Vegetables, Food and the Home Garden

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Vegetables, Food and the Home Garden

Growing your own fruit and vegetables is enjoying a huge surge in popularity. Much of this interest comes from our growing awareness of what we need to do to lead healthy, vital lives. People are also looking for ways avoid food produced for vast commercial suppliers, such as supermarkets.

Learn how grow vegetables so you can enjoy fresh and locally produced food. Part of the fun is that you never stop learning. There are always new techniques to try, new crops and new varieties to grow, and of course, one year is never the same as the next.

You are fortunate enough to live in Tasmania which has developed a well-earned reputation for its fine locally produced food. Maybe it is because of this abundance of good soil and clean air that experts such as Peter Cundall (Gardening Australia) and Bill Mollison (Permaculture) developed their philosophy on gardening and then took it to the wider world.

Creating your own garden is good for your own personal health. It will also help you become aware of the growing problems associated with food supply problems around the world, and other contentious issues, such as genetically modified food.

Library Resources
Web Resources

Library Resources

Try using a keyword search to find the following:

  • Compost
  • Organic gardening
  • Permaculture
  • Vegetable gardening

Other resources can be found using these subject headings:

Collection highlights

  • The Cook's bible of ingredients: an illustrated reference to over 1000 foods.
  • How to grow microgreens: nature's own superfoods by Fionna Hill. These tiny seedlings of herbs and vegetables are today's hottest gourmet garnish. They are great to grow in containers on a terrace or windowsill. Most varies are ready in a week or two.
  • Out of the scientist's garden: a story of water and food by Richard Stirzaker. Written for anyone interested in understanding the role food and water ... how it relates to growing vegetables, subsistence farming or how to feed a growing population with shrinking resources.
  • The Organic Guide to edible gardens by Jennifer Stackhouse & Debbie MacDonald.
  • The Science of good food: the ultimate reference on how cooking works by David Joachim and Andrew Schloss
  • Stephanie Alexander's kitchen garden companion: dig, plant, water, grow, harvest, chop, cook. You may also like to check out Stephanie's 'Recipe for Compost Lasagna' ... you will find it in eReserve on the Library's website.

Native Gardens


Stephanie Alexander's chapter 'Getting Started' provides all the information you need to start creating your own vegetable garden. It also includes a "recipe" for creating good compost to help you produce good crops.

Alexander, S, 2009, Stephanie Alexander's kitchen garden companionCamberwell, Vic., p.12

Alan Buckingham lists the tools and equipment you need to start and maintain your garden.

Buckingham, A, 2009, Vegie patchDorling Kindersley, Camberwell, Vic., pp.22-25.

Australia is a very dry continent. We all should learn to use water wisely. Every drop counts. Read about "water harvesting", 'mirco-climates', 'hydro-zoning' and 'water in the vegetable garden'.

Grow your own food2009, Camberwell, Vic., pp.31-37.

An illustrated introduction to the most popular vegetables found in the gardens and markets of Australia

Compton, L, 2010, The Food bookOxford University Press, South Melbourne, pp.61-66.

Web Resources

ABC Splash: Sustainable gardens

The Diggers Club

This club aims to preserve older varieties of plants and vegetables. They airm to preserve our best plants and garden traditions, and to help solve climate change. On the way they say they have become a club for subversive gardeners. We are anti-G.M. and anti-industrial agriculture and pro-organic, as we campaign to increase the growing of food in our backyards.

Gardening Australia.

Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic, and credible horticultural and gardening advice. It has inspired and entertained Australian gardens from around the country.

Harvest Market. Launceston

This market commenced at the beginning of 2012. Held every Saturday morning between 9:00 - 11:00 am it sells only food and beverages grown and produced in Tasmania and is run within Australian Farmers’ Market Association Guidelines (AFMA) guidelines.

Matthew Evans - A Common Ground, Hobart

Matthew Evans has starred in the popular television series Gourmet Farmer Originally screened on SBS television, the official site includes information about each episode, as well as the featured recipes. We also have Matthew Evan's books on the shelves in the Library.

Permaculture Research Institute.

Permaculture (the word, coined by Bill Mollison, is a portmanteau of permanent agriculture and permanent culture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.

Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Foundation

This foundation was aimed to develop the love of growing and cooking your own food The foundation is changing the way children approach and think about food. All around the country, children are enthusiastically getting their hands dirty and learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.

Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA)

SGA was established in 2003. It is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to changing the way Australians garden.

Special gardens

Gardens for Humanity Founded in the U.S. in 1995, Gardens for Humanity works to give children and members of a community, the tools and experiences needed to regain balance with the natural world

Kew: The Royal Botanic Gardens The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was founded in 1759, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Throughout its history, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has made important contributions to increasing the understanding of the plant kingdom with many benefits for mankind. Today it is still first and foremost a scientific institution

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens - Hobart. This is Australia's second oldest botanical gardens.