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Leaves, Roots & Fruit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Planting an Organic Kitchen Garden (Hardcover)
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An Intuitive Gardening System Built for Success
Do you dream of walking through your own kitchen garden with baskets full of delicious food you grew yourself? But are you waiting to begin because you think you don’t have enough space, sun, time, or experience?
Then consider this: Plants want to grow. And when you match a plant’s needs to your own resources, you’re just one step away from success in the kitchen garden.
Nicole Johnsey Burke—founder of Gardenary, Inc., and author of Kitchen Garden Revival—is your expert guide for growing your own fresh, organic food every day of the year, no matter where you grow. More than just providing the how-to, she gives you the know-how for a practical and intuitive gardening system that includes:
- Leaves – quick satisfaction from abundant harvests, most available and simplest to grow; includes salad greens and herbs
- Roots – underground harvests that require more tending and are built for endurance, longevity, and longer shelf life; includes tubers, bulbs, and rhizomes
- Fruit – the most demanding and sweetest of all, requiring the most space, sunlight, and consistent watering to blossom; includes beans, squash, and tomatoes
Burke provides clear step-by-step instructions for setup, care, and harvest for each category of plants, complete with insightful tips for every level of gardener to grow with their plants.
There’s always a plant you can grow right where you are, right away—all you have to do is follow the steps.
About the Author
Nicole Johnsey Burke, the founder of Gardenary, Inc. and the author of Kitchen Garden Revival, is on a mission to bring back the kitchen garden and make it an ordinary part of life for everyone, no matter their level of gardening experience. Since starting her own kitchen garden business in 2015, Burke and her company have built hundreds of kitchen gardens, taught thousands of students to create their own through her online courses and Gardenary 365, and trained hundreds of garden consultants through the Garden Coach Society. Her work has been featured by Southern Living, This Old House, Modern Farmer, and the Garden Club of America. She believes kitchen gardens are a step that everyone can take to create positive change. To find more tips and tricks for building your own kitchen garden, visit her online at www.gardenary.com and download the Gardenary app from your favorite app store.
“Required reading before any tomato plants are sold to anyone anywhere. Nicole taught me this concept years ago and I’ve never forgotten it.” - Myquillyn Smith, New York Times best-selling author of Welcome Home
“Nicole inspires us all to dive deeper into sustainability with her beautiful and functional kitchen garden process, full of details that could give anyone a strong foundation to become a lifelong gardener.” - Jen Hansard, best-selling author of Simple Green Smoothies and Simple Green Meals
“Leaves, Roots & Fruit simplifies the process of learning to garden in an easy-to-use format, and the photos are gorgeous. Highly recommend!” - Lauren Liess, author of Feels Like Home, Down to Earth, and Habitat
“The perfect book to help you add the habit of gardening into your everyday life—even if you’ve never thought to call yourself a 'gardener.'” - Jessica Honegger, author of Imperfect Courage and host of the Going Scared Podcast
“A relevant and relatable must-have for gardeners of all experience levels. Nicole serves as a knowledgeable yet engaging coach as she walks you through the ins and outs of how to create a personalized gardening system that works for YOU!” - Ashlie Thomas, the Mocha Gardener and author of How to Become a Gardener
“Nicole has demystified the process of basic backyard, small-scale gardening for food or flowers into a simple and easy-to-follow step system. She will take you by the hand and walk you through the steps in word and image, physically and intellectually, for you to beautifully and deliciously grow into the kitchen gardener you want to be!” - Jennifer Jewell, creator and host of the award-winning public radio program and podcast, Cultivating Place
“Gardeners of all levels—from the first-time small-space gardener to a gardener like me with experience and space—will find more success in their gardens after getting their hands on this book and implementing this easy-to-understand system.” - Jill McSheehy, host of the Beginner’s Garden podcast and author of Vegetable Gardening for Beginners