I bought this book online (secondhand) in July. I’d seen it for sale at a local (expensive) garden centre and decided that, though it looked interesting, the cost was too high and I could get the same information from the internet.
However, once I realised I could buy it secondhand for under £3 (+ p&p), I decided to go for it.
I am so used to going online for information now, that I forgot the pleasure of skimming through a ‘real’ book. It’s big and heavy, but a lap tray helps with that.
Not all the information is relevant to my own situation, but there is enough detail provided to allow a gardener to find alternatives.
The best piece of advice? Don’t grow anything you’re not going to want to eat!
The book starts with three ‘Golden Rules’
- Get to know your plot
- Decide what you want to grow
- Maximizing your harvest
Then goes through where, how and what to plant – including recycling containers (a colander for a hanging basket; old bicycle wheels fixed to a fence as a wacky plant support for beans), building raised beds, soil types etc. Everything you need to know.
But it just gives a snapshot of each and you don’t get bogged down in small details.
The book ends with suggestions for alternatives to the more common vegetables; a plant ‘Know How’ Section including a Crop Planner – and the conditions required for your chosen fruit or vegetable – followed by a quick run through some ‘Common Diseases and Disorders’ and ‘Common Weeds’.
Next year, with the help of this book, I should have a better idea of what I’m doing and when to do it!