The Edible Garden By Alys Fowler Review

The Edible Garden by Alys Fowler.The Edible Garden: How To Have Your Garden And Eat It, Too by Alys Fowler is a wonderful book!

I have always wanted to grow some vegetables but I didn’t want a huge big plot of land like everyone seems to think you have to have in order to grow vegetables.

In this book Alys Fowler tells us how to grow a garden that doesn’t take a huge amount of land.

She says you can grow things in pots on a patio if that is all the space you have. Or in your backyard.A picture of one of my tomatoe plants with a marigold.

I love the idea of just having vegetables and fruit and herbs growing in my yard in among the flowers. Or just having a small patch of mixed up stuff that doesn’t have to be separated from everything else.

I already had some strawberries and that spot is about the only place in our yard that gets a lot of sun so I planted some tomatoes and bell peppers along with some basil and marigolds.Bell Pepper and marigold.

The marigolds are pretty and they help keep bugs away from the plants.

I also planted some herbs in a long planter.

A picture of a planter with some herbs growing.

This book has information about what plants grow well together such as tomato and basil (the basil gives tomatoes a good flavor) and marigolds.

There is a section about how to start a garden and then about how to take care of it (fertilizing!) and then about how to harvest (and save seeds for next year) and even a section about home cooking.

It is a wonderful book for folks who are interested in gardening but never knew how to do it. Even folks who already know a lot about gardening might learn a few things.

It has wonderful pictures of her garden too.

About the book:

A Guide to Creating Your Own Eden

Whether you are a hardy homesteader or just getting started with a few herb pots on your windowsill, The Edible Garden offers food for thought on creating your very own haven that is as beautiful as it is delicious. Master gardener and BBC personality Alys Fowler has devoted her life to teaching people how to grow their own floral food and edible landscaping. Here, Fowler shares her trademark wisdom and inventive tips to help your garden grow abundantly—from saving and sowing your own seeds, to mixing the world’s best compost, to brewing your own herb teas and growing such a bounty of veggies that you will have to learn how to pickle and preserve them! Good for the pocket, good for the environment and hugely rewarding for the soul, The Edible Garden provides a taste of the good life to anyone willing to pick up a trowel.

Learn How To:

• Mix trees, edibles and flowers in the same plot

• Sustainably forage for wild food

• Plant the prettiest vegetables for container gardening

• Grow and brew comfrey for “liquid love”

• Cook deliciously hearty harvest dishes

• Make gifts from the garden: canned jams, chutneys and fruit liqueurs

About the Author:

Picture of author Alys Fowler.ALYS FOWLER trained at the Horticultural Society, the New York Botanical Garden and the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew. After finishing her training, she worked as a journalist for the trade magazine, Horticulture Week, and then joined the Gardeners’ World team as a horticultural researcher. The lure of the garden, however, proved too much and in 2006 Alys became Head Gardener at Berryfields. She is now a permanent presenter from Greenacre, the show’s new home. Alys’s inspiration for urban gardening comes from her time volunteering in a community garden on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, New York City. Much of the ethic, thrift and spirit she encountered there is found in her work today.

Alys Fowler can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

I received a free book to review from Viva Editions.


  1. The problem we have with our garden is being halfway up a hill with several trees and a fence blocking one side of the garden from getting enough sunlight.
    This is the side where it would be best to grow vegetables etc, but without enough light the fruits don’t ripen well enough.
    We have tried tomatoes and potatoes there in a bed, and while the potatoes grow ok the crop is not enough to make it worthwhile, and 2 years ago the tomatoes got some disease and we had to pull and burn the plants.
    One bed was full of strawberries, but the slugs ate them, and they still didn’t get enough sun.
    Still, the herb bed on that side of the garden does quite well, and the other side has some lovely flowering plants and shrubs after 5 years of revamping and replanting.

    1. Being on a hill with lots of trees does make it tough. Have you tried some big pots in the sunny areas?

      Part of our problem here is the sunny spots won’t hold the soil when we get a hard rain. It all washes off down the gullys.

      Sounds like you need some marigolds too. They are supposed to help the parasites away from your plants.

      I’m trying it anyway…last time I tried tomatoes the bugs and other critters got most of them. We will see if it helps. They are pretty anyway.

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