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Cutting Edge Veg – Master Gardener training

On Saturday morning I got up early and set off ( in thick fog) to go to Garden Organic HQ at Ryton, for a Master Gardener Training day on the subject of Cutting Edge Veg. The course description looked really interesting and I was looking forward to the day ahead, despite the long drive through fog.

We were going to be introduced to vegetables from a wide range of cultures including India, East Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Many of these plants already have a proven track record of cultivation in the UK, having been grown by immigrant communities for decades on allotments and in gardens. The majority can be grown outside without a glasshouse.

The course would be looking at

  • The range and diversity of crops that can be grown in the UK
  • The best varieties and where to source growing material
  • Top tips for cultivation
  • Advice on preparation
  • Saving seed and propagation

Many of these crops have only recently become more widely known through Garden Organic’s Sowing New Seeds project ( This innovative venture has greatly widened people’s access to growing non-traditional crops.

I grow a fair number of more exotic herbs and veg, but am always willing to try something new and learn about new techniques.

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