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Welcome to the edible garden show; All you need to know about living the Good Life with innovative products and expert advice on growing your own fruit and veg, keeping poultry, pigs, chickens and bees PLUS great recipe ideas.

Brilliant live demonstrations

Poultry Ring with Victoria Roberts, sponsored by PoultryTalk.com

Friday March 16

11.30am Chicken handling, husbandry and diseases

1.00pm Duck handling, husbandry and diseases

3.00pm Chicken breeds

Saturday March 17

11.30am Chicken handling, husbandry and diseases

1.00pm Duck handling, husbandry and diseases

3.00pm Chicken breeds

3.30pm Beginners help and advice with Lewis Wescott.

Sunday March 18

10.00am Chicken handling, husbandry and diseases

1.00pm Duck handling, husbandry and diseases

3.00pm Chicken breeds

3.30pm Showing for beginners: With Paco Delgado and Robert Rees

Goat Ring

Daily schedules

10.00am Milking demo

10.30am Bottle feeding kids

11.00am General management, foot trimming, meet and greet the goats

12.45pm Milking demo

1.45pm Bottle feeding kids

2.15pm Foot trimming

2.45pm Meet and greet, grooming, questions

4.15pm Milking and bottle feeding kids

Pig Ring

Friday March 16

10.30am Which breed of pig is right for me? An overview of UK pig breeds

Noon Keeping Kune Kune pigs as pets

2pm Guidance on buying, housing, feeding and general tips

Saturday March 17

10.30am Starting out with pigs. Dos and Don'ts and information on various pig breeds

Noon Keeping Kune Kune pigs as pets

2pm Demonstration by members of Junior Pig Club including the Pig Olympics (Children welcome to join in)

Sunday March 18

11am Keeping Kune Kune pigs as pets

Noon Demonstration by members of Junior Pig Club including the Pig Olympics (Children welcome to join in)

1.30pm Starting out with pigs. Dos and Don'ts and information on various pig breeds

2 Chick it out!

In the pursuit of happiness and healthy eating, thousands of people are rearing chickens in gardens or allotments, going the "egg-stra" mile to cut costs and grab a slice of the "Good Life".

The boom, which has seen around 700,000 people joining the plucky revolution, is the biggest revival in hen-keeping since the Second World War. Numbers have risen by 80% over the past three years as families turn their dreams of keeping chickens and having fresh eggs for breakfast every morning into reality.

Poultry vet Victoria Roberts, who will share her hen-rearing tips with visitors to The Edible Garden Show, said: "Keeping chickens is very popular. Hens make wonderful additions to the family. They are excellent with children and easy to look after.

"The wonderful thing is that these are pets that provide a family with food. What could be better than that?" Four chickens in a hen house or coop in the back garden can provide a family of four with two to three eggs every day - ample for the household, with surplus which can be used to barter or given to friends, colleagues or neighbours.

Victoria's passion for poultry began at the age of four, and in the 1980s she opened a pure breed poultry tourist attraction in Worcestershire with 3,000 chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. She has published books on breeding and rearing poultry, and is a locum vet who lectures on the welfare of backyard poultry.

The poultry area at The Edible Garden Show is where visitors can learn everything they need to know about keeping chickens and hens. Victoria will introduce visitors to her pure breeds of poultry and teach people to consider the welfare of their birds, how to handle them, and instruct people on hand hygiene.

Sponsored by poultrytalk.com - an online network with plenty of features aimed at anyone interested in poultry - the poultry section in the smallholders' marquee is a must for poultry enthusiasts, with several exhibitors providing a one-stop-shop for anyone keen to keep chickens.

Cheers!

Brew your own with the Mirror's Andy Capp

Most of us like a pint (or two), but not everybody can claim to have the same level of dedication to their favourite beverage as our very own Andy Capp.

For more than 50 years his comic adventures have delighted readers of this paper - and more often than not our hero has ended up a little bit tipsy. Now Andy has put all those years of (ahem) research into creating his very own ale - and it is one you can easily brew at home.

Home brewing has come a long way and Andy has discovered that beer made at home tastes great. Plus, because you make it yourself it is brilliant value.

Andy's Ale is made from 100% pure malt extract, and each kit delivers 40 pints of pub-style quality. Easy to make, Andy has really got to grips with home beer making. And Flo has even been off his back lately because he's not spending her cash down the pub!

You can try the beer for yourself - just pop along to The Daily Mirror stand at The Edible Garden Show for a free taste of each of the three varieties we've created - Andy's Ale, Flo's Golden Ale and Chalkie's Best Bitter.

Meet the experts...

