This new book from Which? is a very useful addition to my gardening library and I'd also recommend it as a manual for beginners. More than 50 vegetables are covered, with recommended varieties (the result of Which? independent trials) and all the cultural advice you need. It also has a very modern approach: recognising that many of its readers have only a small patch to devote to vegetables, most entries offer advice on container growing, or getting the most from a small space by growing baby veg rather than old-fashioned, prizewinning giants. Unlike the traditional gardening books the organic movement is catered for with plenty of especially resistant and easy to grow varieties. Finally, the photography is clear and attractive, and the whole book, with a general introduction to growing followed by a directory of veggies and herbs, is very easy to navigate. And on a cold and damp spring day, just looking at the front cover makes me want to get outside to check how my own crops are coming along...
This is an excellent book covering everything a beginner needs to know written in a straightforward confident style familiar to 'Which?' readers. It gives clear advice but doesn't patronise or proscribe, and refers where appropriate to relevant 'Which?' tests such as which varieties crop best when planted at which times of year. It even tells you how to pick veg (eg. from the bottom up in the case of beans), and which veg should come up when ripe and which can sit outside until you're ready to pick. It shows you what the crop looks like and which ones double as ornamentals, essential for a small garden where aesthetics can be important, and gives suggestions for how veg, herbs and sometimes flowers can be eaten. It doesn't assume you will be an attentive saint/slave to your garden and gives realistic information if a crop can be tricky or hard work, or offers a banquet for pests. At first sight it seems to focus on the supermarket familiars but it also includes more unusual varieties should you wish to try them. Altogether inspirational.
A great book and I'm not normally one for buying gardening books. Each veg is listed a-z. For each veg information is given about problems, a planting calender and differnet varieties. There is a full chapter on herbs. And even gives guidance on what to plant where. I am really looking forward to planting out a full herb bed. Very Engligsh Country Garden! A really helpful book without being too wordy. At the end of the book is a 12 month calender letting you know what to do in each month. Highly recommended.
Great for beginner/intermediate gardeners. Not only does is have lots of information on how to germinate/grow and harvest, it contains excellent information on the best varieties. The only problem is that it is so enticing (including wonderful photography) that you might want to dig up your lawn and replace it by veg next year!!
The book explains everything in no nonsense terms that are easy to understand for anyone who is a novice at growing their own vegetables. There are coloured photos to show you what the different varieties look like. Also, there are tips to help you and warnings to look out for, together with a year round calendar of what to do when. It tells you all you need to know without unnecessary jargon. The book arrived exactly on time and very well packaged.
We wanted some ideas to growing vegetables and this book certainly gives us that. I ordered this book and it came well in time of the stated date and in good condition, so I would recommend this item and seller to everyone