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  • Published: 15 February 2010
  • ISBN: 9781846079740
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $59.99
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The Edible Garden

How to Have Your Garden and Eat It


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Gardeners' World's thrifty and resourceful Alys Fowler goes veg-supermarket free, living only off the land in her small city garden.

A tie-in to a 6 x 30 BBC2 prime-time series, Alys's Backgarden Fruit and Veg follows Gardeners’ World’s presenter Alys Fowler as she takes up the challenge to live veg-supermarket free for six months.

But Alys, rather than taking up an allotment, will be serving up feasts using produce she has grown in her small suburban backgarden. And there’ll be no sign of dreary raised beds either, spoiling the gorgeousness of her precious and beautiful outside space. Alys will transform her garden into an area where tomatoes sit happily next to roses, carrots are woven between the lavenders and potatoes share space with the hedge. Always on the look-out for new ideas, she’ll also visit other backgarden success stories, such as the backgarden orchard, the backgarden mushroom farm and even the backgarden chicken coop, to see what more she can learn for her own project. Her hearty dishes will show that nobody will be going hungry on her grow-your-own regime, and she’ll meet experts who will teach her how to preserve, pickle and store her wares, too.

Alys will inspire urbanites all over the country to take one step closer to self-sufficiency with this thrifty, resourceful and hugely rewarding new style of gardening. On the TV, she’ll be demonstrating to city dwellers everywhere how they too can enjoy the pleasures of growing their own food, however small their space, and this essential companion to the series will provide all the information they’ll need to succeed.

  • Pub date: 15 February 2010
  • ISBN: 9781846079740
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $59.99
Categories:

About the Author

Alys Fowler

Gardeners' World's Alys Fowler trained at the Horticultural Society, the New York Botanical Garden and the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew. After finishing her training, she worked as a journalist for the trade magazine, Horticulture Week, and then joined the Gardeners' World team as a horticultural researcher. The lure of the garden, however, proved too much and in 2006 Alys became Head Gardener at Gardeners' World's previous home, Berryfields. Alys is now one of the lead presenters of the programme and has presented a spin-off programme called The Edible Garden.

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Praise for The Edible Garden

“Turning the pages of the book will make new gardeners sigh with pleasure and give old-timers much to think about.”

Daily Telegraph

“Quirky is the word that springs to mind when leafing through this book ... it is for anyone who has dreamt of the Good Life but despaired at their lack of land. **** 4 stars”

Countryfile Magazine


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