Fabulous Food from Every Small Garden (CSIRO Publishing Gardening Guides)

Mary Horsfall

Language: English

Pages: 232

ISBN: 0643095977

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Fabulous Food from Every Small Garden shows how to grow food at home in even the smallest of spaces. It explores the reasons for growing your own food, including the many potential benefits such as improved taste, freshness and nutrition. Many types of food are covered, such as vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers.

This practical book discusses the importance of growing open-pollinated varieties, and provides detailed instructions for successfully growing plants from seeds. Plant care is explained, including organic pest and weed control and efficient watering methods. In addition, readers are shown how to improve soil fertility by making their own fertilizer.

Fabulous Food from Every Small Garden also offers solutions on incorporating food plants with other plants to create beautiful gardens in spaces such as balconies, flowerbeds and shrubbery. This is complemented with information on innovative techniques such as aquaponics, hydroponics, wicking beds and grid gardening to achieve high productivity in small spaces. The final chapter concerns harvesting and storing produce, and contains some simple recipes.

Gives innovative and economical methods for growing food in restricted spaces, even indoors
Shows how to incorporate a wide variety of food plants into a garden
Suggests spaces not normally thought of for growing food
Follows a chemical-free approach to gardening
Shows how to create free garden nutrients from kitchen waste
Based on the author's first-hand experience and 20 years as editor of Grass Roots magazine

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Never underestimate the potential power of natural forces and plan accordingly. Innovative watering ways We all need to be smarter about the ways we use water, especially during drought years, and even more so if we want to grow food plants. Some of the methods already described are water-efficient in themselves and will permanently reduce the amount of water you need to use. These include: s Mulch, but ensure that water is applied under the mulch during dry times, such as 116 s s s s s s by drippers, seeper hoses or upside down drink bottles (see below).

It has been estimated that the environmental benefits of buying conventionally grown food that is grown close to home outweigh the benefits of buying organically grown food that has been transported over long distances. By growing our food organically right where we live, or in community gardens nearby, we benefit the environment in every way. Good exercise One of the important ways we can maintain good health is to exercise more. Exercise prevents obesity with all its associated health problems, keeps our cardiovascular and circulatory systems in good condition and reduces osteoporosis.

These include prickly currant bush, midgenberry, muntries, ruby saltbush and cranberry heath. Some fruiting bush tucker plants that grow to a large shrub/small tree size include finger limes and Davidson plum. Some bush tucker plants are grown for their edible leaves. The leaves of warrigal greens, for example, are cooked and eaten in the same way as spinach. The leaves of plants such 2 – WHERE AND WHAT? ‡)DEXORXV)RRGSSLQGG 27 $0 BUSH TUCK ER FRUITS HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS Research carried out by CSIRO scientists has confirmed that many native fruits are much higher in antioxidants than blueberries, which are often cited for their rich antioxidant content.

It has been sprayed on pasture and crops to increase production. 4 – CREATING SUPER SOIL ‡)DEXORXV)RRGSSLQGG 73 $0 surface is covered, it can prevent a range of fungal diseases. As a soil drench, it encourages beneficial soil biota and leads to improved nutrient availability. Both methods will introduce a range of nutrients to the leaf surface and the soil. Many farmers wishing to avoid or minimise the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and fungicides are using compost teas on a large scale to improve the health and productivity of their crops.

Nutrients in organic food Some studies from around the world, including in Australia, show a higher level of nutrients in organically grown food compared with that grown commercially. It makes sense to either buy organic food or to grow as much of our own as we can to ensure our nutrient intake is optimal. A study commissioned by the Organic Retailers and Growers Association Australia (ORGAA) some years ago found that organic vegetables showed up to eight times more calcium, 10 times more potassium and seven times more magnesium than their conventionally grown counterparts.

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