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One Magic Square  : Grow Your Own Food on One Square Metre - Lolo Houbein

One Magic Square

Grow Your Own Food on One Square Metre


Published: 15th August 2008
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One Magic Square shows how, with a ten-minute effort, you can start your own productive food garden on a single square metre. By following these plot designs you can keep your labour pleasurable as your self-sufficiency increases. Take control of your own fresh food supply! Food gardening is the most intelligent adult endeavour on earth - Lolo Houbein shows you how to do it, and why you should.

The description from the USA edition follows:

A Hands-On Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs, Starting with Just One Square Yard!

Lolo Houbein has been growing food for more than 30 years and now, drawing on her wide learning and hard-earned experience, she offers a wealth of information on how to turn small plots of land into sources of nourishing, inexpensive, organic food. Amateur gardeners wondering how to get started and veteran gardeners looking for new ideas will be inspired by Houbein's practical, often charming, and always optimistic advice. One Magic Square includes:

  • Earth-friendly tips, tricks, and solutions for establishing and maintaining an organic garden
  • Illustrated, annotated plans for 30 plots with different themes including perennials and pick-and-come-again plants, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant-rich vegetables, and salad, pizza, pasta, and stir-fry ingredients
  • Comprehensive information about every plant in every plot
  • Color photographs of the author's own garden—plus helpful illustrations
  • Houbein family recipes for making the most of your bounty including salad dressings, fruit and vegetable juices, stir-fries, and more.

About the Author

Born in Holland, Lolo Houbein came to Australia at 24 with her husband and children after growing up in an atmosphere of war. She studied the University of Adelaide, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Australian Literature, Anthropology and Classics in 1975. She later studied at the University of Papua New Guinea, and gained a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the Adelaide College of Advanced Education in 1978.


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just like it says


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  • Commonsense Approach
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Great reference book
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


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    "This timely guide will assist first-time and experienced gardeners take control of their own food supply at a time of water restrictions and increasing fuel and food prices. An engaging and motivational guide to growing your own food ... very easy to follow." -- "Sumptuous" magazine "This is the most useful and most beautiful book of the year." - Pauline Vijverberg, "The Citizen"

    ISBN: 9781862547643
    ISBN-10: 1862547645
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 368
    Published: 15th August 2008
    Publisher: Wakefield Press Pty, Limited
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 20.0  x 2.57
    Weight (kg): 0.78
    Edition Number: 1