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Creative Vegetable Gardening Paperback – May 6, 2008
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"This is a wonderful book for winter reading, filled with ideas for spring and summer sowing and growing." Rosemary Verey The Sunday Times Book Supplement "Joy Larkcom has single-handedly put vegetable gardening back on the map" Jim Buckland Country Living "So filled with exciting and new things that - like the products of the author's kitchen - it goes down in one sitting." David Dunbar The Sunday Times "All aspects of creating an ornamental kitchen garden are covered, from planning to design ideas for attractive boundaries, paths, edges to beds, focal points, and features ... There's a wealth of beautifully photographed detail - textured effects, colourful touches, planting for dramatic effect - to get the creative juices flowing." Andrew Blackford Kitchen Garden "Creative Vegetable Gardening shows that veggies can be grown stylishly in the smallest of places" Jane Powers Irish Times
From the Back Cover
Creative Vegetable Gardening offers the most up-to-date and original information on potager design and edible landscaping, allowing gardeners to create new gardens that are both handsome and productive, or beautify existing gardens. The myriad of suggestions offered are suitable for gardens of all sizes. Even a tiny vegetable patch can be imaginatively designed and planted. The chapters include information about how to design a garden; how to plant for dramatic effects; how to use fruit as a decorative element; gardening techniques from propagation to pest control and an extensive A to Z plant directory of vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, and fruits. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I was telling a friend about this book at a party and realized how much I have learned from this book about potager history, garden design principles, mixing materials, but most importantly--selecting and mixing plants based on function *and* aesthetics.
The author pays so much attention to mixing flowers and vegetables, annuals and perennials, texture, color, height and other features, but in a way that still reads as natural, even slightly wild.
If you love the look of a beautiful garden that appears to have magically come together rather than rows and rows of uniform and segregated plants, you will appreciate how unique this book is.
I own dozens of gardening books and this is probably my favorite.
Green cloth over hardback boards with a sewn binding, 208 pp.
Highlights from the Table of Contents
1. The Magic in Vegetable Gardening
- starting at home
- threads of inspiration
- contemporary approaches
- the home of the edible landscape
2. Elements of Design
- plan of a formal potager
- plan of an informal potager
- plan of a small, urban potager
- plan of a low-maintenance potager
- plan of a winter potager
- patterns and bed shapes
3. Dramatic Effects
- planting for effect
- architectural and dramatic plants
- drama from seedheads and flowering vegetables
- textured effects
- seedling patches
4. Fruit as a Decorative Feature
5. Potager Management
6. A-Z Directory of plants