A veritable encyclopedia and easy how-to guide on all that is natural and necessary in the world of gardening and small fruit, vegetable, and herb preparation, in The Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide: A practical vegetable and herb garden encyclopedia, Stephen Albert leaves no stone—collard green, leek, or potato—unearthed in this absolutely amazing field guide that greenhorns, old hands, weekend gardeners, and chefs should not be without. From the soil to the plate, this manual is exceptionally penned and easy to follow. It provides answers to basic and in-depth growing questions. It includes how to plant, how to grow and care for crops, how to harvest, how to store, and how to prepare vegetables and herbs. From asparagus and beet greens to Belgian endive and strawberries, this book helps readers organize a small garden close to the kitchen that offers their favorite, fresh-picked-at-the-peak-of-ripeness small crop—and the template on how to orchestrate the effort.
This book is the ultimate reference guide for the home gardener. The pictures and detailed information is staggering. There are also sections for creating your own garden with some very good drawings. Maps show the temperature zones and planting times. The only downside(which is minor) is the plants are listed by their botanical name and not the common name. There is a section in the back that cross-referances them so you won’t be totally lost. This minor inconvienance may not affect more advanced gardeners. The lack of an index also is a short-coming. Over all though, this book has the most comprehensive information in one volume. Highly recommended.
Many books claim to be a “definitive guide”; this is one title that happily lives up to those claims–and then some. Encyclopedia of Gardening will become your indispensable how-to manual for any plant-related topic. Indoors or out, you’ll find information on choosing and maintaining healthy plants of all varieties, how to build structures from greenhouses to trellises, ways to identify pests and diseases, and methods of garden design that enable you to turn your lawn into a unique and personal work of art.
A ready reference of stimulating garden features from all over the world.
Renowned garden designer Derek Fell has compiled more than 1,000 photographs to create a personal scrapbook of his favorite design features from around the world. Together with his insightful commentary, they provide a wealth of ideas and inspiration for the home gardener.
The book features: – A-Z listing of more than 150 design categories, from balconies and paths to abstract concepts like silhouettes, framing, and whimsy – More than 1,000 fully captioned, full-color photographs of award-winning gardens – Hundreds of practical suggestions for garden planning, planting, and design, and achieving year-round interest.
Valuable tips on plant cultivation mingle with garden history and elegant description as Fell guides readers through famed gardens such as Monet’s Clos Normand, Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., and Rome’s Villa d’Este, plus private gardens like his own Cedaridge Farm.