Growing your own veg is an enjoyable, economical and environmentally-friendly activity that everyone can enjoy. Whether you have a front garden, back garden or simply a humble window-box, anyone with green-fingers can plant, nurture and produce their own vegetables. Not only is it the perfect way to ensure that you and your family eat fresh, nutritious foods but it's also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced gardener, this essential guide - all packed into a handy format - tells you everything you need to know to grow your own veg, with expert tips and practical advice along the way to ensure perfect results.
Growing your own vegetables has become an extremely popular activity throughout the UK. Many prime-time television shows that cover the subject are gaining huge audiences, with nearly 4 million people tuning into Grow Your Own Veg! in January 2007. Mitchell Beazley's book Grow Your Own Veg by Carol Klein - which ties-in with the television series - has been the number one bestselling Garden Book for the whole of 2007, selling 70,000 copies in the UK so far this year. Sales of seeds used to grow edible plants and herbs are already up 7 per cent on last year and are set to break the double-digit percentage increase by the end of 2007.
Introduction. Getting Started. Know your soil; Preparing your plot; Sowing; Pests and diseases; Planning what to grow; Getting Growing. Garlic; Leeks; Onions; Shallots; Spring onions; Broccoli; Calabrese; Cauliflowers; Brussels sprouts; Cabbages; Kale; Broad beans; Green beans; Runner beans; Peas; Asparagus; Globe artichokes; Jerusalem artichokes; Kohl rabi; Beetroots; Carrots; Celeriac; Florence fennel; Parsnips; Potatoes; Sweet potatoes; Turnips; Swedes; Lettuces; Salad leaves; Chicory; Cucumbers; Radishes; Tomatoes; Spinach; Perpetual spinach; Swiss chard; Courgettes & marrows; Pumpkins & winter squashes; Sweetcorn; Aubergines; Okra; Peppers & chillies; Adding Herbs. Chives; Dill; Chervil; Horseradish; Tarragon; Caraway; Fennel; Hyssop; Bay; Mint; Basil; Coriander; Parsley; Sage; Marjoram; Chamomile; Borage; Rosemary; Thyme;