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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
The RHS produce books which are often definative guides. Compared to that high standard this was a disappointment. On a positive note the pictures are excellent, and it's a good coffee table book. I'd expected a month by month guide with comment say that N Scotland could be x weeks behind and S. coast x weeks ahead. But it is written in seasons. The first chapter starts 'early spring' when is that? (It could be defined and I've missed it). There is a lack of depth in many areas. So in early spring it recommends to sow brussell sprouts and red cabbage, there is no mention of varieties. In mid spring it says cabbages cut heads as they are ready. So if early spring is march mid spring would be April? I'd doubt any cabbage sown on March will be ready in April. By mid summer it recommended to sow spring cabbages then 4 varieties are mentioned this is most likely what should be harvested in mid spring! The book does cover a lotof areas. A little on pests and diseases, a nice section on fruit trees and polination and which trees are in which group. This would be perfect if the growing conditions were listed for each plant so that it can be determined if it will grow in your area. So use this book as a starting point and then look to others for more info. I personally prefer the Alan T fruit and veg book, and Biggs, McVicar and Flowerdew, fruit, veg and herbs. Consider also Delia Smiths kitchen garden- which is a month by month guide with the growing part written by an expert and the receipes by Delia.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2010
Hello, I was looking for a book to get my father involved into a new hobby. I thought as he spends so much time out in the garden smoking, he may as well put that time to good use. I went to the Garden section at WHSmiths and while perusing through stumbled across this one.

The book is sectioned into the four seasons (early spring, mid spring,late spring, then same for summer, autumn winter) then sectioned into vegetables, fruits and also covers the pests and diseases. The book will cater for all users with various sized gardens ranging from balconies to large plots. It also teaches you how to test your soil etc.

This is a very graphical and easy to follow, with many photographs and illustrations of hundreds of fruit/veg, how to sow, where to plant when to plant, what to look out for, how to look after etc. so much good information.

If you follow this book throughout the year there really in no excuse not to have a good harvest.

If your looking for a good book this is it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2011
At last - the book I've been looking for for years! It is the only gardening book I have found which sets out a monthly to do list you which you really can consider to be comprehensive. Most gardening books set out to do lists for each month/season but I don't usually find these specific enough. The whole of this book is a monthly to do list, whereas other books tend to squash the information into just one chapter. This book splits the year into months (early winter, mid winter, late winter, and so on) and specific jobs for each type of fruit/vegetable that need to be done during that month. It is brilliant. Coupled with Carol Klein's books "Grow your own veg" and "Grow you own fruit" these are the three books I now rely on. Together I reckon they tell you everything you need to know to grow your own! It is also beautifully illustrated and so a pleasure to look at.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2011
my partner was given this book at Chistmas, as we have just inherited a veggie garden, and he needed help with it. He has found it most informative for beginners, has step by step information and not just what to do but why you do it. Tells you all about types of soils you can get and how to manage the garden in a very well set out format. He is delighted with it.
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on 27 November 2011
i brought this book for my brother in law,who is a keen fruit n veggie grower.i`m sure he will be very inspired by this.
i look forward to sampling some of his crop.
excellent value for money.
contents excellent.
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on 1 October 2014
As described, good value!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2010
everything you need to know about growing vegs and fruit, great colour illustrations and seasonal sections
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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2009
This book is perfect for both new and experienced gardeners who want fresh seasonal vegetables all year round.Grow Your Own Kitchen Garden Year (Royal Horticultural Society)
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