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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (25 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716022451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716022459
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Harrison (b.1955) lives in Snowdonia, North Wales on a smallholding with his wife Val and a pride of miniature lions who can be mistaken for moggies. As well as writing, he runs his allotment-garden.org website from his home. They aim to be as self-sufficient as possible, not only growing fruit and vegetables, but making their own butter, cheese and preserves and soon to be raising their own livestock.
His first book, Vegetable Growing Month by Month was a best selling success, closely followed by The Essential Allotment Guide and Low Cost Living which he says should have been titled "Self Sufficiency in the Suburbs"
Easy Jams, Chutneys and Preserves was a collaboration with his wife, Val, and it has become a bestseller because of it's straightforward, honest style. Val not only tells you what to do but also what do when things go wrong. And they do!
His book, Vegetable, Fruit and Herb Growing in Small Spaces was released in March 2010 and was based on their time in a terraced house with just a patch of concrete to grow on.
Following this John and his wife Val released How to Store Your Home Grown Produce, in September 2010. They realised many home growers just didn't know what to do to store their crops. As well as being released in the UK, this book was picked up by Skyhorse in the USA where it's doing very well.
The next book was The Complete Vegetable Grower. This was a departure from John's other works being a hardback, lavishly illustrated in colour with photographs. In effect it's a compendium of his previous growing books with some new material.
His latest book, released 1st September 2011, is Backgarden Chickens & Other Poultry. Written with his daughter, Cara, it aims to give a practical guide to those thinking of keeping poultry. Cara keeps a flock of chickens, ducks and quail in her small terraced house garden near Leeds.
As both John and his daughter Cara are into self-sufficiency the book also covers the economics of keeping poultry at home and raising chickens for the table.
They make no secret of the fact that it is hard to 'do the evil deed' when you raise table birds and admit that the Aylesbury ducks were reprieved and are now beloved pets.
Currently John is writing a book on making your own wine, beer and cider. He's thoroughly enjoying the research and testing phase!
John served on the National Executive of the National Vegetable Society, a charity promoting the cultivation and showing of vegetables until recently and is a fellow of the society.

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An invaluable source of information. (Scotland's Weekly News)

John Harrison is a passionate allotment gardener and really knows what he's talking about. (Daily Mail)

A good, easy to follow read. (Simply Vegetables)

A good useful book written in a practical and easy to follow format. (Kitchen Garden)

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The bestelling author of Vegetable Growing Month-by-Month shows you how to get the most out of your vegetable plot in limited space

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By joyous on 8 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I don't have an allotment but have always wanted to grow my own fruit, veg and herbs. This book is brilliant to show that you can grow practically anything in almost any type of container - from sinks to hanging baskets, in borders or wrapped around a pergola. What did surprise me was the variety of veg that are happy in containers - things like turnips and leeks or better still my favourite - beetroot. There is a whole chapter on herbs which would be a great help to anybody who likes cooking (never knew before that I could grow my own lemon grass!). It covers pests and diseases as well as tools all written in a simple to understand format.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By G. Wisden on 8 April 2010
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This is an easy to understand, easy to read guide to growing, "It does exactly what it says on the cover"
Mr Harrison explains everything you need to know in his own style without the need to use "jargon" or to make things complicated. Working from his own personal experience, he guides the reader through all the whys and wherefores, making the whole process of small/no garden vegetable growing seem as simple and easy as it can be.
Another great book from a great gardener.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Biddle on 29 July 2010
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Brilliant book! For the first time I've found a book which tells me what I really want to know. So many gardening books only touch briefly on containers but this one deals with the subject properly. This is the first year I've had real success with container gardening and I'm delighted.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By KW on 14 Sept. 2011
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As a novice gardener, with a small amount of space available for cultivation, I was looking for a book that would give good advice about where, when, what and how to grow veg and herbs in a restricted area. Looking at the reviews for this book, it seemed ideal. However it appears to provide little more than a list of which veg, fruit and herbs can be grown in pots, and which might turn out to be too large. Actual growing, planting and cultivation information is vague, intermittent and sketchy.
Perhaps the idea is to 'encourage' the purchase of the author's other book(s) to get a complete picture?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sewjew on 21 Oct. 2010
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Vegetable, Fruit and Herb Growing in Small Spaces

This has been one of 3 books i have read recently, Having a Very small Garden I found this to be the BEST one for General Advise, Growing Tips, Hints and Lots more thank expected for a cheap book.
Also the book is written in VERY easy to read format in PLAIN English and I praise John Harrison on the way he has presented this book.
For a Cheap in Price But NO corners cut on advise I MUST score this book as 100% it has been such an inspiration to read and VERY easy to put it into practice which I have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By missy_a_n on 7 Sept. 2012
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This book felt a bit like a flurry of advice by a person who has lots to say but only an hour to say them. By the end of the second chapter I was already feeling overwhelmed and started to wonder if container gardening can be right for me! Although I did pick up some good points (the author sounds like he really knows his stuff), I was actually looking for more of a step-by-step/ how-to guide rather than a dictionary of advice that sometimes went back and forth. Perhaps some prior gardening experience is needed before reading this book?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Kinsella on 28 July 2010
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I have bought nearly all the books by this author - he is brilliant. Not only easy and fun to read but gives loads of help and information. Recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Am Hill on 8 April 2010
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This is a great book with the usual sound practical advice from John Harrison. I have an allotment but I grow quite a lot on my balcony at home, so this has been really useful. If you've anywhere you can put a window box or a tub - you really can grow your own, as this good value book shows. It's the right size to put in your pocket to read on the bus and a lot of good advice for not much outlay.
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