|My salad reference library. For some reason Food for Free was missing (presumed foraging) when I lined them up for their photograph this morning|
During the 52 Week Salad Challenge I've built up a small reference library which I've found very useful for both my salad growing and writing my salad related posts. Some I had already and others I've been pleased to buy in order to plug gaps. Here's a brief summary to whet your appetite:
- A Taste of the Unexpected - Marc Diacono - good sections on microgreens and daylilies
- Food for Free - Richard Mabey - a foraging classic which has stood the test of time
- Homegrown Revolution - James Wong - has lots of ideas for unusual salad ingredients and how to grow them. Suttons have a seed and plant range tie-in
- Salad Leaves for All Seasons - Charles Dowding - the book mentioned spontaneously as a good ‘un by most salad challengers . See also my interview with him.
- The Edible Balcony - Alex Mitchell - not just for balconies (or salad), but any small space. With plenty of ideas, information and DIY projects
- The Organic Salad Garden - Joy Larkcom - an absolute classic. A comprehensive guide to cut and come again leaves and a good introduction to sprouting seeds
- The Thrifty Forager - Alys Fowler - food for free, mainly from our cities and with recipes
- The Year Round Vegetable Gardener - Niki Jabbour - sensible advice from this award winning Canadian author. Good section on climate and its impact on growing salads
Do you have anything else to add to the list? It'd be great to hear what your favourites are :)
Update: Carl has been in touch to say he reviewed The Thrifty Forager for Permaculture Magazine last year.
Disclosure: I received copies of A Taste of the Unexpected and James Wong's Homegrown Revolution for honest review purposes. The rest I've either had for years, or were bought this year with hard-earned cash!