Growing Self-Sufficiency: How to Enjoy the Satisfaction and Fulfilment of Producing Your Own Fruit, Vegetables, Eggs and Meat


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About the Author

Sally Nex has been feeding her family with home-grown fruit, vegetables and preserves for the last 20 years or so, as well as eggs from a motley gaggle of hens and more recently, lamb from her small flock of rare-breed sheep.

It all started with a few beans in a concrete handkerchief of city garden in London, but an allotment, job change, house move and several rented fields later, it's probably true to say the 'hobby' is well out of hand.

In 2006 she left 15 years as a journalist on BBC radio, television and World Service to devote her time to horticulture. She is qualified in horticulture to RHS Level 3, and has a planting design diploma from Capel Manor College. Sally now writes, teaches and gives talks about veg growing and self-sufficiency all over the country and is a regular writer and columnist for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, the RHS journal The Garden, Grow Your Own, and The Guardian.


"There can be no better person than Sally Nex to help growers take the next step towards self-sufficiency . . . She write with a clarity, enthusiasm and humour that pulls the reader along with her. If you weren't thinking of upping your vegetable-growing game before picking up this book, you soon will be." --Lia Leendetrz, award winning garden and food writer
"For anyone with an interest in gardening and self-sufficiency wanting to make the first step. Easy to read, the book is full of practical information." --Ann Marie Owens, head gardener at the world-famous Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons
"Producing your own food is empowering, and Growing Self-Sufficiency sums up the notion of 'practical self-sufficiency' and the independence it provides." --Paul Melynczuk, Editor, Home Farmer magazine
"I hear years of wisdom in her words, and appreciate that she was willing to share some of her best secrets to success." --The Farmer's Wife,
"Besides reliable practical advice, Nex provides nifty little insights, such as how to grow straight carrots, utilize rice to dry seed and deploy a water barrier beneath a potted plant to thwart slugs." --William Sheick, Texas Gardener