Whole plant use: root to bloom


Root to Bloom is a fascinating journey into whole plant use.

Root to Bloom is a fascinating journey into whole plant use

Root to Bloom is a delightful and informative book with a focus on whole plant use, an age old approach often overlooked in more modern times. Many of the plants we grow have uses beyond what’s commonly promoted. Did you know, for example, that the stems, foliage, flowers, seeds and roots of coriander are all edible?

Root to Bloom highlights that consumers need to be more thoughtful about the consumption of fruit and vegetables, where it comes from, and what we expect on the supermarket shelf: do we really need fruit and vegetable varieties to be available year-round – rather than seasonally as nature intended? And is our idea of what a vegetable should look like sustainable, when suppliers throw out almost as much as we eat as a result?

Root to Bloom shares ways to harvest, cook, preserve and heal using 35 common and not so common fruit, vegetable and herb varieties. It includes lots of detailed coloured images to further-inspire your new plant use journey.

About the authors

Mat Pember is a well-known gardening author and founder of successful Melbourne business Little Veggie Patch Co. Mat is an advocate for creating more sustainable urban environments, including growing fruit and veg and being actively involved in community gardening.

Jocelyn Cross grew up in a rural environment where her resourceful and inspiring mother left nothing to waste, finding savvy ways to make seemingly nothing into something special. This influence has seen her return to her farming lifestyle, creating Petite Ingredient, a thriving organic edible flower business.

Book details

Root to Bloom: a modern guide to whole plant use, published April 2018

Mat Pember and Jocelyn Cross

Hardie Grant Publishing

ISBN: 9781743793442

RRP $39.99

A diverse range of flowering orchids will be on display at the Orchid Society of Canberra Spring Show.

Upcoming events

Orchid Society of Canberra Spring Show

The Orchid Society of Canberra is holding their annual Orchid Show where there will be will be diverse flowering orchids on display, orchid plants for sale and commercial vendors.

When: Saturday 22 September 10am-5pm and Sunday 23 September 10am-4pm
Where: Ainslie Football Club, 52 Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie
Entry: $2 

For more: canberraorchids.org

My upcoming presentation on growing backyard produce will be held at Goulburn Mulwaree Library on 27 September.

Urban homesteading presentation: growing your own food

Join me as I share my passion and expertise on creating fruit and vegetable-abundant garden-scapes. No matter how small or large a space you call home, you can grow fruit, vegetables and all manner of edible goodies in your backyard. I will show you how to select, grow and nurture a range of productive plants. Design factors such as planning, establishment and maintenance will also be discussed.

When: Thursday 27 September 12.30-1.30pm
Where: Goulburn Mulwaree Library, 184 Bourke Street, Goulburn NSW
Bookings: trybooking.com/WCRE or at Goulburn Mulwaree Library

For more: gmlibrary.com.au

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