For anyone who's ever wanted to grow their own food, comes gardening guru Carson Arthur's honest, and often hilarious, advice for any and every skill level and space.
Everyone appreciates the glory of a fresh vine-ripened vegetable, but how do you successfully grow your own? Nobody wants to see their vegetable dreams die the tragic death of a #gardenfail! That is where Carson Arthur comes in, with a wealth of knowledge to guide your gardening decisions and set you up for success in any space. Whether it's a backyard, a rooftop, a balcony or even just a window ledge, this book has everything you need to know about sunlight, space, soil, seeds, and setup.
Six years ago, Carson bought a small plot of land two hours outside of the city to try his hand at having his own farm. As a gardener by trade, and with a childhood spent on an apple farm, he had a little experience to back him up! Now he's sharing all of that in Vegetables, Chickens & Bees. Carson provides very real advice on how to choose the right garden for you, how to prepare your dirt and seeds, and gives step-by-step guidance for 20 key veggies you can growas well as how to dodge the many pitfalls out there (like checking about the locations of cable wires and gas lines before you start digging up your yard.) Then he shares his favourite recipes for those vegetables so you can have delicious options for everything you grow. Also included are primers on raising your own chickens and keeping your own bees.
|Publisher:||Appetite by Random House|
|Product dimensions:||7.09(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Carson Arthur is Canada's go-to gardening expert. Over his 17-year career, Carson has worked with people across Canada on gardening, homesteading, and urban farming. He is part of the Cityline team and his shows appear on networks such as HGTV, ION, Global, Discovery, and Hallmark; he contributes to multiple publications, including The Toronto Sun and Outdoor Lifestyle magazine; and is the brand spokesperson for several companies, including Black + Decker, Lee Valley Tools, and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.
Read an Excerpt
I’ve learned a lot working on my own garden, and in this book I am passing my advice and experience on to you so you can avoid a whole bunch of the #gardenfails I’ve already made. First, I’ll show you to look at your space and truly understand it. I’ll help you assess the sunlight and the dirt; show you how to get seeds started; help you protect your garden from pests; teach you when to water your garden; and give you DIY guides for raised planters, composters and self-watering systems, to name just a few. Then I’ll give my advice for growing 20 key veggies (from preparing the dirt, to harvesting them, to prepping your seeds for next year). Parts 2 and 3 are a primer on chickens and bees: Advice on choosing the right breeds for you, how to feed, care and collect from both, and some hard truths about why you might not be ready for this step yet. Plus my fav recipes for cooking all those gorgeous veggies, and what to do with the eggs and honey you collect from your chickens and bees.
Many of us (me included) have been feeling a pull toward becoming more self-sufficient in sourcing our own food and are looking at how we can use our own spaces to grow that food. Some people have called it the “grow it yourself” movement; others think it’s some sort of fallout from all the “end of days” movies and TV shows. Whatever the reason, if you’re keen to jump on board, my advice can help you ease into this way of life as smoothly as possible. I warn you though—this is not a dreamy look at an adorable Instagram-ready farm. I don’t gloss over the dirty bits, but literally go into the shit you need to know (see page 80 for a guide to choosing manure!) and share my honest experience of growing food in every space.