Synopses & Reviews
This groundbreaking new book expands the concept of food gardening to embrace the whole garden. The new food garden is centered around the intensive vegetable garden, but doesn't stop there. It puts hedges, ponds, pathways, arbors, lawns, roofs, and walls to work as additional growing space for food plants. Fruit and nut trees, bush fruit, edible vines, perennial vegetables, herbs, annual crops, aquatic plants, weeds, and edible wild plants are used to increase the quantity and variety of foods available with little extra work. The author doesn't just look upon the garden as a place to grow food, however; it is a place to be lived in and used, so he also concentrates on making it beautiful, comfortable, and efficient. He describes practical ways in which the garden can help us to reduce our impact on the earth. Included is advice on making the garden pay for itself, or even to provide an income. The author's ultimate aim is to change the way we approach the garden so that it feeds, heals, and nurtures us. The productive garden should be an integral part of the home, and growing food should be a part of everyday life.
About the Author
Frank Tozer has been using and growing wild plants for more than 35 years. Born and raised in Britain, he has lived and traveled extensively in the United States for the past 25 years. His international background gives him a very comprehensive perspective on the diverse uses of the plants of two continents. He lives in the Santa Cruz mountains with his wife and three children, in a home he built himself. He spends much of his time in his two and a half acre garden, where he tends (at last count) more than 250 species of edible and useful plants.