• Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables
      April 2011

      How to Grow Winter Vegetables

      by Charles Dowding

      How to Grow Winter Vegetables shows that it is possible to enjoy an abundance of vegetables at the darkest time of year, whether stored or ready for harvesting when needed. It also covers growing for the ‘hungry gap’ from April to early June. Not much grows in winter, but a well-organised plot may nonetheless be quite full. You need to plan carefully, and well ahead (as early as spring) for sowing and planting at specific times through the year, so the main part of the book is an extensive month-by-month sowing, planting and growing calendar. Further sections cover harvesting, from garlic in July right through to the last of the overwintered greens in May, and storing your produce. Many salads can be grown in winter, especially with a little protection from fleece, cloches or larger structures. The book includes a whole section on frost-hardy salad plants, explaining how to ensure harvests of fresh leaves throughout winter. The beauty of winter and its produce is captured in glorious photographs from the author’s garden. Click here for a sample preview

    • Agriculture & farming
      April 2012

      How to Grow Perennial Vegetables

      Low-maintenance, Low-impact Vegetable Gardening

      by Martin Crawford

      Perennial vegetables are a joy to grow and require a lot less time and effort than annuals. In this book Martin Crawford gives comprehensive advice on all types of perennial vegetable (edible plants that live longer than three years), from ground-cover plants and coppiced trees to plants for bog gardens and edible woodland plants. There are many advantages to growing perennial vegetables, for example: they need less tillage than conventional vegetables and so help retain carbon in the soil the soil structure is not disturbed in their cultivation they extend the harvesting season, especially in early spring and, of course, they are much less work. Part One looks at why and how to grow these crops, and how to look after them for maximum health. Part Two features over 100 perennial edibles in detail, both common and unusual – from rhubarb to skirret; Jerusalem artichoke to nodding onions. This book offers inspiration and information for all gardeners, whether experienced or beginner, and also includes plenty of cooking tips. It includes beautiful colour photographs and illustrations throughout.

    • Forestry & silviculture: practice & techniques
      May 1996

      Forest Gardening

      Rediscovering Nature & Community in a Post-industrial Age

      by Robert Hart

      Some forty-five years ago the late Robert Hart had a vision of planting a small food-producing forest, which could fulfil the needs of a healthy diet and at the same time create a beautiful and ecologically sound environment. He based his ideas on tropical forest gardens, which combine maximum output with minimum labour. Having explored Robert?¡s practical and philosophical ideas, this film goes on to look at two other projects inspired by the principles of forest gardening and perennial vegetable growing. On a windy plot in Cornwall, Ken Fern has set up Plants for a Future, where he grows 1500 species of useful perennial plants (with a further 5,000 on a database). Ken?¡s idea is to create a garden which caters for all our needs and can be enjoyed. And a few miles north of London, Mike and Julia Guerra have created a tiny garden as an inspiration to anyone wishing to ?½act locally?¡. For as little as two hours a week, they can grow produce for six months of the year, by successfully combining the techniques of permaculture design, forest gardening and conventional organic growing.

    • Cookery by ingredient

      The Sprouters Handbook

      by Edward. Cairney

    • Trees, wildflowers & plants

      A Handbook of Scotland's Trees

      The Essential Guide for Enthusiasts, Gardeners and Woodland Lvoers to Species, Cultivation, Habits, Uses & Lore

      by Fiona Martynoga

      This concise yet comprehensive handbook, compiled with the expertise of Reforesting Scotland's editors, covers trees commonly found in Scotland. From seed provenance and propagation to the history and lore of each species, this single source contains all the information you need to select the right trees for your site and grow them successfully. Whether you are an owner of (or volunteer at) a small woodland, a gardener looking to incorporate the most appropriate trees into your space, or simply a lover of woodland walks and trees, this invaluable reference will be your one essential guide.

    • Environmentalist thought & ideology
      August 2015

      'Disciples of Flora'

      Gardens in History and Culture

      by Editor(s): Victoria Emma Pagán, Judith W. Page, Brigitte Weltman-Aron

      ‘Disciples of Flora’ explores, through a variety of approaches, disciplines, and historical periods, the place and vitality of gardens as cultural objects, repositories of meaning, and sites for the construction of identity and subjectivity; gardens being an eminent locus where culture and nature meet. This collection of essays contributes to a revision of histories of gardens by broadening the scope of scholarly inquiry to include a long history from ancient Rome to the present, in which contesting memories delineate new apprehensions of topography and space. The contributors draw attention to alternative landscapes or gardening practices, while recalling the ways in which spaces have been invested with an affective dimension that has itself been historicized.

