My Garden, the City and Me

My Garden, the City and Me

Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London

eBook - 2011
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Helen Babbs is a self-proclaimed city girl who lives on the second floor of a flat in a chaotic corner of London. An urge to find more green in the city and a stronger connection to the natural world leads her to create her first garden, an organic edible garden on her rooftop. This year-long adventure is the story behind *My Garden, the City and Me*. The journey begins in the dark of winter, where Babbs finds herself at a seed swap on a February morning, seduced more by packaging than by any true understanding of the plants. As the year progresses, Babbs revels in failures, like waking up bleary eyed and stomping on her seed starts, and triumphs like her summer-ending dinner party made with homegrown produce. Along the way she discovers that I like gardening in my pajamas and that growing something from seed, watching it develop and then eating its fruits is truly joyful. I've daydreamed out there and entertained out there. It's the force behind new friendships that I've forged. The garden has opened my eyes to a whole new side of London and urban living. *My Garden, the City and Me* is a lyrical narrative about a twenty-something in search for a bit of wild in her city. The journey is charming, honest, and steeped in the lore of London, a city equally known for its gardens and its grit. In the end Babbs has achieved a new perspective on what it means to live green in the city she loves.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9781604693195
Characteristics: 1 online resource (140 p.) : ill.


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Nov 01, 2011

I wanted more from this book. It was a nice, short foray into rooftop gardening, but I wanted more. I wanted to get into the down and dirty of how-to, but this book is more about the pleasures of the completed work. Pleasant, but not what I was looking for.


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