About the Authors: Richard Bird is a full-time author on gardens and plants, and has written nearly 30 books on kitchen gardening, fruit trees, vegetable gardens, topiary and pruning. Christine Ingram worked as a cooking editor on Woman magazine, then became a freelance writer, contributing to various magazines and books.
Biblio NotesAs the name suggests, root vegetables are vegetables whose roots form the edible parts. These vegetables are highly nutritious and they are particularly tasty if they are home-grown and eaten soon after harvesting. In this book, the main types of root vegetables are described, with useful information about the different varieties that can be grown, their history, cultivation requirements and cooking uses. There is key advice on preparing the soil for new crops, growing root vegetables from seed, and making compost. A must for the novice grower, the book also provides information for the experienced gardener who wants to experiment with new varieties. An illustrated gardener's guide to the different varieties of root vegetables, their history and cooking uses Step-by-step instructions for preparing the soil, sowing, thinning seedlings, and harvesting and storing Practical advice on cultivating beetroot, turnips, swedes, kohl rabi, carrots, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips, radishes, potatoes, salsify and scorzonera Helpful hints on how to avoid common pests and diseases, and what to do when problems occur
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