Review by Bronwyn Slater
Very few books have been written about Vegan Permaculture, so this book came as a welcome addition to an already sparse collection when it was published in 2014. The book’s author is Graham Burnett who runs vegan permaculture courses in the UK and elsewhere. His ‘Spiralseed‘ website is well worth a look.
Some of the topics covered in the book include:
- An introduction to Permaculture
- Designing your garden or permaculture system
- Veganic growing
- Soil types and soil quality, whether to dig or not to dig
- Making your own fertiliser, green manures and compost
- Crop rotation
- Companion planting
- Insects – beneficial insects and how to encourage these as they control ‘pests’
- Controlling and removing weeds
- When and how to plant
- Water, soil and fertility requirements
- When to save seed
- Woodlands, orchards and how to design a forest garden
- Tips on reducing your ecological footprint in your home and your life
- Ethical shopping, fair-trade and eco-friendly living
- Reconnecting with nature
- Eating with the seasons
- Health, nutrition and a list of nutrients provided by each plant
- Windowsill herbs and indoor plants
This is as much a cookbook as it is a gardening book, and at least half the book is devoted to plant-based whole food recipes, most of the ingredients coming from your own garden. Each recipe is simple, with the minimum of ingredients, and the reader is encouraged to experiment and modify the recipes to his or her own taste. All of the recipes include a high proportion of vegetables, greens, fruits, nuts and legumes. Making your own jams, chutneys, preserves and fermentation are also covered. The book is worth the price for the recipes alone, and they will inspire you to want to grow your own produce. It is amazing to see the diversity of dishes that can be prepared from a single garden.
This is a good book for beginners and experienced gardeners alike. Highly recommended, and you can purchase it on Amazon or at Graham’s Spiralseed website.
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