Atlast, after a year of research, writing and illustrating, the book ‘Trevor’s Kitchen Garden’ is printed and ready to be launched on Tuesday 27th March at 7.15pm in Hodges & Figgis bookshop. Top chef and all round good guy, Neven Maguire, will do the honours and Séamus Sheridan, of the famous cheesemongers, will be providing something to nibble, while you are welcome to browse, mingle and hopefully buy a reasonably priced copy.

All royalties from book sales will go to the charity S.E.E.D. (School Earth Education Developments), the network of organic centres around Ireland which provide courses in growing, cooking and storing your own food, and also help schools set up school gardens. I look forward to meeting you at the launch along with many of the 24 guest writers whose own styles and experiences are published from all parts of Ireland and from many walks of life.


1. This book shows how growing some of your own food simply, is an option for everyone (even busy people), no matter how small the pot or plot. For example, it covers growing potatoes in a bag, radish in a window box, growing mint under a tree and starting a fruit and veg raised bed on top of part of a lawn (without digging up the grass!).

2. 24 guest writers feature throughout the book answering questions about food growing. Curiously, the majority cited ‘potatoes’ as their favourite food to harvest, including former President Mary Mc Aleese, Michael Kelly of GIY Ireland, broadcaster Stiofán Nutty, journalist Joe Barry, Éamon Ryan, Green leader & allotmenteer, and Garraí Glas TG4 presenter Síle Nic Chonaonaigh who enthuses in Irish about her home grown ‘fataí’. Neven Maguire makes use of courgette flowers while Darina Allen likes all food in season.

3. The most surprising aspect of Trevor’s kitchen garden is the one prolific apple tree. The apples annually from this one tree make juice and various apple dishes. The book shows that apples can be stored for use the whole year round.

4. The book devotes a chapter to each week over 12 months, from the first week in February (Lá ‘le Bríde) to the fourth week in January. At the end of each chapter, there is a short topical essay about food called ‘The Bigger Picture’. For example, around    St. Patrick’s Day, the origin of why people plant potatoes on March 17th is explored. Around Bastille Day, Napoleon’s interest in establishing French farmers’ markets is recounted. Essays on saving money and making a job from food growing are topical.

5. The book provides contact details of places around Ireland to go to see food grow, as well as a map (one of 60 line drawings by the author). Royalties from the book all go to funding SEED, a charity network of these demonstration and educational centres so that more food growing courses for kitchen gardeners can be provided, near where people live.

Contact: Trevor Sargent’s Kitchen Garden  – 087 2547 836 or email


6 responses to this post.

  1. Congratulations Trevor, I’ll be queuing at my nearest bookshop


  2. Congratulations Trevor. The book is a credit to you and I will both treasure and use my copy. It was great to see such a huge turnout at the launch but not surprising, really.

    Now that you have the book finished you can concentrate on the garden, just in time for planting season.

    Thanks for your great contribution to the food-growing community.



  3. well done Trevor

    I look forward to leafing through it!




  4. […] also highlighting the need for people to grow their own. He has recently released his book – Trevor’s Kitchen Garden, a week by week guide to growing your own food. Which can be bought at various book stores in Ireland. Trevor was speaking about the need for […]


  5. Posted by pmulryan on April 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Trevor, congratulations on the book. I have got as far as April and am really enjoying it. In fact it has got me thinking about organic status for my veg garden. I already garden organically, so is qualifying a difficult process? P.S. good to see you used a photo from our Corrigan shoot in your garden. Peter


    • Hi Peter,

      Thanks for the feedback. Delighted you are enjoying ‘Trevor’s Kitchen Garden’, the book. Organic certification is primarily designed for producers who see their produce, so customers can have confidence in the organic standard on the bag or package. To me certification was an education to help me appreciate the bureaucracy involved. This education costs me between €100 and €200 depending on the body certifying, IOFGA or Organic Trust. Garden Organic in the UK have a self assessment system for organic gardeners not selling produce, and this is for free on their website. Glad you like the photo of Richard in the book! Trevor


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