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Garden siteseeing in Britain

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Every week we go see the sites, visiting gardeners around the world to find out what's happening in their gardens . Today we're headed for England, Scotland, and Wales.

John Curin grows organic vegetables in southeast England, within what he calls "flooding distance of the Thames." He also has an allotment garden (community garden plot to Americans) and tends a monastery's garden.

His blog, Spade Work: From Plot to Plate focuses on flavor -- with taste tests of garlic (but watch out for the morning after!), green peas, and other edibles and discussions of varieties that Americans don't generally grow (Charlotte potatoes, for instance).

I'd love to get some Taiwan peas for my garden, no matter what they taste like (he says they're sweet) -- the large flowers -- in pink, off-white, and white -- are absolutely gorgeous!

Rebsie Fairholm, Daughter of the Soil, is a folk musician in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, who doubles as an amateur plant breeder.

Currently under development are red-podded peas, including one that not only has pods of glowing scarlet, but pink and yellow tendrils. Next comes improving the taste.


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