• 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

    • 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

    • 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: growing fruit & vegetables

      THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO ALLOTMENT GARDENING

      Step-by-step techniques for cultivating organic produce on your plot all year round

      by Christine and Mick Lavelle

      THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO ALLOTMENT GARDENING Step-by-step techniques for cultivating organic produce on your plot all year round Christine and Mick Lavelle LORENZ BOOKS This newly updated edition guides the budding allotmenteer through every step of successful growing from early planning to planting and harvesting. Information on tools, equipment and soil management follows, along with a chapter on what to grow where, crop rotation, companion planting, and growing both outdoors and in a greenhouse. Techniques such as sowing, propagation, feeding, watering, pruning, harvesting and storing are examined with easy-to-follow instructions and examples Directories of vegetables, fruit and herbs outline the specific requirements of different crops while a section on plant health helps to deal with common pests and diseases and carry out weed management. A season-by-seaon calendar of care ensures you do the right jobs at the right time. Christine and Mick Lavelle are both lecturers in horticulture at Writtle College, UK. Together they have twice won the Garden Writers' Practical Book of the Year Award for their books How to Create a Wildlife Garden and Organic Gardening.

    • Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables
      April 2013

      HOW TO PRUNE FRUITING PLANTS

      A practical gardener

      by Richard Bird

      This illustrated guide to pruning fruit trees and soft fruit aims to take the mystery out of pruning, showing how the correct training of trees and shrubs improves both their fruiting capacity and their shape, resulting in more produce and a tidier garden. Fruit trees can be trained into a variety of shapes, from poles to fans, and they can be grown as free-standing trees or trained against walls or fences, or even planted in pots. The book also covers cane fruits such as raspberries and blackberries, and bush fruits such as currants and gooseberries. Beautifully illustrated with over 300 photographs, this is a wonderful introduction to the art of pruning fruiting plants. A complete guide to pruning and training fruit trees, with instructions for creating standards, cordons, espaliers, fans, pyramids, bushes and curtains Lavishly illustrated with over 200 inspirational and practical photographs, as well as nearly 100 specially commissioned artworks showing pruning details Includes popular fruits such as apples, pears, plums and raspberries, as well as more unusual species such as quinces, figs, gooseberries and cranberries All the gardening techniques are shown in close-up step-by-step photography and diagrams, making the tasks absolutely clear and easy to follow A useful directory of varieties provides essential information about the best types of fruit to grow southwater An imprint of Anness Publishing Ltd. www.southwaterbooks.com; info@anness.com For sales please contact The Manning Partnership, 7 Green CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables
      April 2014

      APPLES & HOW TO GROW THEM

      A comprehensive guide to 400 apple varieties with practical tips for growing, harvesting and storing

      by Andrew Mikolajski

      Apples have long been a popular fruit, and can easily be cultivated in your own garden. This authoritative book explains with clear step-by step instructions on the best way to plant, look after and harvest your fruits. To help you choose a suitable variety, there is a visual directory, showing over 400 apple types, in a convenient alphabetical order. A photograph of each apple is shown both cut and whole, there is detailed information on the origin, parentage and appearance of the apple while still on the tree, with a description of the leaves, taste and texture, as well as any other particular points of interest to help with identification and choice. APPLES & HOW TO GROW THEM A comprehensive guide to 400 apple varieties with practical tips for growing, harvesting and storing Andrew Mikolajski CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

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