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vegetating Just Vegetating: A Memoir

What does the gardener do during the long winter evenings when pottering in the garden simply isn’t an option?  Well, at the moment, I’m dipping into a memoir by Joy Larkcom.  Aside from having a glorious name, Joy is a gardening writer, who, during the 70’s, toured Europe to find out how people grew vegetables in different parts of the continent and to bring back rare varieties to the UK.  Her work changed how we grow our veg today, as well as recording, in some cases, practices that were disappearing from the landscape.  This memoir includes Joy’s writing from that trip, as well as her later discoveries in China and her own gardens back in the UK and later in Ireland.  A wonderful companion for those winter evenings.

Just Vegetating: A Memoir by Joy Larkcom

Check out some of Joy’s other books about growing vegetables: 
The Organic Salad Garden
Creative Vegetable Gardening
Grow Your Own Vegetables
Oriental Vegetables

Last Saturday I attended an event organised by the Vegetarian Society, with Philip Lymbery talking about his new book Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat.  Philip Lymbery is the CEO of the charity Compassion in World Farming, and for this book he has travelled the world and seen some of the truly horrific animal suffering involved in the mass production of meat, dairy and eggs.  This is not a vegetarian or vegan manifesto, but it certainly is a call for a complete change in global farming practices.  Philip argues that so-called ‘cheap’ meat is not feeding the world, but is in fact depleting the world’s resources at an alarming rate and destroying wildlife, as well as causing the intense suffering of countless millions of animals.  The book is easy to read, even though the details are hard to stomach.  Anyone who eats (oh yes, that’s all of us!) should read this book!

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