Leonie Norrington blends horticultural science with personal experience to create a book full of sound advice, enthusiasm and a genuine love of the natural world.
Have you ever wondered how to grow such exotic vegetables as snake beans, water chestnuts and loofahs? Luscious fruits such as rambutans, mangoes, carambolas and abiu? Herbs like vanilla, turmeric and galangal? Tropical Food Gardens will show you how to propagate, grow and use these and a wide range of other herbs, vegetables and fruits in tropical and sub-tropical climates.
This lively engaging book, laced with anecdotes, is full of practical gardening information from an author with years of experience. It’s also great fun.
About the Author
Leonie Norrington was born in Darwin, Australia, and grew up on an Aboriginal community south of Katherine. She is a third generation tropical gardener and learned to garden at her grandmother’s knee when the only fresh food available was home grown.
Leonie works full-time as a journalist-writer. She is known to local gardeners through editing and publishing the magazine Greenants and Gravel.
She has three grown-up children and one grandchild and lives with her husband at Noonamah on their farm where they have grown fruit, vegetables and herbs for twenty years.
GoodReads: Aug 25, 2009 Dave Riley rated it – he really liked it:
What a gem of a book! Your everyday general vegey growing book is anchored in temperate climates and focuses on what you can grow. This book moves to the tropics — and sub tropics (where I live) and addresses the question of what I can’t grow. That means what you can grow is given the attention it deserves. The hot wet season in the Tropics is brutal on the edible flora we are accustomed to in the Western Diet, so you need to adapt your approach and your plantings to work around such harshness. I’ve not come across any text as considerate as this one for doing just that. With excellent reviews and growing notes for a range of species this book captures both the challenges and the many rewards of a tropical garden. You can sweat a lot over what you can sneak into your sowing schedule but really it comes down to experience and Leonie Norrington aggregates a lot of that. The book also takes you out of the standard Permaculture straightjacket here in Australia which is so often dismissive of form and draws you closer to the French potager tradition where function and access rules over ideology. (see my review of Joy Larkcom). The other features that draw you in are the stunning illustrations by Colwyn Campbell and Norrington’s relaxed chatty style. This is a writer who has written a gardening book and given that she also fronts for the ABC’s Gardening Australia, she is a writer who knows who onions.