    • Environmentalist thought & ideology
      August 2015

      'Disciples of Flora'

      Gardens in History and Culture

      by Editor(s): Victoria Emma Pagán, Judith W. Page, Brigitte Weltman-Aron

      ‘Disciples of Flora’ explores, through a variety of approaches, disciplines, and historical periods, the place and vitality of gardens as cultural objects, repositories of meaning, and sites for the construction of identity and subjectivity; gardens being an eminent locus where culture and nature meet. This collection of essays contributes to a revision of histories of gardens by broadening the scope of scholarly inquiry to include a long history from ancient Rome to the present, in which contesting memories delineate new apprehensions of topography and space. The contributors draw attention to alternative landscapes or gardening practices, while recalling the ways in which spaces have been invested with an affective dimension that has itself been historicized.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      April 2009

      Ornamental Hydroponic Gardening

      by Hua Yi

      Ornamental water. combined pot systematically introduces the basic knowledge of potted plant and potted plants. and comprehensively describes the selection and cultivation of potted plants. Maintenance and management of the basic content. Detailed explanation of the 200 of hydroponic potted plants and potted plant examples.

    • Gardening: plants

      the gardener's practical guide to annuals, bulbs & perennials

      by Richard Bird and Kathy Brown

      the gardener's practical guide to annuals, bulbs & perennials An illustrated encyclopedia of flower plants containing more than 1800 beautiful photographs Richard Bird and Kathy Brown - How to identify, select, plant and maintain a wide range of beautiful plants for seasonal variety throughout the year, and to suit all types of soils, climates and locations. Inspirational ideas for using and combining annuals, perennials and bulbs to best effect in different situations, from easy family gardens to formal borders and eye-catching patio containers. Illustrated with 1800 stunning photographs. Annuals, bulbs and perennials can provide a stunning display of dazzling hues and striking shapes in any garden and in any season. From daffodils and daisies to lilies and lobelia, this inspiring book shows how you can make the most of these popular plants to create a truly glorious garden throughout the year. Practical step-by-step techniques for planting in different sites and soil types are outlined, as well as expert information on preparing the ground, watering, feeding, deadheading, propagation, overwintering, and recognizing and dealing with pests and diseases. The accompanying directory provides information on 350 recommended plants. CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Food & Drink
      March 2012

      300 STEP-BY-STEP COOKING AND GARDENING PROJECTS FOR KIDS

      The ultimate book for budding gardeners and super chefs with amazing things to grow and cook yourself, shown in over 2300 photographs

      by Nancy McDougall Jenny Hendy

      Children love to get their hands dirty and this book is packed with exciting and educational projects that will keep them entertained in both the kitchen and garden. The first half of the book will teach any young chef all they need to know to create scrumptious food, with recipes ranging from tasty Super Duper Soup, through to gooey Chocolate Banana Fools. The second half of the book features practical gardening and outdoor projects that will be sure to delight any green-fingered child. Bursting with ideas and with lively photos throughout, this is a fantastic hands-on guide that is sure to provide hours of entertainment for the entire family. 300 STEP-BY-STEP COOKING AND GARDENING PROJECTS FOR KIDS The ultimate book for budding gardeners and super chefs with amazing things to grow and cook yourself, shown in over 2300 photographs Nancy McDougall and Jenny Hendy CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Gardening: shrubs & trees
      February 2015

      HOW TO PRUNE TREES, SHRUBS & CLIMBERS

      A gardener

      by Richard Bird

      This essential how-to guide aims to take the mystery out of pruning, showing that the correct training and pruning of ornamental garden plants has many rewards, including better flower production, healthier plants, improved plant shape and a tidier garden. The book covers plants such as buddleja, ceanothus, hazel, hebe, lilac, maple, St John's wort, Virginia creeper and yew. Each chapter explains how to prune the plant once it is established, and a directory looks at a wide range of ornamental plants and shows how to prune them. The expert advice will help gardeners to keep their trees, shrubs and climbers looking their best all year round. A complete guide to pruning and training ornamental plants, including trees, shrubs, topiary, hedges, climbers, wall shrubs, roses, perennials and annuals All techniques shown in over 650 step-by-step photographs and drawings, making the tasks clear and easy to follow Contains a fully illustrated plant directory that describes the timing, frequency and methods of pruning CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Allotments
      February 2015

      GROWING VEGETABLES, HERBS & FRUIT

      A step-by-step guide to kitchen and allotment gardening with 1400 photographs

      by Richard Bird Jessica Houdret

      Growing your own produce is highly rewarding, and this book gives you all the knowledge you require to plan and plant your own crops. There are detailed sections on how to design a variety of kitchen and herb gardens. Beautiful plans and clear planting lists provide the inspiration to create vegetable plots, potagers, fruit gardens and container gardens. The book explains how to choose vegetables, herbs and fruit to suit different locations, the best way to lay out a garden, and how to grow and maintain everything from broccoli and potatoes to lavender and raspberries.With over 1400 photographs, this is a reference manual for all allotment gardeners. GROWING VEGETABLES, HERBS & FRUIT A step-by-step guide to kitchen and allotment gardening with 1400 photographs Richard Bird and Jessica Houdret CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables
      February 2015

