Grow Cook Eat is the first series on RTÉ to respond to the burgeoning interest in growing your own food: you can grow vegetables and fruit in a very small garden, or even in containers on an apartment balcony. You don’t need half an acre or a polytunnel to do it.
Presented by Michael Kelly and Karen O’Donohoe of Grow it Yourself (GIY), each programme focuses on a particular vegetable and takes you through the entire process, from sowing the seed, to harvesting and to cooking.
This is a very practical series, aimed at people with little or no knowledge, but who like the idea of being able to grow at least something themselves. As well as the step-by-step guides to growing vegetables, there are features on building raised beds, making a compost heap and improving soil fertility.
We find out what happens to the rubbish that is put into brown bins and visit inspiring community, school and workplace gardens to see how popular growing is becoming all over the country – even with people who don’t have their own gardens.
Each programme ends with a recipe using the featured vegetable and made by one of two chefs featured in the series: Jessica Murphy, from Kai Restaurant in Galway, and Jack Kirwan, owner of the Sprout chain of restaurants in Dublin.
GIY (Grow It Yourself) is a powerful and growing movement that is definitely ‘on trend’ as people become more aware of food miles and the impact they are having on the environment. Vegetables you grow yourself don’t come smothered in plastic, or sitting in a non-recyclable plastic tray.