This past week on Mark Patterson Show our #itsyourdutytobefruity adventure continued when we invited listeners to call in and collect some of the Blackcurrant plants which we have grown this year from a few cuttings (some taken live on air with Mark) and others taken by Donegal ETB Horticultural Students, based in the Colgan Hall and Barrack Hill Community Garden. These cuttings were potted up mid June, and were now ideal for replanting into their final cropping position!
Mark Patterson presented me with a few Sunflowers during our weekly radio piece on the 1st May, and we duly took them home and wee gracie planted one in the Polytunnel, just inside the front door. and around 6 weeks later it's now standing 4' high and is a fierce impressive looking fellow at the entrance way into the tunnel! She brings every friend in to see it, and cannae wait for it to flower.... Thanks Mark!
Here's some 2 week old Courgette All Green Bush coming into life in the Polytunnel of Ionad Niamh Padraig in Gweedore.
These seeds were dusted with Mycorrhizal Fungii then sown in some Multi Purpose Compost, with some Vermiculite incorporated.
A few of these were re-homed in the Mark Patterson Show garden area at BBC Radio Foyle, you can listen back to Fridays show here, between 2.45-3 we're on chatting Courgettes..
Myself and Mark Patterson did a special piece 'Setting the summer garden' during the week for BBC Radio Foyle. As part of the piece we visited Campsie plantsman Desmond Knox - owner Knox's Garden Centre. We choose some plants to add a third dimension to Marks garden, and some seasonal gems. See more pics on the Mark Patterson Show Facebook page.
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Friday was a beauty of a day, so the Mark Patterson Show came live from the Guerilla allotment in the grounds of BBC Radio Foyle...our spuds were showing, aswell as the goings on in our other few wee tubs...
Listen back on the BBC iplayer - check out about 2.40pm...
Anne and Mark in the studio with some burdock
This Tuesday we were joined on the Mark Patterson Show by Anne from Strabane, who had a mysterious plant growing on the neighbouring land to her house. Worried by the talk of 'invasive species' such as Knotweed and Balsalm Anne decided to give us a call to help work out what this mystery plant was....to help her decide if it was a friend or a foe...We put her mind at rest and identified the fellow in question as Burdock....yeah as in Dandelion and Burdock...
A cookery mecca showcasing all thats good about seafood from the North West....Flavours of the Foyle sounded right up my street. So I wrangled mesell an invite...what a great way to mix with chefs get an idea on how they're using seasonal produce and perhaps spread a bit of the GIY and Gardening vibe....well that was the plans anyways.
mrs...now thay was the plans...thanks to the organisers I found myself with a table in the main hall, a speaking time-slot in the demo tent and access to some of the best chefs in the town....so I took an early morning trip around the Foyle CommunityGardens and gathered up a selection of seasonal produce (not too much mind), had some cracking Kohl Rabi (we'll cover that in a minute), great mix of herbs, spring greens, onions, salads and fruits..Broadcaster Mark Patterson & Chef Brian McDermott loved the selection of stuff ...
Now when you have a table full of community produce, it draws foks in...both to ask questions about the produce but also with a genuine interest in the projects that are on the go in the town. Here new mayor of Derry Kevin Campbell getting ambushed for an interview with the community garden produce table in the background. Kevin is a keen grower himself, growing in his back garden with the family, and involved from the start with the CommunityGarden project in Creggan.
One of my main focus of being there was to see what the chefs were at and to encourage them to use seasonal produce, thus giving the GIY'ers out some inspiration for what to do with their produce and to highlight to the chefs that this is whats in season now in the gardens and fields around the town.
one of the more unusual things i had was Kohl Rabi, this is a turnip type vegetable, easily grown in the back garden. It combined the flavours of tunip and cauliflowers. The chefs went mad for it! Ian Orr (recent winner of Ulsters best Chef) used it all!...he used with with blackpudding and scallops...and by jeez it tasted mighty!
The selection of produce was available for all the chefs to use all day, in their continual cooking displays but also int he demo tent...and by 5pm this was the sight....not a leave left...the chefs all loved the freshness of it and the fact it had been produced on their doorsteps.
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