Have your garden – and eat it too
If you’re looking for some fresh food this summer, look no further than your own backyard. These books will help you realize that dinner is a lot closer than the nearest grocery store.
Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in Your Backyard or Farmer’s Market By Tama Matsuoka Wong Forage for wild food and discover delicious edible plants growing everywhere – including your backyard – and how best to prepare them to highlight their unique flavors with this seasonally- organized field guide and cookbook. Edible Landscaping By Rosalind Creasy Since Rosalind Creasy popularized the concept of landscaping with edibles a quarter- centur y ago, interest in eating healthy, fresh, locally grown foods has swept across the nation. More and more Americans are looking to grow clean, delicious produce at home, saving money and natural resources at the same time.
Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere
By Byron E. Martin and Laurelynn G. Martin
Imagine a cup of coffee brewed from beans grown right in your own kitchen. Or juice from an orange harvested from your living room. Or even a salad sprinkled with olives plucked from a tree in your dining room. It’s now possible in any climate. This book covers 47 varieties of fruiting plants.
Nature’s Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting and Preparing Edible Wild Plants By Samuel Thayer A detailed guide to all aspects of using edible wild plants, from identifying and collecting to preparation. Eat your yard! By Nan K. Chase Information on 35 edible plants that offer the best of both landscape and culinary uses. Edible plants provide spring blossoms, colorful fruit and flowers, lush greenery, fall foliage and beautiful structure, but they also offer fruits, nuts and seeds that you can eat, cook and preserve.
Edible: An Illustrated Guide to the World’s Food Plants
By National Geographic Society
An illustrated walk through the world garden to discover the story of some 250 food plants from field to table.
The Edible Garden By Rosalind Creasy A beautiful collection of flowers that can be used for cookery including candied violets and roses to decorate appetizers and cakes, nasturtiums for a colorful shrimp salad and day lily buds, pink clover and wild mustard flowers that are tossed together in a spectacular stir- fry.
Stalking the Wild Asparagus By Euell Gibbons Euell Gibbons is one of the few people in this country who has devoted a considerable part of his life to the adventure of “living off the land.” The Flower wild foods he recommends in this book are widely available everywhere.
Fruit Trees in Small Spaces: Abundant Harvests From Your Own Backyard By Colby Eierman Luscious peaches, crisp apples, and sweet plums right off the tree are hard to beat. For gardeners yearning for the pleasures of home-grown fruit plucked straight from the tree, this deliciously encouraging guide cuts the subject down to size.
How to Grow Perennial Vegetables: Low-Maintenance, Low-Impact Vegetable Gardening By Martin Crawford Perennial vegetables are a joy to grow and require a lot less time and effort than annuals. In this book, Martin Crawford gives comprehensive advice on all types of perennial vegetable (edible plants that live longer than three years), from groundcover plants and coppiced trees to plants for bog gardens and edible woodland plants.
The Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Self-Sufficiency From Asparagus to Zucchini By Brett L. Markham This comprehensive handbook covers everything you need to know about maximizing and harvesting the best vegetables you can possibly produce.
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