Growing Stuff – An Alternative Guide to Gardening

March 3, 2009

I love getting post but especially this kind of post; today there was a large packet containing a couple of these books and I’m in them!  I’m one of many contributors.

My contributions are ‘Rosemary’ in which I cover how to grow rosemary and how to make a rosemary hair rinse and ‘Bountiful Basil’ where I cover growing, harvesting, preserving and making basil pesto.  It’s great to see the whole book and how good it all looks.

This book has been written and laid out in an engaging way, there are lots of little projects you could do in a weekend.  It doesn’t matter how much space you have or your location or budget, there is something for everyone in this exciting and unusual book. It is ideal for beginners or enthusiasts due to its inspiring nature.

There is a section at the beginning of the book that covers the basics for anyone getting started in gardening and most of the projects give a step by step guide to completing the project.

There are plenty of photos and illustrations and it focuses on the fun aspects of gardening. It shows how things can be grown in the most unexpected places and with minimum prior knowledge or skill.

I like the way that a lot of the projects start from scratch i.e. how to grow a plant right through to how to use it. Some examples are: Grow Your Own Mojito, Peas in Pots, Grow Your Own Chilli Jam and the Mediterranean window box amongst many others.

There are also wildlife & practical projects like making your own mini polytunnel, ladybird house, organic plant feed and lots more.

The main sections are:

  • Getting Started
  • Ideas for edibles Fruit & Veg
  • Herbs & Flowers
  • Wildlife & Practical Projects
  • Curiosities & Other Things
  • Resources

There are some really interesting ideas and useful tips in the book. I won’t say too much more and spoil the surprise so if you want to grab yourself a copy, I’m pleased to say that Black Dog Publishing are offering a 40% discount to Mad About Herbs blog and ezine readers! The official launch is on the 26th March.

To take advantage of this generous offer, please email jess@blackdogonline.com but make sure you enter the subject of your email with ‘Mad About Herbs Discount’.

Happy Reading, Growing and Stuff!

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