One of the most pleasurable interviews I have done for my day job with The Yorkshire Post recently was with Martin Fish, a renowned gardening expert, author, broadcaster and Royal Horticultural Society judge at Chelsea, Hampton Court and other major flower shows.
He created a splendid garden from scratch on a 0.6 acre plot behind his Yorkshire cottage, which includes a large vegetable plot and orchard together with a greenhouse and polytunnel providing year-round produce.
Luckily, he and his wife Jill are a dream team as he loves gardening and she loves to cook with fresh garden produce. This winning combination prompted them to write a book “Gardening on the Menu”, which is, without doubt, one of the best books I have read all year.
It begins with Martin telling you how to growing asparagus and it covers everything from varieties to soil conditions, planting and harvesting.
Immediately after, there are Jill’s recipes for asparagus and camembert tarts,warm new potato and asparagus salad and an asparagus stir fry.
The couple go on to show us how to grow and then cook many other varieties of fruit and veg.
Gardening on the menu is £12.95 with £3.95 P&P. Visit martinfish.com for details