Homegrown Revolution Experiments

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Homegrown Revolution Experiments

Reading James Wong’s book Homegrown Revolution was both inspiring and surprising, even though I don’t share the same starting point to growing fruit and vegetables.

See James Wong’s ‘Homegrown Revolution’ book on Amazon UK

In his book, James argues that there is little point growing crops that are widely and cheaply available in supermarkets. Instead, he wants to motivate growers to experiment – like our ancestors the Victorians – and grow a much wider variety of plants. He then offers a whole book full of ideas.

Leaving aside the arguments for growing commonly eaten crops, James has motivated us to make space to grow four unusual fruits:

Cucamelon

Cucamelon


These are grape sized watermelons that taste of cucumber tinged with lime. Good for salads, salsas, and pickling.

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Inca Berry

Inca Berries


Berries that thrive on neglect (no pruning or training) and capable of providing their fruit right up to Christmas. Eat fresh as they are.

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Musk Melon

Musk Melon


An exotic melon that has been carefully bred to grow outdoors in the UK climate (although we plan to use a polytunnel, and the seed packet advises a warm location). Eat fresh.

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Tomatillo

Tomatillo


Lime flavoured tomatoes that come in their own chinese lantern. More tart than a traditional tomato (containing less sugar) - recommended for use in spicy salsas.

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Germination

Interested in having a go? Time is of the essence! We have used a windowsill propagator to start the seeds off ( see electric propagators on Amazon UK), but a warm sunny windowsill should also work.

Alternatively, mail order plant plugs are available from Suttons Seeds.

Homegrown Revolution Experiments - Germination

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