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One Magic Square


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How to Use this Book

PART ONE: The Magic Square Metre Plots

  • The Salad Plots
  • Salad Plot A
  • Salad Plot B
  • Salad Plot C
  • Salad Plot D
  • Salad Plot E
  • The Broadbean Plot
  • The Anti-Oxidants Plot
  • The Curry Plots
  • Curry Plot A
  • Curry Plot B
  • The Beans Plot
  • The Stir-Fry Plots
  • Winter Stir-Fry Plot
  • Summer Stir-Fry Plot
  • The Root Crop Plot
  • The Pasta/Pizza Plots
  • Pasta/Pizza Plot A
  • Pasta/Pizza Plot B
  • The Horta Plot
  • The Aztec Plot
  • The Pea Plot
  • The Melon Plot
  • The Herb Plot
  • The Soup Plot
  • The Pick-&-Come-Again Plot
  • The Starchy Staples Plot
  • The Rotating Mono Crops Plot
  • The Onion & Garlic Plot
  • The Anti-Cancer Plots
  • Anti-Cancer Plot A
  • Anti-Cancer Plot B
  • Berry Plots & Hedges
  • The Pumpkin Plot
  • The Perennials
  • The Spice Companions

PART TWO: Toward Food Self-Sufficiency

  • The Terrifying Importance of Growing Food
  • Climate, Weather & Microclimates
  • Inspirations & Credentials
  • From Garden to Table
  • How to Find Time to Grow Food
  • Gardening with Attitude
  • Essential Utensils
  • Shopping for Roots & Seeds
  • Cupboard Self-Sufficiency

PART THREE: Tips & Tricks

  • Water & Watering
  • Soil SecretsCompost Compositions
  • Plant Food & Soil Food
  • The Message of Mulch
  • What to Do about Weeds?
  • Crop Rotation & Green Crops
  • Pests & Predators
  • An A-Z of Pests & Problems
  • Companion Planting & Intercropping
  • The Seasons
  • Permaculture
  • Seeds & Seedlings
  • Saving Seed
  • Hardware in the Food Garden
  • Pruning, Pinching & Thinning
  • Easy-Care Fruit Trees
  • Livestock, Birds, Bees & Frogs
  • Ten Green Rules
  • PART FOUR: Descriptions of Food Plants
  • An A-Z of Vegetable Groups
  • Summer, Winter & All Season Vegetables
  • List of Common Vegetables: How to Grow & Use Them
  • List of Common Herbs: How to Grow & Use Them
  • List of Easy-Care Fruit Trees & Berries: How to Grow & Use Them

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Brilliantly written, One Magic Square is a compelling combination of utterly clear advice, inspiration and political urgency. -- David Washington, managing editor, Sumptuous magazine

About the Author

Lolo Houbein was born in Holland and later moved to Australia. She is well known as n author of fiction and non-fiction, including gardening books. Food security - and the absence of it - has been a lifelong preoccupation for her.


"It is possible to grow a staggering amount in just a small plot. Ideal for balconies, terraces, courtyards, small gardens or allotments, square metre gardening is perfectly suited to urban growers. It is about maximum work - and the joy of seeing what can flourish in such a small space."

-- The City Planter

"This inspiring book sets out to encourage everyone to start growing produce even if it's the first time you have ever considered doing so and in whatever limited space there is available."

-- Backlane Notebook

One Magic Square "takes a sensivle apporach, with manageable squares and small tasks, so that food gardening can fit into the busiest lifestyle... And it's a year-round book, so it won't languish on the shlf during winter."

-- Emma Cooper * Emma the Gardener *

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