Learn how to create your own no dig, organic garden with permaculture design and techniques. Vera's 15 years of experience as a no dig gardener provides a vast amount of knowledge on growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Edible Paradise is divided into two sections, container gardening and permaculture kitchen gardening. Part One shares knowledge especially useful to urban gardeners and those with little space. Part Two advises on starting and maintaining a garden. Vera's speciality is creating beautiful and delicious polycultures and she offers a range of examples to get you started and the knowledge to experiment. She also includes recipes for your fresh harvests. Chapters on making compost, building raised beds, and a monthly job guide make this useful for all levels of gardener.
Vera demonstrates that gardens can look beautiful and be productive, and her advice and examples encourage us to look at our own growing spaces in a different light. We no longer need to hide our veggie patches; they can take centre stage. Why not incorporate cut flowers with herbs, brassicas and peas? Or plant a pottager garden? These examples will help people create edible paradises everywhere, like patios, balconies, windowsills, allotments, community and school gardens, front and back gardens and anywhere else we can grow.
Vera Greutink lives in Hengelo, Netherlands with her husband and two children. She has been a no-dig gardener for over 15 years, and has grown food and flowers on a range of plots from allotments to community gardens. She currently grows on a 1-hectare (966 square metres) plot, with fruit trees, greenhouse, pond and raised beds, aiming to be as self-sufficient as possible. She shares her tips and recipes on her website, and also has a YouTube channel called Tuin Smakelijk and a large Instagram following.