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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

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

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.

Leave me a comment, send me an email or join our Facebook page. You can get real time updates from the AKG on Twitter. You can also download the script for this episode as a PDF file.


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

Tag: books

AKG133 - John Innes

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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.

Leave me a comment, send me an email or join our Facebook page. You can get real time updates from the AKG on Twitter. You can also download the script for this episode as a PDF file.


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 6, 2013 ·

Tag: compost

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Capricorn Best Bleats Awards

Gosh, it has been nearly a year since I recorded an episode of the Alternative Kitchen Garden Show. I have been studying for a Masters degree in ethnobotany – I’m currently involved in doing the research for my dissertation, which has to be finished by September!

Once I’m done with my studies then I hope to return to recording the podcast, but in the meantime if you’d like me to break into my hectic schedule and record a new episode, you may be interested to know that I have promised to do so if I win the Capricorn Best Bleats Awards this month.

So if you’d like to hear my dulcet tones again before September – get voting! There may be some cheese in it for you, too, as everyone who votes is entered in a free prize draw.

Toodle pip
Emma


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Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Jun 25, 2013 ·

Last modified on Jun 25, 2013

Tag: competitions

AKG132 - Project: Nosh

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Good King Henry flowers

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.

This show’s shout outs go to Lynne Robinson, Hedvig Murray and James Howard, who all said hello on Twitter :)

Leave me a comment, send me an email or join our Facebook page. You can get real time updates from the AKG on Twitter. If you’re interested in becoming an Alternative Kitchen Garden Correspondent then read the FAQ. You can also download the script for this episode as a PDF file.


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Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Jul 17, 2012 ·

Tag: food

AKG131 - Chocolate

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Cocoa (Theobroma cacao)

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.

For chocolate flavour there’s chocolate peppermint and the chocolate-peppermint scented-leaf pelargonium, with usage tips from Sally Nex (@SallyNex, who wrote about using scented-leaved pelargoniums as herbs for the BBC Gardening blog last year).

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.

This show’s shout outs go to Lynne Robinson, Ric Whitbrooke and Keith Walker, who all said hello on Twitter :)

Leave me a comment, send me an email or join our Facebook page. You can get real time updates from the AKG on Twitter. If you’re interested in becoming an Alternative Kitchen Garden Correspondent then read the FAQ. You can also download the script for this episode as a PDF file.


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Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Apr 1, 2012 ·

Tag: unusual

AKG130 - Coffee

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Coffee berries

Although it’s Lent and some of you may have given up coffee until Easter, we’re talking about growing your own coffee plants in this show, and the various harvests you could get from them. There’s also plenty about how coffee (Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora ‘robusta’) is grown in its native habitat, and ideas of what to do with your used coffee grounds once you’ve drunk your brew. (My coffee plants came from the Eden Project shop on a recent trip to Cornwall. The Eden Project was the topic for episode 76 of the show.)

If you’re itching to get seed sowing, then take a look at The Peat-Free Diet, which contains a lot of useful information about raising plants without peat.

During the show I mention Stephen Barstow and his concept of ‘edimentals’ (ornamental edible plants); Stephen is one of the ‘plant hunters’ featured in my forthcoming book Jade Pearls & Alien Eyeballs.

And this show’s shout outs go to James, S Kramer, Johnny Carpenter and Stephen Sheppard, who all said hello on Twitter.

Leave me a comment, send me an email or join our Facebook page. You can get real time updates from the AKG on Twitter. If you’re interested in becoming an Alternative Kitchen Garden Correspondent then read the FAQ. You can also download the script for this episode as a PDF file.


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Posted in Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast on Feb 23, 2012 ·

