Kath Irvine

The Edible Backyard

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The Edible Backyard: A Practical Guide to Growing Organic Fruit and Vegetables All Year Round

by Kath Irvine

Everything you need to know to grow organic vegetables, fruit and herbs in your home garden, throughout the year. In this practical step-by-step guide, gardening teacher Kath Irvine shares her wealth of knowledge from more than 20 years of helping Kiwi gardeners design, build, grow and maintain their own productive edible gardens.

Kath takes readers step by step through design, tools and equipment, seasonal planting advice, soil fertility, seed-saving basics, managing pests and diseases, and how to incorporate organic and permaculture gardening methods into any home garden.

While documenting a year on her own property, Kath shows how you can successfully produce bountiful crops throughout the seasons to provide a steady, daily harvest with minimal wastage.

The book is illustrated with hundreds of stunning photographs and helpful hand-drawn illustrations that share clever design concepts and planting plans for gardens of all shapes and sizes.

Kath is the perfect guide, and this easy-to-understand, comprehensive book is ideal for gardeners at any skill level, from beginners setting up a new garden from scratch, to intermediate trouble-shooters, to advanced green-thumbs seeking deeper knowledge.


  • Published: 14 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143775560
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Imprint: RHNZ Godwit
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352