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AKG136 - Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs

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The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast, produced and presented by Emma Cooper, is all about growing edible and useful plants in an environmentally-friendly way. It is completely free to download and listen to.

Today’s show kicks off my month-long, virtual book launch to promote my latest effort – Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs. It tells the story of unusual edible plants, and the people who choose to grow them, and is being published as an ebook on 1st May 2014. You can read a preview of the book at Smashwords, but in today’s show you can hear me read a section from the book and talk about potatoes. I also catch up on all the news from the blog.

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Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Apr 1, 2014 ·

Last modified on Mar 31, 2014

Tag: books

AKG134 - Books, insects and booze

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In the show today there’s an update on what (little) I’ve done on the allotment and good news about my graduation. If you’d like to read my dissertation, you can start here, and choose either the fully-fledged academic PDF download, or the more readable blogged highlights. You can also check out my research quests.

If you’d like to join in with the Plant Nutters (Virtual) Book Club there’s still time to find yourself a copy of Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden and settle down for a good read.

I review The Insect Cookbook and Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist, and give you a heads up about some of the interesting books that are on the horizon.

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The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast is released in good faith with Creative Commons BY-NC-ND terms. You are free (and encouraged) to share, copy, distribute and transmit the podcast episodes providing you attribute them to Emma Cooper, don't use the episodes for commercial purposes and don't modify the episodes.For a full explanation of the licence, please see the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence details.

Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Jan 4, 2014 ·

Tag: books

AKG126 - Dave Hamilton

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The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast, produced and presented by Emma Cooper, is all about growing edible and useful plants in an environmentally-friendly way. It is completely free to download and listen to.

Dave Hamilton has stopped by to talk about his new book, Grow Your Food For Free (well, almost), and his autumn foraging walks, as well as to answer some questions posed to him by Zeb Bakes, Bugs and Hadenmaiden via Twitter.

If you’d like more details about the book then I reviewed it in back in May on the blog, and Dave’s website is Selfsufficientish.com, and you can find out more about his wild food walks and other events there.

During the show Dave also gives us his top tips for peat-free gardening, and if you want to know more about making your own leaf mould (or leaf mould in the US :) then listen to episode 32 of the show or check out my latest post on the BBC Gardening blog.

If you have a few spare pennies or cents then you can help support Kew’s work at the Millennium Seed Bank – The Alternative Kitchen Garden Seed Appeal is raising enough money to save an entire wild (edible!) plant species.

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The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast is released in good faith with Creative Commons BY-NC-ND terms. You are free (and encouraged) to share, copy, distribute and transmit the podcast episodes providing you attribute them to Emma Cooper, don't use the episodes for commercial purposes and don't modify the episodes.For a full explanation of the licence, please see the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence details.

Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Oct 10, 2011 ·

Last modified on Nov 27, 2012

Tags: books & thrifty.

AKG084: On Guerrilla Gardening

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Island 003
The traffic island my parents guerrilla garden

There’s more armchair gardening going on this week, with a look at On Guerrilla Gardening by Richard Reynolds. We find out what is (and what isn’t!) guerrilla gardening, why guerrilla gardeners exist and what they do. For more information, have a look at the online bibliography or the guerrilla gardening website.

Sow Dome Lid

The AKG Sprouts are sprouting some more seeds this week – cress, or other members of the cabbage family. This time all you really need is a tray or saucer, some tissue paper and some seeds! For more information on sprouting seeds, go back and listen to one of the really early episodes – episode 4 was about growing indoor salads.

AKG listeners this week have been talking about the Gardening Conversations podcast from North County Public Radio, which is available via iTunes (or if you follow the link you can get the feed address). And about making solar food dryers. And Mark is going to be making an appearance on Channel 4’s Come Dine with Me on Sunday 1st March.

And there are two gardening programmes to watch out for here in the UK. Grow Your Own Drugs starts on March 2nd (it’s a 6-part series) and Sissinghurst has already started.

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The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast is released in good faith with Creative Commons BY-NC-ND terms. You are free (and encouraged) to share, copy, distribute and transmit the podcast episodes providing you attribute them to Emma Cooper, don't use the episodes for commercial purposes and don't modify the episodes.For a full explanation of the licence, please see the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence details.

Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Feb 27, 2009 ·

Last modified on Mar 10, 2013

Tag: books

AKG083: Life Under Glass

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Grow Dome
My Grow Dome isn’t quite in the same league as Biosphere 2!

This week I’m doing a bit of armchair gardening, reading through Life Under Glass: The Inside Story of Biosphere 2, the story of the first Biosphere 2 mission in Arizona in the 1990s.

If you find the Biosphere 2 story interesting, there are two more books available on the subject. The Human Experiment tells you more about the day-to-day lives of the 8 people locked up together for two years; Eating in: From the Field to the Kitchen in Biosphere 2 is the cookbook written by the team captain.

DIY sprouting jar

There’s the first episode of a new feature – AKG Sprouts – for younger gardeners, all about making your own sprouting jar so you can grow your own beansprouts indoors while the weather is still cold outside. For more information on sprouting seeds, go back and listen to one of the really early episodes – episode 4 was about growing indoor salads.

