Well that's it for another year the doors have been closed on the Edible Garden Show it's also the last time the show will be held in Stoneleigh. In 2014 the show is moving to Alexander Palace in London and is set to be much bigger and better than it has ever been. The Edible Garden Show has become a firm favorite for a lot of grow your owners and marks the start of the new growing season, which is hard to believe as the garden was covered in snow this morning. But what a show it was this is the first time i have ever been to the show and I'm so glad i went i would certainly recommend it to anyone who grows and of there own food. But its not just about Veg Chickens, Goats, Pigs, Fruit and just about any seed plant tool or gizmo that you would need to become self sufficient.
There was even a Solar Panel company there so you could go off grid if you wanted, But probably the strangest but the also the most novel stall was the Snail Farm they are a fairly new company. Selling home snail farm kits for you to grow your own snails to eat at home kits start from £25.00 and should be ready to eat in 6 months. They also sell snail caviar which is just the snail eggs I'm not sure about this it will take a lot to persuade the public in to eating snail caviar.
The highlight of the show has to be the launch of the new James Wong Homegrown Revolution new plant range Tea, Cardamon, Saffron and many more fantastic plants for you to grow at home. All available from Sutton's seeds You can read all about the full range on our site www.thepottingsheduk.co.uk Suttons Seeds where also selling apart from there seeds they had there Grafted plants although more expensive than your average tomato or pepper plant you have the potential to harvest up to 70% more fruit per plant compared to when conventionally grown.
Other seed company 's with a presence at the show where Kings Seeds,More Veg, Sea Spring Seeds, Terwins Seeds and Marshals Seeds where there with there recently launched new seed range. Marshals have been solely a mail order company until now but have moved into retail displays and they should be starting to appearing in garden centers and nursery's as we speak.
The range is aimed more at the serious Veg gardener as they are all sold in plain packets no fancy photos to temp you i know they will do well once they get themselves established in the garden centers .
Another interesting product i came across is Rock Dust which a natural volcanic rock high in minerals and trace elements which increases plant growth and health well worth a try. Many National organizations where present Garden Organic giving advice on growing organic. The National Allotment Society where promoting allotments and also the National Vegetable Society where there giving out growing advice. There where so many stall too many to mention but all selling good quality products and services and not to mention all the Talks and demonstrations going on all day every day. James Wong was promoting getting more folk growing something a bit different and help save them a bit of money. Aly's Fowler was promoting the use of edible flowers and fruit. Bob Flowerdew was promoting the Organic cause unfortunately Paul Peacock was not able to attend due to a Heart attack during the week. As well as many cooking Demos that smelt fantastic where ever you where all you could smell was cooking. It's given me lots of new ideas as well as lots of Plants and seeds to sow can not wait to get stuck into the garden again once this snow has gone, I have already put next years show in my diary 28th-30th March 2014 at Alexander Palace.