The New Food Garden: Growing Beyond the Vegetable Garden (Paperback)
This groundbreaking new book expands the concept of food gardening to embrace the whole garden. The new food garden is centered around the intensive vegetable garden, but doesn't stop there. It puts hedges, ponds, pathways, arbors, lawns, roofs, and walls to work as additional growing space for food plants. Fruit and nut trees, bush fruit, edible vines, perennial vegetables, herbs, annual crops, aquatic plants, weeds, and edible wild plants are used to increase the quantity and variety of foods available with little extra work. The author doesn't just look upon the garden as a place to grow food, however; it is a place to be lived in and used, so he also concentrates on making it beautiful, comfortable, and efficient. He describes practical ways in which the garden can help us to reduce our impact on the earth. Included is advice on making the garden pay for itself, or even to provide an income. The author's ultimate aim is to change the way we approach the garden so that it feeds, heals, and nurtures us. The productive garden should be an integral part of the home, and growing food should be a part of everyday life.
About the Author
Frank Tozer grew up in England and moved to the United States in his early twenties, bringing with him the English affinity for gardening. He has been fascinated by edible plants and food gardening for all of his adult life and believes that almost everyone would benefit from growing some of their own. He became a writer by default after spending many years learning about plants and gardening from books, when he came to the conclusion that he could write better books than those he was reading. This began a writing career that has so far resulted in four books on various aspects of growing food. He first moved to Santa Cruz, California, to be an apprentice at the famous UCSC Farm and Garden, but stayed there because of the wonderful climate for gardening. He now lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in a house he built almost singlehandedly, surrounded by a 2 1/2-acre garden of woods, fruit trees, shrubs, and a multitude of edible plants (he long ago lost count of the number, but estimates it to be close to 500 species).