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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 11 January 2012
Though this version was published in 1981, opening it you could be forgiven for thinking it was twenty years earlier. I do not think we ever see the face that goes with the gnarled pair of hands (wrists clad in thick handknitted sweater), which demonstrate, in over 200 black-and-white photos, "smoothing the surface of the potting compost" and "celery seedlings are being pricked out in a seed tray", the planting of asparagus crowns or thinning of lettuces. Yet these drab, workmanlike step-by-step pictures are actually incredibly useful. The text is equally detailed, equally businesslike, equally old-fashioned.

If you want to grow vegetables properly, recognise pests, prepare the soil and generally do everything like an old-fashioned head gardener, you'll find the necessary information in here. Other, flashier books, bursting with colour pictures and implying it is all easy and fun, have been published since, many of them by the RHS. The current craze for allotments has led to the publication of a flurry of titles, not all of them good. This is still the "bible" of vegetable growing; like the original bible, it is hard going, the print is small, the language sometimes difficult. If you want something easier to follow, but still with the technical stuff, try The Vegetable & Herb Expert: The world's best-selling book on vegetables & herbs, which is certainly easy to use. I would still suggest it is worth having this book for the times when the simpler "Expert" lets you down.
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on 22 November 2009
Although not a recent publication this book is extremely informative and works well with the other gardening books I have. Ideal for the amateur gardener and more experienced.
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on 24 October 2009
Although this book now seems to be out of print and my copy was secondhand it was in excellent condition.
This book is by "The Royal Horticultural Society" and a good choice for anyone who wants to start growing there own veg or/and running there own allotment
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on 20 April 2016
Money Don was taking about this book on gardeners world so I looked up amazon £2.81 for good used copy, thought it was worth a try so glad I bought it its fantastic definitely recommend
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on 25 May 2016
Bought this as seen on gardeners world and wasnt disapointed a very informative book
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on 28 March 2016
Fantastic book.
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on 20 August 2015
Almost perfect.
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