- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: The O'Brien Press (19 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847171931
- ISBN-13: 978-1847171931
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Irish Gardener's Handbook: How to grow vegetables, herbs, fruit Paperback – 19 Feb 2010
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'ideal for those who want to start from ... the ground up'(Evening Herald)
'a practical paperback aimed at those growing their own food on this island'(Irish Times Magazine)
'Michael Brenock ‘knows his onions'(Irish Times Magazine)
'For beginners there seems to be a lack of general advice and detailed instruction available on how to proceed with vegetable and fruit growing on allotments. But a book just published is about to change this. The Irish Gardener’s Handbook by Michael Bren(Irish Examiner)
'an excellent source of guidance'(Irish Examiner)
'packed with excellent down-to-earth advice and cultural techniques clearly based on years of experience'(Irish Examiner)
'a practical guide you can go back to, time and time again'(Irish Examiner)
'captures the essence of allotment and back garden growing'(Irish Examiner)
'what better way can there be of encouraging new plot-holders to continue the long tradition of home-grown produce than with this fine compendium'(Irish Examiner)
'a brilliant, simple guide for those of us who want to grow their own'(Irish Examiner)
'a very handy little Irish publication, a no-frills paperback for those interested in growing their own food'(Image Interiors)
'a perfect starting point for beginners who want to grow their ow n fruit, herbs and vegetables'(Image Interiors)
'specifically attuned to the Irish climate, which can differ in crucial ways when it comes to growing fruit and vegetables'(Books Ireland)
'a good no-nonsense guide with a minimum of jargon … just the necessary information and advice'(Books Ireland)
'essential reading for everyone starting out this year – and it’s not too late to get started'(Irish Garden)
'crammed with good organic advice, set out in a simple, readable format'(Irish Garden)
'for years we’ve been craving a book on growing vegetables in Ireland'(Irish Times Magazine)
'a great read'(Irish Examiner)
About the Author
Michael Brenock grew up in Mitchelstown, County Cork, in a market gardening family. In his early career as a horticulturist, he worked on various local authority schemes designed to encourage home gardening and self-sufficiency, until the demise of such schemes in the 1970s. He also worked at Teagasc developing commercial vegetable growing. He has always kept his own garden and supplied his family with fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, which he still does.He combines the old ways with a scientific background and modern techniques.
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It is very difficult to define just how much information is covered in this book. After a brief introduction and an explanation of the headings used throughout we get straight down to business. We find a comprehensive chapter on the stages of growing, from seeds to storing and covering everything in between including crop management, pests and harvesting. Then it's on to the " How to grow, crop by crop " section where this book really comes into it's own. Split into three sections : Vegetables, herbs and fruit, I broke into a sweat just reading it !
After a brief description each plant is broken into the following headings : How to grow, Earliest, latest and best time to sow, Best aspect, Best soil, Soil preparation, Depth of sowing, Space between seeds, Distance between rows, Germination time, Lifespan of seeds, Thinning out, Growing situations, Successional sowings, Best varieties, Management, Pests, Diseases, Time from sowing to harvest, When and how to harvest, Good points, Bad points, Do's and dont's and finally to round it off a top tip is provided also. And we're not finished yet, Michael then moves on to a fine section called " Things you may need to know " covering : Digging, Techniques, raised beds, protection, organic growing and crop rotation.Read more ›
I couldn't recommend it highly enough, it is just brilliant.
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This is a very well thought out handbook for any Irish gardener!! This is one I keep coming back to. Highly recommendedPublished on 13 Aug. 2013 by Charlene