Monday, 23 March 2015
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
It’s always interesting to meet the people behind products, especially in the gardening world, so I was delighted to come across Jane Vere-Hodge at a recent garden press event. Her company, Nether Wallop Trading Company, markets many useful garden items made of traditional materials, but the one I’m most familiar with is her Paper Potter, which turns old newspapers into mini-pots for germinating seeds.
It's a simple concept, and I have friends who use them. But how did the product come into being? Jane says it happened when she moved house and found herself with a large garden. Full of enthusiasm, she began growing plants from seed, but soon became concerned about the number of plastic pots she was getting through. She starteds. She told me the idea came to herrtebegand growing plants from seed. But it was a oon ran out of looking for a more eco-friendly way to raise seedlings – experimented, and the original Paper Potter was born.
Some 20 years on, it’s still a top seller.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, 1 March 2015
Come autumn, I would normally be digging up dahlia tubers and trying to store them for the following year. But this year I might be eating them instead.
According to the Swiss plant growing company, Lubera, they were a favourite food of the Aztecs, but when brought to Europe, became more popular for their colourful blooms. Five hundred years on, it’s reviving the edible tradition, having developed six varieties which it says have distinct flavours.
Hoamatland, with petite, cylindrical tubers, has a delicate texture reminiscent of black salsify.
Black Jack, a giant dahlia, is described as very fine on the palate and tasting like asparagus and kohlrabi.
Kennedy is a hybrid with a hint of fennel and celery.
Sunset, with its elongated tubers, tastes fresh with a subtle kohlrabi aroma.
Buga München is sweeter and reminiscent of fresh parsley.
Fantastic cooks quickly, tastes sour, perfumed and smoky.
Lubera says they can be cooked as you would a potato – boiled, roasted, mashed, etc. So – two for the price of one maybe: decorative flowers and a culinary experience.
The DeliDahlias should be planted in May/June, prefer full sun and thrive in a wide range of soil types. They’re available on the Lubera website www.lubera.co.uk at £4.99 for a 1.3 litre container.