Emma Cooper

Since the dawn of the new millennium, when she sowed a few seeds in pots as a way to reduce her food miles, Emma Doughty has been smitten with edible and useful plants. She’s never happier than when she’s in her garden, up to her elbows in compost and tangled in twine. She went from gardening newbie to keen gardener to a passionate plant nerd in record time, resulting in the publication of her first book – The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A to Z is the story of her first garden, and the wonderful and wacky plants that grew there.

This was soon followed by a second book, The Allotment Pocket Bible, which explains how to find, maintain and have fun with an allotment – traditional British growing spaces for garden-less gardeners.

For several years Emma recorded the Alternative Kitchen Garden Show, a much-loved podcast about her gardening adventures. It often featured the most famous chickens in the blogosphere, Hen Solo and Princess Layer (and their pals Cluck Skywalker and Chew-buck-buck-bucka).

Oh, and somewhere in there Emma found the time to write a glossy ‘magbook’ on food gardening for kids of all ages, which is called Growing Vegetables is Fun!, has got to its third edition and is available on Kindle.

That was all before she went a bit more avant garde and wrote Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs, which despite the mystifying title is a gardening book. It’s about unusual edible plants and the people who grow them. And, if you buy the paperback version from Amazon, it comes in a brilliant pink cover that will really stand out on your bookshelf.

When the weather is inclement Emma stays inside and grows plants hydroponically, and researches how to grow plants in outer space. Back on Earth, she has been published in the Guardian, the Ecologist and Permaculture Magazine (among others) as well as guest posting on the BBC Gardening and Reader’s Digest Gardening blogs and making the occasional appearance on BBC Radio 4.

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