by Mark Diacono
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Drawing directly from his experience of a famous climate change gardener, and setting up a vegetable garden from scratch for River Cottage, Mark explains the practical aspects of organic farming, introduces us to a whole world of vegetables that we may not have previously considered, and avoids alienating jargon gardening once and for allBrand starts with a catalog of vegetables that grow in this country, explaining for each of their services, what varieties to go, back and not to do, and popular culinary usesHe then invites us to create a wish list of food, and shows us his own list from his gardening days startThen he explains how to activate this wish list into a coherent kitchen garden plan coherent whole suitable for our space, whether it’s an acid soil patch, a garden roof or an allotment, whether we put our boots in every free moment or are’no time’ gardenersThen he puts theory into practice, showing us how to deal with nutrients in the soil, how to resist pests and diseases, and how to make our garden sustainable and organic.In short, concise sections, we teach us about seed trays, supporting plants with climbing structures, mulching, composting, companion planting, irrigation and promotion of pollination, and there are other tables of sowing and harvesting times, plant size, and other plant varieties for different sitesThe book ends with thirty recipes and a directory of useful addresses, and the manual is completed with vivid colors of photography throughout.Practical and inspiring, with a hard cover texture and an introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Patch Vegetables is intended to join Manuals No. 1, 2 and 3 as an indispensable household reference.
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