Whether you’re taking your first steps in growing some of what you eat, or experienced and in search of inspiration, ideas and some new plants to grow, The New Kitchen Garden is for you.
Inspired by a range of gardeners growing food on allotments, on rooftops, in container gardens and in other edible spaces, many of them urban, Mark shows you the full exciting breadth of what a kitchen garden will also be.
Whether you have a window sill, space for a couple of plants by the back door, an allotment or an acre, you’ll be able to find a series of invitations to grow any of almost 200 fruits, nuts, herbs, spices, flowers and vegetables to fit your space, time and inclination.
Everything is here – the tools, the techniques, the ideas and the knowledge – to enable you to realise that vision of your own kitchen garden, wherever you live. There’s also a dozen fantastic edible gardens – a rooftop food forest, a courtyard of metre-square raised beds, Charles Dowding’s no-dig garden, a child’s container garden and Raymond Blanc’s heritage garden at Le Manoir among them – their gates flung open by the gardeners to reveal their methods, ideas and techniques, with plans, key plants and photography to accompany.
Mark Diacono – who used to be head of the gardening team at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage – captures the spirit of adventure and imagination of those growing food in the twenty-first century. He takes ideas from gardens world wide, including that of his own home, Otter Farm in Devon, with its unique blend of orchards, vineyards, forest gardens, edible hedges, perennial garden and veg patch.
No matter whether you have space for a collection of pots or a small farm at your disposal, The New Kitchen Garden will show you how to create the most fantastic edible garden you’ll.