The Edible Garden – BBC TV Series (2010)
Gardener, presenter and writer Alys Fowler attempts to avoid shop bought fruit/vegetables and live off her own home grown produce. Alys focus on different foods and show how anyone can grow, cook and eat from their own garden even if they live in a urban environment. It’s no easy task for her because she doesn’t want to turn her garden into an allotment so she’s growing her fruit and veg among flowers. Peas and beans are prolific vegetables but they also look beautiful in the borders too. Alys also goes and makes delicious broad bean falafels and pea shoot cocktails and forages for willow to make plant supports. She has two new additions to the family, her chickens!
As with all of these types of programs their is an element of it being unrealistic and just for TV but it’s still worth watching for those that enjoy this type of thing. I’m sure as with everything you’ll learn a thing or two along the way.
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This is a short clip of Geoff Lawton in Australia walking you through his land briefly showing you the formation of a food forest, he steps through time showing several stages starting from chickens on grass land to ten years down the line into a forest.
I guess the idea of this is to show low tech solutions that can be used to create an abundance of food around your property. It’s a simple system really that works with animals and nature to ease the work load when preparing the ground while getting chicken eggs and meat. It’s designed around the way a natural forest system works but utilises the different layers more fully by incorporating a perennials system of fruits and nuts. Accompanying the edibles are things like nitrogen fixing (legumes) plants, trees and fungi that work in a symbiotic relationship with one another as well as nutrient mining plants like say comfrey. Overtime a period of time and with little human intervention the forest develops with relative harmony and this type of food farming can really help provide you with something to forage from all year round no mater how much time you spend in it.
Having the money to buy fruit trees and things can be expensive but if you can’t afford it you can always say buy or borrow from a friends Apple tree while buying some root stock for not much money and grafting loads of your own Apple trees, in time you’ll have enough to plant a small forest. You might pick cheap bare rooted fruit tree’s in discount stores that you can rescue, worth a punt if your low on cash I say. To save a bit more money see what you can start from seed and also save (harvest) seed when ever possible along the way.
Want to know more, watch the 30 minute video he’s calling “How to Survive the Coming Crises” at: http://www.geofflawton.com/fe/32461-surviving-the-coming-crises