By: Richard Bird
264 pages, Over 800 col photos
There is nothing quite like growing your own vegetables, herbs and fruit, and this classic kitchen garden book will give you the know-how, skills and techniques to grow your own crops, whether you want a large vegetable plot or a small herb garden.
Designing a Kitchen Garden, the first section, includes advice on designing kitchen gardens, with inspirational plans for vegetable plots, a herb garden, a potager, a fruit garden and a container kitchen garden.
Next Planning the Crops looks at planting rows, deep beds, crop rotation, phasing crops and intercropping.
Greenhouses, Sheds and Equipment provides vital information on selecting the right tools as well as on greenhouses, sheds and all the usual fittings, cold frames and cloches.
Soil is an expert section on understanding your soil and helpful guidance on adding soil conditioners and fertilizers, improving drainage and making compost.
Techniques covers sowing outdoors and under glass; thinning and transplanting seedlings; harvesting and storage. There is also specific advice on growing, harvesting, storing and drying herbs and on growing, pruning, and propagating fruit trees and bushes. A section on common problems explains how to deal with bad weather, pests and diseases.
Plant Directories offers sections on Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit cover a range of crops. For each crop there is information on cultivation; harvesting; sowing, planting and harvesting times; crop varieties; and fabulous photographs of growing and mature plants.
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