About the Authors: Richard Bird is an author on gardens and plants, and has written nearly 30 books on kitchen gardening, fruit trees, vegetable gardens, topiary and pruning. Kate Whiteman has edited books for chefs such as the Roux brothers, Raymond Blanc and Pierre Koffman, and is the author of The World Encyclopedia of Fruit.
Biblio NotesThere is nothing quite like growing your own strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries and currants to provide a reliable crop of the finest taste and quality. In this informative kitchen garden handbook, all the most popular soft fruits are illustrated, with useful information on their origins, growing habits, nutritional content and culinary uses. A techniques section explains how to train and support fruit bushes, pruning, sheltering plants from the weather and harvesting and storing crops. Whether you have a large kitchen garden, a small garden plot with some space in the borders, or room for a few containers, this book is a must for all fruit growers. A comprehensive illustrated guide to a wide range of delicious soft fruits, with information on their origins and nutritional values Step-by-step instructions for preparing the soil, cultivation and care, and propagation techniques Expert advice on training, supporting and pruning fruit bushes, and harvesting and storing your crops Helpful hints on how to avoid common pests and diseases, and what to do when problems occur
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