- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Cassell Illustrated (14 Nov. 2002)
- ISBN-10: 1844030032
- ISBN-13: 978-1844030033
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2 x 24.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Heligan Vegetable Bible Paperback – 14 Nov 2002
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Voted the most popular garden in Britain in 2002, Heligan boasts a vegetable garden no visitor can forget. Its serried ranks of crops, interspersed with cut flowers making a picture redolent of Heligan's heyday before the World Wars claimed the army of gardeners who used to tend it. Today, the crops are grown to preserve old varieties, educate children and to supply the Heligan restaurant with fresh produce. This beautifully photographed book starts with a history of the walled garden restoration, the trials and errors of the last ten years followed by cultivation and variety details for all manner of vegetables: root crops, legumes, potatoes and the more unusual: Chinese artichokes, seakale and asparagus pea. The list of heritage varieties, sourced after years of archival research, contains names reminiscent of times past: Christmas Drumhead, Long Red Surrey, Carouby de Mausanne and Germidour. Ending with a list of seed suppliers and favourite recipes from the Heligan restaurant, this is an overdue work on heritage varieties, currently under threat from the EU and their red tape, emphasising their importance to our society and gardening future. - Lucy Watson
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The book is packed with practical advice, all be it on a massive scale, but its the very scale of Heligan that enables me to take insperation from it. I recently planted a melon under a cloche in my 2 metre square fruit plot having read of Heligans melon gardens. Guess what - I have flowers and the beginnings of fruit!! WOW!
Beautifully presented with gorgeous photographs, a useful and valuable book, that is packed with information and insperation.
I have recently got an allotment and have become interested in growing heritage crops. This book provides a valuable resource in vintage gardening methods and a detailed history of vegetable crops grown in the Victorian era.
It makes an excellent coffeetable book too.