GET CLOSER TO NATURE
At Koustrup & Co. is our great passion garden and nature. This is especially expressed in our books, which are filled with instructive content about gardening, the kitchen garden, spaces in the garden, the wild flora in the garden and much much more.
All the books are written by some of Denmark's best people in their field. We care a great deal about professionalism with us, but we care just as much about communicating invitingly and using beautiful illustrations and photos in our books. There is primarily a focus on organic farming in all our books, as that is what we ourselves believe in.
Furthermore, history is one of our great passions. Both food history but also history and traditions in general. And we are happy to tell you all the instructive stories.
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The story of our book universe
Our ecological line builds on the green wave Ulla and Søren Koustrup helped start in the 1970s, with the publication of PØ - Practical Ecology and the "house needs series" by the publisher Skarv. And the garden and the joy of nature has not diminished since. At that time, ecology had not really taken off and it was only for the foot-shaped. That is not the case today. Today, ecology is for everyone.
Koustrup & Co. has now existed for 10 years and here we continue the green approach we have to life. Both how we act in the company with recycling, waste sorting, use of biodegradable materials, but also in relation to which products and books we choose to publish. All our books have a common denominator and it is a greener world, where nature and the garden are the focal point of our way of life.
Cultivation in the kitchen garden
We have several books on vegetable growing in the kitchen garden. Both for the larger garden but also for the small garden or for the city garden, for a farm environment, for the raised bed or perhaps for the upright garden. Anyone can cultivate a garden. It only requires the desire to get started. Even on a small area on the balcony, you can get a benefit that means something in your everyday life.
Seeing a plant sown from seed grow up is fascinating but also life-affirming. The result of one's work, one's waiting, the forces one has put behind. And then it ends up with a meal that you have made from farm to fork. It is affirmative. Growing a vegetable garden is not just food you can look forward to. It's a lifestyle ... It's free exercise or peasant ass fitness as we call it. It’s fresh air and learning about where things come from. In our book collection you will find both small and large books about the kitchen garden. How to decorate the kitchen garden, how to make compost, about pests and useful animals, about the seasons, cultivation in greenhouses, about vegetable varieties, about natural fertilizers, about which plants are good to plant together, about bed rotation or crop rotation as it is also called, about which plant where, about the best herbs, and the best tomato varieties. About taking seeds, about utilizing those seeds so that the food you make in the following years is practically free. It's about using what you have when you have it, but also extending the season and eating the season's best ingredients. And the kids can join in too. They can have their own little bed or pot and enjoy the seeds sprouting. Having children in the garden is a wonderful thing. And they love it. All in all, cultivating the kitchen garden is a great joy every day, all year round.
Fruit in the garden
Fruits and berries are also a large part of the garden's pantry. Throughout the summer, the many berries give a wealth of benefits and if you can not manage to eat it all, it can be frozen, pickled, dried or something else so you have your own stock for later. Some fruits can be stored well into next spring, while others have a shorter shelf life and must be eaten fresh. There is a huge selection of fruits that can be grown in Denmark. We all know the apple tree, pear, cherry, strawberry, black currant and many more. But do you also know honey berries and medlar or pawpaw? There are so many exciting varieties to choose from. The most important thing is that you plant something you love and something you think can be fun to taste.
Fruits and berries are included in many of our books. The latest book is called Organic Fruit in the Garden and is a great guide on how to have fruit most of the year and how to prune trees, how to deal with diseases and how to inoculate and how to propagate plants to get even more plants. We also have smaller books about fruit and berries and we also have the jam books written by the Queen of Jam, who make the most delicious recipes that make your mouth water. And again, the season with your own ingredients is extended by pickling and preserving your fruits and berries.
If you are a new garden owner or have bought a new house, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out what to do with the garden. The best thing you can do the first garden season is to think carefully and make plans before felling the whole garden. For one never knows what will come up of the earth, in the different seasons.
Here we have several books that give advice on how to decorate the garden. The books contain both garden plans and inspiration for the division of the garden and e.g. what is good as bed demarcation. Decorating your garden is a completely subjective process about your own wishes and needs. It's like decorating a home. To make the garden feel like home, there are some elements that can be good to take into account. Such as having enough seating, having a shade for the hot summer day and a sunspot to enjoy the sun. Some go to the garden to relax and others go to the garden to work with the plants. It is your needs and wishes that must be identified and fulfilled in order for the garden to be optimal for you. There is help to be found… Find inspiration in the books Smuk Køkkenhave and in How to create space in the garden.
Being 100% self-sufficient in fruits and vegetables is hard to achieve… But it can be done or almost done if you adjust to it. The preparation in the spring is the most important process in the course. And often also where there is a lot of work to clear prayers from the past year and planning for the coming season. There must be control of seeds, seedlings and bed rotation.
Making your own compost is extremely important for the success of self-sufficiency. Some say that you cultivate the soil and not the plants. Without nutrients and good soil, the plant does not grow and does not provide the yield you need. So a variety of compost bins is the first step to success with the kitchen garden. If you also want to produce your own meat and slaughter your own animals or be self-sufficient with your own eggs, there is also plenty of advice and guidance to pick up in our books. Both with keeping chickens, having bees in the garden or other animals.
Food on the table
In our books there are lots of delicious recipes for food. Green food, jams, marmalades, jellies, food with tomatoes, food with fruit, salads, food with herbs and much more.
The recipes are made for simple ingredients of high home-grown quality. And there is always cultivation guidance as well as guidance for which varieties can be used for what.
We believe in a greener globe and that is why we use FSC paper to print our books. This means that you know that the trees used for the paper have not been felled in e.g. endangered rainforest or other endangered land. Our printing house that we print on is Nordic Ecolabelled and that means that the printing inks that are used to print the books are not hazardous to health and that the printing work's working environment is not harmful to the employees.