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BOOKS

The Good Life

I discovered a love of writing about the trials and tribulations of my garden and my country life through a blogging competition organised by Yates – the most respected seed company in Australasia.  Once the competition ended I found I couldn’t stop writing so I kept on writing whenever and where ever I could, which is why you find me here on WordPress.

But then something really exciting happened.  The blogs I had written for the blogging competition have been turned into a book.  A proper one!  It’s called “The Good Life – four glorious seasons in my country garden” and is published by Harper Collins and sponsored by Yates.  Such an honour.      This book is more of a memoir style and has a lot of lessons learnt the hard way!

The Good Life, four glorious seasons in my country Garden

The Good Life, four glorious seasons in my country Garden

“THE GOOD LIFE is a funny and inspiring slice-of-life gardening book, looking at the ups and downs of gardening throughout the year. The book is full of practical gardening advice, as well as delicious recipes, interwoven with the story of Sarah’s transformation from city-slicker to country girl.”    (HarperCollins Publisher)

Where to find a copy:

>Try Here< or look up with the my name and the name of the book on the great big internet or ask your favourite bookseller to get it in for you.


Play in the Garden

I was approached by New Holland Publishers to write a kid’s gardening book, but I hesitated.  I had kids, and I gardened, however the kids didn’t seem inclined to join me in the garden.  They knew how as small children are very curious and were often by my side in the garden.  As they got older, they found the pleasures of the screen and lost interest in the garden.  I almost said no.  But then I thought ‘no actually… these kids need to get outside and experience some nature.  So, a dragged them through a growing season of fun and Play in the Garden was written.

Often kids interested in gardening are given a small space of their own with some radish seeds, a sunflower and a few other vegetables and expected to get on with it.  Many grown-ups don’t manage to make it to the end of the growing season unscathed, and kids can quickly lose interest after the first problem.  Play in the Garden encourages you to extend your garden to accommodate the child in your life and grow together side by side.  Spending time together can also help kids grow.

Play in the Garden, fun projects for kids to enjoy outdoors

Play in the Garden, fun projects for kids to enjoy outdoors

“Kids don’t have the patience or the interest in having their own garden patch, they just want to have fun! Sarah O’Neil knows this well. Her series of clever outdoor projects will get kids outside throughout the growing season, having fun in the vegetable garden.”    (New Holland Publisher)

Where to find a copy:

>Try Here< or look up with the my name and the name of the book on the great big internet or ask your favourite bookseller to get it in for you.


Growing Vegetables

This book was born out of a desire to set new gardeners off on the right path, as there is a lot of information out there that can become quite overwhelming.  This book is written in and easy to understand format that takes the garden through an entire year week by week, showing not only when to do tasks, but how and more importantly why.  The book encourages gardeners to grow beyond the pages as their confidence grows in the garden.  It is written with all everything a new gardener needs to know in mind, even down to the plastic cover to protect while out in the garden. This is a book to be used not read.

Starting your gardening journey with a solid foundation will set you off on the right foot for many seasons to come.  The working title for this book was “A Learner Gardener’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables.  However, it was decided this was a bit of a mouthful!

Growing Vegetables The learner Gardener's Guide

Growing Vegetables The learner Gardener’s Guide

“Many people feel the urge to grow their own food, yet don’t know where to start. Gone are the days where this life skill is passed down through the generations. So, the keen gardener is left to find their own way through a mine field of information overload. This book has been created to guide and encourage you, week by week, through your first year of growing your own vegetables. It takes growing food back to basics and explains when, how and why to do things. It has been designed with you, the gardener in mind and how you would logically work your way through the season.”    (New Holland Publisher)

Where to find a copy:

>Try Here< or look up with the my name and the name of the book on the great big internet or ask your favourite bookseller to get it in for you.


What’s Next?

Will there be any more books in the future?

Well…  never say never….  : o)

5 Comments on “BOOKS

  1. Pingback: celebrating one year and the garden bloggers conference - This Natural Dream

  2. Do you ever do courses in Mount Maunganui…..would love to learn more about vege gardenig

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