How to Grow Your Own Food: A Week-by-week Guide to Wild Life Friendly Fruit and Vegetable GardeningPaperback
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- Publisher: Spring Hill
- Format: Paperback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 170mm x 242mm x 14mm | 458g
- Publication date: 15 September 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1905862113
- ISBN 13: 9781905862115
- Illustrations note: b&w line drawings
- Sales rank: 343,063
It is his passion for what he does and where he is that inspired 'Dirty Nails' to put pen to paper and record day-to-day life in the vegetable garden. In a compilation of his weekly columns written for the "Blackmore Vale Magazine", Dirty Nails takes you outdoors and 'in amongst it' on the vegetable plot where seeds are sown, plants nurtured, fruits tended and crops harvested. Flora and fauna are noted, too, and delicious and often unusual recipes lovingly supplied. With his guidance - and your gardening - your kitchen garden, vegetable patch or allotment will provide you with the good, fresh, honest and seasonal fruit and vegetables that Dirty Nails has a passion for. And he will also help you sustain the ecological balance of your garden.
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Dirty Nails writes from personal experience, having supplied his family of four over the years with enough fresh produce to eat their fill. His book combines his love of gardening with the natural pleasures of being outdoors and 'in amongst it'. The author seeks to de-mystify the art of kitchen and allotment gardening, making the thrills, spills, triumphs and tribulations accessible to all-comers, whatever their level of gardening experience. Employing his own tried and tested methods, he takes the reader through the vegetable and fruit growing year, week-by-week.
'It is easy to imagine this book being consulted in garden sheds and allotment huts the length of the land, well thumbed in pursuit of another nugget of wisdom or vital piece of guidance from Dirty Nails. The sort of book any gardener would enjoy reading from cover to cover on a rainy afternoon.' Fosse Way Magazine 'A gardening book has got to be different, How to Grow Your Own Food is just that. This is a thoroughly enjoyable book which you could read at one sitting and delve into week by week.' Mid Sussex Times 'Packed with handy hints on wildlife-friendly fruit and veg gardening.' Amateur Gardening 'Thanks to his simple, down-to-earth style and chatty text, Dirty Nails is well worth a read. A delightful walk through the veg garden year, this book will be invaluable to anyone who's still finding their feet amid the excitement of growing their own food.' Garden News 'A 208-pager filled with fascinating facts and useful jobs for each week of the year.' North Devon Journal'A book, that down-to-earth gardeners will love. Anyone will learn a lot from his honest-to-goodness book.' Organic Gardening'For any wannabe fruit and veg grower.' Kitchen Garden'Every so often a book comes along that blows all that out of the water. This book is an absolute 'must have' for anyone serious about growing their own produce. Refreshing, easy to read in one sitting or to dip in and out of as a reference work, this book really does tick all the boxes. Plain common sense, humour and an amazing eye for detail.' Grow It!'The detailed week by week commentary make it seem like the author "Dirty Nails" is standing right beside you giving you interesting and practical tips and advice throughout the year. It is an excellent inspiring book for both beginners and experienced gardeners alike.' www.organic-gardening-tips.co.uk'A refreshing alternative to many of the glossy publications offered by garden centres and the like. A very tasted read! Dorset Wildlife Trust Magazine 'Provides the best guide to vegetable gardening that is published in any newspaper.' A reader.
Table of contents
* Practical and entertaining week-by-week companion to growing food in your garden or allotment* Comes from a compilation of weekly columns written by a mystery contributor known only as Dirty Nails for the Blackmore Vale magazine - now published as a book for the first time* Find out how to harvest delicious fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the season, whilst helping to sustain the ecological development of your environment* Using language that is easy to understand and put into practice, this is a book to take out onto the plot with you as seeds are sown, crops nurtured, fruits tended - and flora and fauna noted