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Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit
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A must-have book for any vegetable grower. --Washington Gardener

What is not included in this definitive and beautifully illustrated sourcebook on edible landscape? --The American Herb Association

Satisfying ... There's an abundance of information and tantalizing pictures. --New York Times
The demand for locally sourced organic foods continues to rise. For those who want to grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruit this superb resource will be referred to often throughout the year. Now in paperback, the book features superb full-color photographs and illustrations and an easy-to-use A-Z directory. Comprehensive growing, harvesting and preserving tips and a wealth of recipes will help gardeners and cooks enjoy the bounty of their home gardens. Practical aspects of gardening are explained in detail, with in-depth sections on creating a garden, pollination, soil fertility and greenhouse growing. Topics include:
  • 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.
A glossary, further reading, seed sources, hardiness zones and a detailed index round out this outstanding book.
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About the Author

Matthew Biggs lectures at the Royal Horticultural Society. He is the author of Matthew Biggs' Complete Book of Vegetables. Jekka McVicar has won several top awards from the Royal Horticultural Society. She is the author of Jekka's Herb Cookbook. Bob Flowerdew is an author and a lecturer for the Royal Horticultural Society.

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[Review of hardcover edition: ] A well-organized overview that examiners each cultivar in depth... visually pleasing... the insight of some very diverse expert gardeners. [Review of hardcover edition: ] Solid gardening tips and tempting recipes... enough to teach even experienced gardeners new tricks... excellent index.--Diane M. Calabrese"American Reference Books Annual" (01/01/2007) [Review of hardcover edition: ] This comprehensive garden book goes beyond the dirt, offering tips on growing, harvesting, preserving and cooking. [Review of hardcover edition: ] An indispensable resource, giving an amazing amount of information that will be of value to any gardener, whether planting a field or a window box. [Review of hardcover edition: ] I believe this volume will become a constant source of reliable information. Highly recommended. [Review of hardcover edition: ] Every gardener -- novice or expert -- will find useful information. RQ[Review of hardcover edition:] Well organized, easy to access information, and concisely written. A good reference book! [Review of hardcover edition:] This all-encompassing book combines the expertise of three gardeners to offer a prodigious range of information.... easy-to-use alphabetical format, it is illustrated with more than 1,800 color photographs and informative illustrations. [Review of hardcover edition:] This all-encompassing book combines the expertise of three leading gardeners to offer a prodigious range of information on more than 100 herbs, 70 vegetables and 100 fruits. Arranged in an easy-to-use alphabetical format from Aaron's Rod to Zucchini, the book is copiously illustrated with more than 1,800 color photographs and informative graphics. Readers learn how to select the plants best suited to their plant zone, and what to do to insure a successful crop. [Review of hardcover edition: ] It's a useful book for the gardener who is short on time and seeks easy-to-follow, no-fail instructions. [Review of hardcover edition: ] Comprehensive... a valuable reference for both gardeners and inquisitive chefs. [Review of hardcover edition: ] It is about as precise and concise a guide as you would ever wish to find. [Review of hardcover edition: ] What is not included in this definitive and beautifully illustrated sourcebook on edible landscape? [Review of hardcover edition: ] Amazingly thorough encyclopedic look at edible plants.--George Weigel"Harrisburg Patriot-New" (04/27/2006) [Review of hardcover edition: ] Exceptional.--David Hobson"Kitchener-Waterloo Record" (04/11/2006) [Review of hardcover edition: ] Offers advice on cultivation techniques, dealing with pests and diseases, suggestions for companion plants, and culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses.--Ken Smith"London Free Press" (07/22/2006) [Review of hardcover edition: ] Satisfying ... There's an abundance of information and tantalizing pictures. Isn't it nice when peas are so neatly tucked into their pods in those very polite rows?--Dominique Browning"New York Times" (05/27/2010) [Review of hardcover edition: ] A comprehensive reference book on edible plants... information on hundreds of edible plants accompanied by more than 1,800 color photographs.--Viveka Neveln"American Gardener" (03/01/2006) [Review of hardcover edition: ] Good value for money ... very helpful.--Mary Fran McQuade"Beach Metro Community News" (11/28/2006) [Review of hardcover edition: ] By far the most comprehensive book on the subject. A must-have for those growing edible crops ... Easy to use.--Connie Krochmal"Bee Culture" (12/01/2006) [Review of hardcover edition: ] For the edible landscape, the best title by far is Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit... everything you need to know to grow, harvest, and use garden produce.--Connie Krochmal"BellaOnline" (03/25/2006) [Review of hardcover edition: ] Not only how to grow, but also how to harvest, preserve and use 70 vegetables... a comprehensive, quick-read encyclopedia.--Suzanne Hively"Cleveland Plain Dealer" (03/02/2006) [Review of hardcover edition: ] Whether you utilize it to learn how to use soapwort to treat skin conditions such as eczema or for the recipe for curried parsnip soup, it is valuable to novice and experienced horticulturists alike. Written by a trio of garden experts, this is a must-have resource for any gardener or chef.--Tricia Landry Wallace"Country Accents" (09/01/2006) [Review of hardcover edition: ] Bright color photos, clean layout, and handy hints make this hefty garden bible a treasure, and it's a great deal.--Dee Cherrie Ashman"Diversions" (04/01/2007) [Review of hardcover edition: ] A garden book full of surprises... there's so much to discover... excellent information.--Patty Jessome"Edmonton Sun" (07/23/2006) [Review of hardcover edition: ] An excellent source of information on growing and cooking edible plants.--Cathy Frisinger"Fort Worth Star-Telegram" (03/11/2006) [Review of hardcover edition: ] This reference book is as colourful as it is inspiring and will appeal to anyone who would like to grow edible plans. The authors leave no leaf unturned -- every topic is covered.... Best of all, more than 100 recipes are included to take advantage of your crop once it's time to harvest.... With more than 600 pages and 800 colour photos and illustrations, this book is definitely food for thought.--Liz Grogan"Good Times" (05/01/2009) [Review of hardcover edition: ] For a complete reference on growing food crops, you can't go wrong with the new, up-to-the minute "Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit."--John Van de Water"Newark Star-Ledger" (04/16/2006) [Review of hardcover edition: ] Information on individual cultivars, as well as some very good recipes.--Vern Nelson"Portland Oregonian" (12/14/2006) [Review of hardcover edition: ] This book is a handsome addition to the gardening library and an excellent value.--Chris Smith"Seattle Post-Intelligencer" (09/21/2006) [Review of hardcover edition: ] This has become my 'bible' because it contains great photographs with bite-sized chunks of information that are easy to read, inspiring and comprehensive.--Sonia Day"Toronto Star" (12/04/2007) [Review of hardcover edition: ] This is now my favorite source book for growing, propagating, harvesting, storing, and cooking all things edible. An A to Z-type reference guide, it is easy to use, has beautiful photography, and [has] details all gardeners need like Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and companion plants. These three amazing authors have put together a must-have book for any vegetable grower.--Ursule Sabia Sukinik"Washington Gardener" (10/01/2009) Now issued as a more affordable paperback edition, this work is ideal for gardeners looking to grow their own vegetables, herbs, and fruits. Solid gardening tips and tempting recipes mix, quite naturally.... Visually, the book is a match for the mind's eye of any gardener.--Diane M. Calabrese"American Reference Books Annual 2014" (09/01/2014)

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