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Grow your own kitchen garden year,
This review is from: Grow Your Own Kitchen Garden Year (Royal Horticultural Society) (Hardcover)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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Initial post: 2 Jul 2010 19:37:39 BDT
I've just read this feedback because I'm about to buy this book, but surely it doesn't need to go into detail about which varieties? When they do tell you which varieties you often can't get them anywhere anyway, sprouts are sprouts at the end of the day!
Do you really need a day to day guide? The seasons are variable from year to year, one year, March can be warm, the next it can still be cold in May! And I'm sure you know your seasons in Scotland if you live there.
I think you need to think outside the box a little and use your imagination, not expect to be spoon fed everything!
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2011 17:38:22 GMT
Sue H says:
I agree with many of your points, however some of these aspects may be helpful to some readers and in reviewing a book I hope to give insight into what it is and what it is not to make an informed purchase. Beginners may like to be spoonfed :)
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