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The Edible Garden: How to Have Your Garden and Eat It Hardcover – 11 Mar 2010

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition - Later Print Run edition (11 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846079748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846079740
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.5 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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"Turning the pages of the book will make new gardeners sigh with pleasure and give old-timers much to think about." (Daily Telegraph)

"Quirky is the word that springs to mind when leafing through this book ... it is for anyone who has dreamt of the Good Life but despaired at their lack of land. **** 4 stars" (Countryfile Magazine)

"a handsome book" (The Times)

"How to garden in a tea dress and wellies from the new style queen of the do-it-yourself lifestyle." (Image magazine)

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Gardeners' World's thrifty and resourceful Alys Fowler takes one step closer to self-sufficiency, growing her own vegetables in her small, suburban backgarden.

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excellent book, I watched Alys Fowler on TV & this book is just like watching her again.!
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Excellent quality and delivery. Top notch.
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Exellent.
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After watching a few episodes of 'The Edible Garden' on BBC iPlayer I came to Amazon to check if a book or DVD was for sale. I bought this book straight away and I can say it has more than a hundred times the information in it that the series had on TV. If you enjoyed the series, this book really is the missing link you need to take you from being interested in living from food produced in your own garden, to actually being able to do it successfully, all year round!
I give the book a well deserved 6 stars out of 5 :-)
It is right up there in my top 5 books of all time, I hope you enjoy it also. I hope we see more from Alys Fowler in the near future.
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Gardeners World presenter Alys Fowler has created a gorgeous book. Alys takes the sort of approach I like - no rigid planning, no particular rules to abide by, simply recommendations to help you along. As she says, your own experience is far more valuable to you than reading things in a book. She is an experienced and accomplished gardener and her recommendations are very good - trees that will rob your garden of productivity vs trees that give you beauty, scent and marvellous fruit. She also covers how to make the most of the space you have and how to exploit the unique aspects of your garden. Divided into 3 simple parts:

Things to know: In order to reap the rewards of your garden you have to know a few things about it, such as soil type and how to keep your plants happy. This also includes foraging, growing in pots, recommendations of deorative edible vegetables - making the most of your pot garden. She also takes you through fertility and compost, including how to make your own. The book then goes on to getting the garden started - seed sowing (including when and where), pricking out, hardening off, weeds (and what to do with them), watering and pests and diseases - including the pesky slug (Alys squishes them). Recommendations for speedy crops and plant protection (this includes an innovative picture of a greenhouse constructed using old windows, including stained glass. I'll be keeping my eyes open in the local scrap yard!). A good overview of how to give yourself a stable start for your edible garden.

Things to grow: In this section Alys gives us the lowdown on her favourite fruit, vegetables and flowers to grow - because they taste good, provide a plentiful harvest and look good.
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Alys' book is very pretty, and there are some useful bits; but I find the chapters very awkward to follow, it jumps around quite a lot, and nothing is dealt with in great detail. I was expecting more information than we got in the TV programme, and I felt a little let down. Very good section on the various types of compost for container planting; but her chapter on foraging almost seems an afterthought - I am hoping she is planning a whole book dedicated to the subject, which may explain why her advice amounted to 'buy a good reference book'.

Definitely one to depress those of us who need somewhere to dry clothes and house a slide and a sandpit (or, heaven forbid, a deckchair), because her garden is stunning, but what most of us (or our neighbours) would probably despair of outside the summer months - I definitely think the fact she is a professional horticulturalist puts her on a bit of a pedestal - if my garden looked like that my neighbours would probably complain to the council that it 'needs seeing to'! The explanations of permaculture / polyculture were very good, she has a lovely, approachable way of writing that explains things really well for beginners, and there's a nice chapter on edible flowers. I wish, ruefully, that I'd bought 'The Thrifty Gardener' instead.

In all, a pretty, easy to read and inspirational book more suited to the coffee table than a resource for growing healthy crops as easily as possible. If that's what you want, look to John Harrison instead.
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A beautiful book, which covers growing a more unusual range of plants than most vegetable gardening books. However, the poor punctuation and sentence structure is very distracting. Maybe it's a reflection of Ms Fowler's relaxed style of gardening in which plants are allowed to rub up against each other, but the use of strings of sentences separated by commas is tiresome.
And what is a 'chicken coup' (page 133)?
Is it a) a rebellion carried out by hens
b) a misspelled poultry house?
Surely BBC Books could stretch to a decent proofreader?
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