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Grow Your Own Vegetables [Paperback]

Joy Larkcom
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Book Description

16 May 2002

This revised, updated and expanded edition Joy Larkcom's classic guide to growing your own vegetables contains everything you need to know to create a highly-productive vegetable plot. It covers every aspect of vegetable gardening, including preparing soil; manures, composts and fertilizers; growing techniques; protection; pests, diseases and weeds; and making good use of space.

The second half of the book provides cultivation information for over 100 vegetables, including site and soil requirements, cultivation, pests and diseases, and cultivars.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Rev Ed edition (16 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071121963X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711219632
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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If you buy only one book about growing vegetables, make it this one

(Kitchen Garden)

Practical information you can rely on - with productivity guaranteed

(BBC Gardeners' World)

A fat paperback ... bursting at the seams with the best advice on vegetables that you'll find anywhere ... Everything you want to know about growing vegetables

(Daily Mail)

I find this no-nonsense book indispensable, and my copy commutes between the office, bedroom, greenhouse and my raised beds on a regular basis! It's brilliant because Joy has not onlygrown them in a range of conditions but researched, developed, trialled and refined the process over the years, and the book's concise style and straightforward layout enables you to find what you want quickly. Vegetable books are two-a-penny now, but none impart anything like this amount of knowledge and experience.

(Bunny Guinness Garden Design Journal)

I would be lost without Joy Larkcom's Grow Your Own Vegetables: I refer to it constantly.

(Jane Powers Irish Times)

The best guide you could buy.

(Anne Swithinbank. BBC Good Homes)

Joy Larkcom is often described as the doyenne of organic vegetable growing, and is a leading light in what she terms the 'Grow it Yourself' movement… I love this book and refer to it all the time.


I depend on Joy Larkcom's classic Grow Your Own Vegetables for for in-depth information.

(Lia Leendertz Guardian)

As any allotmenteer will tell you, this is the GYO bible, by the Delia Smith of the vegetable garden

(The Independent)

About the Author

JOY LARKCOM is Britain's most respected vegetable garden maker and gardening 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 Veitch Memorial Medal for horticulture, the RHS's highest honour, in 1993. Her other titles for Frances Lincoln are Oriental Vegetables (ISBN 9780711236128) and The Organic Salad Garden (ISBN 9780711222045).

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172 of 174 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A how-to manual for a complete beginner. 30 Sep 2004
I have just entered the world of gardening and have decided that growing vegetables is the way forward. I have found this book invaluable in that it gives basic information on every aspect (planning, preparing soil, sowing seeds, compost etc) of growing your own vegetables without being patronising. Maybe all you pro gardeners out there already know all this, but I would think that with so much information in this book, it would be useful even for experienced gardeners.
If you are going to buy one book for your vegetable patch or allotment, make it this one.
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214 of 217 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, readable, reassuring, sensible 14 Feb 2004
This is the ONLY book you need to grow vegetables of any sort. Don't bother with glossy, uninformative coffee table books, rely on this. I've been growing veg for 15 years and I always find something here I didn't know. Her experience is very wide, the information totally reliable and clear. I particularly like the VSR guide - Value for Space Rating - which gives an assessment of the return you'll get when you dedicate sometimes limited space to growing whatever crop she's describing. Ms Larkom also includes an indication of how difficult various crops are, tells you when to harvest them, makes recommendations about which ones have the best flavour and includes cooking tips! I can't imagine there's anything missing, but I'm still eagerly awaiting her new book.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best you can buy!!! 22 Jan 2003
As a newcomer to the world of vegetable growing I found this book invaluable. OK it doesn't have any glossy colour pics in, but it's full of useful & practical advice, with info for
novice & experienced grower alike. The planting plans are wonderful as is the vegatable directory. If you are into growing vegetables you will find this book money well spent.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
As a new vegetable gardener last year, I bought quite a few books to help me get started. Fortunately, this was one of them, and I now realise I need only have bought this one. Although low on colour pictures and other 'glossy' features, it is absolutely packed with useful information and I find I refer to it constantly. It covers a wider range of veg than many other books, too, and has several excellent features, including the value for space ratio mentioned in another review, and several excellent planting plans ('feed a family', etc). I just can't recommend it highly enough.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginners guide to reference in one volume. 16 Dec 2007
By J. Brand TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Ever wondered how to build a compost heap? a polytunnel? how to store leeks? when to sow Russian kale? Joy Larkcom's not so little volume will tell you. If Hugh and Monty have inspired you then Joy will deal with all the practicalities of turning that inspiration into real produce.

