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Book review: The Urban Farmer

Tuesday, 21st March, 2017

The Urban Farmer is the perfect guide to growing a garden in just about any space.

IF YOU'VE ever found yourself dreaming of a bigger garden to grow vegies, The Urban Farmer is for you.

The new book from Justin Calverley and CERES (an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre and urban farm located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne) will show you how to create a productive garden in any space.

And it's not just vegies - there's plenty of information on growing fruit and herbs, and producing your own eggs and honey.

From preparing the patch to growing goodies and maintaining the garden, the book covers almost everything.

There are even handy ideas about what to do with your produce, with chapters on preserving and recipes.

But the best thing about The Urban Farmer is its accessibility - complete beginners can pick it up and learn the best way to dig in, while more knowledgeable gardeners can still learn a lot.

Plus there are simple step-by-steps with colour pictures on everything from creating a no-dig garden to safely removing a tree limb.
It's is a must for any gardener's bookshelf.

The practical guide promises to help urban dwellers establish a diverse, urban farm, whether they're growing in their backyard, courtyard or balcony.

Author Justin Calverley is a horticultural expert who teaches a popular course The Complete Urban Farmer at the CERES Environment Park.

  • The Urban Farmer, Justin Calverley and CERES, ABC Books, RPP $39.99.

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