Graham Clarke studied with the UK’s Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley Gardens, and after that worked as a gardener at Buckingham Palace in London. For thirty years he has been a gardening writer and journalist. He has written fifteen books, many of them concerned with growing fruit and vegetables organically. At various times he was editor of two of the UK’s leading weekly magazines – Amateur Gardening (for amateurs) and Horticulture Week (for professionals). Graham now runs a horticultural consultancy in Dorset, on England’s south coast, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
GROWING FOR FOOD & COLOUR by Graham Clarke
Over the past four or five years in the UK, the grow-your-own phenomenon has meant that more and more people have been producing their own food. From salads and root crops to apples, cucumbers, squashes and strawberries, home-grown food is enjoyed in ever-increasing quantities.
And why not? Growing your own provides exercise, nutritious food, and gardeners can choose their favourite varieties for taste or yield. But what about those who want to grow their own, but perhaps have a small garden, and do not want to lose its decorative appeal? How can they combine growing their own food with flowers and colour?
Growing for Food and Colour shows that it really is possible to cultivate fruits, vegetables and herbs alongside flowers – and that the beauty of the garden can be enhanced rather than compromised by productive plants. Following the advice in this book will enable the reader to enjoy home-grown food that is fresher, healthier and tastier – but which also looks fantastic.