Easy Edibles
How to Grow and Enjoy Fresh Food
Gardening, Gardens
6 x 8.5, 128 pp.
69 color photos. Bib. Index.
Pub Date: 09/15/2015
W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series
  flexbound (with flaps)
Price:        $22.95

978-1-62349-339-4
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Easy Edibles

How to Grow and Enjoy Fresh Food

Judy Barrett

Veteran gardener and author Judy Barrett’s book dispels the idea that growing plants we can eat is harder than growing plants we can’t eat and introduces readers to the idea of placing plants that can produce in an ordinary landscape, a harvest of herbs, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

Whether buying a few tomato plants for a patio container or exploring the idea of a frontyard or kitchen plot, incorporating plants that “bear food” into the landscape has real appeal, even to weekend gardeners.

For the more ambitious, Barrett offers a primer on the various kinds of garden beds that are easy to create and maintain. For those without the space to garden themselves, she describes where and how one can buy the bounty produced by others in farmers markets, farm stands, and pick-your-own operations.

Finally, Barrett invites readers to enjoy the camaraderie and learning opportunities available at community, neighborhood, and schoolyard gardens.

JUDY BARRETT publishes at HomegrownTexas.com, writes the gardening column for the Austin American-Statesman, and is the author of five other gardening books. She lives in Taylor.

What Readers Are Saying:

“The author has a wonderful, conversational style of writing—I can hear her voice come through as clearly as if we were talking over a cup of coffee. This book is like having a conversation with a very knowledgeable gardening friend who is sharing anecdotes and experiences. It’s enjoyable to listen, and you will pick up helpful tips and techniques or be inspired by something new or different.”—Dan Gill, Consumer Horticulturist, Louisiana State University AgCenter

“The text is easy to read and it does a good job of condensing and consolidating several broad fields of information into a single, concise package. The writing style is uncomplicated without being condescending, the recipes are a nice touch, and there is a good blend of practical tips (trombetta squash grows fast enough to outrun the squash vine borer; stockings make good melon supports) and common information, along with some rather uncommon entries (calamondin and kumquat marmalade!) to keep it from being just a rehash of other material.”—Suzanne Labry, Contributing Writer, Texas Gardener Magazine

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