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Michael Brenock grew up in Mitchelstown, County Cork, in a market gardening family. In his early career as a horticulturist, he worked on various local authority schemes designed to encourage home gardening and self-sufficiency, until the demise of such schemes in the 1970s. He also worked at Teagasc developing commercial vegetable growing. He always kept his own garden and supplied his family with fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, combining the old ways with a scientific background and modern techniques. He died in December 2013.
'a great read' -- Irish Examiner 'for years we've been craving a book on growing vegetables in Ireland' -- Irish Times Magazine 'crammed with good organic advice, set out in a simple, readable format' -- Irish Garden 'essential reading for everyone starting out this year - and it's not too late to get started' -- Irish Garden 'a good no-nonsense guide with a minimum of jargon ... just the necessary information and advice' -- Books Ireland 'specifically attuned to the Irish climate, which can differ in crucial ways when it comes to growing fruit and vegetables' -- Books Ireland 'a perfect starting point for beginners who want to grow their ow n fruit, herbs and vegetables' -- Image Interiors 'a very handy little Irish publication, a no-frills paperback for those interested in growing their own food' -- Image Interiors 'a brilliant, simple guide for those of us who want to grow their own' -- Irish Examiner 'what better way can there be of encouraging new plot-holders to continue the long tradition of home-grown produce than with this fine compendium' -- Irish Examiner 'captures the essence of allotment and back garden growing' -- Irish Examiner 'a practical guide you can go back to, time and time again' -- Irish Examiner 'packed with excellent down-to-earth advice and cultural techniques clearly based on years of experience' -- Irish Examiner 'an excellent source of guidance' -- Irish Examiner 'For beginners there seems to be a lack of general advice and detailed instruction available on how to proceed with vegetable and fruit growing on allotments. But a book just published is about to change this. The Irish Gardener's Handbook by Michael Bren -- Irish Examiner 'Michael Brenock `knows his onions' -- Irish Times Magazine 'a practical paperback aimed at those growing their own food on this island' -- Irish Times Magazine 'ideal for those who want to start from ... the ground up' -- Evening Herald