- Flexibound: 208 pages
- Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 01 edition (7 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184533924X
- ISBN-13: 978-1845339241
- Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 1.5 x 25.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Creative Vegetable Gardening Flexibound – 7 Apr 2014
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Two women have moulded and influenced the way I garden. The first is my mother, who gave me the genes to garden as I do, and the second is Joy Larkcom. No one else manages to marry a relaxed, joyful approach to gardening with science and trialling. You can truly trust what she says . . . her Creative Vegetable Gardening is, as book go, my happy place, one I head back to whenever I feel uninspired by my own garden. (Alys Fowler The Guardian)
Joy Larkcom is the Elizabeth David of veg growing . . . Veg growers everywhere owe an enormous debt to Joy Larkcom, the doyenne of the kitchen garden. (Sarah Raven The Daily Telegraph)
This is a wonderful book for winter reading, filled with ideas for spring and summer sowing and growing. (Rosemary Verey The Sunday Times Book Supplement)
Joy Larkcom has single-handedly put vegetable gardening back on the map. (Jim Buckland Country Living)
So filled with exciting and new things that - like the products of the author's kitchen - it goes down in one sitting. (David Dunbar The Sunday Times)
All aspects of creating an ornamental kitchen garden are covered, from planning to design ideas for attractive boundaries, paths, edges to beds, focal points and features . . . There's a wealth of beautifully photographed detail - textured effects, colourful touches, planting for dramatic effect - to get the creative juices flowing. (Andrew Blackford Kitchen Garden)
Creative Vegetable Gardening shows that veggies can be grown stylishly in the smallest of places. (Jane Powers Irish Times)
A new edition of the classic guide to creating stunning decorative effects in the vegetable garden, where edible plants combine with flowers and foliage to create a beautiful outdoor space.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Full of beautiful pictures of vegetables (!), this book qualifies as coffee table material - it's where art and gardening meet - but is also fascinating, inspiring, and written with such unbridled and infectious enthusiasm that it's difficult to decide whether to put the book down and action some of the wonderful ideas, or continue to indulge your creative fantasies, cup of tea in hand!
I haven't rotivated all my lawns yet (though it's tempting), but I have already done some things that would make my poor old grandfather turn in his grave, such as starting to growing runner beans up through the climbing roses (could make picking interesting, we shall see) and sowing brassicas in my flower borders. Ms Larkcom's book makes you feel as if anything is possible and nothing is forbidden.
For anyone starting out with a blank canvas, there are also plenty of planting plans for all kinds of soil and location, and the section on individual vegetables is packed with useful information. Whether you need some creative inspiration, heaps of practical advice or if you just enjoy beautiful pictures, I would strongly recommend this book.
It offers great inspiration on making the vegetable garden look good, getting away from the traditional straight lines, what to put with what in terms of textures and colours among other aspects, and how to create dramatic effects in the potager.
It doesn't explain everything though. There is no such thing as "the final book" about anything. It is a book about making beautiful vegetable gardens. Enough for me.
Also brilliant photography.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is really inspiring and easy to follow, lovely ideas and illustrations with good technical backup. Really enjoyed it and found it very useful.Published on 13 Feb. 2014 by H P
This book was fab for ideas about how to grow vegetables in a veggie plot, in a garden, a mix of both. I like the photos and the narrative is excellent.Published on 1 July 2011 by Amazon Customer
I have had a copy of this book and The Vegetable Garden Displayed for many years and refer them both frequently. Read morePublished on 24 April 2011 by puzzled
some good ideas, but not as informative as other books.
the quantity of pictures would make this a great gift for a gardener.