Author(s): Alan Buckingham
Learn to enjoy food that's fresh from plot to plate, not flown halfway round the world. The sweetest carrots, the juiciest tomatoes, the most tender green beans - all these and many more delicious vegetable varieties can be yours: sown in your own garden, reared with your own hand, and savoured by all. Growing your own vegetables provides delicious food fresh from the soil without costing the earth. Packed with natural goodness, newly pulled carrots, freshly picked peas or potatoes dug straight from the ground are a healthy and inexpensive alternative to tasteless supermarket fare. And it couldn't be easier. Discover how planning and preparation, basic tools and the most rudimentary gardening ability can transform an allotment, garden, patio, or even an urban balcony into a homegrown haven. Choose your crop from easy-to-grow varieties that require minimum effort but deliver excellent results. You don't need green fingers to grow great food.
Alan Buckingham is a freelance writer. He has over twenty years' experience in illustrated publishing, both as an editor and as an author, and has worked on countless informational books, interactive CD-ROMs, and websites. In recent years he has written chiefly about gardening and photography, his two main interests. Alan is a long-time plot-holder on the prestigious Royal Paddocks Allotments near Hampton Court Palace, south-west London (UK). Every summer he proves himself incapable of heeding his own advice and consequently grows far more fruit and vegetables than he and his family could ever hope to eat. Should he ever be given the opportunity to have his time again, he would happily swap a career in publishing for one as a head gardener.