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Grow Your Own Food (Paperback)

Photographic Books Colour Books Healthy Eating Wellbeing & Self-Care Health Gardening Outdoors White Owl

By Clare Macnaughton
Imprint: White Owl
Series: Make Your Own
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 120 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399001793
Published: 30th September 2022

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This beginner’s guide to growing your own food is the perfect introduction to homegrown planting and growing. Whether you live in a flat or a field it will furnish you with all the information you need to plant the seeds of your first vegetables and gather the eggs from your pet chickens. It is a jam-packed, how-to, step-by-step guide on how to grow food and keep chickens, which will set you up with everything you need to begin your journey.

It is important to note even with this book at your disposal, growing vegetables is still a process of trial and error. But don’t let that put you off, because every trial and error is a wonderful learning curve. Eating homegrown food is one of the most rewarding, delicious experiences, and no food tastes better than your own homegrown food. Let’s not forget the sense of triumph felt watching seeds grow into plants and the plants provide food to harvest. You don’t need to be an experienced gardener to grow vegetables, you simply need the basic components of pot, soil, seed, light and water, then you can watch your seeds grow into delicious edibles. Everything you need to know to kickstart your new hobby is in this handy sized guide.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a very useful book to read if you are planning to try growing some food in your garden, and having read it I’m really considering getting my garden ready this year for growing some fruit and veg next year!
It has lots of great information to take you right from making sure you have the right tools , to planting, growing and what the plants look like when they’re best to be harvested.
My favourite bit of the book is the monthly planner that tells you what tasks to do during each calendar month, which, for someone inexperienced like me, will be invaluable.
And for those with sufficient space, it even takes you through how to keep chickens.
A great book that I would definitely recommend.

NetGalley, Pauline Knox

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I really loved this. I learned so much about growing your own food. I was very impressed with all information. The pictures were great visuals too!

NetGalley, Megan Pesek

It is a fantastic guide which gives detailed instructions and knowledge to grow any plants. The author has divided the fruits and vegetables by which grows best in different months.

NetGalley, Hirvi S

Very knowledgeable book. Great for anyone looking to grow there own vegetables but not quite sure how to begin. Or how to maintain your vegetable patch. Very well written.

NetGalley, Lisa Houston

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a must-have resource! It is full of great strategies, advice, and easy to implement ideas. This is one I'll return to again and again.

NetGalley, Jessica Murdock

This book is a great introduction to growing your own food. It's full of information, tips, and practical applications. And it's presented in a clear and approachable way.

The month by month section, with tasks and lists of things to plant and prepare for each month, is very helpful. It's specific to the author's climate (UK), but they can be adapted to fit any region. And I really appreciate the section that explains how to know when you should harvest.

This book is a useful resource and something that can be referred to again and again.

NetGalley, Emily Fretwell

This was a quick read. The color photos and drawings of the various plants and gardening items were great. I like how the author gives you several items to use to make raised beds along with tools one needs for gardening. Each month has tips and what to plant during that month. There’s even a chapter on raising chickens.

NetGalley, Anna A.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An excellent guide to growing your own food, comprehensive and detailed.

NetGalley, Mary Hawkes

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What a fabulous book for anyone wanting to grow their own! I loved how it had a section for each month and what to plant, as well as all the information you need to be successful!

NetGalley, Zara Harper

About Clare Macnaughton

In 2010, Clare began to explore sustainable living and growing her own food, keeping pigs, sheep, chickens and ducks. Following the successful growth of some vegetables, and some less successfully, she has enjoyed and endured the hands-on experience of the ups and downs of animal husbandry and food growing. She has also grown two children, finding that vegetables are less complicated and don’t answer back.


Clare Macnaughton lives in Wiltshire with her family.

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