A Gardening Book for Salad Lovers + Giveaway

The Salad Garden + Giveaway
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A Gardening Book for Salad Lovers

Back in 1984 a revolutionary gardening book was published — The Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom. The hit book focused completely on edibles that can be used in salads, including leafy greens, herbs, root vegetables, and foraged greens.

In 2017 it’s back and updated with improved salad plant varieties, new plants like the cucamelon, edible flowers, and organic growing techniques. This book is a bible for those wanting to grow a year-round salad garden.

Culinary Gardening at its Best

The single most important thing about this book is that it combines gardening with cooking. You can read a dozen other gardening books and they’ll all share information on growing conditions, pests, and harvesting. Very few will guide you on how to prepare your harvests.

Each edible that’s introduced has advice on how to eat it. Not only that, but there are sections for ‘Strong Flavoured Leaves’, ‘Mild Flavoured Leaves’, and tips on how to combine flavours.

When you’re growing a new type of veg for the first time it’s so important to have this kind of advice. Without guidance, you can end up feeling bewildered about how to use it — who knows how to use turnips, rhubarb, or kohlrabi in more than a handful of ways?

The Salad Garden + Giveaway

Strong Flavoured Leaves

Why I Love this Book

I’m literally flipping through this book and delighted with every page I see. Whether it’s a beautiful photograph, a growing tip, or new vegetables I’ve not grown or tried before. It’s a book that’s easy to read and full of information that will benefit both experienced and beginner gardeners alike. It includes:

  • Clever salad growing techniques
  • Tips on growing and preparing leafy greens
  • Tips on growing and preparing stems, stalks, brassicas, and oriental greens
  • Growing root veggies for salads
  • Salad dressing recipes
  • Herbs & Edible Flowers
  • Organic gardening techniques
Rainbow Chard from The Salad Garden

Bright Lights Rainbow Chard

Win a copy of the Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom

I’m also very pleased to be able to host a giveaway of a new copy of this book for UK, EU, IOM, and CI residents. Note that I say a new copy because there’s no way I’m parting with my own! It’s just that good. If you leave me a comment on this post saying why you’d like the book you’re entered in for a chance to win. Share the Facebook video for a second chance to win.

I’ll announce the winner on Facebook and as a comment on the post on Wednesday, April 26th. Afterwards, I’ll contact the winner and have their new book sent to them direct from Frances Lincoln, the publisher.

Though this giveaway isn’t open to those in North America, you can buy the book here on Amazon: (USA) The Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom

If you’re in the United Kingdom, you can get your green fingers on the book here: (UK) The Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom

The Salad Garden + Giveaway

Oriental Greens

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15 Discussion to this post

  1. Pia says:

    I don’t eat much salad now my son is grown-up and not at home much. I do have a small garden and if only I knew some good salad recipes I’d put salad and other green seeds into the ground. I am interested in salad dressings bc I love a good salad dressing. My Mum excelled in dressings. She was a great cook. She knew how to pamper her guests and they came and went in a long line. I’d probably give the book to my son as he adores salads and I love giving him cook books and he likes getting them. But I’d peek at it first. My the best woman win. 😉

  2. Victoria says:

    Hello! This book sounds great! I’d love to won one please. 😀 Victoria

  3. CJ says:

    It looks brilliant, exactly the sort of thing I’d love and learn loads from. Glad you’re enjoying it.

  4. Agi says:

    Hello, this book can be my answer. In february I sow three different lettuces, nothing grow out, this was at home so I think was to warm for them. End of march I did the same outside, no sign of them. I tried for the third time in april, again three different types, outside. I check on them everyday, but no sign… I lose my hope…
    In this Year I grow my veg for the first time, this book can be my knowledge. Regards from Poland.

  5. Diane Weiher says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book!

  6. Ena Ronayne says:

    Hi Tanya First off what a wonderful competition 😊Thank you 🙋 I’ve shared your lovely video to my facebook page #learntogardenlearntogrow and have retweeted to all my followers over on twitter land. I would love to win this book as since my RTA in December I’m far more tuned into my life and how grateful I am to have survived that horrific accident. I’m far more alert and concerned about both my #physicalhealth and #mentalhealth, I’ve even started keeping a #gratitudejournal which has been so helpful with my convalescence. I would highly recommend every one keep one. I teach horticulture (although I’m off work still til mid May) and know of Joy Larkcoms earlier books, I’ve even suggested to students of mine to borrow or buy #GrowYourOwnVegetables an excellent read and helpful guide. Her new book really appeals to me especially given how quickly salads can be grown. Thanks again Tanya for the chance to enter this fab competition. Wishing everyone who enters lots of luck ☘

  7. Debbbie Norton says:

    Looks like a pretty book to look at not just read! Thanks for the give away!

  8. Peter says:

    This seems like a really interesting book and I’d love copy. Your joy and pleasure at owing this book shines through so it must be a pretty special little book.

  9. Judith says:

    those pictures are great! i love salads and would love this book for inspiration

  10. Alicia Chow says:

    Am so excited to have this book having read your review of it as eating real food and growing real food are huge passions of mine and am still learning in both fields, a baby step at a time. Would be great to win it but if not definitely on my to-but list!! Thanks for the share 🙂

  11. bakalem abdelkader says:

    A great-rare- fantastic book !I ‘d love to get a copy of it

  12. Jenna Oksanen says:

    For the first time in my life I am having a garden. A huge one. As a newbie I really would love to read this book and get inspired by it. And learn new thing about gardening 🙂

  13. Jim Moore says:

    I would use this book every day as i am diabetic and need more ideas for meal times

  14. Caro says:

    Thought I’d already left a comment but it’s disappeared! I have a couple of Joy’s books already, they’re very good. Wouldn’t mind adding this to my bookshelf … 🙂

  15. lovelygreens says:

    Thank you everyone for entering the giveaway! The winner of this excellent book is Mary Gethings who entered via Facebook. If you’d still like a copy I HIGHLY recommend this book. There are links in the article as to where you can get a hold of it. Thanks again 🙂 Tanya

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