Vegetables, Chickens & Bees: An Honest Guide to Growing Your Own Food Anywhere

Vegetables, Chickens & Bees: An Honest Guide to Growing Your Own Food Anywhere

by Carson Arthur


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From balconies to backyards, get set for gardening success—in any space!

There is no better time to grow your own vegetables than now. Whatever space you have (backyard, front yard, balcony, patio, rooftop, window sill, kitchen counter, patch of grass) this book shows you how to grow your own garden-fresh vegetables, starting now. Included inside is everything the beginner gardener needs:

Gardening guides for every space: from patios to rooftops, and from container gardens to in-ground growing
Expert info on sunlight, soil, water and weeding, as well as the right seeds to pick, how to start them and how to care for your plants as they grow
Step-by-step guides for 20 key veggies (including tomatoes, carrots, kale, cucumbers, potatoes, garlic, herbs and fruits)
DIY how-tos for over 15 home garden projects (including building your own planter boxes and plant pest-protectors)
Also included are primers on keeping your own backyard chickens and bees, plus Carson's 15 favorite recipes for using garden-fresh produce . . . and much, much more

Carson Arthur is Canada's favorite gardener. Now he's sharing his experiences, no holds barred, to set you up for self-sufficient homegrown veggie success in any space. This is the only book you will need.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780147530615
Publisher: Appetite by Random House
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 506,633
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.00(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.

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