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RHS Handbook: Growing Vegetables and Herbs: Simple steps for success (Royal Horticultural Society Handbooks) Hardcover – 2 May 2011

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 01 edition (2 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845335902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845335908
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Book Description

A hard-working series with a strong identity, visible authority, on mainstream gardening subjects. Jargon-free delivery clarifying the mystique and perceived difficulty of some gardening practices. A 'Back to basics' box will debunk the old, difficult methods that are no longer practiced (such as double digging, some forms of rose pruning, folding over onion crops, painting pruning wounds, using tar oil winter wash, hormone rooting powder, copper sulphate on crops etc etc etc.

About the Author

This series is written by a team of Royal Horticultural Society experts in fruit, trees, ornamentals and hedges with decades of practical experience. The Royal Horticultural Society is at the forefront of a gardening revolution in which received wisdom is questioned and updated. This book is the result of more than 100 years of practical experience in gardens across the world. With this book, gardening practice is in safe hands.

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This book by the RHS is good for both beginners and those with a bit of gardening knowledge. It sets out in easy to understand terms how to sow, plant and tend to vegetables and herbs in your own garden.

If you have ever wanted to 'grow your own', this might just be the book to spur you on. The first few chapters deal with topics such as what tools are needed, basic techniques and how to protect your crops. Testing the soil you have in your garden, planning crops, where to plant them, pests and diseases and planting out are all covered at the start in simple terms that could easily be understood.

The main chapters are a vegetable directory and deal with each vegetable starting with lettuce and ending with fennel. These are grouped into categories, such as root vegetables (carrots, swedes, radishes and the like) or vegetable fruits (tomatoes, peppers etc). Less common vegetables such as pak choi and tomatillos are also covered.

The detail of each chapter is set out in a mixture of easy to follow text and illustrations, these follow the same outline each time of sowing, planting, harvesting and storing produce. This was one of the things I liked most about this book it covers one type of vegetable at a time and then gives step by step details for each one.

The herbs section at the end of the book is a great deal shorter than the vegetable section, so if you are looking for a lot of information about growing herbs this book won't be right for you. But this does cover the basics of herbs (over about 8 pages) quite well and instructs on how you could plant up a herb wheel in your garden, where you could seemingly grow a variety of herbs quite easily and in a small space.
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A really helpful book that gives advice and guidance on growing your own herbs and vegetables. Contains everything anyone could need from growing in a small plot to pots and window boxes.
Not having a very big garden I tried to limit the size of things I planted. I planted a selection of lettuce seeds in a big pot following the step by step instructions and now seem to have a never ending supply of lettuce! Herbs also went into pots and grew aplenty. Using a small greenhouse my tomato and cucumber plants sprouted really quickly.
The book covers everything from diseases to basic planting.
A wonderully illustrated book with easy to follow instructions.
A book good enough to grace the shelf of any would-be or accomplished gardener.
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Useful book, not too big or complicated for the beginner, but enough detailed instructions to encourage confidence. Nice size and alphabetical format.
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A complete manual for a do-it-yourself gardner but limited to the climate/varieties of UK. Not applicable in countries like Spain or Italy (where I come from).
Anyway, very interesting and well explained.
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