Organic gardener and author Jekka McVicar is well known for her cultivation and use of herbs. Working with Johnsons seeds she created a range of herbs with her name on. The range includes familiar names as well some less well known varieties as Ian Cross explained to Ken Crowther.
Organic gardener, radio and television presenter Bob Flowerdew recalls how difficult it was to get anything to grow at the start of the year. He told Ken Crowther about his poor carrot and parsnip crops and his wonderful cabbages.
Grass is the most prolific plant on the planet and is there to be enjoyed rather than become a chore. A well kept lawn with stripes in it will smarten up any area, but organic gardener Mike Thurlow argues whether it is important to eradicate any plant that is not a grass at any cost.
In the growing shed of Capel Organic mushrooms the ‘unloved’ mushrooms, those that are misshapen, bruised or damaged are sold onto customers in the catering industry. Patrick Herne explained to Ken Crowther about the different types of mushrooms and where they sold too.
Capel Mushrooms was founded in 1962, and is now run by the founder’s two sons, Damian and Patrick Herne. In 1988 facing a number of problems as a small grower in a competitive market, they turned organic. Patrick took Ken Crowther on a tour of the sheds to explain about the process of growing organic mushrooms.