Easy to follow advice that will guarantee fresh produce all year round, whatever your size of garden - or even if you have no garden at all.
Is this the right book for me?
Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg 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
Chapter 4: Manure, compost and fertilizers
Sources of 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
Conservation of water
Chapter 7: Growing in containers and raised beds
Deep raised beds
Chapter 8: Planning your garden
What size of plot do I need?
Chapter 9: Weeds
What are 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
Chapter 12: Herbs
The cultivation of herbs
Descriptive list and cultivation notes
Chapter 13: 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
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.