Book review: The Alternative Kitchen Garden

The Alternative Kitchen Garden - an A-Z
The Alternative Kitchen Garden - an A-Z

Emma Cooper has transformed her ‘ropey old lawn’ into a bountiful kitchen garden complete with orchard, chickens and a huge variety of fruit and veg.

This book documents that transformation, and also provides a very useful A-Z with information and tips on how to grow all kinds of fruit and veg in the modern kitchen garden.

Emma’s enormous enthusiasm for gardening shines from every page in this book, and it is inspiring to read about her journey, complete with ups and downs, successful crops and downright disasters.

This book is a great addition to the city gardener’s bookshelf.  Emma has space restrictions to contend with, as well as some very innovative solutions, including the construction of a unique ‘grow-dome’ in which she grows the plants which would be confined to a dodgy plastic greenhouse with a broken roof where a fox cub fell on it (seriously) in my garden.

It is great to read about her adventures, and she is of course on my list of heroes having successfully accommodated her two chickens, Hen Solo and Princess Layer into her garden and of course her life.  I will get there one day!

Emma’s brilliant blog and podcasts can be accessed here.

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