The Super Organic Gardener (Paperback)
Everything You Need to Know About a Vegan Garden
- 'We've all heard of vegan food, vegan beauty and vegan fashion – but what vegan gardening?', via The Telegraph
- 'Green shoots: how veganism is changing gardening', via The Guardian
- Matthew Appleby as seen on Good Morning Britain
- The Times, 10/4/19
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If you care about what you eat, you should care about how you grow it.
Gardeners can demonstrate that by going beyond organics to veganics - growing without animal inputs - they are a driving force in saving the environment.
This book gives you the tools to grow without harming the planet and animals, and explains why moving beyond organics towards super organic vegan gardening is the way to show you are genuinely concerned about environmental issues and the industrial commodification of living, sentient creatures.
From advice about how to make and buy natural fertilisers and compost, to putting nutritional values on what you grow, and to how to cook it, and how to share your plot with wildlife, this book covers all the bases.
The foreword is by RHS Chelsea Flower Show best in show winner Cleve West, who is a passionate vegan gardener. Vegan Organic Network and Garden Organic have backed the book too.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Alicia Bayer
Great information for vegan gardeners on how to grow veggies and handle issues like pests, fertilizer, etc. without harming animals. Gorgeous photos and tons of information. This is a great resource.
'Match day appearance'Cumberland and Westmorland Herald, 27th April 2019
'Rooting for Matthew'The Keswick Reminder, 26th April 2019
'Vegan Gardening' article forVegan Food and Living, June 2019
Article `How To Garden Veganically.Vegetarian Living, July 2019
As featured byAmateur Gardening, June 2019
'Buy the book!' part of the 'Smart gardening' featureGrow Your Own, May 2019
Feature: Why vegan gardeners are ditching bird feeders in favour of slug-friendly vegetable patches fertilised with 'humanure.' Matthew Appleby lays out his vision of vegan gardening in a controversial book.Mail on Sunday, April 2019
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As heard on the You and Yours programme.You and Yours programme, BBC Radio 4, 10 April 2019
Set your cursor to 21:32 here to listen to the author's interview.
As heard on the Today programme.Today programme, BBC Radio 4, 8 April 2019
Set your cursor to 53:38 to listen to the author's interview here
As featured inThe Times 10/4/19
Article: 'The dos and don't of being a vegan gardener as featured byThe Journal (Lincoln), April 2019
Author article: 'Is vegan accreditation good for garden business?' as featured byHorticulture Week, March 2019
This is a fascinating book; clearly if you are already vegan or thinking about becoming one then this book will be invaluable to you. There are discussions of ethics and principles plus pointers to good suppliers of materials that will be useful. If you are not vegan but want to think more about becoming organic and learn more about an ethical approach to gardening, then I think you will find this book very useful. It is a book that will inform you and make you think.The Blackberry Garden
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Article: 'Matthew is digging for victory – and veganism' as featured byNews and Star, 16th February 2019
Article: 'The dos and don'ts of being a vegan gardener' as featured byThe Catholic Universe, 1st March 2019
Article: 'How to grow a vegan garden' as featured byJersey Evening Post, 11th February 2019
Article: 'Go vegan in your garden' as featured byThe Press (Yorkshire), 26th January 2019
Article: 'How to make your garden grow the vegan way' as featured byNews & Star (Carlisle)/The Mail (Barrow & Furness), 25th January 2019
Article: 'How to grow a vegan feast' as featured byWarrington Post, 29th January 2019
Article: 'How does your vegan garden grow?' as featured byThe i Newspaper, 29th January 2019
Article: 'Gardening vegan-style' as featured byGazette (Basingstoke), 31st January 2019
Article: 'Pure & simple' as featured byThe Guernsey Press and Star, 2nd February 2019
Article: 'Give your garden a vegan twist' as featured byCraven Herald and Pioneer/Keighley News/Ilkley Gazette, 31st January 2019
Article: 'Expert offers some top tips for vegan gardeners' as featured byMarket Drayton Advertiser, 31st January 2019
Article: 'How to make your garden vegan-friendly' as featured byDorset Echo/Daily Echo (Bournemouth)
Article: ' Go green: How to be a vegan gardener...' as featured byEvening Echo (Cork)/Watford Observer
Article: 'Growing conviction' as featured byThe Scotsman
Article: 'The dos and don'ts of being a vegan gardener' as featured byWakefield Express and other publications
Article: 'Animal-friendly gardening' as featured byGloucestershire Echo and other publications
Article: 'Going vegan in the garden' as featured byDerby Telegraph and other publications
Article: 'Growing a green garden' as featured byHalifax Courier and other publications
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Bonnye Reed Fry
I have enjoyed dipping into this self-help book over the winter as I plan my next years' vegetable garden. The guides and tips for creating a bounteous harvest without the use of old style fertilizers or more modern chemical additives were excellent and I'm all fired up to get out there and till - just as soon as it warms up! For years my main additive has been cotton-seed mulch - I live in a highly alkaline area - and that will not change, because I need the acidic component to counteract the gypsum natural to my area, but I will make more compost as instructed here, and rotate my rows more than I have in the past. Thank you!
Gardeners are some of the most practical people I've met. I feared this book would be, frankly, full of 'woo'. It's not. The author makes a compelling argument for both plant based diets and for moving away from the use of animal based products. I will be implementing some practical methods from the book in my own garden.NetGalley, reviewed by Annie Buchanan
It gave me all the information I needed to get the best out of my crops, especially when trying to be as organic as possible!The Lifestyle Blogger UK
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Included in The Morning Star's Best of 2018: Gardening booksThe Morning Star
Article: 'Gardening: The dos and don'ts of being a vegan gardener' as featured byThe Mail, 26th January 2019
Article: 'How vegan gardeners can stick to their principles' as featured byThe Argus, 28th January 2019
Article: 'Did you know your veg may not be vegan' – author shares some tips with Hannah StephensonLeicester Mercury, 24th January 2019
As featured inThe Guardian 26/1/19
As featured inThe Telegraph 26/1/19
A very interesting book and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in gardening.NetGalley, reviewed by Shannon Dillard
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Catherine Hankins
Gah! I was curious about the book when I saw "vegan" on the cover. Vegan? Aren't all vegetables vegan? I had to read it. I haven't used cow manure in decades, just veggie scraps, in my own garden. No particular reason why, just haven't of late. After reading the chapter on animal waste in the garden, I am plenty sure I won't be putting any into my tiny suburban plot! Yuck! Who knew??? Must read for gardeners.
How better to know exactly what you're eating than by growing it yourself? This book covers what you need to know to garden in a more gentle way. In addition to information on the fruits and vegetables you can grow, the author discusses how to encourage the wildlife in your area. Lots of great tips for gardening without using animal products like bone meal. Perfect for anyone wanting to grow their own food without supporting factory farming.NetGalley, reviewed by Karen Ellsworth
Interesting book which is using the concept of vegan for gardening. The book gives great insights about nutrition facts of the various vegetables and fruits you can get from your garden.NetGalley, reviewed by Catherine C
As seen inHorticulture Week, July 2018
Beautiful book! Love the book cover and of course the content on vegan garden. This concept of gardening without using any animal input is new to me. After reading, I got the whole picture as the author explained clearly and in detail the steps to take and what it takes to be a vegan organic gardener. Being an urban gardener living in a small house, I especially appreciate the chapter on windowsill/window-box gardening. The chapter on crop rotation will be good for many beginners. This is definitely the resource book for anyone wishing to grow edibles 'veganically'!Stephanie Choo