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A Hands-On Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs--Starting with Just One Square Yard!
Lolo Houbein has been growing food for more than 30 years--and now, drawing on her wide learning and hard-earned experience, she offers a wealth of information on how to turn small plots of land into sources of nourishing, inexpensive, organic food. Amateur gardeners wondering how to get started and veteran gardeners looking for new ideas will be inspired by Houbein's practical, often charming, and always optimistic advice. One Magic Square includes:
- Earth-friendly tips, tricks, and solutions for establishing and maintaining an organic garden
- Illustrated, annotated plans for 30 plots with different themes--including perennials and "pick-and-come-again" plants, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant-rich vegetables, and salad, pizza, pasta, and stir-fry ingredients
- Comprehensive information about every plant in every plot
- Color photographs of the author's own garden--plus helpful illustrations
- Houbein family recipes for making the most of your bounty--including salad dressings, fruit and vegetable juices, stir-fries, and more.
While books and films bemoaning the ethical and sustainability short-comings of global food sources abound, Lolo Houbein offers a charming and "practical" response: instructions for turning one square yard of soil into a nourishing, inexpensive, and earth-friendly source of produce right at home. Filled with illustrated plans for each plot, environmentally friendly pest control solutions and more, "One Magic Square" is the all-inclusive gardening book every gardener needs. It even includes Houbein's family recipes! But most of all, "One Magic Square" stands out because of its personal and social urgency. Along with her childhood story of famine and environmental desolation in Nazi-occupied Holland, and mounting concerns over crop monopolies and fragile ecosystems, Lolo Houbein has taken her 60+ years of home food growing experience and created a welcome and needed guide to practicing what we preach about ethical and sustainable food.
Houbein offers a charming and practical work that explains how to turn one square yard of soil into a nourishing, inexpensive, and Earth-friendly source of produce right at home. Illustrations throughout.
About the Author
Lolo Houbein first learned about growing food from her Uncle Wim, whose garden saved the family from famine during World War II in Holland. In 1958, she emigrated to Australia with her husband and children. She studied literature and anthropology at the universities of Adelaide and Papua New Guinea, and has written numerous books and articles on humanitarian and conservation topics. Houbein lives and gardens in the Adelaide Hills of Australia.