Kitchen Garden: Rooting Around

Kitchen Garden: Rooting Around

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Baronscourt Gardens, Cullybackey




Production 11/01/1989


12min 37sec







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If you have deep fertile soil with not too many stones in it and an adequate moisture (this won’t be an issue if you live in the UK or Ireland) - grow carrots!

Watch out for the enemy - the carrot fly, Philip Wood warns. This dread inducing fly comes in about the beginning of May and causes damage till the end of June. Philip Wood advises on how to get rid of these naturally with two tested methods. If you’d rather grow some parsnips, make sure you sow them out in February. David Wilson explains that growing parsnips is quite similar to carrots. They like their soil not manured and once harvested, they can be stored in a box with sand or peat and keep right through the winter and remain juicy nice and firm.

Meanwhile, Jenny Bristow in her kitchen prepares some simple and easy root veg recipes. Today she’s making Parsnips Undercover, Ginger Ribboned Carrots and a couple of potato based dishes. 


Late Philip Wood developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of botany and horticulture and bred new varieties of plants and flowers for the nurseries in Northern Ireland. Before he settled down in NI he served in the Royal Corps of Signals and saw active service in many countries around the world during WWII. After the war, Philip took up the post of manager of the Slieve Donard Nursery in Newcastle, County Down. He was also one of the founding members of the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team and was appointed as its first leader. Later when retired, he devoted his time to designing gardens and providing advice, sharing his knowledge through gardening classes, lectures, newspaper articles, radio programmes and through the television series such as ‘Kitchen Garden’ with Jenny Bristow and David Wilson and 'How Does Your Garden Grow?' which he wrote and co-presented on UTV.  

Jennifer Ann Bristow is a Northern Irish cook and cookery writer. Bristow was brought up on her family's dairy farm near Coleraine. A former home economics teacher at Cambridge House in Ballymena, Bristow made her first television appearance on Ulster Television's Farming Ulster in 1989 demonstrating how to cook with potatoes, which led a producer at the station to offer Bristow her own series. Jenny Bristow has now published over 10 cookery books and equally impressive number of TV programmes.


Presented by Jenny Bristow, David Wilson and Philip Wood
Thanks to Baronscourt Gardens

Camera: Sam Christie
Sound: Rai Woods
Lights: Maurice Blair
Production Assistant: Adrienne Judge
Video Editor: Philip White
Producer / Director: Ruth Johnston


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