Soon after I pulled up last year's garlic crop, I found myself in conversation (not for the first time) with a group of kitchen gardening participants, waxing lyrical about Patrice Newell, the magnificent garlic she grows and the thriving business she has built around doing so. It was then that the group asked if I could please invite her here once again (it's about six years since her last visit) for some first hand exposure....and so I did!
As a result, I am absolutely thrilled to invite you to PATRICE NEWELL'S ADVENTURES WITH GARLIC on THURSDAY 8 MARCH. (Yes I know it's so hot on the heels of Mediterranean Meandering but as I mentioned in my New Year newsletter, I am just so delighted these dynamic women are excited to come and share their experiences with you at Glenmore and can only accept the dates in their hectic schedules - tweaking mine as I go and hoping for the best that you can too!)
Timing-wise though, it's perfect, as March/April is garlic planting time (Anzac Day is usually my deadline - you know, I'm always running late!) and each participant will leave with a head or two of garlic (either to cook or....to plant in their own garden). Patrice will explain all the in's and out's of growing a successful crop - afterall, if there's one thing you really ought to try to grow yourself it's garlic - one of the most heavily sprayed crops of all. And of course, if ever there was someone with a tip or two on how to use garlic in cooking......well!!!!
Patrice is truly a force of nature, delving into every aspect of growing and understanding her crop (and not just garlic but olives too) and I'm sure she won't mind if you pick her brains on her studies into Biochar either. Surely she was one of the very first 'tree-changers', setting a trend for women leaving the big smoke for another way of life. She makes compelling listening and has the capacity to inspire us all.
Once again, a long-table seasonal lunch will follow Patrice's image-filled talk, where she will be our special guest. I see a lot of cooking coming up on my agenda - expect something from the 'late summer/early autumn' pages of The House and Garden at Glenmore!
For all the details and to make a booking, please click here. And if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Patrice and I will very much look forward to seeing you on the day!
Very best wishes
ps If any of you are mad enough......there are just four places left at my first inThe Kitchen Garden day of the year on Saturday 3 Feb. As Kitchen Gardeners, we must deal with whatever is thrown at us - whether good, bad or ugly, and despite the horrendous heatwaves, there is still plenty to be learned from our poor parched land. All details here!