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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harbour; 1 edition (June 4 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550174819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550174816
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Carolyn Herriot is the author of the bestselling A Year on the Garden Path: A 52-Week Organic Gardening Guide, The Zero-Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food and, most recently, The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook: Seasonal Recipes for Delicious Homegrown Food. She is much in demand as a speaker and workshop leader on organic gardening in the Pacific Northwest, with regular columns in BC Living and
Common Ground magazines. Carolyn grows her certified-organic seed business, Seeds of Victoria, at the Garden Path Centre for Organic Gardening in Victoria, BC.


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By Nathan on Aug. 8 2011
Format: Paperback
It's OK... there were interesting gardening tips and snippets here and there. However the author doesn't really get much into specifics, and seems more interested in showcasing her own situation then having real-world applications of how the gardening should work for others. Does more of a gloss-over than the deep dive I was hoping for. The organization of the book doesn't really work either; she says she'll break down month-by-month what you should do, but instead has a tiny little bit on what you should do then goes on about a specific topic (e.g. seeds, or canning). Might have been better to have had 2 general sections: gardening tips & tricks, THEN a month-by-month breakdown. Makes it seem like I need a couple acres to garden, and my 8' x 20' garden can't grow a good variety of food for my family. Oh, and that section on raising chickens? A page and a half on 3 hens she calls her "girls" which is more about chicken behavior and how the author set up their cage so it cleans easier than it is about the basics of raising chickens. Maybe I was expecting more out of this book than I was hoping for, but really I'm not much better off now than before I bought it. I'd give it more 2.5 stars.
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I heard the author speak at the recent "Seedy Sunday" in Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island, near her farm. She was the most eloquent and professional speaker I think I have ever heard, really putting her elegance, knowledge, and British gardening background to work for her. The reason she talks a lot about her own experience is because this woman HAS a wealth of experience in gardening sustainably, as a nursery owner, and as a very actively-involved member of the local gardening and sustainability community. She founded Seedy Saturday(/Sunday) in Victoria, BC twenty-three years ago. She continues to be a beacon in the community for learning sustainable and adventuresome gardening. We are so blessed that she not only talks about her experiences, but that she has written books so that we can follow her lead.

I have only just dipped into the book, but I'm very excited to see the breadth and depth she managed to pull off without putting out one of those massive, expensive reference books that generally just sit on the shelf because the Internet is just so much easier to navigate. She knows full well that anyone reading this book will go to the Internet to fill in the minutia... for example, I was thrilled to find out that my garden's mat of chickweed is an edible green, a nice, nutritious switch from the usual kale, chard, collards, romaine, spinach, etc. I went from reading that (and other listed edible weeds) to do a little fuller research about it online.

I was really drawn to this book because she promised that it contains instructions on how to save seeds from a vast array of individual herb and vegetables, and when to do that (the book is set up as a gardening diary.
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I found this book very helpful for detail on the growing of each separate vegetable product, and good recipes for soil, home made fertilizers, and soil corrections, etc. The book is well organized and it is easy to find the information you want because there is a thorough index in the back of the book.
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Carolyn Harriet's Zero Mile Diet is one of the three best how-to books I've ever read. If you want to tune up your gardening practices, she tells you how--how to get it just right. Extremely knowledgable.
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