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To celebrate the launch of my new ebook, Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs, in this episode I’m talking about plants that have been launched into space, and some of the research that is being done to make a manned mission to Mars possible. There’s even a mention of a garden on the moon, and a reading from a futuristic section of the book (which is about unusual edible plants and the people who grow them). We have taken plants to every continent on Earth, and now into space – or have they simply used us to expand their reach?
I’ll be back with a fresh episode of The Alternative Kitchen Garden Show soon. In the meantime, I am sharing with you the audio stops on my virtual book tour for Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs.
This final stop is an interview with me recorded by Carl Legge, a fun chat about cooking some of the plants mentioned in the book, which plant I’d choose to take to a deserted island, and which plant hunters I’d invite round for dinner.
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.
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.
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.
After a long absence, the Alternative Kitchen Garden is back, with an explanation of why John Innes is all over your bags of compost, and why it’s been so long since the last show. There’s also a new segment – join me for some plant geekery in the Herbarium, where I discuss some of the horticultural and botanical news, what I’ve been reading and what I’ve been blogging about.
When you’ve listened to the show you might want to check out The Peat-Free Diet, or the musical genius of Can You Dig It?. If you’re looking for the blog posts I mentioned, the best place to start is the homepage, which has a list of the most recent posts.
This episode is all about eating the plants that I’ve been growing in the garden. Check out the Project:Nosh homepage on the blog for links to the individual blog entries and recipes, and while you’re there look out for Alison Tindale’s guest post on Good King Henry.
In the run up to Easter, this show is all about chocolate, which comes from the cocoa plant Theobroma cacao. I talk about its past, present and possible future. And then I take a look at some of the possible chocolate substitutes you could grow in your garden.
For scent there are chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguinea) and the chocolate-scented daisy (Berlandiera lyrata), both of which will attract beneficial insects into the garden along with the local chocaholics.
Or you could try Wood Avens (Geum rivale), White Avens (Geum canadense), Carob (Ceratonia siliqua), American sweet chesnut (Castanea dentata) or lime (Tilia spp.) if you have the right climate. And be on the look out for a new chocolate-flavoured treat from Down Under.