Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg

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Hodder & Stoughton, Feb 1, 2011 - Gardening - 259 pages
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Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg: Teach Yourself will guarantee success for anyone wishing to grow fresh produce in any patch of earth, be it garden, allotment or series of containers. This book gives specific instructions on when, where and how to grow and maintain various fruit and vegetables, from the more basic to the exotic, without the use of chemicals. It includes an A-Z list of plants together with ease of growth ratings and an approach that welcomes involvement from the whole family. Whatever your plans for home-grown fruit and vegetables this is the essential guide.

Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg includes:

Chapter 1: Tools

What you will need

Chapter 2: Soil types

Soil pH and what it means to the gardener

Chapter 3: Soil preparation

Soil profile


Chapter 4: Manure, compost and fertilizers

Sources of manure

Garden compost

Leaf mould

Worm compost

Green manure


Chapter 5: Seed sowing and plant raising

Sowing in pots and trays indoors

Sowing seed outdoors

Transplanting in the open ground

Chapter 6: Watering

Under glass



Conservation of water

Chapter 7: Growing in containers and raised beds

Growing medium


Deep raised beds

Growing bags

Chapter 8: Planning your garden

Crop rotations

What size of plot do I need?

Chapter 9: Weeds

What are weeds?

Controlling weeds

Chapter 10: Vegetable varieties

Choosing your vegetables



Roots - carrot family

Roots - onion family


Monthly list of produce available

Chapter 11: Common pests and diseases



Other root vegetables


Other vegetables

Chapter 12: Herbs

The cultivation of herbs

Descriptive list and cultivation notes

Chapter 13: Fruit

Growing fruit

Soft fruit

Top fruit

Learn effortlessly with an easy-to-read page design and new added features:

- Shows you what to plant and when

- Gives you tips and techniques for success

- Offers a full list of plants, from A to Z

- Brand new edition, with personal insights, tips, energising self-tests and summaries throughout the book

- Extension articles online

- Every book gives you one, five and ten-minute bites of learning to get you started

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About the author (2011)

Michael Thurlow is a respected authority on organic gardening and the head gardener at Audley End House and Gardens. He has overseen the restoration of the Victorian walled kitchen garden, combining Victorian and modern methods to produce organic fruit and vegetables all year round.

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