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Creative Vegetable Gardening [Paperback]

Joy Larkcom

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7 April 2014

Joy Larkcom believes passionately that a vegetable garden, whatever its size, can be as beautiful as a conventional garden of flowers and shrubs. In Creative Vegetable Gardening she shows how the principles of good design can be applied to a kitchen plot and how to use the vibrant textures, colours, and forms of vegetables, herbs and fruit to create glorious effects and intriguing patterns without jeopardizing their productivity.

Inspirational colour photographs of potagers and kitchen plots capture the essence of the creative approach to vegetable growing. Techniques are described in clear stages and illustrated with full-colour step-by-step artworks, while an A-Z directory includes more than 150 edible plants with key facts on their cultivation, supplemented with ideas on how to grow them to maximum ornamental effect. Beautifully illustrated, intricate plans of five types of potager - formal, informal, small, urban and winter - add to the wealth of inspirational information.


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Joy Larkcom is Britain's most respected vegetable garden maker and writer. She has contributed to many magazines and newspapers,
radio and TV programmes and has lectured all over the world. Her accolades include the Garden Writer of the Year award three times; Lifetime Achievement Award from the Garden Writers Guild in 2003, and the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal for horticulture in 1993.

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Two women have moulded and influenced the way I garden. The first is my mother, who gave me the genes to garden as I do, and the second is Joy Larkcom. No one else manages to marry a relaxed, joyful approach to gardening with science and trialling. You can truly trust what she says . . . her Creative Vegetable Gardening is, as book go, my happy place, one I head back to whenever I feel uninspired by my own garden. (Alys Fowler The Guardian)

Joy Larkcom is the Elizabeth David of veg growing . . . Veg growers everywhere owe an enormous debt to Joy Larkcom, the doyenne of the kitchen garden. (Sarah Raven The Daily Telegraph)

This is a wonderful book for winter reading, filled with ideas for spring and summer sowing and growing. (Rosemary Verey The Sunday Times Book Supplement)

Joy Larkcom has single-handedly put vegetable gardening back on the map. (Jim Buckland Country Living)

So filled with exciting and new things that - like the products of the author's kitchen - it goes down in one sitting. (David Dunbar The Sunday Times)

All aspects of creating an ornamental kitchen garden are covered, from planning to design ideas for attractive boundaries, paths, edges to beds, focal points and features . . . There's a wealth of beautifully photographed detail - textured effects, colourful touches, planting for dramatic effect - to get the creative juices flowing. (Andrew Blackford Kitchen Garden)

Creative Vegetable Gardening shows that veggies can be grown stylishly in the smallest of places. (Jane Powers Irish Times)

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A new edition of the classic guide to creating stunning decorative effects in the vegetable garden, where edible plants combine with flowers and foliage to create a beautiful outdoor space.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Change your garden, change your life! 4 Sep 2003
By M. C. Worden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was given to me as a Mother's day present... and I thank my mother-in-law every time I open it! As an organic gardening teacher in a Montessori elementary school, I have found this book to be inspirational to children and grown-ups alike. The photos are gorgeous, of course. But it is the way Larkom puts her gardens together that is the most compelling aspect of this beautiful book. You will never look at your vegetable (or flower) garden the same. Mixing edible flowers into vegetable beds in stunning geometric patterns, weaving intriquing and useful elements like benches and fences out of willow or other local materials, making phantasmagorical trellises for peas and other climbers, creating an environment for you to spend hours of pure joy while eating fresh, organic food... does it get any better than this? The end of the book features an alphabetical listing with pictures and growing info on most of the plants she works with as well as great how-to tips on every aspect of home gardening. My students, after looking through the pictures, cannot wait to get to work making a dream garden for all of us to thrive in. Just buy it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About This Book 3 Aug 2008
By Theseus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The following details relate to the Abbeville Press, 1st US Edition...

Green cloth over hardback boards with a sewn binding, 208 pp.

Highlights from the Table of Contents
1. The Magic in Vegetable Gardening
- starting at home
- threads of inspiration
- contemporary approaches
- the home of the edible landscape

2. Elements of Design
- plan of a formal potager
- plan of an informal potager
- plan of a small, urban potager
- plan of a low-maintenance potager
- plan of a winter potager
- patterns and bed shapes

3. Dramatic Effects
- planting for effect
- architectural and dramatic plants
- drama from seedheads and flowering vegetables
- climbers
- textured effects
- seedling patches
- intercropping

4. Fruit as a Decorative Feature

5. Potager Management

6. A-Z Directory of plants
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 19 April 2006
By John H. Whicker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book! I love picture books, so this satisfied my desire to stare in awe at gorgeous gardens, however, it also was very detailed and explicit in how to content. I thought it was the perfect balance between inspiration and explanation.
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