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The Organic Salad Garden [Hardcover]

Joy Larkcom , Roger Phillips
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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4 Oct 2001
Revised and updated, this guide to growing salad plants covers every aspect of the topic from site preparation to harvesting, detailing special techniques for growing salad plants and advice on the best varieties for growing and for flavour. "The Salad Garden" discusses more than 200 plants, from traditional salad vegetables, such as lettuces, chicories and endives, through to equally delicious lesser-known ones such as oriental brassicas and striped tomatoes, and including herbs, wild plants and flowers. It explains how to plan a salad garden to obtain maximum yields from limited space and how to grow crops for year-round use.

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd (4 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711217165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711217164
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 23.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 906,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'...a book which is difficult to recommend too highly' -- Organic Gardening, Dec 2001

'...anyone who considers there is nothing more to a salad than a bit of limp lettuce and a slice of tomato should learn from Joy and think again.' -- Sunday Express, 14th October 2001

'...every gardener growing for their tastebuds will learn so much from Joy.' -- garden Answers, February 2002

'Bursting with practical advice... a great range of easy-to-grow tasty things and down to earth suggestions on growing' -- Evening Standard, 9th January 2002

'If the descriptions of individual crops don't inspire you to have a go, then the mouthwatering recipes at the end will certainly convert you.' -- The Irish Garden, Jan/Feb 2002

'Joy covers every single aspect of growing organic salads' -- The Mirror, 8th December 2001

'Roger Phillip's glorious images of salad vegetables...combined with Joy Larkcom's wealth of knowledge, make this a must for food-producing gardeners.' -- The Garden, May 2002

'This book should turn 'Eat your greens!' from an order to an enticement.' -- The Times, 19th January 2002

'will inspire you to create the kitchen garden of your dreams' -- Sunday Telegraph, 2nd December 2001

About the Author

Joy Larkcom is Britain's most respected vegetable garden maker and writer. She runs an experimental market garden in Suffolk, specializing in salad crops, and is a regular contributor to the Royal Horticultural Society's journal, The Garden, and Popular Gardening. Among her best-known books are Vegetables from Small Gardens and the latest revision of The Vegetable Garden Displayed.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive and instructive 22 Mar 2006
By Myrtle
An excellent introduction and reference book for growing salad plants. The usual supects are covered as well as some rather more obscure ones. Creatively illustrated with marvelous photography, Larkcom firstly arranges chapters of salad plants such as stems and stalks, fruiting vegetables etc., as you would expect, but also flowers, herbs and wild plants. She then turns her attention to cultivation and finally ends with a few recipes. Anyone interested in starting a small kitchen garden, allotment or potager will find this invaluable and desperately inspiring. Joy Larkcom has been growing food since the seventies and her knowlege and clear style are inspiring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful photos 7 July 2011
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As a beginner gardener, I find this book an inspiration, especially with the photos showing exactly what the leaf looks like. The recipes at the end of the book are also fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative 14 April 2014
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A very informative book. I love salad and a complete book on the subject is a great addition to my bookshelf. Having just taken over a rather overgrown allotment, I intend to grow lots of salad as it will give me inspiration being so fast growing and make me keep digging harder to improve the rest of the patch.
The book is well set out in chapters covering all salads and vegtables that can be used in salad either raw or cooked. The photos and illustrations enhance.
All in all a beautiful book that I am very pleased I bought.
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