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Vegetables and Fruits
Books and CD-ROM's

vegetables - herbs - fruit


RHS Allotment Handbook & Planner.

Written by the Royal Horticultural Society's foremost fruit and veg experts, RHS Allotment Handbook & Planner provides the lifestyle-changing advice that gardeners need for growing a year-round supply of healthy, edible crops for their garden.

With RHS tried-and-tested varieties, this book covers what to grow, how and where to grow it.

Exploring best practice growing advice, allotment life and its numerous benefits, this book also includes a month-by-month calendar of tasks to guide gardeners through the year.

Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with with Less Work

A new edition of the classic gardening handbook details a simple yet highly effective gardening system, based on a grid of one-foot by one-foot squares, that produces big yields with less space and with less work than with conventional row gardens.

The Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Presents the basic principles of bio-intensive gardening in concise, easy-to-understand terms accessible even to a gardening beginner. By implementing bio-intensive techniques and working in harmony with natural garden cycles, gardeners will soon produce yields up to four times greater than those obtainable with conventional methods, in a fraction of the growing space. Sustainable gardening is an environmental solution for the new millennium and this work helps gardners contribute to that solution - in their own back garden.

Salad Leaves for All Seasons: Organic Growing from Pot to Plot

Known as the guru of no-dig, Charles Dowding has updated his definitive book on salad-growing in this beautifully illustrated hardback edition: how to have tasty salad leaves all year round in a garden, balcony or windowsill; how to grow micro leaves and how to serve them in delicious recipes, all using organic or permaculture principles. Great for food lovers keen to eat tasty food with a low carbon footprint.

Growing Stuff: An Alternative Guide to Gardening

Growing Stuff is a key handbook to the grow-your-own renaissance that has taken place in recent years. Written in an engaging and informal way, this quirky book is an ideal introduction to green-fingered activity, and is sure to convert even wary or novice gardeners to this creative and wide-ranging practice. With easy-to-follow instructions on the basics of growing flowers, herbs, vegetables and more, Growing Stuff provides an excellent introduction to the world of horticulture.

A wide selection of creative recipes will help readers take their growing plants to the next level by making use of them through craft and culinary projects. The book shows you that things can be grown in even the most unexpected places, and with minimum prior knowledge or skill.

How to Make and Use Compost: The Ultimate Guide

Composting is easy and fun, it saves you money and helps you grow lovely plants. More importantly, it is good for the environment, as it massively reduces the amount of noxious methane gas generated from burying food waste in landfill. It s great for the soil and a great way to learn about nature. Written by Nicky Scott, the author of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, this book shows you how to go about composting.

Four-season Harvest: How to Harvest Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long

Shows how to grow and harvest up to forty different vegetables in season all year round.


The Kitchen & Garden Book of Herbs: Knowing Growing Cooking

A comprehensive visual A-Z botanical directory of herbs for easy plant identification Full descriptions and information on history, habitat and cultivation, related species and uses of the herbs, with many detailed features on major herbs How to design various styles of herb garden, with examples, planting lists and illustrated plans, from kitchen gardens, knot gardens, raised beds and herb wheels to informal beds and borders, containers and window boxes Expert advice on planting and cultivation techniques, including step-by-step propagation, planting, training, care and maintenance, harvesting, drying, preserving and storing. 

The Complete Guide to Garden Herbs

Herbs have been highly regarded by different cultures both ancient and modern. Appealing to all senses, they are prized for their range of scents and remarkable seasoning qualities, as well as medicinal properties. This beautifully presented book offers a visual identifier and a gardening guide, with expert advice on growing and using hundreds of herbs. The botanical A-Z directory of herbs covers over 250 individually photographed plants. 


Grow Fruit: Gardens, Allotments, Patios, Balconies

The ultimate grow-your-own guide on how to grow fruit.

Follow detailed step-by-step instructions and advice on more than 50 fruits, including uncommon varieties and fruits you can't find in supermarkets, such as pink currants and pineberries. Get inspiration and advice on planning to picking and everything in between.

Fruit Growing - The Complete Guide To Growing Fruit At Home

"Fruit Growing - The Complete Guide To Growing Fruit At Home" is for anyone who wants to know more about growing their own delicious fruit at home.

Whether you are looking to grow a few plants or grow fruit on a larger scale you will find everything you need to know in this step-by-step guide. I wrote this book to give you everything you need to know about growing fruit whether you are a beginner, expert or have dabbled in growing fruit before.

The Backyard Orchardist: Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden

For novice and experienced fruit gardeners alike, The Backyard Orchardist: A complete guide to growing fruit trees in the home garden has been the go-to book for home orchardists for over 2 decades. This expanded and updated edition--organized into 6 easy-to-follow sections--offers even more hands-on horticulture.