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The Edible Garden
How to Have Your Garden and Eat It Too
Alys Fowler
ISBN: 9781936740543
Book (Paperback)
Viva Editions
8 x 10
260 pages
March 15, 2004


"You may not have much acreage but even city dwellers can create a good-enough-to-eat outdoor space." —Redbook

"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 & 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

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.

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 Gardener’s 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
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