Here are some of the specialists and experts who will be on hand to share their professional secrets with you over the three-day grow your own extravaganza

Pippa Greenwood

The author, broadcaster and gardening expert will delight visitors to the show with her infectious passion for plants, home-grown produce and her specialist knowledge of grow your own. Pippa will also be signing copies of her gardening books and releasing details of her successful Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood initiative which takes the stress out of growing veg.

Visit www.pippagreenwood.com

James Wong

This award-winning BBC broadcasting botanist is on a mission to tempt gardeners to be more adventurous with their veg. James will be encouraging growers to spice up their back gardens and allotment plots with his daily talks on Incredible Edibles in the Experts Theatre. His exotic offerings include shark fin melons, electric daisies and the Stevia plant with leaves that are 200 times sweeter than sugar! Visit www.jameswong.co.uk

John Burton-Race

The Michelin star chef and TV personality will tantalise the tastebuds with a special Irish-themed menu for St Patrick's Day in the Cookery Theatre sponsored by Kerrygold Butter and Pilgrims Choice Cheese. John will also demonstrate how to whip up mouth-watering meals using butter and cheese. All the dishes will be supported by fresh grow your own produce. Visit www.johnburtonrace.tv

Rachel Green

A passionate grow your own enthusiast, Rachel Green is one of the UK's foremost authorities on food. A regular figure on both TV and radio programmes, Rachel will be demonstrating a variety of different dishes to get the very best out of your home grown produce. Rachel has made it her mission to inspire everyone to get cracking on growing their own fruit and vegetables and start cooking up a feast from their garden. Visit www.rachel-green.co.uk

Paul Peacock

The Edible Garden Show's gardening guru and Daily Mirror online gardening editor, Paul is an expert on living the Good Life and has extensive specialist knowledge on grow your own and home produce. Paul has a wide range of skills, including fruit and vegetable pickling, jam-making, bee keeping, poultry and making cheese and sausages, which he will be sharing with visitors to this year's Edible Garden Show. Visit www.citycottage.co.uk

Will you 'bee' mine?

Britain needs to become a nation of beekeepers if we want to survive.

One in every three mouthfuls of food we eat depends on pollination by bees and yet honey bees are under threat worldwide.

Now the British Beekeepers Association has set up a pollination dating service (pollinationdating.com) to match farmers, allotment holders or simply people with good-sized gardens with a local beekeeper who can set up a hive on their land.

Jane Moseley, operations director of the BBKA, says: "Not everyone wants to be a beekeeper but we can all be keepers of bees. Our dating service matches people with land to local beekeepers and there are benefits for both. The beekeeper sets up a hive and having bees near your allotment or vegetable patch can increase your yield by as much as 15%.

"Without bees pollinating we wouldn't have any of our colourful foods like fruit or salads. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, apples and tomatoes just wouldn't grow."

There has been an uptake in interest in beekeeping in recent years as more people realise the vital role bees play in our lives. Membership of the BBKA has doubled to 23,000. At the height of the season beekeepers have around three billion honeybees in their hives. Jane says: "Some people simply want to help with the plight of the bee and our Friends of the Honey Bee scheme funds research into the diseases and parasites that are targeting the bee population. It also helps educate adults and children about the wonders of bees and how vital they are to the growth of our crops. Because of disease and parasites we don't have many wild colonies left."

The BBKA is a national charity and the UK's leading organisation representing beekeepers. It has an Adopt a Beehive scheme, which makes a great gift for family and friends, and runs a Swarm Watch programme where people all over the UK can alert beekeepers if they see a swarm of honey bees Jane says: "We responded to 15,000 calls last year. There is nothing for people to be afraid of and once the bees were identified as honey bees we sent local keepers to collect the swarms and take them away."

As well as their role in pollination, bees provide honey for eating and for medical and cosmetic uses as well as wax and other products. Honey has antiseptic properties and is used successfully in the healing of wounds.

The BBKA will be exhibiting at The Edible Garden Show and visitors will get the chance to learn what they need to know about setting up a hive.

Come to The Edible Garden Show for a tenner!

Plus an amazing Mother's Day offer

We've got TWO fantastic ticket offers for this year's Edible Garden Show. Book last minute tickets for Friday, March 16 or Saturday, March 17 for just pounds 10 - and save pounds 5 on the on-door price!

Daily Mirror readers can cash in on this great money-saving offer by simply calling the ticket hotline on 0844 338 8001 or visiting the website at www.theediblegardenshow.co.uk and quoting the reference TEGS10.

And there's more!

To celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, March 18 you can buy two tickets for the price of one by simply quoting the reference MUM241 when you place your booking which means you can attend the show for just pounds 7.50!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Valid on pre-booked adult tickets only for the 2012 show and cannot be used with any other offer. A pounds 1.50 booking fee applies to each transaction. Availability is limited so book now to avoid disappointment. Usual Trinity Mirror Group promotional rules apply.

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