The Family Kitchen Garden

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Frances Lincoln, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
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Five years ago Karen Liebreich, Jutta Wagner, Annette Wendland and others began to restore the neglected seventeenth-century kitchen garden at Chiswick in west London, bringing in hundreds of local schoolchildren to work and learn and garden and eat. This book is the fruit of that experience.

With the emphasis on what will be fun to grow and useful for a family, it provides clear instructions on growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and cutting flowers, and month-by-month advice on what to do when. It notes 'child-friendly' vegetables such as potatoes (children enjoy searching in the soil for potato 'treasure') and peas (the seeds are large enough to handle easily) and gives tips on approaching gardening activities with children. There are also recipes using homegrown fruit and veg that kids (as well as adults) will want to make and eat - from oriental summer rolls and homemade ketchup to parsnip crisps and fruit ice lollies - and projects that are accessible to the whole family, such as building a ladybird nesting house and weaving a willow wigwam for climbing plants.

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The Family Kitchen Garden: How to Plant, Grow, and Cook Together

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While many garden writers exile children to fanciful play areas within a garden or seemingly pretend that gardeners don't have offspring, these authors are different. Liebreich, with Jutta Wagner and ... Read full review

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"The Family Kitchen Garden" has a delightful array of resources. The photos are delightful that accompany the month-by-month activities and glossary of fruits, vegetables and flowers. I recommend this ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Karen Liebreich's books include The Letter in the Bottle and Fallen Order. She has written for a variety of publications including the Guardian and Kitchen Garden magazine.

Jutta Wagner worked as a horticulturalist in Bavaria, studied landscape architecture at the University of Applied Science in Berlin and then worked for a Berlin design practice specializing in garden history and family housing projects.

Annette Wendland became a photographer after a background in hospitality and catering. Her clients include Condé Nast Traveller, Hilton and Taj Hotels.

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