Touchwood Books New Books on Vegetables

1 Grow Your Own Organic Fruit and Vegetables - An Easy-to-follow Directory of Vegetables, Fruit and Herbs
Christine and Michael Lavelle
Paperback, 128 pages, 230 x 300mm, UK, 2005. $25

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A comprehensive guide to growing fresh, healthy and chemical-free vegetables, fruit and herbs
Provides practical advice, with step-by-step photographs, on sowing, planting and harvesting as well as more specialized techniques such as companion planting, intercropping and successional sowing
Contains easy-to-use directories of vegetables, fruit and herbs, with advice on cultivation, aftercare, and storage, dealing with pests and diseases, and choosing reliable varieties
Lavishly illustrated with over 350 inspirational and practical photographs, including step-by-step sequences demonstrating techniques, and over 25 colour artworks

2 Edible Estates - Attack on the Front Lawn
A Project by Fritz Haeg
Paperback, 126 pages, 215 x 215mm, USA, 2008. $50

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The Edible Estates project proposes the replacement of the domestic front lawn with a highly productive edible landscape. It was initiated by the architect and artist Fritz Haeg on Independence Day, 2005, with the planting of the first regional prototype garden in the geographic center of the United States, Salina, Kansas. Since then three more gardens have been created, in Lakewood, California; Maplewood, New Jersey; and London, England. Edible Estates regional prototype gardens will be established in nine cities across the U.S.

“Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn” documents the first four gardens with firsthand accounts written by the owners, garden plans, and photographs illustrating the creation of the gardens, from ripping up the grass to harvesting a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Essays by landscape architect Diana Balmori, garden and food writer Rosalind Creasy, Fritz Haeg, author Michael Pollan, and artist and writer Lesley Stern set the Edible Estates project in the context of larger issues concerning the environment, global food production, and generating a sense of community in our urban and suburban neighborhoods. The book also includes reports and photographs from the owners of other edible front yards around the country, and helpful resources to guide you in making your own Edible Estate.

3 New Zealand Chili Handbook
Garry Sommerville
Paperback, 80 pages, 165 x 210mm, NZ, 2008. $25

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Take up the challenge and experience the power of the chili!

Get to know your cayennes from your jalapenos and habaneros, learn about SHUs and the secret to making the best Chili Con Carne in town. This kitchen garden handbook has all you need to know on getting started with chilies. It is packed with information on the best-known varieties and how to grow, harvest and store them, as well as advice on their beneficial health effects, and much more.

Best of all, there is a great selection of chili recipes, many of them well- known international dishes, with guidance on handling chilies when you are cooking, which type of chili is best for each dish and the heat blast to expect when you eat them!