Alex Mitchell is a writer and gardener who has grown her own fruit, salad, herbs and vegetables for ten years. She studied at the Chelsea Physic Garden and for five years her columns in the Sunday Telegraph entertained readers with her experiences of turning her London garden into an edible Eden.
Alex’s first book THE GIRL’S GUIDE TO GROWING YOUR OWN is a completely new kind of gardening book for women with busy lives who want to grow fruit and vegetables, however small their plot, and have fun along the way. Although it is very much a gardening book, it includes some simple and stylish recipes for fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs, such as Barefoot Breakfast Smoothie, Two-tomato salad with Italian and purple basil and Verbena tea. It was published by New Holland in 2009. Her second book THE EDIBLE BALCONY is an essential guide for both novice and experienced gardeners wanting to grow fresh produce in urban spaces and was published by Kyle Books in 2011. Her third book, THE RURBANITE, offered advice on how to combine the best bits of urban and rural life and was published by Kyle Books in 2013.
In 2015 Kyle Books published Alex’s fourth book, GARDENING ON A SHOESTRING, and this will be followed by CROPS IN TIGHT SPOTS in 2019.
Alex has a weekly full page gardening column in the Homes and Property section of London’s Evening Standard.
Alex Mitchell lives and gardens in Kent, with her partner and two sons.