Edible garden series to start broadcasting in March

Gardeners' World presenter Alys Fowler has said she hopes her new BBC series The Edible Garden, due to run in March, will enthuse gardeners to grow their own in among their flowers.

Subtitled "how to have your garden and eat it", the six 30-minute BBC2 prime-time programmes shows how to make a meal a day using only home-grown produce from a suburban back garden.

The accompanying book, also called The Edible Garden, is split into three parts — "Things to know", "Things to grow" and "Reaping your harvest" — and includes chapters on vegetables, fruit, flowers, harvesting, cooking and brewing. The book also features linocuts by Fowler's husband Robert Norman.

Fowler told HW: "Last summer, despite the rain, was a ball. I have never enjoyed growing vegetables more. So it was a great privilege to have it captured on film. I do hope in some small way it might help to get others growing — to have go."

Fowler said trends for 2010 include forest gardening and making granola, yoghurt and labneh, as well as keeping chickens.

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