Thursday, 4 August 2011

Girls Guide to Growing Her Own

A Girls Guide to Growing Your Own is written by Alex Mitchell. She also wrote the successful The Edible Balcony: growing fresh produce in the heart of the city.  Alex Mitchell studied at the Chelsea Physic Garden.  Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries. It is one of Europe's oldest botanical gardens. Its a place I would like to visit one day.

As someone who enjoys trying to grow her own, as well as having very little growing space, I am always interested in books that encourage home gardeners to make the most of the space they have, so a flick through the odd gardening and growing book doesn't go amiss.

The Girls Guide to Growing Your Own is as the title suggests aimed at women, namely those in their early twenties to mid thirties.  Its a very easy and light read that is accompanied with photographs, as well as some quirky matchstick glamour girl illustrations that will appeal to some women.  I like the simplicity of its presentation, focusing on the seasons, as well as weekend projects - to ease the newcomer into the daunting task, as well as the pleasures of growing your own.  The book also has a number of tips that the novice gardener will appreciate such as how to rid of slimey slugs and snails with both familiar (beer cans) and new methods (such melon skins).  There is also a section on how to rid, or at least reduce the harm done by garden pests. I like the inclusion of the jargon buster too - it took me a while to understand the meaning of chitting potatoes and mulching.
This book will appeal to women who are quite or completely new to gardening and has a small space such as a patio; balcony; or even a window box; or given to someone as a gift. Its a great way to encourage newbies to get growing and get dirty with the soil. The book also has a number of recipes that leap out with names such as Riot Ratatouille and a mojito to banish a day at the office.

The Girls Guide to Growing our Own is retailed in the U.K at £12.99, but the publishers New Holland Publishers are offering A2K readers an impressive 40% discount. Just enter the discount code A2K at the checkout to receive your discount and free postage and packaging. This offer is valid until the 1st September 2011 to United Kingdom residents only (sorry overseas readers). 

Please also check out Harvest Vegetarian that is also offered to A2K reader too at a super discounted price.


  1. Looks like a great book! I'll have to check it out at local library, that's the source of most of my reading lately. cheers Wendy

  2. This looks great - thanks for the review. I think I fall right in their demographic, although I don't normally need glamour girl illustrations :D

  3. Amy is reading this right now! :0)


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