Vegetables, Chickens & Bees: An Honest Guide To Growing Your Own Food Anywhere by Carson ArthurVegetables, Chickens & Bees: An Honest Guide To Growing Your Own Food Anywhere by Carson Arthur

Vegetables, Chickens & Bees: An Honest Guide To Growing Your Own Food Anywhere

byCarson Arthur

Paperback | February 26, 2019

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From balconies to backyards, get set for gardening success--in any space.

Everyone appreciates garden-fresh vegetables, but how do you successfully grow your own? Enter gardening guru Carson Arthur, with a wealth of knowledge to have you enjoying homegrown veggies in no time, including:

  *  Gardening guides for every space: from patios to rooftops, and from container gardens to community gardens
  *  Everything to know about sunlight, soil, water and weeding, as well as the right seeds to pick, how to start them and how to care for your plants as they grow
  *  Step-by-step guides for 20 key veggies (including tomatoes, carrots, kale, cucumbers, garlic, herbs and fruit trees)
  *  DIY how-tos for over 15 home garden projects (including planter boxes and plant pest-protectors)
  *  Primers on keeping your own backyard chickens and bees
  *  Plus Carson's 15 favorite recipes for using garden-fresh produce . . . and much, much more

Carson Arthur is everyone's favorite gardener. Several years ago he bought a small plot of land two hours outside of the city to try his hand at growing his own food and keeping his own chickens and bees. As a gardener by trade, and with a childhood spent on an apple farm, he had some experience to back him up--and yet even he made mistakes! Now he's sharing his experiences, no holds barred, so you don't do the same. From the good (perfect giant pumpkins) to the bad (frostbitten eggplants) to the downright disastrous (buried cable lines), it's all here to make sure you avoid #gardenfails and instead achieve a whole lot of #gardenwins!
Carson Arthur is Canada's go-to gardening expert. Over his 17-year career, Carson has worked with people across Canada on gardening, homesteading, and urban farming. He is part of the Cityline team and his shows appear on networks such as HGTV, ION, Global, Discovery, and Hallmark; he contributes to multiple publications, including The...
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Title:Vegetables, Chickens & Bees: An Honest Guide To Growing Your Own Food AnywhereFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:248 pages, 9.02 × 7.09 × 0.6 inShipping dimensions:9.02 × 7.09 × 0.6 inPublished:February 26, 2019Publisher:Appetite by Random HouseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014753061X

ISBN - 13:9780147530615

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I’ve learned a lot working on my own garden, and in this book I am passing my advice and experience on to you so you can avoid a whole bunch of the #gardenfails I’ve already made. First, I’ll show you to look at your space and truly understand it. I’ll help you assess the sunlight and the dirt; show you how to get seeds started; help you protect your garden from pests; teach you when to water your garden; and give you DIY guides for raised plant­ers, composters and self-watering systems, to name just a few. Then I’ll give my advice for growing 20 key veggies (from preparing the dirt, to harvesting them, to prepping your seeds for next year). Parts 2 and 3 are a primer on chickens and bees: Advice on choosing the right breeds for you, how to feed, care and collect from both, and some hard truths about why you might not be ready for this step yet. Plus my fav recipes for cooking all those gorgeous veggies, and what to do with the eggs and honey you collect from your chickens and bees. Many of us (me included) have been feeling a pull toward becoming more self-sufficient in sourcing our own food and are looking at how we can use our own spaces to grow that food. Some people have called it the “grow it yourself” movement; others think it’s some sort of fallout from all the “end of days” movies and TV shows. Whatever the reason, if you’re keen to jump on board, my advice can help you ease into this way of life as smoothly as possible. I warn you though—this is not a dreamy look at an adorable Instagram-ready farm. I don’t gloss over the dirty bits, but literally go into the shit you need to know (see page 80 for a guide to choosing manure!) and share my honest experience of growing food in every space.

Editorial Reviews

“Tackles the 21st Century conundrum — more people are gravitating towards plant-based diets, yet the cost of fresh food is skyrocketing at an unprecedented rate. Arthur’s solution: grow fresh food at home and have fun doing it, and then whip up a great recipe using uber-delicious, homegrown produce.” –Calgary Herald“Vegetables, Chickens, and Bees, hit the shelves in February of 2019 and is already topping the favorites list of many gardeners. Part of Arthur’s appeal is the way he shares his #gardenfails along with his successes.” –Earth Easy