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The Modern Kitchen Garden: Design. Ideas. Practical Tips [Hardcover]

Janelle McCulloch

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30 Jun 2011
Over the past few years the kitchen garden has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance as people everywhere rediscover the rich, epicurean delights of fresh home-grown produce. Although they may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, kitchen gardens have been popular for centuries. A longstanding tradition in France and England, potagers were an important element of many country homes at the turn of the 20th century. Today, the kitchen garden movement is continuously gaining momentum. Smitten by the idea of beautiful, fragrant garden spaces and an abundance of delectable produce, experienced and amateur gardeners alike are digging up their backyards to plant modern kitchen gardens. 'The Modern Kitchen Garden' shows you how to create such a garden, and eat it, too. A visual celebration of this mouth-watering concept, the book presents the history of kitchen gardens, sample garden designs and planting schemes, and a guide to growing according to the seasons, among countless other secrets to producing this most delicious type of garden.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Journalist's Picture Book of Potager Gardens 20 July 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
A self described, "virgin gardener" sets out to offer a "behind-the-hedges" glimpse into 17 of the world's best kitchen gardens. Each kitchen garden has a few pages of background and history, with the majority of dedicated space for each section devoted to pictures, not always of the actual gardens, but more of an artsy look at anything from garden tools, flowers, to the architecture of the outer buildings. How many pictures of cabbage and red swiss chard do you need in a book? I count at least 12.

Each best kitchen garden has one highlighted paragraph of a practical nature, like " Sunlight and Design" ("Full sun is best for vegetable growth"); "Designing for a Narrow Garden"(Try sectioning it into smaller gardens first"); "Creating a Walled Garden" (surround it with high hedges or walls).There is no detail as to the how. This is definitely NOT a how to book.

I am still confused as to why the title is The Modern Kitchen Garden, since some of highlighted kitchen gardens like, The Kings Garden at the Palace of Versailles, are classic, and not modern and have been in so many garden books, I would hardly call it a "behind-the-hedges" look. I did not expect this based on the title.

The last element of each section, is a very rough layout drawing of the kitchen garden presented, with general description of what is grown in some of the beds. Again, there is no detailed description.

The best part of the book is the actual pictures of some of potager gardens, and I was able to get some ideas from looking at the pictures. Again, the lack of any details on construction, materials, etc is disappointing. There was a very intersting picture of a Chef's garden on a roof of a hotel that is vertical, and sort of looks like bookshelves with plants growing on it, but the lack of detail makes it difficult to grasp the entire concept with just one or two pictures. Overall, there are too many artsy pictures NOT of the potager gardens,and a serious lack of detail on "Modern Kitchen Gardens" which is why I purchased the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for March in Vermont 8 Mar 2014
By Sam Wyatt - Published on Amazon.com
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It is March in Vermont, and I am looking at a vast amount of white on the ground outside. I want a vegetable garden book to look at that is akin to Garden's Illustrated and The English Garden magazines, but in vegetable garden form. This is it. It is not a how to book, but I already know how to grow vegetables, I'd like to simply look at other people's vegetable gardens, and beautiful photographs of vegetables, and remember the feel of the sun and the smells of the summer. This is a picture book, and in March, sometimes that's all you need and want in the evening by the fire.
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