Author(s): Carol Klein
This is a TV tie-in for a new BBC TV series "Grow Your Own Veg!" by TV presenter and highly regarded gardener Carol Klein, who has collaborated with the Royal Horticultural Society to create a lavishly illustrated, easy-to-follow, practical and inspiring beginner's handbook to everything anyone ever needs to know to grow vegetables, salads, and herbs all year round. "Grow Your Own Veg!" complements and builds upon the information covered in the TV series of the same name and provides all the practical know-how to get growing your own vegetables. Combining Carol Klein's no-nonsense and enthusiastic approach to gardening, much loved by viewers of "Gardeners' World" on BBC TV, with the horticultural best practice from the Royal Horticultural Society, this is a genuinely step-by-step beginner's guide to growing an aspirational but achievable range of food plants. Whatever the size of a garden, this is a book to convert readers to the pleasures of growing and harvesting their own food plants. From preparing a plot, planning what to plant, and how to grow any one of the 40 featured food plants, this is a book to which veg growers can return every year, whatever their level of expertise.
TV tie-in to BBC TV series fronted by Carol Klein, co-presenter of Gardeners' World. Features everything a beginner needs to know to grow 40 popular vegetables, ranging from potatoes, onions, and beans to asparagus, fennel and sweet corn. Gives best practice from the Royal Horticultural Society on how to prepare your plot, plant, cultivate and harvest your crops, plus the best varieties to try. Includes information on growing whether planting in a garden, in a container or in a window box. Reflects people's increasing interest in wanting to know where their vegetables are coming from, and if it's in season. In 2005, vegetable seed sales exceeded flower seed sales for the first time since World War 2. Ideal purchase for anyone who is concerned about where their food comes from and are keen to be more environmentally friendly.
Best-known as co-presenter of BBC TV's "Gardeners' World", Carole Klein is an internationally renowned gardener. Marchester-born Carol moved to Devon in the late 1970s with her two daughters. She started propagating plants because she couldn't afford to buy the ones she wanted for her own garden. Friends suggested she sell the spares, so Carole opened a stall in the local market, and eventually she opened her own nursery which is now a thriving business. Caroll has designed four commercial show gardens at Chelsea, won five Cheslsea gold medals. Carol has presented several gardening shows since her television debut on Gardeners' World in 1989, including Garden Party, Wild About the Garden and Real Gardens. Carol also writes regularly for Gardeners World magazine, House & Garden and is a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph Gardening section.
Prelims, 1; Introduction, 5; Growing Your Own, 40; The Vegetables; Artichokes, Asparagus, Augbergines, Beans (broad, French, runner), Beetroot, Brassicas (broccoli, sprouting broccoli, Brussels sprouts), Capsicums, Cauliflower, Carrots, Celery and Celeriac, Chicory, Cucumbers, Fennel, Garlic, Leeks, Marrows and Courgettes, Pumpkins, Squashes, Melons, Okra, Onions and Shallots, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Rhubarb, Salad leaves, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Swedes and Turnips, Sweet corn, Tomatoes; Extending Your Growing Season, 208; Index, 220; Acknowledgments, 224.