Last modified on Aug 7, 2012

Tag: unusual

AKG Index

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Contrast

AKG001: Jerusalem Artichokes
AKG002: Garlic
AKG003: Compost
AKG004: Indoor Salads
AKG005: Sowing Seeds
AKG006: Chard and Leaf Beet
AKG007: Comfrey
AKG008: Parsley
AKG009: Raised Beds
AKG10: Nasturtiums
AKG011: Seedlings
AKG012: French Beans
AKG013: The RISC Roof Garden
AKG014: Water-Wise Gardening
AKG015: Courgettes
AKG016: Window boxes
AKG017: June
AKG018: Oriental Vegetables
AKG019: Sunflowers
AKG020: Welsh Onions
AKG021: Peas and peashoots
AKG022: Lemon Balm
AKG023: Seeds for Late Sowing
AKG024: Ryton Organic Gardens
AKG025: Armchair Gardening
AKG026: Worm Composting
AKG027: Green Manures for Fall
AKG028: Seed Saving
AKG029: Pee
AKG030: Overwintering Onions
AKG031: Sweetcorn
AKG032: Leaf Mould
AKG033: Slugs
AKG034: A Review of the Season
AKG035: Broad (fava) beans
AKG036: Apple Day
AKG037: 20 Garden Uses for a Plastic Bottle
AKG038: Pumpkins
AKG039: Mushrooms
AKG040: Cats in the Garden
AKG041: Planting Pips
AKG042: Chickpeas/ Garbanzo beans
AKG043: Tiger Nuts (Chufa)
AKG044: Soil Composition
AKG045: Herbs for Tea
AKG046: 2007 Quiz
AKG047: A Look Back at 2007
AKG048: Onions and Shallots
AKG049: Grow Dome Tour
AKG050: Seed Swaps
AKG051: Cress
AKG052: Buying Plants
AKG053: Garden Planning
AKG054: Tomatoes
AKG055: Peppers
AKG056: Aubergines (Eggplants)
AKG057: Sprouting Broccoli
AKG058: Cold Frames
AKG059: Weeds
AKG060: CAT Cold Composting
AKG061: Potatoes
AKG062: Chickens
AKG063: Achocha
AKG064: Blueberries
AKG065: Grow Your Own Fresh Air
AKG066: Pest Repellent Plants
AKG067: Master Composters
AKG068: Bokashi
AKG069: June catch up
AKG070: Winter Crops
AKG071: Ladybirds
AKG072: September
AKG073: Out & About
AKG074: Permaculture Basics
AKG075: Composting in Winter
AKG076: The Eden Project
AKG077: Gifts for Gardeners
AKG078: New for 2009
AKG079: Oca
AKG080: Christmas for the Birds
Christmas Even in the Garden
AKG081: Winter Experiments
AKG082: Days Out
AKG083: Life Under Glass
AKG084: On Guerrilla Gardening
AKG085: Square Foot Gardening
AKG086: Greenhouses and Seed Sowing
AKG087: Holidays (Vacations)
AKG088: Organic Fertilizers
AKG089: Garden Birds
AKG090: Aloe Vera
AKG091: October
AKG092: Prickly Nut Woods
AKG093: Chicken Forage
AKG094: Tea
AKG095: Garden Organization
AKG096: Holiday Plants
AKG097: Winter Sowing
AKG098: Bees
AKG099: Sweet Violets
AKG100: 2010 Garden Plan
AKG101: Shamrocks and Clover
AKG102: My Birthday Plants
AKG103: Chicken Introductions
AKG104: Running a Seed Swap
AKG105: Wisewoman’s Cookery
AKG106: Biodynamics 101
AKG107: Choosing a Composting System
AKG108: Strawberries
AKG109: July 2010
AKG110: Plant Names
AKG111: Plant Nutrition
AKG112: Photosynthesis
AKG113: Biofuels
AKG114: Invasive Plants
AKG115: Gardening Trends for 2011
AKG116: Peat
AKG117: Poles and Canes
AKG118: Hedgehogs
AKG119: Perennial Alliums
AKG120: New website
AKG121: Saffron
AKG122: Easy, Unusual Crops for Allotments
AKG123: The Future of England’s Forests
AKG124: Edible Insects
AKG125: Unsown Treasures 1
AKG126: Dave Hamilton
AKG127: Unsown Treasures 2
AKG128: Frost
AKG129: Unsown Treasures 3
AKG130: Coffee
AKG131: Chocolate


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 22, 2012 ·

Last modified on Apr 2, 2012

Tag: general

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.

Leave me a comment, send me an email or join our Facebook group. You can get real time updates from the AKG on Twitter. If you’re interested in becoming an Alternative Kitchen Garden Correspondent then read the FAQ. You can also download the script for this episode as a PDF file.


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.

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