Book Review ~ Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix

Getting tired of growing the same old ho-hum vegetables every year? Niki Jabbour’s new book, Veggie Garden Remix , is the answer for spicing up your garden life!

Even if you aren’t an avid grower, the photos and descriptions of these 224 lovely greens, tubers, beans and herbs from all over the globe should prove fascinating.

But, if you garden, you will definitely find yourself in heaven. Page after page details international varieties of food plants that can be grown in your own backyard plot.

Veggie Garden Remix

Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix – over 200 unusual and diverse food plants you can grow!


Just when you thought heirloom or organic was about as exotic as it got, Niki reveals Cucumber Melons, Yard Long Beans, “Turkish Orange” Eggplants, Mibuna greens and Celtuce.

Niki Jabbour's Veggie Garden Remix

Cucumber Melons (picture credit: Niki Jabbour )

Niki Jabbour's Veggie Remix

Yard Long Beans (picture credit:  James Ingram/Jive Photographic Inc.)

Niki Jabbour's Veggie Garden Remix

‘Turkish Orange’. Eggplant (picture credit: Jonathan Buckley/GAP photos)

Niki Jabbour's Veggie Garden Remix

Mibuna greens (picture credit:  James Ingram/Jive Photographic Inc.)

Niki Jabbour's Veggie Garden Remix

Celtuce (picture credit:  James Ingram/Jive Photographic Inc.)

Had you ever heard that Hosta shoots can be cooked and taste like Asparagus? Day Lily and Dahlia tubers are edible and you should eat your Sweet Potato leaves? Who knew?

Niki’s “Like this? Try these” format, thorough descriptions and growing tips, are a reader’s delight. I sure hadn’t heard of the majority of these diverse selections. Now I am intrigued to give something new a try.

By sharing her “global gardening” experiments, Niki Jabbour opens up over two hundred new plant possibilities just in time for spring.

So, do you and your garden a favor and check out this brand-new gardening angle featuring international food plants. Although you may not find these seeds or plants in local garden centers, here is a list of seed companies recommended by the author:
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Halifax Seed Company

Annapolis Seeds

Kitazawa Seed Company

Richters Herbs

Mapple Farms

Salt Spring Seeds

Heritage Harvest Seed

Aster Lane Edibles

Niki Jabbour's Veggie Garden Remix

The author, Niki Jabbour, in her Halifax, Nova Scotia garden (picture credit: Philip Ficks Photography )

More About the Author from Storey Publishing: “Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener and Groundbreaking Food Gardens Her work is found in Fine Gardening, Garden Making, Birds & Blooms, Horticulture   and other publications and she speaks widely on food gardening at events and shows across North America. She is the host and creator of The Weekend Gardener  radio show. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is online at .”

* A copy of Veggie Garden Remix will be given away on March 1st, 2018 – enter the drawing by leaving a comment below!

Update: Congratulations to Beth Reis who won the book give-a-way drawing!


14 Responses so far.

  1. Kathie says:

    I love trying new things. After not having a vegetable garden last year, it would be fun to try something new and unusual too! Loved my Armenian Cucumbers and they were HUGE!!!

  2. Beth Reis says:

    As an avid gardener I’m always looking for new veggies to grow. Loved finding out edible plants I never knew about!

  3. Leona says:

    I too love trying new vegetables! I am trying to sprout some Thai pea eggplants right now. Water convulous is growing, hairy basil, sweet basil, thai garlic.. I have a friend who brings me seeds from Thailand to try to grow. i have russian orange tomatoes, cream sausage plum tomatoes..Pepper shaped striped tomatoes, lilac coloured peppers that I ordered from the Ukraine.

  4. Cathy Wilkinson says:

    We have grown some of these vegetables many years ago but some are new to us. Love trying new things. Yellow stuffer tomatoes is a favorite variety of ours that started as a try it and see. We also try edible flowers.

    • Barb says:

      Sounds like you like a new challenge, too, Cathy!Plus, the author, Niki Jabbour, also growsin a colder clime like yours!

  5. Beth says:

    This sounds like a great book! I would like to grow unusual veggies

  6. MICHELE says:

    These veggies sound intriguing and worth a try since they will not be at the local farmers market.

  7. Even though I live in the woods , I plant edible plants hoping they’re fruitful but none the less many are beautiful plants anyhow even if not enough sun to produce. May try bale planting on the side of the house that gets a tad bit of sun. Thanks for being you and enjoy your FB page !


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