      GROWING TOMATOES

      A directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully

      by Richard Bird Christine France

      First cultivated in South America, then introduced into Europe in the 16th century, the love apple or tomato is now cultivated worldwide. In this useful kitchen garden handbook, the most popular varieties are explored, including beefsteak tomatoes such as Pruden s Purple , plum tomatoes such as Roma , and cherry tomatoes such as Tiny Tim . The book shows how to grow tomatoes under glass, outdoors in beds, and in containers and growing bags, with advice on feeding and watering, and how to deal with problems. There is reliable information for both the novice gardener and also experienced tomato growers who want to experiment with new varieties. GROWING TOMATOES A directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully Richard Bird and Christine France CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables
      June 2015

      GROWING ROOT VEGETABLES

      A directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully

      by Richard Bird

      GROWING ROOT VEGETABLES A directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully Richard Bird and Christine Ingram CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables
      June 2015

      GROWING BERRIES AND CURRANTS

      A directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully

      by Richard Bird

      GROWING BERRIES AND CURRANTS A directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully Richard Bird and Kate Whiteman CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables
      August 2015

      GROWING GREENS

      A directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully

      by Richard Bird

      GROWING GREENS A directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully Richard Bird CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables
      August 2015

      GROWING ORCHARD FRUITS

      A directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully

      by Richard Bird Kate Whiteman

      Orchard fruits can be some of the most enjoyable crops that come from the garden. Fruit trees can be decorative, grown either individually or trained as fans and espaliers. In this book, the main types of tree fruits are described and illustrated, and there is key advice on preparing the soil and making compost, choosing, planting and supporting fruit trees, and harvesting and storing the fruit. A section on practical cultivation details essential information on growing and caring for each type of tree fruit, including when and where to plant trees, and how to keep fruit in good condition. The book is perfect for all gardeners who would like to grow their own fruit. GROWING ORCHARD FRUITS A directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully Richard Bird and Kate Whiteman CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables
      October 2015

      GROWING POTATOES

      A directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully

      by Bird and Barker

      An illustrated guide to the different varieties of potato, including Carlingford, D sir e, Kerr s Pink, King Edward, Maris Piper, Pink Fir Apple, Romano and Winston Step-by-step instructions for preparing the soil, making compost and creating an organic garden Practical advice on how to grow potatoes, from choosing which variety to plant, sowing in rows and containers to harvesting and storing Helpful hints on how to avoid pests and diseases, and what to do when problems occur Potatoes are very easy to grow, and the taste of newly harvested potatoes is incomparable. This book describes and illlustrates the best-loved varieties, from the internationally popular D sir e and King Edward to the specialist Pink Fir Apple and Forty Fold. There are step- by-step instructions for sowing potatoes in rows and containers, chitting and planting, protecting and earthing up, and how to harvest and store potatoes. There are also suggestions for when and where to plant potatoes, and how to keep plants in tip-top condition by dealing with any pests and diseases. With over 180 photographs, this book is a must for both novices and experienced growers. CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables
      October 2015

      GROWING SQUASHES AND PUMPKINS

      A directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully

      by Richard Bird

      Squashes and pumpkins come in many shapes and sizes, and they are particularly tasty when home-grown and eaten soon after harvesting. In this book, the main types are described and illustrated, from marrows and pattypan squashes to butternut squashes and cucumbers. There is key advice on growing and caring for each type, how to harvest and store them, and how to keep plants in good condition by dealing with any pests and diseases. There is also advice on how to carve squashes and pumpkins to make lanterns and other decorations. The book provides reliable information for all gardeners who would like to experiment with new varieties. An illustrated gardener s guide to the different varieties of squashes and pumpkins, their history and cooking uses Step-by-step instructions for preparing the soil, growing under glass, providing support, harvesting and storing Practical advice and tips on cultivating marrows, courgettes and zucchini, pumpkins, squashes and cucumbers in the garden Helpful hints on how to avoid pests and diseases, and what to do when problems occur CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Gardening: flowers
      May 2017

      ORCHIDS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR GARDENERS

      With advice on growing and a directory of 200 orchids

      by Brian and Wilma Rittershausen

      ORCHIDS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR GARDENERS With advice on growing and a directory of 200 orchids Brian and Wilma Rittershausen - An inspirational encyclopedia of orchids, with guidance on the best orchids to choose. Clear, practical advice on growing and displaying orchids indoors, under glass and outdoors. Everything you need to know to grow orchids successfully, with step-by-step information on potting and mounting; propagation; feeding, watering and light levels; and dealing with common pests and diseases. Features an easy-to-use directory of more than 200 orchids, with photographs of each one and information on habitat, size, flowering time and growing requirements. CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

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