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The Vegetable & Herb Expert: The world's best-selling book on vegetables & herbs Paperback – 7 Apr 1997


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Expert; 2nd Revised edition edition (7 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903505460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903505468
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 0.9 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,635 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 number 1 gardening best-seller in the UK since '97" (Kitchen Garden)

"Better veg with the gardening guru" (The Times)

"Get better, tastier produce from your garden or allotment" (Observer)

"This is the best book I have seen for the kitchen gardener" (Sunday Mirror)

"Two books became my bibles: Alan Titchmarsh's Allotment Handbook (sadly out of print) and Dr Hessayon's Vegetable & Herb Expert .... Thanks to Dr Hessayon, we became adept at recognising pests" (Mail on Sunday)

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The world's bestselling book on vegetables and herbs has been fully revised, updated and expanded. The chapter on herbs has been hugely increased.

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One of the important changes in gardening since World War II has been the resurgence of interest in growing vegetables at home. Read the first page
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108 of 108 people found the following review helpful By "paula_300160" on 18 Aug 2002
Format: Paperback
We are first time allotment holders and our knowledge of vegetable growing was to say the least limited, we first got this book from the library and have found it to be worth its weight in gold. Not only does it show in easy stages how to grow the veggies but how to freeze and preserve them too. There is nothing it doesn't tell you. If you are into growing organic vegetables then this book is a must, so stop reading the reviews and go and buy it, we did, you won't regret it.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2003
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I must say that is the most helpful and discriptive fruit and veg book I have ever read.
It tells you everything from crop roatation to harvesting and techniques plus clear illistrations and a desease chart for the veg with pictures and discriptions.
All in all its all you could want!
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By P. I. Wellman on 5 Nov 2006
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I got this book when I decided to get my allotment, and I found and still do a great help.

Fantastic pictures are illustrated with the information that goes with them.

The book starts at the beginning which helps if you're a complete novice to vegetable growing.

"Getting started" covers digging and preparing your land, what is the best seeds to buy and how to sow them. This section also covers the importance of crop rotation.

Other section covers the growing of vegetables, covers greenhouse growing, border planting and cover pot and windowsill planting.

Looking after vegetables section covers the dreaded weeding. But it also covers feeding, mulching and watering of the plants; also a section is covered on spotting and dealing with pests.

The book has a section about unusual types of vegetables and how to grow them.

There is a good section on vegetable troubles, how to spot and treat before it starts to do damage to other crops.

Tips on how to preserve and ripen your vegetables and of course to eat them.

This is a great book and if you're thinking of growing your own vegetables like I have done this year, this books it a must
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Z. Passam on 12 Jun 2006
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Being new to allottment holding, my husband and I bought a number books to help us on our way. It turns out this was the only one we need have bought. Everything is clearly explained, with diagrams showing exactly how to plant everything, expected times between sowing and harvesting, as well as listings of potential problems and how to treat them. The A-Z listings style also makes for fantastic ease of reference. Highly recommended! Buy it!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 2000
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As a complete beginner, this book was recommended to me by an "old hand" at growing vegetables on allotments. I am following it faithfully with no problems - everything is set out so simply and I'm hoping for good results. The only addition which would be helpful to beginners is to know which vegetables can be bought as plants later in the season, as I'm not so confident about growing from seeds and I haven't much room for seed beds on my plot. There was a companion book - the Jotter - for recording your planting dates and varieties used but sadly this is now out of print. Anyone know where I can get one?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar 1999
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This is by far the best book for vegetable gardening that one can get. Clear, concise and very well illustrated, no gardener should be without this book. Although "dated" for the Northern hemisphere, the descriptions, planting guides, maintenance, harvesting and cooking hints are equally as relevant to the Southern Hemisphere. The best gardening "Buy" I ever made.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DavyA TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 May 2008
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Having just started with a vagetable patch in the garden, I was looking for, in effect an "idiot's guide" to vegetable growing (believe me, I needed it !) - this book is marvellous - helpful illustrations,easy to follow layout & packed with information on cultivation, preperation, eating, protecting from pests & diseases, the whole lot.
The herb section is by no means as comprehensive as the veg part of the book, but it has inspired me to grow my own selection of herbs (in one of those very attractive "ornamental" wooden wheelbarrows,my wife's aunty got us for Christmas - bless) & hopefully add something a bit different, interesting & above all, tasty to the garden.
I bought this at the same time as a far glossier, bigger (& more expensive !) book I got from the garden centre - this book beats the more expensive competition hands down. A really great investment, made me burst with horticultural enthusiasm & feel like Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's cousin - talking of which, I would suggest that this plus the River Cottage Veg Patch Handbook make the ideal duo for the beginner.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maclennane VINE VOICE on 31 May 2008
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Too many gardening authors take time out to wax lyrical about seasons and the joys of blackbirds and dew on your runner canes. Their books end up as a decent afternoon's read, but difficult to use when you're trying to work out what's going wrong with your kohlrabi.

This book is different. Veg are listed alphabetically with clear sections on selecting varieties, planting, looking after, harvesting and cooking, with a troubleshooting guide covering disease, pests, storage and the like.

No nonsense, everything you need and easy to find.
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