Discover the joys of home grown.
There are many good reasons to grow your own food. It guarantees that you have access to the freshest and most nutritious ingredients right at your doorstep and it will also save you money. No matter how large or small your garden, you can create a productive space to grow fruit, vegetables and much more.
Grow Your Own Food guides you through the process of setting up, planting, maintaining and harvesting. In no time you will be growing your own fruit, vegetables, herbs and collecting your own eggs. Along the way you will learn to save water, keep pests and weeds at bay and start your own worm farm.
With month-by-month planting guides arranged by climate zone you will be sure to know what to plant when.
In no time you will be enjoying fresh and seasonal food in your own backyard.
There are many good reasons to grow your own food. It guarantees that you have access to the freshest and most nutritious ingredients right at your doorstep - once you have tasted vegetables that have been picked only minutes before you eat them, you will never look back. Not only will you have the satisfaction of growing something from scratch, if you grow it organically you'll know that it will be free of chemical residues and will be good for you and your family.
Growing your own food will also save you money. It's amazing how productive a garden can be, and you will soon notice that you don't need to buy as much produce from the greengrocer, particularly if you plan carefully and grow fruit and vegetables continually throughout the year. Any surplus produce can be shared with friends and neighbours, which is great for building community spirit.
The environmental benefits are also significant. By growing some of your own food, less produce needs to be grown in largescale monocultures which depend on vast quantities of artificial fertiliser, pesticides and herbicides, all of which end up in the environment. Growing food locally also means that less food needs to be transported, leading to energy savings and reduced pollution.
You don't need a lot of space to grow your own vegetables and fruit. Vegetables and herbs can be grown in pots; fruit trees can be grown on trellises; dwarf and multi-grafted trees will allow you to squeeze more fruit varieties into a limited area; grapes can be grown over a pergola and so provide summer shade as well; and passionfruit vines can ramble over a shed. It's even possible to keep chooks in a small backyard if you give them a mobile pen - your weeds will be kept under control and you'll be rewarded with delicious eggs.
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: August 2009
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 18.3
Weight (kg): 22.1