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Anna Pavord is a celebrated Great Britain gardening author and editor. I share her philosophy that order coupled with profusion, is the hallmark of the best kitchen gardens. She believes that there is no reason for vegetables and fruits to provide any less drama in the garden than flowers.
This book offers advice on basic cultivation techniques, including sowing and thinning, crop rotation, and growing in greenhouses. The book presents more than 450 attractive color photographs, along with very well illustrated planting designs from a sophisticated potager to a rustic mixed hedge.
Colorists will find the excellent photographs are a font of inspiration, and will take note of her adroit ability to control shape, form, color, and textures to produce stunningly decorative kitchen gardens. One example is a large formal herb garden in Kinoith, Ireland. Massive buttresses of purple-leaved sage prop up a showy cardoon, and mounds of nasturtiums cavort at the feet of a monumental stand of lovage.
She displays designs that are not only decorative, but are indispensable to the avid cook. This was a discount table find for which I am greatly pleased to own and recommend to others as a valuable source of inspiration. It is a most delightful book.
I go to this book again and again for inspiration, facts, advice, and ideas. It is a complete book for those who want a kitchen garden of any size; be it a cottage style garden, a French potager, a formal herb garden, a knot garden or a fruit garden. Complete plans and photographs of each type of garden, plus beautiful drawings of the same in various stages are a great feature of this book. Gardening in the city, on rooftops, small spaces, containers, soil types, amendments, growing methods are also features. There are chapters too on individual vegetables and fruits such as berries, melons, figs, and citrus that one may wish to grow: from lettuces and radishes to potatoes, cole crops and peas, tomatoes; even types of nuts are covered!
Finally, keeping your garden fed and healthy, pest free, well-watered and weeded is discussed. Each page is packed with information, and there are even recommendations on what to buy for different needs.
This is a concise, well written book and would be a help to both novice and experienced gardeners for reference.