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Introduction 1 Before you start 2 The basics 3 Easy-to-grow vegetables 4 Easy-to-grow fruit 5 Easy-to-grow herbs 6 Useful gardening terms 7 Common problems
After working on various sailing yachts around the world for several years, including three transatlantic sailing crossings and a period in the merchant navy, Jon Clift settled ashore, becoming involved in teaching, sailing and outdoor pursuits. Following his first degree in education, he spent a period as Director of Outward Bound Wales and latterly ran his own sailing school in South Devon. Having always been concerned about environmental issues Jon decided to 'walk the talk' and took a Masters in Sustainable Environmental Management, working with a major water company for his dissertation. He now works as an environmental consultant, and still keeps his toes wet running sea survival courses. Jon lives in Salcombe, South Devon. Amanda Cuthbert started her working life in the theatre before becoming a founder member of Sky Television, writing, presenting and producing programmes. Sixteen years ago she left the TV life behind to run a small farm in Devon; having been concerned about environmental issues since childhood, she put her ideas into practice - growing organic vegetables, leaving fields unsprayed and raising sheep, pigs and hens organically. Author of The Dreamer's Guide to Running Holiday Accommodation (Breese Books) and co-author of The Briefcase and the Baby: A Nanny and Mother's Handbook (Mandarin) she now works as a writer and editor, and raises chickens and grows her veg in south Devon. Amanda and Jon have previously collaborated on other environmental subjects, and have written other titles in the Green Books Guides series: Water: Use Less Save More, Energy: Use Less Save More, Climate Change: Simple things you can do to make a difference, Greening Your Office: An A-Z Guide, How to be a Student and Not Destroy Planet Earth and How To Grow Your Food: A Guide for Complete Beginners.
"Forget Dr Hessayon (for now), this book contains excellent clear advice, does not patronise the newbie gardener and I believe (and hope!) it will give beginners the confidence to get started (whether from seed or plant), to succeed and therefore keep going and to explore other varieties in the future." * UrbanVegPatch blog * "How to Grow Your Food provides simple, clear advice for all keen gardeners who enjoy growing their own food." * Positive News - Summer 2011 * "Taking into account the limited space available to the urban gardener, Clift and Cuthbert have produced a tome that's perfect for the inner city horticulturalist. Growing fruit and vegetables is a big subject, and squeezing even a small selection of plants into such a small volume is no easy task. Happily the authors have done a good job of deciding what should go in, and what really had to be left out. For complete novices, this book is a helpful, unthreatening guide to their first few seasons as a gardener, whether they have a balcony, bare concrete, a patio or a larger patch of ground. It's not for committed gardeners but if you're looking for some measure of self-sustainability and aren't quite sure how to go about it, How to Grow Your Food: A Guide for Complete Beginners is an invaluable resource." * Andy McKee, The Ecologist * "For a somplete novice this is a nice, helpful guide that you can refer to throughout your first few seasons as a gardener. It's clearly laid out and you'll have no trouble finding all the information you need." * Emma Cooper - author of The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A to Z *