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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (18 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846079209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846079207
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A comprehensive introduction to growing your own vegetables, from the important first steps to making the most of an established plot all year round.

About the Author

Martyn Cox is the former features editor of BBC Gardeners' World magazine, deputy editor of Gardenlife and was on the editorial teams at Amateur Gardening and Horticulture Week. Now freelance, he writes a weekly gardening column in the Mail on Sunday, and monthly for Saga Magazine, saga.co.uk and Grow It. Martyn contributes regularly for many other titles, including the Guardian, Sainsbury's Magazine, Grand Designs, the Daily Telegraph, The English Garden, Homes & Gardens and the Times Magazine.

He is the author of seven books, including 101 Plants for Problem Places, 101 Ideas for Small Gardens, Big Gardens in Small Spaces: Irreverent Advice for Urban Gardeners, Gardening with Kids and the award-winning RHS Wildlife Garden.

Martyn trained in horticulture at Writtle College, Essex and has many years practical gardening experience. He sits on the Garden Media Guild committee and has a small garden in East London, which he opens annually for charity.


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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Wiltshire Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 April 2010
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This is a no-nonsense, budget, pocket-sized guide to the basics about growing vegetables. Aimed at the beginner, it covers the 16 most popular vegetables which people like to grow. Look elsewhere for a book covering the more unusual or exotic: this is all about growing the vegetables which will provide a meal just for yourself or your family.

At its heart are two key questions: How much time do you have? and What do you like to eat? Far too many other guides forget these fundamental questions and then we see plenty of articles wondering why enthusiastic gardeners give up with growing their own.

All the basics are covered from getting to know your soil, tools of the trade, choosing which varieties to grow, sowing seeds and planting out. The practical possibilities of what can grown in the tiniest of places to a full-scale allotment are explored.

Detailed instructions for growing the 16 'Foolproof vegetables' are given - covering beetroot, broad beans, carrots, chilli/sweet peppers, courgettes, kale, lettuces, onions, potatoes, radishes, rocket, runner beans, salad leaf mixtures, salad onions, swiss chard and tomatoes. Once these crops have been mastered, then the gardener is well-equipped to try any others they might fancy.

The final section of the book is all about garden maintenance: watering, feeding, a glance at pest & disease control (though there is a more detailed companion volume: "Gardeners' World": Pests and Diseases on this subject available), composting, soil improvement, crop protection and attracting wildlife to be your 'garden helpers'. Finally harvesting and storage tips are given.

All this is packed into a pocket-sized book of 208 pages, plus a decent index and plenty of helpful photographs. Good value for the price and guaranteed to encourage the most reluctant of vegetable growers to have a go.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Emma Cooper on 26 Oct. 2010
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`First Time Veg Grower` by Martyn Cox is one of the small books in the Gardeners' World Series. If you're new to growing veg then this book would be a good place to start for a simple reference guide that's not too big to fit in your pocket or your bag if you're heading out into the garden or down to the allotment. It has a nice wipe-clean cover and looks like it would stand a lot of abuse.

More importantly, it covers all the basics. The first section explains how to get started, by thinking about how much space and time you have available, and what you might like to grow. It tells you how to prepare a seed bed, dig properly, and check the pH of your soil. Then you're on to seed sowing and planting out, through planning and into choosing tools.

The second section looks at where to grow your vegetables; there's advice for gardeners with little space, decent kitchen gardens, allotments and greenhouses.

The book walks you through choosing the right varieties for your garden, taking into account space restrictions, your tastes and your growing experience. Then there's a section on `Foolproof veg', although in my experience there's no such thing. But it covers all the popular crops, such as potatoes and runner beans, beetroot and salad leaves.

The final section is all about how to maintain your vegetable patch once it's up and running - watering, feeding, controlling pests and diseases, composting, attracting wildlife, weeding and improving your soil.

In short, this is a compact, handy guide (with plenty of colour pictures) that would be a good companion through your first couple of seasons as a veg grower. If you have a little more experience then you'll find it too basic.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Clark on 24 April 2011
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I'm a first time vegetable grower. This book is very useful, especially the section on foolproof vegetables. I keep on referring back to it for planting directions and general advice. I like the little nuggets of information set out in the green boxes. This book together with "The Essential Allotment Guide" by John Harrison are really the only books you need to get you started.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By DavidL on 23 April 2012
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This book does contain some helpful advice for beginners, but the authors may have forgotten just how little a true beginner knows! I could have done with fewer photographs of beautiful, plump vegetables just ready for picking (there are lots of these) and more photographs and text showing exactly how to perform some of the basic tasks, step by step, of which there are few. I was also disappointed that some common vegetables which beginners would likely want to try to grow were not explained at all, such as peas. So while there is undoubtedly some helpful advice here, it is by no means comprehensive which left this beginner with the need to seek further explanations elsewhere. If you are a beginner looking for just one book to explain the detailed steps for most vegetables then in my opinion this is not the one for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By frances hickinbottom on 9 Jan. 2013
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this book was good for me ,gave me lots of new information, with some helpful tips for the beginner,very easy to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GS Bromley on 9 July 2013
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This book was brilliant for me. It explained everything and gave me all the information I needed from choosing the veg to plant, how to prepare the soil, how to plant, when to water and when to pick. Even how to avoid or get rid of bugs. Brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Middleton on 24 Jan. 2013
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My husband loved this handy sized book, has loads of great tips for the first time veg grower, cant wait till summer to try it all.
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