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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie; New edition edition (21 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856266710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856266710
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 4 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a valuable addition to the library of anyone who wants to grow
their own food.
-- Telegraph Gardening, December 2, 2006

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The book contains over 1200 photographs and, covering over 1000 plants and trees, it is the only book anyone wishing to feel the satisfaction of growing their own produce will need, whether they are starting out or wishing to perfect their techniques. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A flourishing, productive garden, containing vegetables, herbs and fruit plants is a testament to diligent, imaginative gardening and a promise of a delicious harvest to come. Read the first page
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Denham on 3 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
This excellent big manual is as complete as it needs to be. It is in fact 3 books in one with 3 authors being experts in their fields. It gives great introductions to each fruit etc. and gives details of origins you may not normally know. eg. The apple has over 5000 varieties. Gives descriptions on varieties, cultivation, companion planting and culinary uses with a recipe at the end. The only thing I find a little annoying is that the book is arranged alphabetically by family which many will not be familiar with. However this is overcome by an excellent index including common names. The back of the book gives a chapter on Practical Gardening including such things as planning your garden, identification of pests and diseases, growing systems etc. Fully illustrated and a joy to browse through. I bought this book to help with starting an organic garden and I have not been disapointed.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By John on 9 Sept. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Now I bought this book along with Fork to Fork looking as you do for inspiration and this is the book I still refer to 6 months after purchase. You can obviously look stuff up in a book like this or you can just jump in on any random page to emerge several hours later with a whole list of interesting plants you would like to be growing. Now that's what I call a good book.. not your hey wow look at me living the good life Fork to Fork rubish. A superb database of a book that manages to be as interesting as it is useful.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Snige on 29 Jan. 2008
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As a huge fan of 'The Gourmet Gardener' by Bob Flowerdew, I ordered this book and it too would have received 5 stars from me because it also contains a wealth of useful information (e.g. advantages and disadvantages of different varieties, companion planting).

However, the more I read it in detail, the more frustrating it became. For example, the section on garlic listed just three varieties - Oz Garlic Rosea, Oz Garlic White and Aussie White - instead of referring to the four colour types of white, rose, violet and red and their differing characteristics. Similarly, the sections on both potatoes and apples referred to common varieties in Australia - which is not much use to me in Northern Europe! All became clear to me when I read 'The Yearly Calendar' on page 616 which referred to July (Midwinter), January (Midsummer) etc. The edition supplied to me (on Jan 08) was published in 2006 in Australia.

Therefore just one star for this edition. Amazon have been very helpful and explained that the UK edition is not currently available. I look forward to being able to buy it when available but cannot recommend the Australian edition.
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I have had this book for a couple of years now and it so well used. It includes the history and myths about each plant, details of available varieties, pictures (very useful for indentification of plants that just 'pop up' in the garden sometimes!), how & where to grow, how and when to propogate, tips for companion planting, medicinal uses, any warnings (concerning a plant being poisonous for example), useful recipes and much more.

Although I own alot of plant books, this is the one I refer to the most because it so interesting, informative and easy to read. The book gives just the right amount of information about the plants for me. It is neither one of those books that shows lovely pictures but tells you little that you didn't know already, nor one of those that gives you so much technical information that you give up.

If you already have Jekka's Herb Book (as I have), then you'll find that the herb section is exactly the same but having the fruit and vegetable sections laid out in the same easy to read and understand style is so valuable.

I wouldn't be without this book now.
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I was bought this book as a birthday present by my son a few years ago. I delve into it frequently for tips, advice and also when planning and need some ideas. This is the very best book that I have ever come across,
regarding growing veg. When a friend got an allotment what else could I get him but the best book on how to grow, care for and everything else he might need to know about fruit, herbs and veg? If you only get one book on veg and fruit, this should be your choice!
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By B. J. Hayes on 2 Jan. 2013
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We have had this book for about 4 years and constantly refer to it. It is full of really useful and interesting information, from growing and cultivation, medicinal properties and ideas for cooking the particular veg, fruit or herb. I have 150 cookery books, but this covers the other aspects not necessarily included. I have bought 1 for our daughter, as she kept borrowing mine. I have reccommended it to many friends
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By Balnadrum on 15 July 2011
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This book, Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit arrived promptly, well packed and in excellent condition. It has been referred to on numerous occasions since it was received and has proved its worth. Thank you very much. Norma Hiskey
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