Oriental Vegetables Hardcover – 1 Oct 1991
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An insufficiently sung heroine of our time is Joy Larkcom, and I recommend anything she has written on salad crops and vegetables. She delves into unfamiliar ground in both Europe and Asia (Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Larkham provides information on the cultivation and use of over 100 oriental vegetables which can be grown fast and intensively in the West. Many are highly nutritious and provide vitamins when other green vegetables are not available. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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This book gives excellent information on just that.Living in the North West of the UK,the average annual temparatures means growing many exotic crops isn't on the cards. However,Joy Larkom proves it can be done with a wide range of vegetables.
OK so there there aren't any pretty coloured photographs to wow over,but what there is is a valuable,concise write up on a multitude of Eastern products that we are capable of growing in the UK.From salads leaves to calibrese and more,great descriptions,when to plant it,where to plant it(ie whether it will grow in containers or not),its likes and dislikes,what it tastes like etc etc!
The increase in popularity of oriental crops now means obtaining the seeds is a lot easier than ever before,for most people the problem will be finding space in the garden to grow these new crops!
For the price this is one very informative book,and a great one for novice and keen gardeners alike - no matter how much space you have!
Some of these vegetables used to be common in Europe like collards and kale, remained common in America, though as for the two I have just quoted, for Blacks, probably a heritage from Slavery. These vegetables are becoming trendy today, or are becoming trendy again. The point is you cannot very easily, and for some you cannot at all, find the seeds or the tubers, or whatever is necessary to start growing them in some countries in Europe or in simple round-the corner gardening store.
But the book is far even more interesting since it gives great detail about the various cultivating methods in Asia and particularly the use of terraces in gardens to avoid erosion and retain water, and another technique we hardly practice in Europe: the alternation of various vegetables in the same plot, some that grow fast, in a few weeks like lettuces, and some that grow slowly like turnips or other roots, including carrots.
If that type of cultivation is practiced there is a great advantage with it because it can prevent or contain some diseases or parasites. The book also explains some irrigation and drainage techniques used in some rather dry or over-wet conditions.
I would recommend this book to people who are slightly adventure-minded and creative in their intercourse with vegetables in their gardens and on their dinner table. These vegetables may make their gardens and their dinner tables rather sexy.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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