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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.

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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