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Green Reads: One Magic Square by Lolo Houbein

Green Reads: One Magic Square by Lolo Houbein

I love calling on my friends for book recommendations and very rarely will any of their choices fall flat.

One Magic Square is one of them and has become my go to for garden inspiration. The friend who told me about this book has put together an impressive suburban garden that feeds her husband and baby daughter each season. Seeing the success of her backyard I knew this book would live up to my friends praises.

The book focuses on growing a variety of plants in one (magic) square meter – ideally great for those with a small plot of land to toil. Lolo Houbein provides ways to maintain an organic garden utilising her thirty years of expertise with her easy to understand eco tips. Following her book I have found getting a garden established easy.

The standout component of the book is the twenty plus suggested plots you can grow. Plot ideas include a soup plot, summer salad plot, stir-fry plot, pasta and anti-oxidant-rich vegetables to name a few. These ideas are illustrated so newbie gardeners like myself have a visual guide to layout the plots. This is super handy as I have learnt that some vegetables don't do too well next to other vegetables. Want to keep bugs away using natural methods? the book covers this also. And if you need recipe inspiration for your bountiful harvest, the book has that too.

If you are like Lolo and want to take back control of the food you eat then this book will help and inspire the green thumb in you.

6 comments

  1. Definitely going to have to check out this book. We've been starting a garden little by little and it's always fun to get more tips! Thanks so much :)

    xx Sarah | Loser Girl Wins

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    1. I am glad you will check it out. You will have to let me know what you deiced to plant :)

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  2. That book sounds fascinating - it's amazing how much can be done in a small space.

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    1. I agree, it really is amazing what can be done in a small space. Imagine if everyone who had some square meters to spare dedicated it to growing vegetables.

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  3. Thanks so much for this review. I've been meaning to read that book for ages and just haven't got around to it. A good reminder for me to get a copy (I might even review it myself :-))

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    1. Yes you should review it :) Your readers would enjoy it!!

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