The new guide to small-space gardening
By Mat Pember and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon
Hardie Grant Books RRP $45
This hands-on, to the point gardening book has a real DIY feel to it: that anyone can grow food, no matter how small or unconventional their garden space, and regardless of whether they possess an experienced green thumb or are a complete novice.
Grow. Food. Anywhere. is conversational, whimsical, and humorous, with the fun and quietly determined spirits of its authors shining through. Mat, founder of The Little Veggie Patch Co and seasoned writer, and Dillon, with a background in environmental science, walk readers through growing productive plants in pots, raised planters, wicking beds, in-ground, and even inside; as well as covering plant selection and establishment, knowing your potting mediums and garden soils, ongoing maintenance, and troubleshooting – all the tools needed for an informed gardening adventure.
Mat and Dillon’s no-nonsense and practical approach to the ins and outs of growing fruit, veg, herbs, and beneficial flowers, gives readers the step by step guidance to realising their own homegrown culinary wonderland.
This colourful book includes a pleasing mix of photos and line drawings, and is set out in three sections: What Plants Need; Fruit & Veg to Grow; and Pests & Diseases to know. You can start at the beginning and learn your way through, page by page; or alternatively, check out a particular subject and be on your way.
Grow. Food. Anywhere. is easy to follow and concise, giving just the right amount of information for modern people where time is in short supply. Aside from the minor detail of not stressing the importance of wearing Personal Protective Equipment when handling potting mix and soil mediums, this is a quality publication, which is as informative as it is enjoyable.