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URBAN VEGETABLE PATCH
Bibliophile price: £6.25
Make your own green oasis and enjoy the delicious taste of your own fresh produce. Sub-titled 'A Modern Guide to Growing Sustainably, Whatever Your Space' to save money and for your own wellbeing and perhaps even social interaction, this super colourful handbook looks at what to grow, tools, soil and compost and how to plant be it indoors, on window ledges, balconies and roof terraces or on paved areas and bigger spaces. Let's start growing salad, herbs, peppers, chillies, pak choi, chard, French beans, peas, cucumbers, courgettes, squash, garlic, spring onions, onions, leeks, radishes, beetroots, carrots and potatoes. We look at raised beds which can be made from repurposed pallets, timber, bricks or large tyres and make stooping and planting, watering and weeding so much easier. At harvest time find out how to store, slice or freeze your produce like your beautiful bright yellow, green and red bell peppers, easy little recipes for Sautéed Chard with Garlic and Pumpkin Seeds, Lemon and Garlic French Beans or Smokey Caramelised Butternut Squash. Learn about 'sets', mini onions that you put straight into a container or directly into the soil just as you would chitted potatoes and make a quick pickled onion with sugar, lemon, sea salt and some chilli flakes. You can easily grow potatoes in a large sturdy carrier bag or a bin, indoors or out, or in a deep pot but make sure it has drainage holes. Packed with everything you need to know when it comes to growing green and including 20 edible gardening projects, making your own compost, growing from scraps and practical tips on waste-aware watering. 176pp, colour illus.

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