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Vegetable Growing – a Book By Me and Out Now!


I’ve posted several times excusing the relative inactivity on the blog recently, blaming factors including our relocation to Somerset and fatherhood. However, I can now reveal the main reason:

Vegetable Growing – A Money Saving Guide, by me, Jono Stevens, in shops May 4th or available to pre-order on Amazon now.

I’ve uploaded the introduction to give you an idea of what’s in the book, and should your interest be sufficiently spiked, you can download it by clicking here.

I’m really, really excited to have been given this opportunity by the lovely people at Michael O’Mara Books, and writing the book has been a wonderful trip down memory lane, recalling all the tips I’ve learnt and the adventures I’ve had since first starting to grow veg a decade ago.

Thank you.
The book is a culmination of my blogging to date, and for that I really want to thank you, the people that read this stuff I post, for making the blog popular enough that some actually thinks it’s worth turning into a book. Thank you so much also for the comments, the likes, the retweets, the emails and the visits. I know I don’t always get around to replying to them all (I’m working on that), but each one means a lot to me.

I never in a million years thought I’d become a published author when I posted the first RMS blog seven years ago, and even if the book suffers a mass Alan Partridge style pulping, I’ll always be very proud.

And if you do happen to find yourself perusing a copy, I’d love to hear what you think.

As always, thanks for reading and happy gardening.

Jono x


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  1. RichardApril 18, 2017 at 7:51 pmReply

    Congratualtions Jono, must be an awesome feeling to be published! Good luck with the release.

  2. HelleApril 25, 2017 at 8:14 amReply

    Congratulations, well deserved. I always enjoy reading your blog, your stories and all the advice. Good luck with the book.

  3. NotjustgreenfingersApril 26, 2017 at 7:45 pmReply

    Well done, you must be very proud! A brilliant acheivement!

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meIn 2007, I took on a redundant allotment plot with my gardening-mad mum Jan. As all good mums do, she went along with it, but I don’t think she held out much hope. However, over a decade later, and she now lets me do stuff without watching over my shoulder, so I must be doing something right. [ read more ]

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