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Grow your own vegetables in pots and containers

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This book is aimed at the majority of us who live in terraced houses, high rise flats, town houses and semi-detached properties with a small garden and often nowhere to grow but the patio. It shows how to make the most of pots and planters; how to plan for a reasonable yield; and how never to run out of at least something to special eat.

You might not have all the space in the world, but you can enjoy all the flavour in the world. With the step-by-step instructions in this book you will be able to grow, nurture and harvest your own fruit, vegetables and herbs in a range of pots and containers, including recycled ones such as plastic milk bottles, and kitchen sinks.

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Cooking Britain

Iconic traditional recipes from the British Isles

Diana Peacock takes you through the regions of Britain with 85 recipes for the food that made British cuisine great. Seasonal, fresh, healthy and full of the flavours of the wonderful British Countryside, this book is a wonderful resource.

If you want to make Jellied Eels, Pease Pudding, Fidget Pie or Cullen Skink, or a whole range of British dishes, this book is for you.

Recipes include:

Jellied Eels
Eel and Parsley Soup
Omelette ‘Arnold Bennett’
Kentish Chicken Pudding
Portmanteau’d Lamb Chops
Richmond Maids of Honour!
Tonbridge Biscuits
Honeycomb
Dr Johnson’s Punch

Potted Kippers
Kipper Quiche
Pease Pudding
Northumberland Casserole
Cidered Fish Casserole
Yorkshire Parkin
Stottie Cakes
Singing Hinnies
Curd Tarts
Yorkshire Pudding

Irish Potato Soup
Bacon and Savoy Cabbage Soup
Irish Wheaten Soda Bread
Potato Farls
Irish Fry-up
Beef in Guinness
Champ
Traditional Irish Stew
Irish Whisky Cake
Barmbrack
Oaten Honeycomb Pudding
Hot Irish Punch

Potted Shrimp or Prawns
Seafood Soup
Cumbrian Farmyard Cakes
Black Pudding, Lancashire Cheese and Walnut Salad
Meat and Potato Hash with Onions in Vinegar
Lancashire Hot Pot
Scouse
Grasmere Gingerbread
Manchester Tart
Chester Pudding
Chorley Cakes

Scotch Broth
Cullen Skink
Partan Pie
Herrings in Oatmeal
Scottish Collops
Scotch Eggs
Mutton Pie
Clootie Dumpling
Flummery
Hog’s face
Oat Sausages
Turkey and Oats
Haggis with Barley
Venison Pie
Rabbit Fricassee

Jugged Hare
Shropshire Pea Soup
Potted Stilton
Birmingham Chicken Balti
Roast Rib of Hereford Beef with Horseradish Cream
Fidget Pie
Tamworth Pork Chops with Mushroom Pâté
Sticky Staffordshire Gingerbread

Salcombe Bay Crab Soup
Cornish Pasties
Gloucester Cheese and Ale
Somerset Pork
Liver Casserole
Dorset Apple Cake
Roasted Belly Pork
Stargazy Pie
Cornish Stargazy Pie
Luxury Stargazy Pie

Cawl Cennin/Cream of Leek Soup
Caws Pob/Welsh Rarebit
Pâté Gregyn Gleision y Fenai/Menai Strait Mussel Pâté
Tatws Popty/Oven-Baked Potatoes
Casserol Ceredigion/Cardiganshire Casserole
Wyau Ynys Mon/Anglesey Eggs
Pwdin Mynwy/Monmouth Pudding
Bara Brith Pentref/Village Bara Brith
Cacenau Aberhonddu/Brecon Light Cakes
Loshin Du/Black Toffee

