Author(s): Geoff Stebbings
As environmental issues move into the mainstream and the popularity of organic food increases, people are more aware than ever about the importance of the quality of the food they eat, as well as being more concerned about how food is produced. 'Growing your own' is seen as the most ethical, eco-friendly and healthy option - resulting in cheaper, fresher and tastier food - and is the only way of knowing exactly what you're eating. Whether readers want to grow produce in an allotment, in their gardens, or even in a hanging basket or pot, this handy guide takes readers step-by-step through the planting process. It provides clear, easy-to-follow expert advice, so you can get started in the garden right away, build your knowledge and confidence and become a successful back garden or allotment gardener. It gives you the low-down on everything from assessing your plot and getting your hands on the right tools, to choosing the plants to grow, nurturing your crops and bringing in your harvest. Chapters include: Getting Going With Growing, Preparing Your Plot, Growing Tasty Vegetables, and Growing Your Own Fruit Salad.
"...an expert hands-on guide to growing delicious fruit and veg..." (50Connect.co.uk, March 5th 2009) "...much that seasoned veg growers will learn here...user friendly layout" (Amateur Gardening, June 20th 2009)
Geoff Stebbings is the Editor of Garden Answers magazine and a broadcaster on BBC Radio. He is the author of several gardening books and has won two Garden Media Guild awards. Before turning to writing, Geoff was a Head Gardener and trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Introduction. Part I: Getting Going with Growing. Chapter 1: Becoming a Grow-Your-Own Gardener. Chapter 2: Assessing Your Territory. Chapter 3: Deciding What, When, Where and How To Grow. Part II: Prepping Your Plot. Chapter 4: Getting Down and Dirty with Your Soil. Chapter 5: Feeding and Watering Your Plants. Chapter 6: Becoming a Greener Gardener: Growing Organic. Chapter 7: Spotting Signs of Trouble. Part III: Growing Tasty Veg. Chapter 8: Looking After Leafy Crops. Chapter 9: Raising Root Crops. Chapter 10: Growing a Selection for All Seasons. Chapter 11: Planting Pods and Grains. Chapter 12: Branching Out: Growing Unusual Vegetables. Part IV: Growing Your Own Fruit Salad. Chapter 13: Fruit in a Flash: Planting Quick-Growing Fruit. Chapter 14: Very Berry! Growing Berries, Currants and Nuts. Chapter 15: Caring for Slow-Growing Tree Fruit. Chapter 16: Growing Greenhouse Fruits. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 17: Ten Tips for Planting a Herb Garden. Chapter 18: Ten Projects for Your Plot. Index.