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Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit
An Illustrated Encyclopedia
The definitive sourcebook to growing, harvesting, preserving, and cooking.

This superbly illustrated reference contains a wealth of information to help gardeners choose the plants best suited to their space, climate, and needs. Three experts guide the reader in choosing which vegetables, herbs, and fruit to grow, and then in successfully producing the crop.

The vegetable and herb sections are arranged alphabetically by botanical Latin name, and the fruit section is arranged by fruit type. Accompanied by full color photographs and a brief introduction discussing the plant's origins and history, each entry presents a wealth of practical tips on cultivation, including:

Edibility, nutritional value, the most useful and 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

The remainder of the book focuses on the practical aspects of gardening and has in-depth sections on creating a garden, pollination, soil fertility, greenhouse growing, and much more. The book wraps up with a glossary, further reading, seed sources, hardiness zones, and a detailed index. About The Authors:

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

Jekka McVicar has won several top awards from the Royal Horticultural Society. Her other books include Jekka's Culinary Herbs.

Matthew Biggs lectures at the Royal Horticultural Society. His other books include Matthew Biggs' Complete Book of Vegetables. ...an excellent resource, all gardeners who grow vegetables will especially appreciate this...there are some super recipes included.


Author : Matthew Biggs, Jekka McVicar and Bob Flowerdew
ISBN : 1554071267
Publisher : Firefly Books
Sugg. Retail Price : $29.95
Available in Hardcover
Number of Pages : 640

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