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.
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I did not know of Alys Fowler before this book but now I am a die-hard fan of her writing and her style of gardening which is easy, inviting, effective and very edible, too. Her wisdom comes from a pure love of gardening and her excellent advice is helpful to any level of expertise. I am going to do exactly as Alys Fowler suggests and have my garden and eat it and share the bounty with my neighbors friends and loved ones!
I had to give this book a one-star rating in spite of the good advice about planning and planting a garden. Those parts appear to be useful. Portions of the section dealing with preserving your harvest were not only bad but criminally bad. Ms. Fowler has apparently had astonishingly good luck making jam and jellies if her idea of "sealing" is to fill up a jar, press a disk of greaseproof paper on top and screw on the lid. (Either good luck or a string of involuntary manslaughter charges that she's not telling us about.)
If you want to preserve fruits and vegetables, PLEASE get a reliable resource that tells you in detail how to go about it safely. I've been canning for years and I still pull out "The Complete Book of Home Preserving" by the Ball Company every single time and review the step by step instructions. Hopefully we'll be able to avoid an awkward conversation with the nice man from the Health Department about that unfortunate outbreak of...
I love getting to watch her snow on You Tube and was so excited when I found she wrote a book. Her book reads just as enjoyable as it was to hear her on the show. It is fall here now so I can't put into practice all that I am learning but I am planning and excited for the spring!
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