Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

by Matthew Biggs (Author), Jekka McVicar (Author), Bob Flowerdew (Author)

Editorial Reviews

The American Herb Association vo. 21:4 : What is not included in this definitive
and beautifully illustrated sourcebook on edible landscape?

Connie Krochmal Bee Culture : By far the most comprehensive book on the subject.
A must-have for those growing edible crops ... Easy to use.

Vern Nelson Portland Oregonian : Information on individual cultivars, as well as
some very good recipes.

Cathy Frisinger Fort Worth Star-Telegram : An excellent source of information on
growing and cooking edible plants.

Viveka Neveln American Gardener : A comprehensive reference book on edible
plants... information on hundreds of edible plants accompanied by more than
1,800 color photographs.

Home Cooking : Every gardener -- novice or expert -- will find useful

David Hobson Kitchener-Waterloo Record : Exceptional.

John Van de Water Newark Star-Ledger : A complete reference on growing food
crops, you can't go wrong with the new, up-to-the minute 'Vegetables, Herbs and

Connie Krochmal BellaOnline : For the edible landscape, the best title by far is
Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit... everything you need to know.

George Weigel Harrisburg Patriot-New : Amazingly thorough encyclopedic look at
edible plants.

Grainews : An indispensable resource, giving an amazing amount of information
that will be of value to any gardener.

Chris Smith Seattle Post-Intelligencer : This book is a handsome addition to the
gardening library and an excellent value.

Backhome Magazine : A well-organized overview that examiners each cultivar in
depth... visually pleasing... the insight of some very diverse expert gardeners.

Michigan Gardener : Prodigious range of information.... easy-to-use alphabetical
format, it is illustrated with more than 1,800 color photographs and informative

Ken Smith London Free Press : Offers advice on cultivation techniques, dealing
with pests and diseases, suggestions for companion plants, and culinary,
medicinal and cosmetic uses.

Patty Jessome Edmonton Sun : A garden book full of surprises... there's so much
to discover... excellent information.

Mary Fran McQuade Beach Metro Community News : Good value for money ... very

Tricia Landry Wallace Country Accents : Written by a trio of garden experts,
this is a must-have resource for any gardener or chef.

Sonia Day Toronto Star : Contains great photographs with bite-sized chunks of
information that are easy to read, inspiring and comprehensive.

Science News : Comprehensive... a valuable reference for both gardeners and
inquisitive chefs.

Diane M. Calabrese American Reference Books Annual : Solid gardening tips and
tempting recipes... enough to teach even experienced gardeners new tricks...
excellent index.

Making Scents (Magazine of the International Aroma : Well organized, easy to
access information, and concisely written. A good reference book!

Dee Cherrie Ashman Diversions : Bright color photos, clean layout, and handy
hints make this hefty garden bible a treasure, and it's a great deal.

Suzanne Hively Cleveland Plain Dealer : Not only how to grow, but also how to
harvest, preserve and use 70 vegetables... a comprehensive, quick-read

Book Description

The definitive sourcebook for growing, harvesting, preserving and cooking.
Gardeners who want to grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruit will find this
book a definitive reference and a remarkable value.

Three expert authors combine superb illustrations with reliable information on
choosing vegetables, herbs and fruit that can be cultivated to bountiful
success. The information is organized for easy access, with an A-Z directory
featuring full color photographs along with thorough information. Cooks will
appreciate the nutritional material and the featured recipes.

Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit is useful year-round -- from planning next year's
garden to enjoying the harvest. Readers will frequently refer to its wealth of
tips and advice, which cover:

Edibility and nutritional value
The most useful and most recommended varieties
Plant hardiness, propagation and growing guidelines
Cropping, harvesting and storing
Weed, pest and disease control
Ornamental and wildlife value
A maintenance calendar
Pruning and training
Companion planting
Container growing.

Practical aspects of gardening are explained in detail, with in-depth sections
on creating a garden, pollination, soil fertility and greenhouse growing. A
glossary, further reading, seed sources, hardiness zones and detailed index
round out this outstanding book.

Product Details

Hardcover: 640 pages
Publisher: Firefly Books; Reprint edition edition (March 16, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1554071267



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