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James Wong's Homegrown Revolution

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The ‘grow you own’ revolution starts here …

Whether it’s a window box of homegrown saffron, your very own kiwi vine or a mini green tea plantation on your patio, TV botanist and best-selling author James Wong proves that ‘growing your own’ can be so much more exciting than spuds, sprouts and swede.

Breaking free from the ‘dig for victory’ time warp of allotment staples, Jame
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published 2012 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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Natalie
Sep 20, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-and-garden
I was expecting "James Wong does growing veggies" but was really pleasantly surprised: the premise is plants that are easy to grow but are expensive to buy as ingredients, and it's all about branching out and trying interesting things. It's from the UK so some of plants aren't available in NZ (e.g. pandan/vanilla grass and cucamelons, which both sound delicious) but most are if you look hard enough. It made me keen to grow some things I had seen as curiosities (e.g. asparagus peas, "electric dai ...more
Elizabeth Felix
Jun 11, 2015 Elizabeth Felix rated it it was amazing
“Interesting, unusual crops”

We have a small courtyard garden which will no doubt feature heavily in future blog posts. As a biologist who works with crops and wildlife I’ve been trying to make our tiny space more productive. With limited space and only pots to grow in I’ve got one rule which we’re trying to stick to – everything in the garden must be edible. This is surprisingly easy and this book has been extremely helpful and interesting with a clear layout, growing tips and recipes.

The fruit
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Scott
Jul 17, 2015 Scott added it
This took together most of the ideas I was learning towards and gave me a few more.

The basic idea is that gardening should be low effort high reward. Worthwhile read for the plant suggestions alone.
Bart
Mar 19, 2014 Bart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heel interessant boek, zowel voor de beginnende tuinier als de doorwinterde tuinder. Het helpt je out-of-the-box te denken als het over eetbare planten gaat.
Misschien is jouw haag wel eetbaar? Of heb je bloemen in de tuin staan die veel meer kunnen dan enkel mooi zijn. Een aanrader.
MizzThurzday Adamz
Apr 28, 2013 MizzThurzday Adamz rated it it was amazing
Very inspiring and worth the cover price just for the root beer recipe!
Can't wait to get my hands dirty.
Hettie
Mar 23, 2013 Hettie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gardening, read-2013
Love this book. Makes you completely rethink the type of fruit and veg that I grow. I am going to try all sorts of different things this year.
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Nice book, lot's of ideas and tips for the garden and lot's of cool stuff to grow
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James Wong is a Kew-trained botanist and BBC presenter, working on the award-winning show Grow Your Own Drugs and regularly appearing on Countryfile and Our Food. He lives in London where he obsessively trials new species in his tiny garden.
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