- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Permanent Publications (7 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1856231496
- ISBN-13: 978-1856231497
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 1 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Edible Perennial Gardening: Growing Successful Polycultures in Small Spaces Paperback – Illustrated, 7 Apr 2014
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The best books on food growing are those written with a 'warts and all', practical perspective. Edible Perennial Gardening is an important book to help us to understand this vital topic. This wonderful guide is a bible. --Michael Kelly, journalist, broadcaster, author and founder of GIY (Grow it Yourself)
Anni Kelsey has a knowledge of perennial vegetables second to none. Now all that knowledge has overflowed from her garden into this rich and rewarding book. Perennial vegetables are one field of gardening that is still relatively unknown and Anni makes a significant impact on the body of knowledge we have about them. Follow her into her garden abundance awaits you! --Patrick Whitefield, permaculture teacher, designer and author of The Earth Care Manual
I love Anni's book. She's taken traditionally big space ideas and approaches and brought them alive on a domestic scale, where most gardeners operate. The bigger picture of redesigning our food system with perennials at its heart underlies, yet it never gets in the way of inspiring and enabling the reader with case studies, examples, advice and experience. A must-have for forward thinking gardeners. --Mark Diacono, experimental gardener, journalist and author of The New Kitchen Garden
About the Author
Anni Kelsey graduated with a first class degree in geography frm Aberystwyth University in 1990. She has worked as a research officer for a council's Economic Development Department and on various Urban Regeneration projects. She is passonate about pelmaculture, forest gardening and the Transition Movement.
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For this reason, I'd say that this book fails as a reference manual as the author doesn't seem to have enough experience or knowledge. Does it have any other redeeming features? I have seen it sold as a kind of personal story / testament to perennial gardening / permaculture, but I don't really buy this either. As a kind of personal story it also fails as there isn't enough personality or person detail.
It's a nice looking book, but it's at best a mildly enjoyable read for a few hours. If you've already read anything about perennial veg, don't expect to change the way you garden at all as a consequence of reading this mini-book.
I found the book has lots of very brief descriptions of plants, without going into much detail, and reads more like the authors own personal diary of her own garden. I am quite well read in permaculture and "dig" the methods and thinking behind it, but this book really didn't offer anything of practical value. I could have got far more from a couple of hours browsing on the internet!
I'm going to be selling this book (after writing such a bad review) because every time I think of how much I spent on the book I just feel upset about it!
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I found this book so inspiring and approachable for "real life" (i.e. the average back garden - we live in a pretty standard 3 bed semi). Read morePublished 4 months ago by DoncasterWeledaWellbeing
A lovely book—sweet, gentle, thoughtful, and full of interesting experiences that one doesn't find in most books. Delightful!Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
whot a fantastic read. i carnt put it down. im a novice gardener who wants to learn how to feed my self with mimimum effort. i would recomend it to all.Published on 17 Nov. 2014 by john stewart