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RHS Vegetable & Fruit Gardening [Hardcover]

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Book Description

3 Mar 2008 Rhs

Everything you need to know about growing your own vegetables, fruit, and herbs successfully, from the experts at the RHS

A new edition of this expert guide to everything you need to know about kitchen gardening.

From onions to figs, get the latest advice on growing over 150 vegetables, herbs and fruit from the experts at the RHS. You’ll find easy-to-follow step-by-steps of tried-and-trusted techniques, as well as specialist tips on seasonal tasks, yields per crop, sowing and harvesting times and controlling pests and diseases.

Organic options are considered throughout and traditional gardening practises are combined with up-to-date methods to guarantee success.

The only advice you need to grow healthy and tasty crops for your own table.

(Content taken from RHS Fruit & Vegetable Gardening)

Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; 2nd Revised edition edition (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1405331267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405331265
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Its attractive appearance and layout positively encourage you to delve into the step-by-step explanations. (Garden Answers )

.....deserves a place on every kitchen gardener's bookshelf ... Authoritative yet accessible, RHS Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is going to bear fruit for many years to come. (Kitchen Garden )

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I got this book as a present when we first started to grow veg on our new allotment. It has all the information you will ever need, whether you are a complete beginner or been growing your own for a few years. It has small sections on each type of fruit and veg which makes it very easy to read. It also covers the different pests you might come across as well as giving you a crop planner, to help you know when to plant what. Overall a fab book that I recommend anyone with an interest in growing fruit and veg should buy.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tells You all you Need to Know 28 May 2009
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We bought this for our daughter who is just getting into growing her own food, and she loves it. Everything you need to know about growing your own is here, all the excitement and pitfalls of vegetable growing given in plain English that anyone can understand.

This easy to follow and well written (and laid out) book is a must for the budding fruit and vegetable grower, especially good for the Organic Gardener. Like nearly all DK books, it is a delight to the eye and beautifully laid out.

This book makes a super present for someone who is thinking about growing their own and needs that little push to get them started.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you'll need 27 May 2009
This book is superb, very thorough in its approach to all aspects of vegetable and fruit gardening including soil preparation and common pests and disease. There is basic information for the beginner, as well as more advanced techniques such as training espalier fruit trees. There is also a very handy month-by-month guide to preparation and planting. There is also detailed information on the various cultivars available for each type of fruit and vegetable, together with guidance as to which soils and regions of the country in which they will grow best. All in all, this book will cover all your requirements for the successful planning and planting of fruit and vegetables.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book 10 Sep 2010
By Spring
I had borrowed several books from the library to review before buying one. This one I judged the best and it has been very useful. I am a novice gardener and found all sections helpful. I think it is well worth buying.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegetable & Fruit Gardening 18 Oct 2010
By Jan
This is a great book!
Clear, concise and full of useful information based on years of practical research at the Royal Horticultural Society's proving grounds.
Information on various crops is presented in alphabetical sequence, year round activities are shown season by season and there are chapters on everything from soil preparation and siting to pests, deceases, harvesting and storage.
With this book you will know exactly how to get the best from anything from radishes to pineapples.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fussy and almost discouraging. 28 Feb 2013
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Well, this was a disappointment.
The book is informative beyond belief, I'll grant you that. But if I had bought this BEFORE starting to grow vegetables, I would never have started at all. The authors are obviously very fond of gadgets, tools, fancy equipment, straight lines, and fussing and coddling. I always approached veg growing in a much more straightforward and rule of thumb way, and it always worked fine. Maybe I am very lucky, but given my life record, I doubt it.
It is very shop-oriented, in some ways, always insisting that you buy stuff from reputable dealers, and always named varieties yada yada yada. Must be some plant selling lobby behind them. My neighbour has wonderful raspberries without a name tag. I want to know how to propagate those, not shopping advice.
The amount of pruning, training, nipping and cutting, staking and bending that goes in the authors' fruit trees makes you think that the book is about bonsai making. I realize that very trained trees have a place in small gardens, but a more naturalistic approach is also ok, in old rural orchards (like the one I have here). Suggestions on how to manage old overgrown trees without making a massacre of it would be more welcome than the fiddly training of plum pyramids and apple cordons.
Another problem with the book is that it is very British centered, more than other RHS books. Those subjects of her majesty that live, say, in SW France may not find the cultural advice very applicable. We have much dryer summers and colder winters here, and things just need to be done different.
Some tools that according to the authors are "essential" I never knew existed let alone possessed or used. Yet I get very respectable crops.
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