Fowler’s new series The Edible Garden then I suggest you camp out on the iPlayer and watch it as soon as you can.

There were lots of lovely moments – from Aly’s casual introduction of her friend Sally (who is Garden Organic’s Sally Smith) to Alys little dog Isabel peeing where she shouldn’t and shaking a chicken feather to death when Aly’s new feathered friends arrived.

Of course, the real stars of the show were the Harland family, founders of Permaculture Magazine and their permaculture garden, which is as lovely in real life as it looks on tv (as are the Harland family!). You can watch their segment on YouTube:

If you want to read more about their transformation of a bare section of field into a forest garden, permaculture vegetable plot and wildlife haven then there’s a lovely article in PM issue 63 with lots of photos.

And, of course, there were lots of peas and beans. Including a pea cocktail (the ‘peatini’) and pea shoots growing from dried peas. I predict a dried pea shortage this summer, so pick up a packet on your next trip to the supermarket :)