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on 9 March 2015
very good book
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on 8 September 2015
Enjoyable and informative read
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on 29 September 2015
Family loved it.
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on 29 November 2014
Very well written book in good condition
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on 14 August 2010
Organic Vegetable Growing: A Practical, Authoritative Guide to Producing Nutritious and Flavourful Vegetables from Your Garden or Allotment

This book is comprehensive, concise and to the point. Every aspect of planning, clearing, digging and fertility is given careful consideration. There are excellent pointers for dealing with a variety of sites, exercises to counteract the specific strains that sometimes result from gardening, and tips on how to cook vegetables in the most nutritious way possible.
The planting and growing needs of particular vegetables form a good third of this book together with a detailed account of the various pests with which each vegetable has to contend, and how these may be controlled. There is also an invaluable section on the various common weeds.
I thoroughly recommend this book with its clear presentation, making it easy to find what you require to know; and as well as interesting gems of knowledge, it contains some charming and informative illustrations drawn by the author.
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on 3 April 2011
Robert Milne has written a truly wonderful book for organic gardeners the world over.
He wrote it while gardening in the UK; I read it while gardening in NZ. It is full of highly relevant, well researched information that can be used by gardeners anywhere.

The first thing that struck me about this book is there are almost no pictures. As it turns out this is a very good thing. Most gardeners know what a garden, lettuce, cabbage look like, and if not, there are thousands of other gardening books that have these pictures.

Most other gardening books I have read have the pictures but they are seriously underwhelming when it comes to useful information - They are like fluffy white loaves of bread - look good, taste quite good but leave you with a slightly empty feeling wanting more. This book is the stoneground wholemeal sour-dough loaf that I have been looking for. It takes a while to eat , takes even longer to digest but leaves you very satisfied, feeling good and more healthy for the experience.

I have been gardening organically in NZ for 30 years. I know quite a bit about soil and plants but there have always been gaps in my knowledge. This book fills those gaps by explaining the processes involved so I can see for myself how things work. Crop rotation - with easy step by step sequences - is explained. Compost rotation - a natural consequence of crop rotation and seldom mentioned elsewhere - explained. Exactly when to add lime or not during the crop rotation - explained. The interaction of soil, compost , plants and water - explained. Cover crops - explained.

While gardening and writing this book, Robert Milne completed a degree in soil science so he could provide the best, most complete, most authentic information to his readers. This chap is dedicated.

While this book is more text book than coffee table book, it is very readable. The author takes you into his world, and I found that world totally fascinating and informative. An absolute gem of a book that will be appreciated by every serious gardener.
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