I am an Australian author living in Canberra. I write historical fiction and books about achieving self-sufficiency in a suburban vegetable garden. I have published three books:
Return to Rabaul – an epic story about Australians in WWI and WWll;
The Philosophy of Slow Vegetable Gardening - about turning my back yard into a sustainable self-sufficient vegetable garden; and
Ten Vegetables for Self-Sufficiency.
I also write crime novels under the pen name PM Wells. The first novel in a proposed series 'Dark Intentions' was published in 2012. I published the second novel, Twisted Desires in 2014. Both novels are set in Canberra and star crime solving duo criminologist Mike Bales and private investigator Kate Watkins.
This book recommends 10 vegetable plants which will produce food all year round. All the advice in this book is based on my experience of over 20 years of growing vegetables for self-sufficiency in the dry, temperate climate of Canberra, Australia. Note: I update this book occasionally with new information about my vegetables. These areas are marked (New).
Set in the turbulent times of Australia at war. In 1914, Private Francis Milne takes part in one of Australia’s greatest military victories - the capture of German New Guinea. He hopes to win glory and return home a hero. After the campaign, he sees action in Gallipoli and on the Western Front. Settling in New Guinea after the war, his peaceful life is shattered by the Japanese invasion in 1942.
This book is the story of how I developed a productive vegetable garden that provides my family with an all year round supply of fresh, chemical-free vegetables, and saves us thousands of dollars a year. I have discovered the benefits of slow vegetable gardening, which encourages me to appreciate and savour my vegetable garden while philosophising on the world and living in harmony with nature.