And there’s the usual run down of what I’ve been doing in my garden, the emails you’ve sent in and what’s been going on in the gardening world. You can read my piece on the problems of chitting potatoes on the Guardian Gardening blog.

There’s a programme on permaculture on BBC 2 this Friday – A Farm For The Future – and you should be able to watch that on the iPlayer later if you miss it.

And keep your eyes open for a new series coming to BBC 2 soon, called Grow Your Own Drugs. Air dates are still to be confirmed.

AKG listener Peter has been making his own grow lights, using an online calculator to work out how many LEDs he needs; he’s also made a rocket stove to use on his allotment. And Lisa has been contemplating making her own solar heater.

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The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast is released in good faith with Creative Commons BY-NC-ND terms. You are free (and encouraged) to share, copy, distribute and transmit the podcast episodes providing you attribute them to Emma Cooper, don't use the episodes for commercial purposes and don't modify the episodes.For a full explanation of the licence, please see the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence details.

Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Feb 18, 2009 ·

Last modified on Mar 10, 2013

Tags: books & veg.

AKG065 - Grow Your Own Fresh Air

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Dragon tree

We’re indoors today, talking about indoor air quality and sick building syndrome – and the part that houseplants can play in helping to keep us all healthy. I thoroughly recommend buying Dr B C Wolverton’s book, ‘How to Grow Fresh Air’ if you’re interested in this subject – it contains information about how plants clean our air, how to successfully care for houseplants and the top 50 plants for improving air quality, rated scientifically. (Buy from Amazon UK or US)

For reference, the plants mentioned in the show are: The Areca palm (AKA the yellow or butterfly palm), the Lady palm, the Bamboo palm, Rubber plants, Dracaena “Janet Craig”, English Ivy, the dwarf Date palm, Ficus alii, the Boston fern and the Peac lily.

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The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast is released in good faith with Creative Commons BY-NC-ND terms. You are free (and encouraged) to share, copy, distribute and transmit the podcast episodes providing you attribute them to Emma Cooper, don't use the episodes for commercial purposes and don't modify the episodes.For a full explanation of the licence, please see the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence details.

Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on May 12, 2008 ·

Last modified on Feb 18, 2012

Tag: books

AKG044 - Soil composition

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Allotment compost bin

This episode of the Alternative Kitchen Garden is on the basics of soil science. Learn about ‘sandy’, ‘silty’ and ‘heavy’ soils and how to find out what your soil is. (Check out the graph of soil texture mentioned in the show.)

Further reading:

How Does Your Garden Grow, by Chris Beardshaw. A gentle introduction to garden science.

Principles of Horticulture, a hard-core science book aimed at horticulture students.

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Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Dec 9, 2007 ·

Last modified on Oct 3, 2011

Tags: books & science.

AKG040 - Cats in the garden

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Scaredy Cat Plants
Scardy Cat plants have a strong smell that is supposed to deter cats

We have even more garden uses for plastic bottles this week, including one involving liquid gold.

But mainly we’re talking about cats – the problems they cause in the garden and how you can try to deter them from causing problems. Greenprints magazine tell us a story that might make us rethink our position on garden cats, and we learn how to make a special cat garden.

Whether you’re trying to keep cats out of your garden, or make them feel at home, take a look at my ebook – My Garden is Not a Cat Toilet: 101 ways to stop cats wrecking your garden for more ideas.

And if you’re on Facebook then you can come and join the new AKG Facebook group and say hello there.

On Friday 16th November I will be releasing a special edition of the AKG to support the BBC Children in Need appeal. In the run up to the show I will also be writing articles and blog posts on the same subject. If you have any stories, or hints and tips, about growing edible plants from pips and stones, then send me an email and I will include them in the show.


The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast is released in good faith with Creative Commons BY-NC-ND terms. You are free (and encouraged) to share, copy, distribute and transmit the podcast episodes providing you attribute them to Emma Cooper, don't use the episodes for commercial purposes and don't modify the episodes.For a full explanation of the licence, please see the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence details.

Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Nov 11, 2007 ·

Last modified on Aug 20, 2012

Tags: pests & books.

AKG025 - Armchair gardening

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Monkey reading

The weather has been particularly unsuitable for gardening this week, so I have been doing lots of armchair gardening. In this show I review three of the books which inspired me when I started gardening – Urban Eden, The Edible Container Garden and Square Foot Gardening.

The people at Greenprints magazine read us an extract from one of their favourite gardening books, which is now on my wish list.

I’ve got some wildflower seeds to giveaway – a ‘sunshine in a bag’ mix from tree2mydoor. Details of how to enter are given in the show.

Next week’s episode will be on worm composting, so drop me an email if you have any stories or hints and tips to share.


The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast is released in good faith with Creative Commons BY-NC-ND terms. You are free (and encouraged) to share, copy, distribute and transmit the podcast episodes providing you attribute them to Emma Cooper, don't use the episodes for commercial purposes and don't modify the episodes.For a full explanation of the licence, please see the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence details.

Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Jul 29, 2007 ·

Last modified on Feb 6, 2013

Tag: books

     

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