Edible Garden for Chelsea’s Great Pavilion

See the totally edible garden being produced by the Miracle-Gro Company at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show

According to Vicky Page, the company’s spokesperson, “We are packing the raised beds with an amazing variety of edible flowers, productive fruit trees and a host of different vegetables that will be displayed in tip-top condition.”

The Miracle-Gro’wers Urban School Garden will be found in the Discovery area of the Great Pavilion on stand number GPH247. It has been designed around school playground themes to show how a wide variety of edible flowers, fruit bushes and attractive vegetables can be used in a community space to dramatically green a grey Britain.

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New edible plants and new growing techniques will also be on display. The new seed pod solutions called Miracle-Gro Gro-ables will be used to show the various stages of growth of edible plants from seed pod to fruiting. New edible plants will hopefully be on show including T&M’s Egg & Chips, a new grafted plant with potato roots and aubergine fruits, and Hosta seiboldiana a new edible leaf from the asparagus family.

Expect to see a central tool shed with a living wall of edible begonia flowers with guttering all around containing fruiting strawberries. More edible flowers such as violas and pansies will be found in among the new vegetable varieties that include exclusives from Thompson & Morgan such as Pea Terrain, Turnip Salad Delight and Rocket Wasabi. We hoped to have two new varieties of Sunflower on display including ‘Tall Timbers’ and ‘Tanja’.

Using scientific tests, pupils from more than a hundred primary and secondary schools, have been growing carrots and cabbages under fair test conditions to learn how feeding and growing media affect the final crops of everyday vegetables. Statistical results of their trials and typical plants will be shown within two areas of the playground areas. A three swing frame will show the results of the school’s cabbage-growing experiment that compared growing in soil with no added feed compared with soil that had been fed with one application of Growmore versus one application of Miracle-Gro Continuous Release Plant Food. A children’s climbing frame will support results from their carrot experiments that will show the different crops obtained when growing the same variety in soil versus a peat-free compost and a peat-based compost.

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Raised beds in a hop-scotch shaped vegetable display will show the benefits of 5-A-Day and a full-sized children’s slide construction with lettuce steps, red lettuce top platform and sweeping slope of red and green salad leaf will show how attractive a “slide salad” can be.

Why not try growing your own tasty edible garden at home, Miracle-Gro have a great selection of products specially formulated to enhance the taste and vigour of your crops.


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