Synopses & Reviews
A Guide to Creating Your Own Eden
Whether you are a hardy homesteader or just getting started with a few herb pots on your windowsill, The Edible Garden offers food for thought on creating your very own haven that is as beautiful as it is delicious. Master gardener and BBC personality Alys Fowler has devoted her life to teaching people how to grow their own floral food and edible landscaping. Here, Fowler shares her trademark wisdom and inventive tips to help your garden grow abundantlyfrom saving and sowing your own seeds, to mixing the worlds best compost, to brewing your own herb teas and growing such a bounty of veggies that you will have to learn how to pickle and preserve them! Good for the pocket, good for the environment and hugely rewarding for the soul, The Edible Garden provides a taste of the good life to anyone willing to pick up a trowel.
Learn How To:
Mix trees, edibles and flowers in the same plot
Sustainably forage for wild food
Plant the prettiest vegetables for container gardening
Grow and brew comfrey for "liquid love"
Cook deliciously hearty harvest dishes
Make gifts from the garden: canned jams, chutneys and fruit liqueurs
"Anyone who likes to get their hands dirty will love The Edible Garden: How to Have Your Garden and Eat It, Too
. A master gardener who specializes in edible landscaping, Fowler (who has her own show in the U.K.) not only gives directions on how to grow vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers, but she also presents truly useful garden plans, and as the title suggests, drool-worthy recipes for what to do with the harvest."
"You may not have much acreage, but even city dwellers can create a good-enough-to-eat outdoor space."
"Fowler's book is authoritative and full of good advice. It is an easy reference for beginning gardeners. More-experienced vegetable gardeners, especially, but also flower gardeners will find plenty of inspiration here, too."
Deck, Patio, and Outdoor Living, Better Homes and Gardens
"An amazing, beautiful book! It is a guide for anyone that wants to create and edible garden in any space they habitat."
Eco Child's Play
"This guide will show you everything you need to know to become a self-sufficient gardener."
"If you have a gardener on your holiday gift list, I would highly recommend Edible Garden. It makes for a great way to keep a little of spring and summer in your winter."
I am smitten with Alys Fowler! The Edible Garden is divided into sections: Things To Know, Things To Grow, and Reaping Your Harvest. This includes information on seed saving, foraging, recipes, and food preservation methods. Its a fine addition to your garden book collection, with lovely images to be savoured during the cold winter months while you plot and scheme your spring garden plans."
The Empress of Dirt
"Expert gardener and BBC television celebrity Alys Fowler presents The Edible Garden: How to Have Your Garden and Eat It, Too, a practical-minded guide to gardening, pickling, and preserving one's own vegetables, as well as brewing teas and being a responsible steward of the environment. Colorful photography intersperses the accessible, user-friendly instructions and wealth of tips, tricks, and techniques. Highly recommended for any gardener who wishes to truly savor the fruits (and veggies) of their labor!"
Midwest Book Reviews
"No gardener has room for it all, but author Alys Fowler intentionally breaks the rules to show how you can have your garden and eat it, too,” in her new book, The Edible Garden."
"A great gift for up and coming gardeners."
The Blogging Nurseryman
"Pretty to look at, fun to read, and full of answers and advice for beginners and for experienced gardeners wishing to spread their wings and try something new."
Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
In this timely new book, BBC star and Gardening World
's thrifty and resourceful Alys Fowler shows that there is a way to take the good life and re-fashion it to fit in with life in the city. Abandoning the limitations of traditional gardening methods, she has created a beautifully productive garden where tomatoes sit happily next to roses, carrots are woven between the lavenders and potatoes grow in pots on the patio. And all of this is produced in a way that mimics natural systems, producing delicious homegrown food for her table. And she shares her favorite recipes for the hearty dishes, pickles and jams she makes to use up her bountiful harvest, proving that no-one need go hungry on her grow-your-own regime.
Good for the pocket, good for the environment and hugely rewarding for the soul, The Edible Garden urges urbanites everywhere to chuck out the old gardening rules and create their own haven that's as good to look at as it is to eat.
About the Author
Royal Horticultural Society trained Alys Fowler
has made fast progress from her studies at The New Botanical Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to become the head gardener for Gardeners World
, an author and a TV presenter. She also hosts The Edible Garden
on BBC 2 where she attempts to avoid shop bought fruit and vegetables and live off her own home-grown produce.
Fowler is a gardener who loves food. She has an urban back garden with two chickens, lots of flowers and plenty of vegetables and is author of several books and writes a weekly column on gardening for the Guardian. Ask her your gardening questions by emailing email@example.com.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Things to Know
The New Order
Growing Healthy Plants
Getting Your Garden Started
Part 2: Things to Grow
Everything Essential That I Know About Growing Vegetables (and Flowers)
The Edible Directory
Part 3: Reaping Your Harvest