Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet

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I bought this book online (secondhand) in July.  I’d seen it for sale at a local (expensive) garden centre and decided that, though it looked interesting, the cost was too high and I could get the same information from the internet.

However, once I realised I could buy it secondhand for under £3 (+ p&p), I decided to go for it.

I am so used to going online for information now, that I forgot the pleasure of skimming through a ‘real’ book.  It’s big and heavy, but a lap tray helps with that.

Not all the information is relevant to my own situation, but there is enough detail provided to allow a gardener to find alternatives.

The best piece of advice?  Don’t grow anything you’re not going to want to eat!

The book starts with three ‘Golden Rules’

  • Get to know your plot
  • Decide what you want to grow
  • Maximizing your harvest

Then goes through where, how and what to plant – including  recycling containers (a colander for a hanging basket; old bicycle wheels fixed to a fence as a wacky plant support for beans), building raised beds, soil types etc.  Everything you need to know.

But it just gives a snapshot of each and you don’t get bogged down in small details.

The book ends with suggestions for alternatives to the more common vegetables; a plant ‘Know How’ Section including a Crop Planner – and the conditions required for your chosen fruit or vegetable – followed by a quick run through some ‘Common Diseases and Disorders’ and ‘Common Weeds’.

Next year, with the help of this book, I should have a better idea of what I’m doing and when to do it!



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