Join the grow your own revolution

Learn how to grow and cook your own fruit and vegetables at an inspiring London show

Grow your own fruit and vegetables and give your body, soul and taste buds a treat. With a bit of careful planning, even small gardens can be bountiful larders, full of delicious ingredients. Luckily, all the advice and ideas you need to grow and cook your own fruit and vegetables can be found under one roof this weekend.

The Edible Garden Show returns to Alexandra Palace in London for a fifth year, celebrating the art of eating plot to plate. There will be expert talks and demonstrations from top gardeners including James Wong, who will reveal scientific tricks to supercharge the flavour and nutrient content of your fruit and vegetables. Fun workshops will teach you how to make everything from sausages to bathbombs. The Hippo Potting Shed will feature edible hanging baskets, advice on organic gardening, ideas for small gardens and engaging talks from experts and enthusiasts such as The High Heeled Gardener and The Skinny Jeans Gardeners.

You can also buy everything you need to get your fruit and vegetable garden going, including Ecothrive Charge, an innovative soil conditioner ‘made of beetle poo’, says its developer – a large tank of beetles will be at the Edible Garden Show, demonstrating the process.

Once you’ve learned how to grow your own fruit and vegetables, aptly named TV chef Rachel Green and Mark Lloyd, who set up River Cottage Canteen with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, are among the chefs providing ideas for making delicious, healthy meals.

Getting children geared-up to gardening is a big part of this family-focused show and CBeebies’ popular, green-fingered Mr Bloom from Mr Bloom’s Nursery will be popping into the Experts Theatre on 21 March to inspire children with his high-energy show.

For the first time, the Edible Garden Show is joined at Alexandra Palace by Good Life Live, which will showcase a vast range of outdoor living experiences with areas dedicated to adventure activities, country pursuits, and home comforts, as well as livestock.

To book tickets, for access to both The Edible Garden Show and Good Life Live, call 0871 230 3451 or visit theediblegardenshow.co.uk.

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