A Good Life

This book was originally published by The Good Life Press, and has been re-edited. “A Good Life” is a celebration of John Seymour: self-sufficiency guru, political activist, environmental campaigner and author of “The New Complete Book of Self Sufficiency”, a book together with the man, that became in the inspiration for a whole generation. Through interviews with family and friends and archival research including hitherto unpublished material this important book details the larger than life character of John Seymour and describes his passions and philosophies that helped inspire, amongst others, the writers of the popular 1970s BBC Television situation comedy, “The Good Life”, starring Felicity Kendal and Richard Briers. Paul Peacock charts John Seymour’s early childhood years dreaming of being a cowboy, his life in Africa, his early farming experiences and the gradual formulation of his philosophy. He discusses at length the all-important later years with the move to Ireland and his part in the infamous Arthurstown Monsanto Trials in the 1990s when, in his eighties, he argued passionately and eloquently against the rise of Genetically Modified crops.”A Good Life” analyses the extent of John Seymour’s influence. How his farm became a beacon to many who had read his book and how they travelled from all over the world to work with him. These included such visionary thinkers as Leopold Kohr and E F Schumacher. It takes an objective look at many of his thoughts on the future of the developed world, his fears about the rising dominance of supermarkets and their ultimate stranglehold on agriculture and the land, his major concerns about genetically modified crops and intensive farming and his impassioned and reasoned stance on animal welfare issues.

Patio Produce

How to cultivate a lot of home-grown vegetables from the smallest possible space. When space is at a premium, growing decent food to eat might seem an impossible task. Patio Produce is about just that; growing delicious, wholesome fruit and vegetables in the smallest spaces. It shows you how to make the most of pots and planters; how to create decorative but edible displays; how to plan for a reasonable yield; and how never to run out of at least something special to eat. If you have a balcony on a high rise, a roof garden or a patio, you can immeasurably enhance your quality of life, maintain your health and enjoy some amazing meals from the freshest and richest ingredients. Patio Produce goes from plant pot to plate. Think quality, freshness, flavour and put these thoughts into your ever greening fingers. Inside there are detailed step-by-step instructions how to grow on the patio – not just for novelty’s sake, but for flavour and an enhanced eating experience. You might not have all the space in the world, but you can enjoy all the flavour in the world. To know you have grown, nurtured, harvested and cooked to perfection your own vegetables and fruit, will make this book into an old friend.

Reviews in the press

‘If you’ve ever wondered whether it was possible to grow food in a relatively small space then this is the book for you. …I wish I’d had a copy of this book when I started out. If you’ve never had the confidence to grow your own food in a confined space then this book will be a godsend to you. It will get you started without a lot of expense and carry you through the inevitable queries that you’ll have.’www.thebookbag.co.uk.

‘This is an excellent book for the gardener short on space. It covers everything from planning how to get the most from a small area through to harvesting time. It’s written in non-technical terms and is a pleasure to read. The book is a self contained mine of information for the amateur and experienced patio gardener. We thoroughly recommend this book for the amateur patio gardener and believe that even experienced gardeners will find it very useful.’ www.gardenaction.co.uk.

‘Ideal for the complete novice.’ The Blackmore Vale Magazine.

‘Full of creative ideas to inspire you to ditch the supermarket queue…a wealth of knowledge and a host of How to Grow tips.’ The North Devon Journal.

‘I’ve looked at a lot of books on container growing vegetables and fruit – this has to be the best one so far.’ www.lowcostliving.co.uk.

‘…how to grow things in wheelie bins as well as window boxes.’ Daily Telegraph, Dec 09, Tim Richardson rounds up the best horti-books of 2009.

‘Ideal for anyone who wants to grow vegetables in pots & containers. Very practical, tells you all you need to know to get a good harvest of vegetables even if you don’t have a ‘proper’ garden to grow them in. Includes crop by crop details of pot sizes needed, best planting methods etc.’ www.realseeds.co.uk.

The Allotment Manual

NEW IN PAPERBACK. This manual is essential for the budding or experienced allotment owner. Along with all the details for growing fruit and vegetables that one might expect from an allotment book, this manual also details some of the more advanced aspects of modern allotment keeping. It includes information on planning projects such as an allotment shop, and outlines the legal and financial issues that face today’s allotment owner. It also has comprehensive A-Z lists, making it a one-stop source of allotment knowledge.

The Urban Hen

This book shows you how to: find the best poultry for the small garden and house them properly, feed your birds, tune in to their daily needs and enjoy your own eggs; avoid annoying the neighbours by showing that it is possible to keep poultry without attracting unwelcome pests; recognise healthy happy birds and learn their daily routine; recognise poorly hens; treat them or get help; and, incubate and care for fertilised eggs and raise chicks.