A Cook's Guide to Growing Organic Fruit,
Vegetables and Herbs in Containers
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AS the subtitle - Growing
Organic Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs in Containers - suggests,
this is another book emphasising small-space gardening. Susan Berry,
with three other books in this field, has made it something of a
From the gardening viewpoint,
the book is an eye-catching primer, tackling the ABC of planning
and cultivating a small-space container garden. Thus, the opening
chapters outline soil requirements, container types, basic equipment,
sowing and planting and so on. When it comes to crops, there's a
range of vegetables here (classified under roots, stems, leaves,
fruiting and salad). With a chapter devoted to each veggie, there's
a summary of varieties (some won't be available here), requisite
container size (essential) and harvesting.
The bonus is the recipes.
Some recipes accompany the entries, while there's a couple of pages
worth at the back for good measure. Again, they're mostly simple
- beans in garlic or strawberries and lemon syllabub, for instance
- but appealing.
In keeping with the organic
emphasis - more appealing in the small-space garden because of fewer
plants to concentrate on - there's information on composting and
pest control, with a special page at the back with instructions
on how to make you own "growing medium".
with its appealing photography, could make a gift for a new inner-city
urban gardener or someone downsizing to the garden constraints of
a retirement village.
Gardener, Issue 151, 2004, Page 29
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH