Win The Jam Maker’s Garden book

new gardening cookbook review and competition

The Jam Maker's Garden
The Jam Maker’s Garden by Holly Farrell

Ever grown a crop of fruit or veg and it’s done so well you end up with a glut and haven’t got a clue how to use or preserve it?

Well, this new book, The Jam Maker’s Garden – Grow Your Own Seasonal Preserves could be the answer – and you can win one in this week’s competition.

Written by Holly Farrell with pictures by Jason Ingram and published by Frances Lincoln, this is NOT a book to keep on the shelf – you’ll need it to hand in the kitchen when you bring your crops indoors and decide what to do with them.

As well as a useful beginners’ section on what equipment you’ll need to make jams, jellies, chutneys, ketchup, curds, etc, the Continue reading “Win The Jam Maker’s Garden book”

Win The Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom

Win a copy of revamped gardening book classic plus review

The Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom
The Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom

The Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom is one of the gardening world’s classic books – and you can win an updated version in this week’s competition.

Tagged as ‘the book of the century’ by horticulturist Michael Michaud, it was first published in 1984, and was hailed as a game-changer by professionals and keen amateur gardeners alike.

The original book was inspired by Joy’s year-long ‘Grand Vegetable Tour’ around Europe with her family and later trials with oriental vegetables.

The name is a slight misnomer – there are more than 200 vegetables, wild plants, herbs, etc covered at length in its nearly 300 pages – not just salad ‘leaves’ but everything you could possibly put in a salad. Continue reading “Win The Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom”

Urban Flowers book competition and review

2 copies to be won of best gardening book of the year

Urban FlowersI’ve reviewed a lot of gardening books this year but the best so far is Urban Flowers: Creating Abundance in a Small City Garden – and I have two copies to win in this week’s competition.

Written by Carolyn Dunster with photographs by Jason Ingram and published by Frances Lincoln, the book is available to buy from April 6.

The reason I like it so much is that it is truly inspirational to all – it gives simple, cheap but stylish upcycling tips to people with no gardening ability. Continue reading “Urban Flowers book competition and review”

Win The Thoughtful Gardener and Good Soil books

£165 worth of gardening books up for grabs

This week I have a double book competition – three copies each of The Thoughtful Gardener
An Intelligent Approach to Garden Design by Jinny Blom and Good Soil by Tina Råman to win, worth £165!


The Thoughtful Gardener, Jinny Blom

The Thoughtful GardenerThe Thoughtful Gardener is a thing of beauty in its own right – not your ordinary gardening book.

Author Jinny Blom has been described by Piet Oudolf as: “The most romantic, creative person in garden design I know.” High praise indeed.

Jinny embraces a wide variety of styles, from formal walled gardens to contemporary installations and she shares her insight into the creative process she has developed while designing more than 250 gardens around the world. Continue reading “Win The Thoughtful Gardener and Good Soil books”

Win 101 Organic Gardening Hacks book

Great ideas for the creative organic gardener

101 Organic Gardening Hacks by Shawna Coronado
101 Organic Gardening Hacks by Shawna Coronado

It’s competition time again on www.mandycanudigit.com again and this week you can win a copy of new book 101 Organic Gardening Hacks by Shawna Coronado.

The word ‘hack’ is a bone of contention with me (I just don’t like the word, sorry) but there my criticism ends – Shawna’s book, based on ideas that work in her own garden, are a real inspiration, especially if you’re short on cash.

They are innovative, creative and successful – a garden bench she created from leftover wood posts and a few cinder blocks, or the rows of wine bottles buried soldier-style along a winding pathway, (I had one of these with beer Continue reading “Win 101 Organic Gardening Hacks book”

Franchi and Antonio Carluccio join forces

Grow Antonio’s recipes with seeds from the world’s oldest seed company

Vegetables by Antonio Carluccio
Vegetables by Antonio Carluccio

For lovers of Italian food, Franchi Seeds of Italy is working with chef Antonio Carluccio, who has just published his latest sell-out book, Vegetables.

Antonio, known as the Godfather of Italian food, shares more than 120 recipes using vegetables from leaves and roots to pods. The book covers many of the varieties in the Franchi ranges, so you can grow, cook and eat his dishes.

He researches the botanical family of each type of vegetable, its history, how to buy and prepare it. There are pasta, soups, vegetable bakes and salads, risottos, pickles, stews, tarts, dips, even some sweet cakes, and biscuits. Continue reading “Franchi and Antonio Carluccio join forces”