Post Script: Complete Book of Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit in Australia – Matthew Biggs, Jekka McVicar and Bob Flowerdew

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Complete Book of Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit in Australia

Matthew Biggs, Jekka McVicar and Bob Flowerdew

Simon & Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781925456080

 

 Description:

Encyclopaedic in scope, The Complete Book of Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit in Australia is the definitive sourcebook for growing, harvesting and cooking your own fresh produce at home.

 

Featuring over 100 different herbs, 70 vegetables and 100 fruits, this magnificent guide will help, encourage and inspire novices and experienced gardeners alike. The coverage is phenomenal – from growing tomatoes throughout the year, to the great variety of potatoes you can grow in your own backyard, and there are herbs that can be grown in even the smallest of spaces.

 

Written with Australian consultants for Australian conditions with lavish illustrations and information that is easy to read and find, every gardener can discover the origins of plants, how they were named, their medicinal, cosmetic and culinary uses, and most importantly, how to cultivate the right plant to ensure a bumper crop. This is a real must-have for every gardener or cook.

 

 

My View:

If you are interested in having a home vegetable garden, or even an orchard or herb garden then this book is for you!  If you buy one gardening book this year – for yourself or as a gift –buy this one- you will have all your needs met in this one book!  (And this makes a great coffee table book for those who don’t have green thumbs).  J

 

This is a great resource – divided into useful easy to read sections

 

Vegetables A-Z

 

Herbs A – Z

 

Fruits –

Orchard fruits

Soft, Bush and Cane fruits

Tender Fruits

Tropical and Sub Tropical Fruits

Shrub and Flower Garden Fruits

Nuts

And

Practical Gardening tips.

 

With real life (plant) images, information on varieties, cultivation, propagation, harvesting, pests and diseases, culinary uses and a recipe or two relating to the individual plant – all the information you need is here to get started.

Start planning your garden today and remember to feed the bees – plant blue and purple flowering plants and herbs and you will have a bee friendly garden in return the bees will happily pollinate your crops for you!

 

 

 

Post Script: The Garden Wanderer – Julie Kinney

The Garden Wanderer

The Garden Wanderer

Julie Kinney

 Freedom Garvey-Warr (Photographer), Chris Gurney (Photographer)

Margaret River Press

ISBN: 9780994316752

 

Description:

Take an armchair ride with around a small corner of Australia’s south-west and discover some hidden treasures in gardens of the region. Margaret River local Julie Kinney selected an eclectic 20 gardens to mark her 20 years in the region. She says, ‘there are so many wonderful gardens out there, some documented, some not, but gardens are transient beings, people move on and the garden they leave behind changes.’

 

My View:

Congratulations all round; Julie Kinney has written a beautifully restorative and fascinating show case of twenty of the Margaret River regions superb gardens, Freedom Garvey-Warr and Chris Gurney have once again graced the pages of a Margaret River Press publication with style and colour, what a superb team effort!

If you would like a private “fly on the wall” tour of some of the varied and exotic landscapes in this area, knowledgeable tour guide/gardener Julie Kinney will show you the way, pick up a copy of “The Garden Wanderer,” you will not be disappointed.

This is a must read, must have, for every gardener or would be gardener, or day dreamer or tour guide or hotel, BnB or winery in the region (and a perfect gift to send to friends/colleagues anywhere). Share some Margaret River tranquillity and natural beauty, a restful  read.

Post Script: Six Square Metres – Margaret Simons

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Six Square Metres

Margaret Simons

Scribe

ISBN: 9781925106831

 

Description:

Life lessons from the ground up.

 

Sometimes you reap what you sow. Sometimes you reap what other people sowed. Sometimes you haven’t got a clue what you are sowing, and sometimes you just get lucky, or unlucky. All these things are true of life, as of gardening.

 

In this thoughtful and beautifully observed book, journalist and gardening enthusiast Margaret Simons takes readers on a journey through the seasons, through her life, and through the tiny patch of inner-urban earth that is home to her garden.

 

Over the course of a year, within the garden and without, there are births to celebrate and deaths to mourn; there are periods of great happiness and light, and times of quiet reflection. There is, in other words, all the chaos, joy, sorrow, and splendour of being alive.

 

 

My View:

This is an endearing and poignant read. Margaret Simons has a quiet and peaceful voice – it seems to me that she is content and happy with her life and her garden and this contentedness nourishes the reader and the writer alike. So calm and peaceful – I loved reading this book.

 

If you are a gardener or a consumer of fresh produce or have a family, live in the city or the country, you will be able to relate to individual stories or situations in this book. This memoir is short on pages, big on life.