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About Emma Cooper

Emma Cooper is a freelance writer, photographer, blogger and podcaster. A keen gardener, Emma lives in Oxfordshire with three plastic compost bins, two wormeries and a pair of bokashi bins. There used to be chickens, too, but they have all moved on to pastures new.

Emma is a Master Composter and loves making compost, a habit which supports her efforts to grow edible and useful plants in an environmentally-friendly way. Her first book, ‘The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A to Z’, covers a wide range of topics from green gardening techniques to unusual edibles and was published by Permanent Publications in 2009.

The Allotment Pocket Bible’ was published by Crimson Publishing in June 2011 and is part of a series of books that “bring you fun facts and fascinating advice, ensuring even the most knowledgeable person will find out something new”.

Emma is also the author of Dennis Publishing’s magbook ‘Growing Vegetables is Fun’, aimed at children of all ages and designed to get them outside, having fun and growing their own food. The third edition was published in spring 2010.

If she’s not out in the garden, making compost and growing odd plants, or writing books, Emma will be updating her garden blog and recording the Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast. She also writes gardening and green living articles, and has been published in the Guardian, the Ecologist and Permaculture Magazine (among others) as well as appearing on the BBC Gardening and Reader’s Digest Gardening blogs.


My name is Emma Cooper - this is my website. I write about things like gardening and sustainable living, edible and otherwise useful plants, environmental issues and food and whatever is rattling around my brain at any given moment. Visitors to this site come from all over the world, but I am based in the UK.


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If you would like to sponsor a blog post, or a link, then please read my guidelines for sponsored posts before getting in touch.


I am not trying to sell you anything except copies of my books, but I am an affiliate of some of the companies I mention on the blog - if you click those links and buy something as a result of your visit to their web shop then I make a few pennies (and it doesn’t affect the price that you pay). If you’d rather keep me poverty-stricken in my garret then don’t click on those links, but eventually I may starve and have to give up writing for a more lucrative profession. I don’t sign up as an affiliate for companies that try to sell you insurance, weight loss products or anything dubious - I stick with companies that I would do business with myself.


Comments are moderated, and spam comments will not be published. I reserve the right to edit comments - usually I just make links work and correct your typos, but I may chose to remove links entirely.

Guest posts

I occasionally ask people to guest post on my blog - people, not companies. They’re people I know, who are talking about things I believe are worthwhile. If you read my blog regularly and have a great idea for a guest post then by all means let me know, but if you don’t read my blog then don’t bother. I do not accept commercial guest posts, but if you'd like to sponsor a blog post on this site, then please get in touch for my rates.


I am not interested in swapping links as a tool to increase page ranks. I link to sites I enjoy or which provide useful information. If I link to you and you like my site then feel free to reciprocate, but do not feel obliged.

Press releases

I get an ever-increasing number of unsolicited press releases. Some are relevant, others are not. One or two are bizarre. Feel free to send them, but most will be ignored and none will be published verbatim.


I accept review copies of books, sample plants and seeds, garden tools and sundries* - contact me for more details. I do try to review everything, but my acceptance of an item does not guarantee a review; if I do post a review it will be honest (but hopefully balanced). For garden sundries, if it’s not organic then don’t ask - seriously, I won’t use it.

* If you have something else you think I might like, then get in touch.

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