Got green fingers? You'll dig these inspiring books

Whether you're looking for chic ideas to green up your home with plants or practical advice on growing organic veg, you'll find it in these books

22 October 2017 - 00:00 By Roberta Thatcher

JANE’S DELICIOUS A-Z OF VEGETABLESBy Jane Griffiths, Jonathan Ball, R280
Whether you have an established veggie garden or are thinking of testing out your green thumb, this book is an invaluable resource.
Jane Griffiths has been growing herbs and vegetables in her Joburg garden for over two decades, and has written several books on the subject, all of which are relevant to our local climate.
Her latest is a guide to the vegetables most commonly grown in SA gardens and to the many unusual heirloom varieties that are available. It provides a wealth of information on how to sow, plant, feed, water, protect, harvest and eat the plants, as well as advice on how to save seed for future generations.
Written in her quirky, practical style and illustrated with full-colour photos for easy reference, this is a one-stop guide to growing organic vegetables.GARDEN CITY: SUPERGREEN BUILDINGS, URBAN SKYSCAPES AND THE NEW PLANTED SPACEBy Anna Yudina, Thames & Hudson, R1,250
Urban gardens are transforming our cities, and this spectacular book captures the growing global movement.
Showcasing more than 100 projects, the book shows how plants can be used to improve both city landscapes and our quality of life. It’s packed with ideas that can be applied to new buildings and old alike.
Think office buildings that incorporate urban farms and exchange the CO² produced by humans for food and oxygen produced by plants, lightweight systems for growing vertical gardens or “tree houses“ the size of city blocks.
This book proves that the future of our urban architecture can be self-sustaining and alive.THE GREEN HOMEBy Susanna Vento, Cozy Publishers, R400
With a tagline “inspiring book of plants”, this beautiful tome is just what it sets out to be —and more.
Written and styled by Helsinkibased interior stylist Susanna Vento, it features more than 30 Finnish homes, which are not only beautiful in their signature Scandi simplicity, but are filled with stylish indoor plants.
While the book is a droolworthy guide on interiors and home décor solutions, it also focuses on plants and how to care for them.
It’s only available online from the publishers, so if you can’t get your hands on a physical copy, you can get inspiration from their Instagram page...

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