Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

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Firefly Books, 2006 - Cooking - 640 pages
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The definitive sourcebook for growing, harvesting, preserving and cooking.

Gardeners who want to grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruit will find this book a definitive reference and a remarkable value.

Three expert authors combine superb illustrations with reliable information on choosing vegetables, herbs and fruit that can be cultivated to bountiful success. The information is organized for easy access, with an A-Z directory featuring full color photographs along with thorough information. Cooks will appreciate the nutritional material and the featured recipes.

Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit is useful year-round -- from planning next year's garden to enjoying the harvest. Readers will frequently refer to its wealth of tips and advice, which cover:

  • Edibility and nutritional value
  • The most useful and most recommended varieties
  • Plant hardiness, propagation and growing guidelines
  • Cropping, harvesting and storing
  • Weed, pest and disease control
  • Ornamental and wildlife value
  • A maintenance calendar
  • Pruning and training
  • Companion planting
  • Container growing.

Practical aspects of gardening are explained in detail, with in-depth sections on creating a garden, pollination, soil fertility and greenhouse growing. A glossary, further reading, seed sources, hardiness zones and detailed index round out this outstanding book.

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User Review  - Alison - Goodreads

If you are a gardening nerd like me, there are still things to learn from in this book. I learned from the "companion planting" area of the section on melons that I shouldn't put melons with potatoes ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Matthew Biggs lectures at the Royal Horticultural Society. His other books include Matthew Biggs' Complete Book of Vegetables.

Jekka McVicar has won several top awards from the Royal Horticultural Society. Her other books include The Complete Book of Herbs.

Bob Flowerdew is an author and a lecturer for the Royal Horticultural Society.

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