She neatly divides her subject into two parts. The first half of her book can be read as beginner's guide or a course on vegetable growing as she covers all the basics one would need to know such as what double digging is, the best way to build compost heaps, what tools you would need and so forth. The second half is a directory of vegetables with detailed sowing, cultivation and harvesting instructions and the occasional hints on using your produce. Throughout the book are a number of very useful tables and charts giving diaries of when to sow, transplant, harvest, etc, suggested garden layouts, green manures and other information which could usually take a long time to gather together.

This is not a coffee table gardening book with masses of pretty pictures. This is wall to wall information all packed into a single place which can make it heavy going and it is not a book to read starting at page one and working forward, it is primarily a reference work. The greatest virtue of her book though is that while it will teach you all you need to know it is usable as a reference work and she goes into enough detail that this is a book which you will still find yourself using when you have years of experience.

If you've been inspired to create your own vegetable garden then buy this book. It isn't pretty but it is astoundingly useful and comprehensive enough that you will still be using it years hence.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 6 Feb 2004
Admirably clear and extremely practical this is the definitive veg book for gardners of any level of expertise. Nicely written, Larkom neither patronises nor assumes excessive knowledge achieving a nice balance between information and usability.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Value for information unmatched 2 Jan 2006
By A Customer
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A book packed with solid text and just the odd sketch -- yet it opens up to the reader beautifully. I have the RHS books, I have Titchmarsh and various others, yet this one alone has it all for those who are impressed more by factual content than empty anicdotes and worthless celebrity photos.
Fantastic consistency in the way information is presented throughout makes this book all the more accessible, from techniques and plots to a veg-by-veg growing guide that won't let you down.
Get this book and grow your own vegetables. The money you could have spent on half the knowledge at three times the price can go towards some seeds!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars from novice to experienced -worth it 30 Mar 2008
By P. Rae
Bought this book 2 plus yrs ago. Brilliant. I admit was initially sad by lack of colour pictures!! but as time has gone on and have now managed to dig most of my veg. plot (rather than stare at it in hope) and made time to plan, this book has been invaluable. There's loads of info. on the web (some a little confusing and a little conflicting) but Ms Larkcom's info. is steadfast and logical and is my first and sometimes, only, port of call. It's a valuable reference for both new and experienced allotment keepers. I've given away my glossy, pretty, fairly useless allotment books and kept to hand this superbly informative and helpful reference. Cheers Ms Larkcom, it was worth every penny.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good gardening book with lots of good tips.
Published 6 days ago by EverLearning
4.0 out of 5 stars Grow Your Own Vegetables
I use this book as a reference guide, its va very informative book with great information and tips. I found it difficult to read at times as there is that much information.
Published 1 month ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Second time buying
I bought this book several years ago and gave it away when I moved and gave up my allotment. It was the first book that I wanted to buy as I remember it as being my 'bible' Easy... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lin Cane
5.0 out of 5 stars GIY for your 7 a day!
If you are starting out or a rusty ole' gardener, this is a very useful book. Joy Larkcom has laid out her vast experience here for us to take advantage of, easy to read and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeff. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading
Everything you could want to know about vegetable growing and more. Trouble is my copy is falling apart from use. Hardback? Excellent read, poor binding
Published 3 months ago by Ant-tony
4.0 out of 5 stars GROW YOUR OWN
Good bok for beginners, like me, I use it as guide and have had some good results, covers most items.
Published 4 months ago by BJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied
This was bought as I would love to be able to grow my own veg. Delivered in the time and in the condition stated.
Published 4 months ago by Nanz
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference book
I have an allotment and I regularly refer to this book for guidance. It is very useful for learning about soil improvement, creating the best growing conditions, the needs of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by LambyLamb
4.0 out of 5 stars Food From The Garden
If you are interested in enjoying the freshest of food from the garden, then this book will certainly be of considerable interest. Full of most useful information.
Published 7 months ago by WLRS
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have book
simple to read and to understand even if you have never grown anything on your own. The perfect book if you want to start growing your vegetables.
Published 7 months ago by Dughi
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