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Complete Book of Vegetables [Hardcover]

Matthew Biggs
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22 Jan 2009
In this revised, re-illustrated and expanded edition of 'Matthew Bigg's Complete Book of Vegetables', gardeners will find all the essential information to make their vegetable garden a success. This comprehensive work covers over 90 vegetables, from familiar favourites like lettuce and leeks to exotic ones like karela and wasabi, helping you out no matter what vegetable you want to grow. A large selection contains practical advice on how to grow top-quality plants from propagation to harvest, wherever you want to grow them - whether in containers, in grow bags or under glass. There's information on controlling pests, crop rotation and companion planting, and the pages are brimming with ideas for 'green' gardening, soil improvement and weed control. An invaluable list of supplies enables you to source all the varieties mentioned and the directory of vegetables has been granted the Rotal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit after undergoing extensive trials.


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie; Rev Ed edition (22 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856268179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856268172
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 23.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Even if you never get round to growing a fraction of the varieties described, you will find much in this book to entertain you' --Max Davidson, The Express

'Gone are the days when the vegetable plot was home only to potatoes, carrots and cabbages. Now the range can be extended to include the unusual, exotic and gourmet delicacies' --Adam Pasco, The Daily Telegraph

'The ordinary mingle with the extraordinary with details of more than 150 recipes from around the world' --Image Magazine

'Gone are the days when the vegetable plot was home only to potatoes, carrots and cabbages. Now the range can be extended to include the unusual, exotic and gourmet delicacies' --Adam Pasco, The Daily Telegraph

'The ordinary mingle with the extraordinary with details of more than 150 recipes from around the world' --Image Magazine

'Gone are the days when the vegetable plot was home only to potatoes, carrots and cabbages. Now the range can be extended to include the unusual, exotic and gourmet delicacies' --Adam Pasco, The Daily Telegraph

'The ordinary mingle with the extraordinary with details of more than 150 recipes from around the world' --Image Magazine

About the Author

Matthew Biggs trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and appeared in Channel 4's Garden Club. He writes for Gardeners' World magazine and lectures around the world. Matthew travels extensively and likes to experiment with unusual varieties and try out new growing techniques. He is the co-author of GQT Plant Chooser and GQT Techniques and Tips for Gardeners.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 20 April 2009
By Jennifers Daddy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I joined one of those "box schemes" to eat organic (and so I don't over spend on junk at the supermarket). Unfortunatley this resulted in a lot of veg going off because I didn't actually know what to do with it! I'd never has asparagus, celeric or any of these "greens" before. I even wondered if they were safe to eat raw or be toxic (as kidney beans are raw).

This is where the book came to the rescue. It not only tells you how to prepare it in the kitchen but it tells you everything you might want to know such as how to grow it, garden pests and deseases, medicinal uses, warnings and different varieties.

Therefore, the next time I get a "Cassava root" in my organic box, I'll know to prepare it properly otherwise I'll get latext poisoning. When I grow Garlic I'll know that onion fly and Downy mildew attack it but it will help lower my blood pressure will be lowered by eating it!

Fantastic.

Buying this book will allow to use so many more vegetables that we never touch. No more peas, carrots and potatoes for every meal! Hurrah.
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