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Growing Your Own Food in Hong Kong

By Arthur van Langenberg

Publication Year: 2012

This book points the way, especially for beginners and those who may only have a balcony or a rooftop and are limited to growing in containers. It is not just about gardening in a narrow sense. It delves into the growing of plants as a multidisciplinary activity involving not only botany, but also zoology, geology, meteorology, philosophy, ornithology, and more. The book sends a strong environmental message for a reevaluation of modern lifestyle.

Published by: Chinese University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 1-5


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pp. v-vi

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pp. viii-ix

One reason for growing your own food is to bring you back to basics. City dwellers have largely suffered a disconnect from Nature, believing, firstly, that there is very little of Nature around them, and, secondly, that they have never had the incentive to grow anything. ...

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pp. x-xii

Living off the land ... What an appealing idea! Recent years have seen a widespread boom in raising one’s own vegetables on a small or large scale. Increasing concern about the quality of commercial crops, economic necessity and the need to fill spare time have spurred people in Europe and North America into trying to produce at least some of the food that they eat. ...

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The Scope of This Book

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pp. xiii-13

This book is not intended to be a complete gardening manual. There already exists a plethora of gardening texts with detailed information of every aspect of gardening for the beginner as well as the expert. Almost all of these books are published abroad so the information that is correct for Europe or Australia may not apply here. ...

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1. Get Growing!

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pp. 1-28

Home-grown food will mostly be started from seeds though some plants are started from cuttings. Seeds vary enormously in size, from the tiny seeds of Chinese spinach to the golf ball stone of the avocado. The seed is probably the most marvellous piece of engineering on the face of the earth. Within its walls is stored nothing less than the blueprint of life itself. ...

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2. The Plant Kingdom

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pp. 29-34

The practice of gardening does not require any intricate knowledge of the scientific names of plants. The enjoyment of gardening, however, is much enhanced by some familiarity with taxonomy, or how plants receive their names. It is, at any rate, an interesting story. ...

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3. Plants In Daily Life

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pp. 35-40

Two thousand years ago Plutarch advised a moderate diet, exercise and restful sleep as a recipe for good health. Nothing has changed. I will leave the exercise and sleep, and simply deal with the “moderate diet”, since as a colorectal surgeon this is an important part of my general advice to patients. ...

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4. The Gardener’s Guide to Food Plants

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pp. 41-126

Food plants need sun. They are happiest in full, open sun, but they can function quite well with four hours of sun a day. This opens up vegetable cultivation to many verandah gardeners. ...

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5. Interesting Plants, Unusual Eats

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pp. 127-144

There is a lot more to food plants than cabbage, lettuce and tomatoes. A few less usual offerings are featured here. Some may be occasionally available in markets, some you may need to grow yourself! ...

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6. You Grew It, Now Let’s Eat!

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pp. 145-164

A year of well-planned planting results in a year of continual harvesting. Here are some of my favourites which never fail to delight, year after year. Remember almost all of these items can be grown in containers. ...


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pp. 165-166

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pp. 167-168

It has been a pleasure to re-unite with The Chinese University Press (CUP), publishers of my 2006 book Urban Gardening: A Hong Kong Gardener’s Journal. This opportunity to work with them once again is largely due to the efforts of my long-time friend, Grace Chow, head of Admissions and Financial Aid at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. ...

Index Of Plant Names

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pp. 169-173

Planting & Harvest Timeline

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pp. 188-189

E-ISBN-13: 9789629969134
Print-ISBN-13: 9789629965358

Page Count: 188
Illustrations: N
Publication Year: 2012


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