Book – ‘The Self-Sufficient Garden’



‘The Self-Sufficient Garden’ is a practical guide on how to grow the 30 most common vegetables.  Also it shows you to plan how to get a year round supply of fresh vegetables from your own garden.

This book is an essential guide to growing and maintaining a self-sufficient garden.  It incorporates both sustainability and practicality, whilst demonstrating the possibility to grow in a way that promotes biodiversity whilst producing a sizeable harvest.

The Self-Sufficient Garden conveys the fundamental preparatory measures for beginning a self-sufficient garden and it can be referred to for precise instructions on spacing and storing your vegetables.

The book is based on a specific model which can be applied to any plot.  Detailing the thirty most important vegetable crops, it is a condensed formula for self-sufficiency. Written in consideration of the traditional and modern obstacles facing gardeners today, The Self-Sufficient Garden reaches for a natural and productive symbiosis.


In this book, I only cover the 30 most important vegetable crops.  Many minor or fiddly crops have been omitted only because it would make the book and the planning too complex.  You can easily fit them into your crop plan.  In a garden there is always some extra space.

One important thing to realise is that not all crops will be perfect.  There will also be some complete failures of certain crops and this happens to the best of growers.

How much time is needed:

The first two gardens can be done with very little time commitments – a few days to get it all started in spring and then just a couple hours in the evening or half a day at the weekend.

The completely self-sufficient garden, however, requires a more concerted family effort.  If you haven’t a garden yet it will take time (or good machinery) to get the ground ready and the beds formed.  After that it will take two people for one full day at the weekend and half an hour some evenings to maintain the garden.

Throughout the book, I’m quite precise with figures and sowing dates.   I think this is helpful for people to get started but           obviously these are not written in stone. Try them out, modify the techniques and sowing dates as it suits you.

The beauty of gardening is that there are many right ways of doing things.  No two gardeners will ever be the same. After reading a number of books from different authors, visiting gardens and trying it all out yourself you will be in danger of getting confused.  There is so much conflicting information thrown at you from all sides.  Don’t worry – simply pick out the best tips and create your own method that suit you and your garden.