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Plants for a Future - Edible & Useful Plants For A Healthier World

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This pioneering book takes gardening, conservation and ecology into a new dimension. This is also available as an eBook

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Describing edible and other useful plants, both native to Britain and Europe and from temperate areas around the world, includes herbs, vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees suitable for: ornamental gardens, lawns, shady areas, ponds, walls, hedges, agroforestry and conservation. This pioneering book takes gardening, conservation and ecology into a new dimension.

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Author Ken Fern
Short title Plants for a Future
Long title Plants for a Future - Edible and Useful Plants for a Healthier World
Publisher Permanent Publications
Page count 344
Language No
ISBN-10 1856230112
ISBN-13 9781856230117
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Short of the mythical money tree, there’s just about everything you could want here! Review by Jeremy Williams, MakeWealthHistory.org
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It doesn’t take much browsing to realise the kinds of things we are missing out on. How about onion-flavoured leaves that can be harvested all 12 months of the year, broccoli that grows on bushes, or edible yams a metre long? And we’re not just talking about food: there are plants for making dyes and inks, rope and string, polish, soap, natural insecticides, or fire retardants.
(Posted on 02/11/2012)
A fantastic guide to useful plants Review by OakhousePermaculture.blogspot.co.uk
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How did I manage without this? Review by Marsden and Slaithwaite transition towns
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This book is so useful I don’t know how I could manage without it. This is a well thought out and researched book. By reading this book I have now generated a hit list of plants that I want to get and try, personally I’d go to extreme lengths to find plants that I’ve heard or read are good! (Posted on 02/11/2012)
Beyond climatic needs and appearance, plants are described in terms of their taste and, often, highly-specific use. Review by Steven Leckart, Cool Tools
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Beyond climatic needs and appearance, plants are described in terms of their taste and, often, highly-specific use. The index is conveniently broken up into edible uses (like condiments and egg and salt substitutes) and non-edible uses (like basketry, disinfectant, and tooth care); for more, check out 100 Other Uses. And actually, the Plants for a Future web site offers a searchable database of 7,000 plants. While much of the info from the book is available online, the printed format can be easier to peruse and digest. There are sections on 'green manures' and how to mulch with cardboard boxes or newspaper and straw, as well as how to make a pond. Despite all the ideas and potential outlined in the book, the final chapter, 'Future Possibilities', truly emphasizes the magical allure of cultivation and experimentation. (Posted on 01/07/2010)
...treasure trove of information... Review by Joy Larkcom
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Ken's enthusiasm and pertinent, honest observations make his writing as easily digested as the edible plants he loves. I'm delighted that this treasure trove of information has been marshalled between book covers and so made more accessible and preserved for future generations. (Posted on 01/07/2010)
Plants for a Future hugely widens the range of edible species which we can, with confidence, grow in temperate climates. Review by George Monbiot
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Ken Fern leads us through a garden of improbable delights - cold climate yams five feet long, edible fuschia fruits, trees laden with delicious berries all through the winter, leaves and flowers with the most subtle and astonishing flavours. It is hard to over-estimate the importance and likely impact of this book. Plants for a Future hugely widens the range of edible species which we can, with confidence, grow in temperate climates. It shows us how to use land more efficiently and sustainably than ever before, and it brings to our sadly limited cuisine a vast new range of remarkable foods, all around the year. It is, in short, the first shot in an impending horticultural revolution. The result of an insatiable curiosity and years of painstaking research, this book is comparable in stature only to the works of Evelyn and Culpeper. (Posted on 01/07/2010)

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