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A fruitful garden needn't cost the earth!,
This review is from: Grow Your Food for Free (Well Almost) (Paperback)
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This book is a beautifully presented, eye-catching book full of fantastic tips for the "budding" gardener (forgive the pun!) and anyone who likes make and create from items they find or they can reuse.
The book is crammed full of really, genuinely useful tips for beginners who want to make the most of their garden without having to (or being able to) endlessly ploughing vast sums of money into it.
It is easy to read either from cover to cover, or to dip in and out of as you want to find information either from season to season, or for a specific project.
The book is divided into 5 parts, Getting Started; Spring; Summer; Autumn and Winter with 4 to 8 chapters per section. There are chapters dealing with a variety of gardening essentials such as planning, water, compost and the living soil, acquiring and saving seed, gathering "wild" extras, dealing with pests and diseases, propagating plants, storing crops and a number of chapters on building materials and construction and much much more.
There is an eclectic mix of easy-to-follow diagrams, photos and illustrations throughout the book, which are not only useful, but make it very easy on the eye. Whether you are a DIY fan and want to build anything and everything from a bird box or a bug hotel to attract wildlife, or you prefer larger scale projects, like using bits and pieces you find from skips and recycling centres to make garden seating or a shed - it's all in here. For those who are more minded to plant and gather, there are heaps of suggestions as to how to make your own liquid feed, compost, pots, find, gather and store seeds and of course how to store your produce so that nothing goes to waste. There are some fascinating recipes here and there, like hazelnut milk, sauerkraut and hawthorn ketchup.
There are a few little sections dotted throughout the book, which have been contributed by other parties, such as Soils for pots and containers by Tony Kendle, Foundation Director of Eden Project and Seed Saving by Pippa Rose, owner of the organic seed company Beans and Herbs, which support fit seamlessly with the rest of the book and shows the book to be part of a greater, wider movement in the UK.
There is so much information in this book and hopefully it will inspire others as it has inspired us - my husband has already built us a mini-greenhouse from recycled bits and pieces, which now houses our tomato plants and the next project is going to be making a home-made liquid feed and children are urging us to make a bird house for the garden.
On a final note, it's nice to see that this book has been printed on recycled paper using vegetable inks!