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Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia Hardcover – January 1, 2009
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For the edible landscape, the best title by far is Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit... everything you need to know to grow, harvest, and use garden produce. (Connie Krochmal BellaOnline 2006-03-25)
Offers advice on cultivation techniques, dealing with pests and diseases, suggestions for companion plants, and culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses. (Ken Smith London Free Press 2006-07-22)
An excellent source of information on growing and cooking edible plants. (Cathy Frisinger Fort Worth Star-Telegram 2006-03-11)
Information on individual cultivars, as well as some very good recipes. (Vern Nelson Portland Oregonian 2006-12-14)
This is now my favorite source book for growing, propagating, harvesting, storing, and cooking all things edible. An A to Z-type reference guide, it is easy to use, has beautiful photography, and [has] details all gardeners need like Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and companion plants. These three amazing authors have put together a must-have book for any vegetable grower. (Ursule Sabia Sukinik Washington Gardener)
This has become my 'bible' because it contains great photographs with bite-sized chunks of information that are easy to read, inspiring and comprehensive. (Sonia Day Toronto Star 2007-12-04)
Solid gardening tips and tempting recipes... enough to teach even experienced gardeners new tricks... excellent index. (Diane M. Calabrese American Reference Books Annual)
A garden book full of surprises... there's so much to discover... excellent information. (Patty Jessome Edmonton Sun 2006-07-23)
For a complete reference on growing food crops, you can't go wrong with the new, up-to-the minute "Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit." (John Van de Water Newark Star-Ledger 2006-04-16)
An indispensable resource, giving an amazing amount of information that will be of value to any gardener, whether planting a field or a window box. (Grainews 2006-04-10)
About the Author
Matthew Biggs lectures at the Royal Horticultural Society. His other books include Matthew Biggs' Complete Book of Vegetables.
Jekka McVicar has won several top awards from the Royal Horticultural Society. Her other books include The Complete Book of Herbs.
Bob Flowerdew is an author and a lecturer for the Royal Horticultural Society.
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The herb section is wondeful. For example, on Hyssop it has a recipe for Basque-Style Chicken then on medicinal it explains how it is used mainly for coughs, whopping coughs, asthama and bronchitis and upper respiratory catarh. On the warnings it explains how it should not be used in cases of nervous irritability. Strong doses, can cause muscular spasms. How the oil should not be used in aromatherapy for high-strung patients, as it can cause eplieptic symptoms. Do not use continuously for extended periods. No form of hyssop should be taken during pregnancy. I had never even heard of Hyssop before this book!!!
The fruit section it is divided into 5 sections: Orchard Fruits, Soft, Bush, and Cane Fruits, Tender Fruits, Shrub and Flower Garden Fruits and Nuts. It also includes recipes like Crab Apple Jelly. I must admit I have not really studied this section because I am so involved in the vegetable section but am planning to use it next year.
The last two sections in this book are Practical Gardening and Yearly Calendar and it includes Crop Rotation, Herb Gardens, Medicinal Herb Garden, Pollination and Companion Planting, Weed Control, and Pest and Disease Control amongst many others.
The only critique I can give this book is that I wish it had been spiral bound and I'd have liked to have known how deep and far apart to plant things. It has so much information and it is a big book--it has 640 pages.
My friend Michelle who is an avid organic gardener kept checking this book out from the library. What is so ironic is that we were not aware that the other was looking at the same book. So, I introduced her to Amazon and now she is going to buy this book too. I saw this book at the library and fell in love immediately and went home and ordered it.