Author(s): Jennifer Stackhouse & Debbie McDonald
Growing fruit and vegetables in your own backyard, and feeding your family with food freshly harvested can be extremely rewarding. This is a guide to growing authentic produce at home - from purchasing your first seedlings, understanding the growth cycle, sourcing biological fertilisers, controlling pests and sustaining healthy, organic plants.
Jennifer Stackhouse's interest in horticulture and writing was inspired by her family background. After leaving university she began curatorial work at Sydney's Elizabeth Bay House museum, researching the extensive garden that once surrounded the house, and arranging exhibitions of historic plants and heritage roses; it was here that she decided to learn more about plants and gardening. After completing an Associate Diploma in Horticulture at Sydney's Ryde School of Horticulture, Jennifer joined the staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens. She began her career in horticultural media soon afterwards; she currently writes regularly for The Sydney Morning Herald and other newspapers around Australia and is editor of the well-respected ABC Gardening Australia magazine. Jennifer has a large garden on the outskirts of Sydney, two children, numerous cats, dogs and chooks, and works as an editor, journalist and horticultural consultant. Debbie McDonald discovered a passion for gardening and sharing the joy of gardens through writing after a short career in the fashion and textile industry. She has been horticultural editor at ABC Gardening Australia magazine - the number one gardening magazine in Australia - since 2003, after working for several years as a gardener, garden designer and horticultural consultant. She also edits The Gardens - the magazine of the Friends of the Botanic Gardens, Sydney, writes a weekly gardening column in The Manly Daily and edits and adapts gardening books to suit Australian gardening. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for gardening and plants with others, and often speaks at gardening clubs, on air and at garden shows.