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|Growing into food|
A short list of Pennyís favourites
| Growing into food|
|While not strictly a genre, this group of books has a dedicated and growing following. At the beginning of the twentieth century, fruit trees (especially the lemon) and vegetable gardens had a place in every Australian backyard. Then gradually, transport improved and agriculture developed along with mass production on a giant scale. At the same time backyards grew smaller and prices for fresh food dropped so people stopped growing their own. |
In the last few years as climate change has impacted on all our lives and we have all become more aware of our carbon footprint, we are once again turning to our back gardens as a primary source of food. Reflecting this trend has been the huge increase in books on this subject.
The books cover everything you might want to know. Itís impossible to have healthy plants without healthy soil, and compost and worms have a crucial part to play. There are books on this as well as general gardening books and those specifically on fruit trees. You could try planting a medlar, quince or pomegranite, as well as the more common apples, apricots or plums. Fruit trees are an essential part of our backyard bonanza, in these books you will find out how to grow them in every situation from huge gardens to tiny courtyards and pots
If you are growing vegetables too, then you can do so in pots, or garden beds or even in magic squares. And where would your garden, cooking and medicine be without herbs? All these subjects and more are covered in the books at Our Library.
While there are some great English and American books amongst them, Australians face unique problems when it comes to growing our own food. So always look for an Australian book first. Some of the best, and most local, are described below. These authors are hands-on gardeners, who write about what they have experienced