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AKG135 - Tomtatoes/ pomatoes

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Sárpo Mira potatoes

You say tomtato, I say pomato – either way, it’s a plant that grows both tomatoes and potatoes. Find out how you get your hands on one (or make your own, and why you might want to invest in some blight-resistant potatoes this year.

[Victoriana Nursery Gardens’ Tomtatoes; Thompson & Morgan’s Tom Tato.]

Catch up with the Plant Nutter’s Book Club, and find out what else has been happening on the blog. Find our about Krasnodar tea and my forthcoming book – Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs.

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Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Feb 22, 2014 ·

Last modified on Mar 22, 2014

Tag: veg

AKG129 - Unsown Treasures 3

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Chrysanthemum greens

For the first Alternative Kitchen Garden Show episode for 2012 I am once again opening my seed box to examine some of the forgotten treasures that lie within. And to mark the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, I have chosen plants with an oriental theme.

Find out about soy(a) beans, podding radishes, kintsai (Chinese celery), Stem lettuce, Chop suey greens, two distinctive aubergines and kiwis.

And as part of the 52 Week Salad Challenge I offer up some of Joy Larkcom’s tips for creating your own ‘saladini’ seed mixes and some ideas from Carl Legge on what to do when your brassicas bolt.

There’s also news about my Jade Pearls & Alien Eyeballs book and The Peat-Free Diet ebook.

If, after listening to the show, you’re wondering about the recipe I mention then it’s Stem Lettuce Caesar from Ideas In Food. And I talked about chrysanthemum tea on the blog back in 2010.

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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 28, 2012 ·

Last modified on Aug 7, 2012

Tags: seeds & veg.

AKG093 - Chicken Forage

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Hen Solo
Hen Solo choosing weeds to eat

What plants can you grow that chickens like to eat? My hens (Princess Layer and Hen Solo) like tucking into leafy greens of all descriptions, as well as some weeds. There’s also an update on the AKG Seed Appeal to raise money to help Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank save wild plant species. Click through to find out more, or donate directly via JustGiving. Thank you!

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Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Oct 29, 2009 ·

Last modified on Sep 16, 2011

Tags: chickens & veg.

AKG 20090731 - Cleaning the garlic harvest

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Garlic harvest
My garlic harvest

The Big Green Gathering was cancelled, and instead I have been sowing salad seeds and trying to get things under control in the Grow Dome. My book – ‘The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A To Z’ – is printed and has an official UK publication date of 17th August 2009. You can pre-order a copy from Amazon, but if you can’t wait then order it direct from the publisher via the Green Shopping Catalogue.

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The Alternative Kitchen Garden is a free and ad-free podcast, but if you’d like to support the show and save money then check out the great deals available on my offers and coupons blog.


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 31, 2009 ·

Last modified on Apr 27, 2014

Tag: veg

AKG 20090713 - Balcony Crops

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Balcony garden
A balcony garden in need of some crops

In this episode, Isabel from Fennel and Fern tells you everything you need to know about growing food on balconies, and you can download her list of suggested balcony crops. Visit her blog to check out her instructions on making pots out of newspaper and also decorating pots with newspaper.

There’s also exciting news about my book – ‘The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A To Z’ is at the printers and has a UK official publication date of 17th August 2009. You can even <pre-order a copy from Amazon if you can’t wait.

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Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Jul 13, 2009 ·

Last modified on Apr 27, 2014

Tag: veg

AKG 20090702 - Rusty Garlic

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Rusty Porcelain garlic
Sad, rusty garlic

It’s hot here in the UK this week, and I’m gardening in the early hours so I don’t overheat. This morning I was digging up the garlic that is suffering from leek rust, replanting the beds with wonderberries and a cassabanana, and giving everything a good water.

* I’ve got my garlic varieties mixed up in this episode. Thermidrome is a hard-necked variety which stores well, and Porcelain is a soft-necked variety that will grow scapes.*

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Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Jul 2, 2009 ·

Last modified on Jun 16, 2011

Tags: veg & fruit.

AKG 20090530 - Spider mites & alliums

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Leeks and not leeks
Alliums

There are spider mites in the Grow Dome, and not everything in the leek bed is a leek.

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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 30, 2009 ·

Last modified on Nov 27, 2012

Tags: pests & veg.

AKG 20090517 - Earthing Up

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Potato barrels
Potato barrels

I’m trying out a new way of earthing up the potatoes in my potato barrels.

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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 17, 2009 ·

Last modified on Nov 27, 2012

Tag: veg

AKG 20090514 - Beans, peppers and awards

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Pepper seedlings
An army of pepper seedlings

Out in the Grow Dome I’ve been supporting French beans and potting up pepper seedlings. And I’ve been shortlisted for an Observer Ethical Award and had an article about the garden published in Home Farmer magazine.

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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 14, 2009 ·

Last modified on Nov 27, 2012

Tag: veg

AKG 20090505 - Replanting the onion bed

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Oca bed
Oca seedlings

I’m replanting one of the beds of overwintering onions with oca.

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The Alternative Kitchen Garden is a free and ad-free podcast, but if you’d like to support the show and save money then check out the great deals available on my offers and coupons blog.


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 5, 2009 ·

Last modified on Nov 27, 2012

Tag: veg

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