The Seasoned Gardener: Exploring the rhythm of the gardening year
Published by: Permanent Publications
Imprint: Chelsea Green Publishing
Sales Date: 2023-05-31
Published: May 2023
Imprint: Chelsea Green Publishing
Page Count: 240 Pages
Illustrations: Color photographs throughout
Dimensions: 188.00 x 247.00
240 Pages, 188.00 x 247.00 x 26.00 mm, Color photographs throughout
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*From Liz Zorab, Winner of the Garden Media Guild Award Vlog of the Year 2022
Dig deeper into the processes of growing your own organic food with Liz Zorab, self-sufficiency practitioner.
In this personal gardening journey, she explores seasonal harvests and how the vegetable garden sits within the wider context of the gardening landscape – including weather, microclimates, water cycles, light levels, seasons and the gardener’s personal tastes.
Liz’s salt of the earth approach to life and to the garden and her gentle humor makes The Seasoned Gardener an easily digestible read. She provides hundreds of practical tips, including how-to guides, observations and inspiration for both the beginner and practiced gardener alike.
Unlike many gardening books that run from January to December, this book starts in the autumn, when harvesting is at its peak. Most of the fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers highlighted are grouped according to when we enjoy them most – at the point of harvest.
The Seasoned Gardener will show you how to:
- Enjoy the abundance of each month of the year
- Decide which plants are best to grow in your garden
- Find pleasure in your growing space year-round
- Avoid the pitfalls of doing too much at once
- Be creative with your garden resources
- Make the most of your time and energy
- Celebrate nature’s productivity as much as your own
This is a journey of experimentation and learning that will inspire you to grow tastier food and savor the experience.
"As an avid gardener, I was thrilled to discover The Seasoned Gardener by Liz Zorab. This comprehensive guide covers everything from beginner gardening tips to advanced techniques, all written in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable style. Not to mention the book is organized by season, making it easy to find exactly the information you'll need at any time of year. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, The Seasoned Gardener is a must-have addition to your gardening library."—Jason Smith, Cog Hill Farm
"With sage advice, thoughtful introspection, and a peppering of her characteristic humour, Liz guides you along a gentle and personal journey through the gardening year. You'll be transported through the seasons and learn much from her years of experience and how she embraces lessons learned. Her message of slowing down and savouring small moments makes this book as much about growing vegetables as it is about connection to the natural world."—Tanya Anderson of Lovely Greens, author of A Woman's Garden, organic gardener
"Liz Zorab shares so evocatively how beautiful, joyful and productive a permaculture garden and farm can be. The photos ooze gorgeous edible diversity and every page is a trove of invaluable growing tips. Walking with Liz through the seasons of her gardening is an inspirational invitation to a kind of freedom and calmness that comes when you trust and garden with nature, eat what is fresh, listen to your own rhythm and begin with an observant pause and deep respect for all life."—Morag Gamble, Permaculture educator, filmmaker, and founder of the Permaculture Education Institute
"Some garden writers give their readers a peek over the garden fence to share their gardening knowledge, skills and experience. Liz Zorab’s intimate and detailed writing makes you feel that you're actually kneeling down on the damp soil right next to her as she gardens or sat in her kitchen as she prepares, stores or cooks the bountiful produce grown in her own garden. Her extremely detailed understanding of growing leaps out of each and every inspirational sentence. I was constantly torn between wanting to go out and grow more produce or to set about cooking in my own kitchen. Liz Zorab is a tour de force in garden writing."—Mike Palmer, Chair of Garden Media Guild, host of Mic the Gardener podcast
"A radical voice in contemporary growing, in The Seasoned Gardener Liz Zorab gently leads the reader through an entertaining year of advice, delivering an impressive case study proving that growing in tune with nature is better for us and for wildlife."—Jack Wallington landscape designer, nature writer
"Not only does Liz’s book have a friendly ‘over-the-fence' commentary like you’re chatting with a gardening friend, it’s also really informative and packed with nuggets of information that will help you get the most from your plot. Did you know elephant garlic takes longer to sprout than regular types, or that growing carrots between them will keep carrot fly away; Liz did, and she’ll share all that knowledge page after page."—Rob Smith, gardening columnist, presenter, product development and Horti Expert
"Feel inspired and empowered as Liz Zorab guides you on a journey through the growing year in this refreshingly different gardening book. Liz’s extensive knowledge and deep connection with nature and the gentle rhythms of the seasons shine through the pages, which are packed with detailed advice, beautiful photography and her characteristic grounded optimism and excellent good humour. A joy to read, it’s a book to return to again and again."—Stephanie Hafferty, no dig homesteader, award-winning garden writer, organic gardener, food writer and educator
"This is an awesome resource for gardeners of all levels. Liz uses her personal experiences in the garden to provide practical advice and valuable insights throughout the different seasons. I was impressed by Liz’s resourceful and creative approach to gardening, which works with nature and aims to create a productive, diverse and enjoyable space. The different ways Liz uses her produce has definitely given me some ideas to make the most out of the things I grow. The storytelling in the book is engaging and captures Liz’s humor and relatability, providing inspiration and encouragement for anyone interested in growing an abundant garden."—Kalem, The Kiwi Grower YouTube gardener
"At times, gardening can feel overwhelming. However, The Seasoned Gardener helps to break things down, season by season, month by month in a calm and concise manner. From seed starting, to attracting wildlife to your garden, it feels like Liz is in the room with you, sharing her knowledge and giving you the tools to confidently tackle your own garden."—Jason Williams, Cloud Gardener UK
"I love this book. It's packed full of warmth, gentle humour and oodles of very accessible and practical gardening advice to encourage and inform the reader. A recommended read."—Kim Stoddart award-winning journalist, editor of The Organic Way magazine and author of The Climate Change Garden
"In a little over one year, Byther Farm has developed from an excitingly bare patch of Welsh mountainside into a truly productive, beautiful space. This book takes you there. Redefining how we look at the gardening year, Liz brings her perfect mix of knowledge and joy for what can be achieved on the land. It is a personal account of the seasons that is packed with practical information, inspiration and wit, borne out of many years of growing. Just as you can see Liz reflected in Byther Farm, you can feel her warmth and guiding hand with you in this book."—Niall McCauley, Niall Gardens YouTube channel
"Following Liz through the seasons, we see the garden take shape while gaining the knowledge to shape our own. Just like in Grounded, Liz's passion for growing jumps off the page, making The Seasoned Gardener a joy to read, and an easy book to recommend."—Serina Nell, You Can’t Eat the Grass Youtube Channel
"This book on growing organic food is like having a humorous and very knowledgeable friend with you as you read. It does not make you feel that you are not doing enough, but gives practical help for you to get the best from each season that is within your scope. The section on weather and water is especially relevant today. Nothing beats practical wisdom from an author who believes in her gardening and has experimented to know what works and what will work for your own unique situation. Easy to read, inspirational but practical and for both beginners and existing gardeners."—Liz Wright, Editor of The Country Smallholder