So Spring has sprung and outside my garden is a complete wasteland. Which sent me in desperate search to the local bookstore. I read quite a bit, but I have never posted a book review on this site. This book however is so awesome that I feel I must share it. I have been eying it on the shelf in the gardening section for a while now, but when I took a long hard look at the extremely sorry state of my vegetable patch since the enormous amount of rain we’ve had in the past few weeks, I realized that today is as good a day as any to buy Jane’s Delicious Garden by Jane Griffiths.
And I was not disappointed! Besides the stunning photographs and beautiful veggie illustrations by Jane herself there are layouts, natural pest control solutions, soil info, composting, maintenance and management to name only a few things covered in this extensive guide. And my favourite: a whole section on edible flowers as well as comprehensive glossary of vegetables, herbs and other useful plants.
And of course the best thing about this book is that, unlike so many others on the subject, this is for South Africans by a South African. Even the month-by-month garden calender is divided into regions so you can be sure to do the right thing at the best time. Her website also has fantastic garden planning software that is free for 30 days or that can be used continually for a nominal R170 per year. It helps you plan beds as well as planting times and crop rotation cycles. Love it!
I am super excited to get my veggies back on track with Jane’s help. And of course with the boys in tow – they only need half an excuse to get their wellies on and go outside!