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The Expert Vegetable Notebook: Begins by helping you choose and care for your plants .... Ends by providing a permanent record of your growing year [Paperback]

Dr D G Hessayon
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12 Feb 2009

Growing your own food has become one of the nation's most popular pastimes - in 2008 sales of vegetable seeds exceeded sales of flower seeds for the first time.The Vegetable & Herb Expert is the UK's best-selling gardening book and has been for the last decade.But how do you remember what happened when next year's growing season comes round?

The Vegetable Notebook is the ideal companion to the world's best-selling grow-your-own book.It begins by helping you choose and care for your plants, and ends by providing a permanent record of your growing year.With sections for the gardener to fill in showing varieties grown, when they were planted and what happened (and how it tasted), it's just the thing to turn to when you need to start afresh next year.

The Vegetable Jotter and its sister the Plotter dominated the vegetable book world in the 1970s and early 1980s - more than 2.5 million were sold.Now completely updated with the latest seed lists and pest control measures, The Vegetable Notebook is the must-have companion to the world's most trusted grow-your-own guide.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Expert; First Edition edition (12 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903505762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903505765
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 18.7 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1958 Be Your Own Gardening Expert started a major innovation in gardening books. In 2008 the Expert guides celebrated their 50th anniversary and the 50 millionth copy in print.They had become the bestselling gardening books in history.

Their creator Dr D G (Dave) Hessayon, the son of a Cypriot landowner, was born in 1928 and grew up in Manchester. He read Botany at Leeds University, where he gained his BSc degree. In 1950 he travelled to the United States, working as the editor of a small town newspaper. In 1953 he went to Ghana as a Research Fellow at the University College before returning to Manchester to obtain his PhD in soil ecology. In 1955 he accepted a position as chief scientist with Pan Britannica Industries, becoming chairman in 1972. It was here that Dr Hessayon formulated the idea for his Expert guides to gardening.

A steady stream of Experts followed the publication of Be Your Own Gardening Expert, each one maintaining the basic formula of down-to-earth writing with pictures, charts and photographs. In the British Bestsellers list for the 1980s there were two Experts in the Top 10. In 1993 Dr Hessayon received the first-ever Lifetime Achievement 'Oscar' at the National British Book Awards. He was also awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Gold Veitch Memorial Medal for his outstanding contribution to the advancement and improvement of the science and practice of horticulture.In 1999 Dr Hessayon was awarded a Guinness World Record Certificate for being Britain's 'bestselling non-fiction author of the 1990s'. In 2012 he was included in the Daily Mail list of '60 truly great Elizabethans' for 'teaching millions of us how to garden'.

Despite his resolve to stay out of the limelight there have been further awards along the way - a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Garden Media Guild, three Honorary Doctorates and an OBE in 2007. There are over 28 Expert titles in 22 languages, and in Britain their sales continue to dominate the gardening paperback lists. The Vegetable & Herb Expert continues to be the No.1 bestseller. Now an active octogenarian, Dr Hessayon has more gardening Experts in the pipeline and he serves as the Design and Editorial Consultant for the non-gardening Experts. Retirement has to wait.

"I would say that the Expert Books have been the biggest innovation in gardening publications since the death of William Robinson in 1938" - Dr Brent Elliott (Librarian, Royal Horticultural Society)

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"The Expert series is essential reading for all gardeners" (Sunday Telegraph)

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Begins by helping you choose and care for your plants - ends by providing a permanent record of your growing year

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for novice gardeners 11 Feb 2010
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Great book for those who are learning how to grow their own vegetables. We were given an old version some years ago and it taught us all we needed to know. The new version is even better - easy to use and becomes an invaluable resource for recording and planning what you want to grow.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the expert vegetable notebook 1 Jun 2009
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I bought this book as a replacement for my old 'tatty' well used copy. I find it invaluable. A real help for all gardeners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Noteworthy Notebook 8 Oct 2009
I am an absolute novice vegetable gardener growing them in wheelchair friendly raised beds & having had my appetite whetted with the few donated plants I grew this year I am now hooked and want to Plan for a real bumper crop of veggie varieties next year. This book is just perfect to help me !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegetable Notebook 7 Mar 2010
A very usefull book, I can now keep a record of all my plantings, and how they perfomed over the coming years! I can now get rid of all the scrap papers I was using before, Brilliant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful 20 April 2013
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My partner and I have an allotment and have tried growing lots of products. Some, however, have not been successful. Prior to getting this book, we used to just forget about them and try another product. However, after a while, we had forgotten which products were successful and which were not. This book has given us a useful place to write down such information that we can keep at the allotment. In theory, we shouldn't forget which veg to avoid from now on!! Really useful little book!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 6 Oct 2012
By ted
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I purchased this book as as log/reminder for next years sowings and crops, it's absolutely brilliant, nice and clear but full of information and easy to track and remember what you've planted, I'll be getting one every year from now on, my only idea for the publishers would be to place a write on section on the front cover where you can write the year it's for, only a small square so one can write say '2013' or 'spring/summer 2012' on it so you can easily build an archive of youre allotment/garden, have to do with a stick on white label for now! anyway I highly recommend this journal and any of the expert range of books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars God send! 1 Sep 2011
As a new gardener this book is truly fab, however I have had to use additional books for greater details but then it does call itself a notebook. Great little guide to keep at hand for quick & easy reference
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expertly written 10 Oct 2010
By Sir Barnabas VINE VOICE
A nice little book which provides a wealth of information on all the major vegetables such as the different varieties available, a sowing and harvesting calendar, how far apart to plant etc... There is also a guide to pests and diseases, general disorders and their treatments. Although it's called a notebook, there isn't actually a huge amount of space left to actually make notes.

Overall, a nice enough little book that packs in a large amount of information and is a handy reference guide for the vegetable gardener. It is unlikely to be enough on its own though and sooner or later you will probably need to seek out more detailed information from other texts. If you're new to vegetable gardening I'd recommend using it in conjunction with something like Allotment Gardening: An Organic Guide for Beginners.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product
Very good product and it is easy to use and I would not hesitate to recommend the product to others
Published 1 month ago by alan
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful quick reference and diary/record
Bit basic for experienced gardener, I think. But useful for newbees like me as record and planner. More space for different seeds etc would be useful because there are so many... Read more
Published 3 months ago by olgrumps
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review
LOVE this book! cant wait for the growing season now as this is going to make keeping track of produce a lot easier
Published 3 months ago by Donna Calladine
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegetable must have
I have had one of these books before but it became full. Had to have another one - it is a must have for anyone who grows vegetables.
Published 10 months ago by PeterB
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This is a really useful book for information and also for planning your vegetable garden for the year ahead too.
Published 15 months ago by Sheila Kissane
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill's Book
Good book would have liked to to have had this sooner.
Found it simple to understand and very informative, good buy
Published 24 months ago by Mr. WJ Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars VEGETABLE NOTES
Really useful book and most unexpectantly gave the shelf life of seeds - now that is really useful and plenty of space for your own notes.
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by JOAN ALLOT
3.0 out of 5 stars The Expert Vegetable Notebook: Begins by helping
more of a note book than anything else however if used over a long period it will help you understand what you can and can not grow on your own allotment
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by shortychef
5.0 out of 5 stars Help for new gardeners.
My son is growing vegetables for the first time, and this updated book of my old favourite was very well received!
Published on 29 April 2011 by Hektorsmum.
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for home veggie growers
Another essential reference book for anyone growing their own crops - for all, from radishes to asparagus via potatoes, herbs & beans - almost everything is edible is included.
Published on 24 April 2011 by Poppy
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