From greenhouse to… gut?

Charles Miller
The transparent shed
2 min readAug 7, 2016

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I hate that phrase you hear on food programmes on the radio: ‘from farm to fork’. But what would the greenhouse equivalent be: ‘from greenhouse to gut’? ‘From greenhouse to gustatory experience’? ‘From greenhouse to getting supper’?

Well anyway, if we had a suitable phrase, we could have used it yesterday, because we went from this:

And this:

To this:

And this:

And jolly good they were, though I say so myself.

When you take a kitchen knife into the garden to cut a vegetable, suddenly it moves from a world where a bit of mud and the odd insect are normal to one where tiny blemishes are examined forensically and removed before cooking and consumption.

I planted both courgette and marrow seeds in the greenhouse a few months ago, but I can’t remember which were where. I suspect the darker one here was a marrow and could have carried on growing more and the lighter one was a courgette. They seemed to taste the same though, and probably both better than a big marrow would do in a month or so.

Originally published at greenhousetales.blogspot.co.uk on August 7, 2016.

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Charles Miller
The transparent shed

Writer and producer, CoinGeek. Former BBC documentary producer. PhD student in History, University of Roehampton @chblm