Sunday, January 19, 2014

While away a Wintery Afternoon with Fork to Fork Videos

Fork to Fork is a British gardening series made a little over 10 years ago. Monty looks a good deal younger and appears in the series along with his wife Sarah and their three children.

Though there are some elements about the series that feel a bit dated, growing things organically, bringing the food you grow into the home kitchen and preparing simple, delicious meals is still very timely.

Here is what Monty Don says in his introduction:

"I am definitely a morning person; always the first one up in our house. I can't wait to get outside into the garden. Being in the open air feels like liberation. I feel like a child let out of school: rain or shine. I get a sense of what the weather has in store; taking in the quality of the light and the mood of the sky.

Accepting what nature throws at you is part of the whole organic thing. It's about going with the flow, following your instincts and doing what seems right for you. And that's what this series is all about. Over the next six weeks Fork to Fork will show you how to grow organic ingredients and turn them into some of the best food you have ever eaten."

To fill a wintery afternoon, here are the first three shows in the series:



Fork to Fork: Episode 1 
Potatoes, Carrots, Beetroot and Parsnips


Fork to Fork: Episode 2 
Tomatoes, Onions and Garlic



Fork to Fork: Episode 3 
Herbs


21 comments:

  1. Wonderful..thank you. Am a big Monty fan no matter what the critics say!! Went to the same college as son. Surely that's enough to be loyal! His books are a good read as well. Thanks Jennifer!!

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  2. What a great idea. I have just watched a snippet of the first episode. Going with the flow, trusting your instincts and doing what seems right for you is wise advice indeed.

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  3. I've never heard of Monty, but I'm off to "meet" him now"
    Thank you, Jennifer!

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  4. Oh I just love Monty. I shall enjoy these!xxx

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  5. I remember watching and enjoying this series and also had the book that accompanied it. One episode showed him wheeling barrowloads of courgettes to the kitchen and I thought at the time - what on earth is he going to do with all that lot - I pitied his poor wife having to process it all.

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  6. I love Monty's Books and Video series, there is a great series on Master Crafts and also about people trying to go it as small farm holders (Dream Farm), I also love his Around the World in 80 Gardens and Italian Gardens and French gardens.

    HIs books are a great read and also a wealth of info and inspiration. He is my favourite garden go to person when I have a question, I just look in his books.

    there's also another great series called The Victorian Garden, Kitchen Garden and Flower Garden.

    Jenn

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions Jenn! I loved the Around the World in 80 gardens series, Italian Gardens and French Gardens too. I am going to check The Victorian Garden, Kitchen Garden and Flower Garden.

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  7. I've heard about Monty Don and have seen him featured in UK magazines but have never seen him on film. Thanks for these!

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  8. I've heard of Monty Don but had no idea who he was. I'll have to check these out! Thanks! :o)

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  9. I hadn't heard of Monty before, I'll have to check out the videos!

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  10. Jennifer! This is wonderful! His space is just a dream! I found the tomato video very informative because we grow a lot of tomatoes in my Pop's garden...I like his tips about removing the lower leaves for better ventilation and removing the top branches so the plants energy is focused on the fruit. I will be bookmarking this! Thank you for sharing!! Nicole xo

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  11. Hi Jennifer, I enjoyed seeing these videos for the green things growing...it seems a long time since we've seen anything but white. That is one huge garden and lots of wonderful tips. Look at all the garden tools!

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  12. That brought back happy memories, he is such a knowledgeable gardener, I enjoy everything he does.

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  13. I saw Monty Don many times on BBC television and I always enjoyed it very much as I do this wonderful post from you.

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  14. I rarely watch videos on my computer, but there's nothing like this on TV--thanks for sharing, Jennifer! I love his raised beds.

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  15. Can't wait to watch more of these...thanks Jennifer.

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  16. I've never heard of this show...but it looks delightful, I love the promo shots.

    Jen

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  17. I've watched almost all of Monty's garden tour videos- what a treat. I enjoy his philosophical ruminations too.

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  18. I've never heard of this show Jennifer, I must investigate!

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  19. Ooooh thanks for the links! It may be warm here in Edmonton at the moment but it won't last. I love garden shows and they are hard to find! :D

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