Author(s): Barbara Segall
Organic food is becoming a desirable option for those who are concerned about food safety. This book offers a wealth of information on growing organic fruit and vegetables in small urban spaces, plus a number of garden plans with planting information showing how to make the most of your space.
Renowned gardening writer Barbara Segall shares her many years of gardening experience in her guide "Practical Kitchen Gardening". Specifically aimed at the smaller gardens so often found in towns and cities today, it is a helpful and informative look at the opportunities that can arise to grow your own fruit and vegetables in these tiny spaces. Full of inspirational photographs and innovative ideas, Barbara Segall shows how you can grow produce in an attractive manner thus gaining the best of both worlds - a pretty garden together with plenty of home-grown fruit and vegetables. From rooftop terraces to courtyards, tiny green plots to containers, she demonstrates the scope of growing methods available in limited spaces. No longer is the only option the ubiquitous growbag. Hanging baskets full of strawberres, windowboxes full of herbs. These will last far longer than annual flowers such as petunias and lobelias and give more enjoyment at the same time as being a visual feast. From site assessment and preparation, Barbara Segall takes you through the choice of fruit and vegetable suited to your particular aspect and situation, tackles pests and diseases, and offers attractive garden plans too. Written in easy to understand language a novice can understand, the book should incite more people to "grow their own". You will be surprised at how easy and rewarding it is to do. - Lucy Watson
Barbara Segall is a gardening expert and widely published garden writer, whose work appears in a number of specialist gardening publications such as BBC Gardeners' World magazine, Kitchen Garden, Country Living and Herbs. She is also Editor of The Horticulturist, the quarterly journal of The Institute of Horticulture, and is Chair of The Garden Writers Guild. She maintains a traditional garden, including a potagerstyle kitchen garden, at her home in Sudbury, Suffolk.