Friday, February 21, 2014
Groundbreaking Food Gardens
Groundbreaking Food Gardens:
73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden
By Niki Jabbour
To be published by Storey Publishing, March 5th, 2014.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is the most versatile, user-friendly, practical and absolutely gorgeous food growing manual I have ever seen!
Niki Jabbour has worked in close collaboration with gardeners, all expert in their own fields, from all over America, Canada and even the UK and Germany, and this delightful volume is the result.
No matter how big or small your garden, even if you only have access to a patio or a windowbox, you CAN grow some of your own food. Whether your garden is shady, cold, windswept, shared with livestock or chickens, subject to extremes of temperature or short growing seasons, this is the book you need. Are you a chili aficionado? There is a garden plan which will enable you to grow no fewer than 24 different varieties!
Culinary herbs, bee and butterfly gardens, raised bed gardens, balcony gardens, "square foot" gardening, using patios and greenhouses, combining a food-producing garden successfully with raising chickens in the same space (I especially loved this one), growing figs in Canada, keeping wildlife critters out of your crops, growing from your grocery store leftovers, growing your own fruits and using wall space for espaliered fruit trees, wildlife and children-friendly gardens and growing heirloom varieties and saving your own seeds are all covered in detail, and so very much more.
Whether you want to try growing Asian vegetables, recreate a World War Two "Dig For victory!" garden, make magical gardens to encourage children to learn to grow food, recycle metal, wood and blocks to make raised beds, make a drought-resistant garden, use your rooftop, grow food for Italian cuisine, terrace a hillside, devote your whole garden to garlic or create an edible hedge, this is the book you need.
Absorbing, comprehensive, delightfully illustrated, the only problem I now have is deciding which plan to try out first from this wonderful book......