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The Edible Garden: How to Have Your Garden and Eat It Hardcover – 11 Mar 2010
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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)
Gardeners' World's thrifty and resourceful Alys Fowler takes one step closer to self-sufficiency, growing her own vegetables in her small, suburban backgarden.See all Product description
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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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In this book review of The Edible Garden I give you what I think are the positives of this book and why I would on balance suggest its a good buy.
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.Read more ›
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.
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?
Most recent customer reviews
Not finished reading yet, but the ethos of this book is spot on.Published 7 months ago by nordic nomad
Pack full of exactly the right sort of info for a newbie gardener; with lots of tips on how to get the most out of a small garden.Published 15 months ago by jammyaileen
Inspiring, informing, the best I have found. Very practical to help plan through the year, with a wide range of plants to grow and eat.Published on 17 Jun. 2015 by Fran
A delightful read for everyone. Especially relevant for those who want to integrate edible plants into the garden rather than have dedicated fruit and vegetable areas.Published on 12 April 2015 by Annie Vaxholm
This is clearly written with love. It flows well from idea to idea giving one the feeling of following a pathway. Thoroughly enjoyed it and have been changed and helped by it.Published on 28 Jan. 2015 by Jacqueline Chilvers