One would not think a pretty encyclopedic book about vegetables could be read from cover to cover. However, many readers have mentioned that this is the way they have approached The Chinese Kitchen Garden.
Not only are book groups popping up in neighborhoods and among friend groups, but garden book groups are also on the rise among garden clubs, Master Gardener groups, and in community gardens. If you read The Chinese Kitchen Garden with your group, please reach out to me. I'm happy to answer questions from your group or do a conference call, and I'm just eager to know the thoughts of your group! Here are some discussion questions to get you started!
It's tricky to recommend that people grow bamboo. As you know, it can be a very real, very permanent, nuisance - to say the least.
My father however, lives on several acres with the motivation and time to tend to his large bamboo stand. We eat the shoots, fabricate (for fun, really) items like brooms and utensils from it, shred it for mulch, and have LOTS available for other garden uses like trellis-making. Here, I'm tying off the top of a bamboo trellis where a Chinese medicinal herb climbs.
(Refer back to posts from April 2017 to learn more about how we prepare bamboo shoots for eating, and how we preserve bamboo)
I'm Wendy Kiang-Spray, gardener, home cook, and author of The Chinese Kitchen Garden. Learn more about the book here. Enjoy the blog and be sure to like The Chinese Kitchen Garden Facebook page for notifications when there are new posts.