Gardens and food
with Victoria Wade
The bees are making a meal of the flowers in our gardens. It seems only fair that we get in on the act too – it’s wonderful to have a beautiful garden to look at, but one we can also eat? That has to be worth working for.
Some years ago Nigel Slater dug up the garden of his London townhouse and made a kitchen garden there, and his two volume collection Tender talks about the joy that having this closer connection with the food he cooks has brought into his life. There’s a micro review of the first volume, A cook and his vegetable patch, with a reading from the introduction from blogger and keen grow your own enthusiast Richard Chivers, who then joins me for a discussion (really, a minor meeting of the Nigel Slater Appreciation Society) of Nigel Slater’s writing and how it has influenced the way we garden, cook and eat.
And garden designer Victoria Wade talks to me about her relationship with food (and fire!) in the garden, and how she literally builds this into everything she creates for her clients.
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Gardens, weeds and words podcast, S01E11 show notes
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Bees on the fishbone cotoneaster
Gardens and food
Micro book review
Tender, Vol 1 by Nigel Slater, published by Fourth Estate 2009
Extract read by Richard Chivers
In discussion with Richard about Nigel Slater’s books, and why you should bother growing your own food.
Interview with Victoria Wade 14:10
14:40 The importance of food in Vic and Joe’s garden designs
15:12 Cooking over fire
16:33 Design making outdoor cooking easy
17:56 Primal nature of fire, role of fire in the home
18:49 Relax and soften
19:10 Incorporating edibles into planting designs
20:59 Planting style
23:33 Underlying structure and stone
25:12 Foraging – bringing outdoor eating and gardening in the landscape together.
A huge thank you to Vic for joining me on this episode. You can find her here:
Thank you to Richard Chivers, both for the reading and for chatting to me about his Nigel Slater habit, and the effect vegetables are having on his marriage. You can find Richard’s blog here http://sharpenyourspades.co.uk/, or seek him out on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sharpenyourspades/ or Twitter https://twitter.com/spadesharp.
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