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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:27 am 
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Growing Food In The City - Microgardening: A Practical Guide - by Dave and Bing Sanders

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:32 am 
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This seems a bit out of date, however, they are selling the books at the Island Bar and will take orders if needed. :D


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:09 am 
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Sorry, wrong, outdated poster which has been online before the signing already.

Here's a better one, book cover only, plus a description:

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HONG KONG (September 2013) -- No one can live without food. Yet most people in cities lack understanding about where their food comes from or who produces it. With global warming, environmental hazards and spiraling inflation, relying entirely on grocery stores looks increasingly risky too.

A new book, Growing Food in the City by Dave and Bing Sanders (Power Publishing Club, 2013, 104 pages, US$15), takes a practical approach to precisely what its title promises. A step-by-step guide to microgardening, the book encourages urban dwellers of all ages to nurture and appreciate food-producing plants and then to enjoy the benefits of cultivating food for themselves.

The authors believe that “all gardens are magical places. Even the smallest of plots offers everyone glimpses into its many mysteries. Those include the secrets within seeds, their sprouting and gradual transition into ripe fruit or vegetables. Then people harvest and eat the produce with the satisfaction that this good food, with its wonderful flavours, came from the care and effort provided.”

Magical aspects of gardening far exceed what many people imagine. According to the book, “The intrigue and enchantment of different varieties and families, in the vegetable kingdom, growing together and protecting one another as companions, bring to mind that famous William Shakespeare quote: ‘In Nature’s infinite book of secrecy, a little I can read.’

Co-author Dave Sanders says, “We were inspired to put the book together by the many Hong Kong school children who have shared with us their wonderfully honest and intriguing ideas about gardening during school microgardening activities. It always feels so refreshing to watch and understand how children of all ages curiously approach the wonders of gardening as they cultivate, harvest and eat their very own food products for the first time.”

Actually, this guidebook makes valuable reading not just for gardeners, but for every city slicker who likes to eat good food. “At first thought, it may appear difficult to cultivate our own fresh food plants while living in a densely populated, urban environment,” Dave Sanders said.

“However, keen gardeners spring up in crowded cities worldwide and produce great harvests. Living in a big city need not prevent us from cultivating small container gardens and delving into the heart of Nature’s natural rhythms and cycles….

“Whether a person works just a few small pots or larger, specialist containers, our book aims to provide a guide through the easy-to-learn techniques of microgardening.”


Since 1993, Dave Sanders has lived mainly in Hong Kong where he met Bing. Together, they have managed several organic farms there – on Lamma Island and in the New Territories.

In 2001, they founded and managed a successful community farm, The Green Patch, in Kettering, England. They returned to Asia in 2006 and set up The Green Patch Hong Kong, providing microgardening kits and services, often doing horticultural workshops at schools, care homes and businesses.

The co-authors live and work on a small farm on Lamma Island. Growing Food in the City represents their first book, but together with steady supplies of vegetables, they have cultivated some tasty ideas for more.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:58 pm 
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Email from Dymocks, re: two of my neighbours, temporarily returned from an island in Thailand:


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Another new book by prolific, ever-fertile Lamma Gardeners Extraordinaires, Dave & Bing!
Book signings on Lamma soon!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:03 am 
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This Sat, booksigning by my Pak Kok neighbours and friends, Bing & David Sanders.

David has just delivered a review copy yesterday to me and got a glass of wine on my rooftop in return.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:05 pm 
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Book available now directly from Bing & Dave Sanders:


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Dave & Bing Sanders selling their books outside Fa Fa House yesterday.

Their latest book "My Garden - My Friend", see above, is currently featured as "Lamma Wildlife of the Week" on the home page.


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