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If you dream of growing, harvesting, and eating your own produce, here’s how to begin.
Author Nicki Trench, who has created her own backyard farm from scratch, shares with you everything there is to know about growing vegetables, fruit, and herbs, including making your own compost, growing in raised beds, and protecting your crops from pests and disease. Nicki also explains how to rear chickens for eggs and bees for honey, and gives advice on keeping goats and pigs. The benefits of creating your backyard farm are not just economic—the energy once obsessively expended on the exercise bike can now be channelled more productively by digging the vegetable patch, turning the compost or cleaning out the hen coop. Communities are reappearing over backyard fences as neighbors share their harvest of zucchini, spinach, and eggs. Whatever you choose to grow or rear on your backyard farm, this book offers a taste of the good life that is easy, satisfying, and inexpensive to achieve.
|Publisher:||Ryland Peters & Small|
|Edition description:||US Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Nicki Trench is a bestselling author, crafter, and vegetable grower. As well as teaching, lecturing, and feature writing on knitting, crochet, sewing, cake decorating, and hen keeping, she is the founder of Laughing Hens, the UK’s leading online yarn store, and Rooster Yarns. Some of her books include Geek Chic Crochet, Cute & Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes, A Passion for Quilting, and Cute & Easy Crochet.
The author is based in Radlett, Hertfordshire, UK.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Starting Off 12
Planning your kitchen garden 14
Growing in raised beds 30
Chapter 2 Sowing and Growing 36
Growing under cover 38
Sowing and planting 42
Growing in containers 51
Pests and diseases 58
Chapter 3 The Kitchen Garden 62
Root vegetables 64
Onion family 90
Pumpkins and squashes 98
Steam and perennial vegetables 110
Growing fruit 122
Growing herbs 134
Wild food 140
Storing produce 144
Chapter 4 Keeping Animals 148
Hen keeping 150
Keeping goats 178
Keeping pigs 180
Useful addresses and websites 182
Author's acknowledgments 192