If you dream of growing, harvesting and eating your own produce, here's how to begin. Author Nicki Trench, who has created her own garden farm from scratch, shares with you everything there is to know about growing crops, keeping bees and rearing hens. Here's how to make compost, grow vegetables and fruit, collect honey, rear chickens for fresh eggs, and make preserves and chutneys, along with natural remedies and cleaning products for a simply natural life inside and outside your home. The benefits of creating your garden farm are not just economic - the energy once obsessively expended on the exercise bike can now be channelled more productively by digging the vegetable patch, turning the compost or cleaning out the hen coop. Communities are reappearing over garden fences as neighbours share their harvest of courgettes, spinach or eggs. Whatever you choose to grow or rear on your garden farm, this book offers a taste of the good life that is easy, satisfying and inexpensive to achieve.
Nicki Trench is a bestselling author, crafter and vegetable grower. She is an expert on domestic hand crafts, and designs bespoke wedding cakes for magazines such as Brides and Cosmopolitan Bride. Her books include How to Sew (Parragon, ISBN 978-1-407517-65-0), Super-cute Crochet (CICO, ISBN 978-1-906525-39-2) and Sweet Temptation (CICO, ISBN 978-1-906525-49-1).