I’ve always wanted to grow my own food. I’ve made some attempts in the past, and gotten a few vegetables and some basil out of my efforts but with limited space and guidelines of what could be on the patio, I never managed to keep it up. It seems like I might be due for another attempt at growing edibles now that I’ve discovered Gardening Like a Ninja: A Guide to Sneaking Delicious Edibles into Your Landscape.
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This new book by Angela England brilliantly intertwines an edible garden with a beautiful and functional design that will please both you and your HOA. As a novice gardener myself, I appreciated the detail that Angela goes into. She explains edible gardening in depth to help prevent rookie mistakes and walks you through the process itself. She shares expertise from planning her own gardens to set you up for success.
It’s a liberating thing to grow your own food. You’re in complete control of the process, so you know exactly what you’re getting from the seeds, soil, and the methods used to grow your food. In a country without mandatory labeling on our food, it’s nice to have know with certainty what you’re eating.
Not only is this knowledge liberating, so is the action of growing something from the earth and cultivating it with your own bare, or maybe gloved, hands. Pluck a pepper and and pat yourself on the back, you made that shit (with some help from mother nature, but give yourself some credit).
You know what else is liberating? Saving money. Seeds are cheap, and as Angela explains a package of basil seeds costs her $1 and lasts a year or so. No matter how good you are at sticking to a food budget, you will not get a year’s worth of basil for less than that. Well, unless you have a neighbor who gardens and doesn’t catch you stealing her basil.
One of the many things that stood out in Gardening Like a Ninja were the stunning photos and illustrations. These landscapes aren’t just delicious, they’re decorative too. By following Angela’s advice you’ll end up with a garden that’s pleasing to the eye and the palette. Each garden design has a blend of color, texture, fragrance, and even varying heights to provide a unique aesthetic that’s expertly planned.
This book will help you grow your own gardening skills while you transform your landscape. The lists of edibles Angela covers is extensive, covering vines, trees, ornamentals, and shrubs. There’s something for everyone, even the experienced gardner can learn how to sneak some of these edibles into a front yard.
You can find Gardening Like a Ninja: A Guide to Sneaking Delicious Edibles into Your Landscape available on Amazon now, so you can get your copy fast and start your own journey to ninja gardening success. And exactly what lessons will you learn from Gardening like a Ninja? I’ve narrowed it down to five things.
- Gardening like a Ninja is about clever efficiency
- It’s possible to grow your own food, even with an HOA
- Choose the right plants for your climate (know your zone)
- Edibles can look just as beautiful as ornamentals
- Be smart in how you utilize your space
So, what are you waiting for? Make like a ninja, and grow your own food.