Organic Salad Garden
Special photography by Roger Phillips
Frances Lincoln Ltd, distributed by Bookwise International
YOU are what you eat
- and with summer not too many weeks away, now is the perfect time
to start thinking about establishing an organic salad garden.
The Organic Salad
Garden is an invaluable reference book, following every step
of the salad-making process, from planning the layout of the garden,
to choosing your mix of plants, with a range of creative recipes
to make the most of your homegrown crops come harvest time.
Organic Salad Garden is comprehensively illustrated with clear
identifying photos, so it's just what you need if you can't tell
your mizuna from your mustard seedlings. As well as salad greens,
it covers fruiting vegetables like peppers and cucumbers, root vegetables,
onions, peas, beans, herbs and edible flowers. There's even a chapter
on weeds - just imagine serving up a fresh salad of dandelions,
fat hen, shepherd's purse and thistles!
The appendices of practical
growing advice include planting calendars, germination and harvest
times for cut-and-come-again seedlings, a useful guide to seeds
suitable for sprouting and suggestions for difficult positions,
such as gardens in light shade or dry soil.
Joy Larkcom - one of
Britain's most respected garden writers - has been gardening organically
for more than 25 years, so she definitely practices what she preaches.
Larkcom also runs a specialist organic market garden in Suffolk,
growing unusual salad vegetables and herbs.
Gardener, Issue 105, September 5-18, 2002, Page 30
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH