Eat What You Grow: How to Have an Undemanding Edible Garden That Is Both Beautiful and Productive

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Eat What You Grow: How to Have an Undemanding Edible Garden That Is Both Beautiful and Productive

Eat What You Grow: How to Have an Undemanding Edible Garden That Is Both Beautiful and Productive

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By comparison, there are far fewer photos, and the ones that are present are grainy and most frustratingly unlabelled! Alys Fowler trained at the Horticultural Society, the New York Botanical Garden and the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew. A thoroughly rich and engaging practical guide to creating a wildlife-friendly edible garden that is as beautiful as it is utterly delicious. It's lacking the introductory detail to give structure, and some of the chapters feel rather cursory. And tells you how to raise these plants, guiding you through the process of feeding your soil, saving seed and taking cuttings to increase your supplies.

She has presented on BBC's Gardeners' World, The Great British Garden Revival, Our Food , and her own six-part series The Edible Garden . In Eat What You Grow, Alys shows you how to create a rich, biodiverse garden that feeds not only you, but supports a wide range of pollinators, bees and butterflies, as well as other wildlife. From perennial vegetables that come back year after year, to easy-to-grow delights, she has selected plants that hold their own in both the garden and on the plate. A gardener, author and journalist, Alys Fowler is a regular contributor to the Guardian and Gardener’s World and is the author of books on gardening, food and nature, including: The Edible Garden, The Thrifty Gardener, Plant Love and Hidden Nature. Her approach, which she describes as a polyculture, hinges upon ‘a good backbone of perennial edibles’ that can be relied on year after year to produce a healthy harvest, alongside a complement of annual plants that you can sow and grow to suit your tastes as well as your capacity.

The notion of an undemanding edible garden has always seemed like an impossibility to me, but on reading Eat What You Grow, I realise that I am quite wrong.

I bought this book alongside “The Edible Garden”, (which i had been watching on the television), thinking it would be a food addition to my gardening library. In Eat What You Grow, Alys Fowler offers expertise on cultivating a rich and biodiverse edible garden that will attract wildlife, including important pollinators, while also providing you with incredibly nourishing and wondrously home-grown crops.The whole thing feels rushed and low-budget, without the care, grace, and commitment of The Edible Garden, which is a jewel of a book. Allows you to use the information to suit your own garden and needs, rather than mapping out a plan that you then struggle to adapt to your own conditions. It suggests building a garden out of three components, "basics" (perennials), "fillers" (self-seeders that look after themselves) and "toppings" (more labour-intensive annuals). To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

She has keen interest in agriculture and food politics and is setting up an urban farm in Birmingham.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. She has contributed to G ardens Illustrated, The Observer Food Monthly, The National Geographic and Country Living . She also teaches you simple and effective design tools that will ensure your garden looks striking and wild, brings joy to your world and feeds you day after day. Split into three main sections, the book takes a holistic approach by building from the basics, which are edible perennials in a variety of sizes and growth habits, up to fillers that self-seed, through to toppings, which are annual plants that will thrive in this mixed system.

There are lots of interesting new edibles throughout the book, which may or may not be shown in the photos, but you can't tell, so you haven't a clue what they look like. And as I now embark on my second year in a new garden, Eat What You Grow has provided a source of inspiration to consider more ambitious plans for each of the seasons. Interesting and well written, but a huge disappointment after Alys's previous book, The Edible Garden. What I enjoyed most about this book is that it is a galvanising treatise on the possibility of a truly nature- centric edible garden, a celebration of biodiversity as well as deliciousness. Eat What You Grow contains fewer lifestyle pictures, more focus on plants and more focus on science, which I'm sure all comes from a decade more of horticulture and more editorial influence with her publisher.Through anecdotal advice, you will learn how to raise and nurture your plants; from trees and shrubs to bulbs and climbers, Fowler covers everything from where to plant them, how to feed the soil and when they should be harvested. I love all of her books including her novel and this was a splurge, whilst the paper is gorgeous and the pictures are delightful this is a coffee table book or possibly a seed catalog rather than an actual gardening book.



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