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Kew's Global Kitchen Cookbook is a visual celebration of the amazing variety of edible plants and how we can use them. The range of edible plants is far broader than we may suppose, with huge variety, from all corners of the world, and continually changing in how they are used and perceived. Some now regarded as familiar were once exotic, such as tea, grapes and chillies, and the source of fortunes for those who `discovered' and transported them, such as the staples of the Dutch East Indies spice trade - nutmeg, cinnamon and black peppercorns. A narrative main introduction gives context to the plants that provide the ingredients for the book's 101 recipes featuring plants from around the world, including parsnip tart, truffle crepes, Cincinnati chilli, orange vacherin, Kashmiri curry, plantation smoothie, sweetcorn and crab fritters and pineapple cheesecake with chilli. A further section features the herbs of Europe and the Mediterranean and spices from the East, with details on how they grow, tips for growing windowsill box herbs, and how to use and combine different flavours to the best effect. Each plant has its own story of travel and adventure, and historical, botanical and economic themes are brought to life through the text and beautiful botanical illustrations from Kew's archives. Relishing edible plants today needs to go hand in hand with acknowledging how lucky we are to have access to so much diversity, and how we need to preserve that for the future. The book is published in conjunction with the Kew festival IncrEdibles, from 25 May - 3 November 2013.
Like the idea of growing your own fruit, veg and herbs but don't have the room or energy? "Crops in Pots" is a user-friendly guide to getting a taste of self-sufficiency, growing wherever you can grab the space - whether it be your patio, balcony or window sill. Apart from the many joys of growing your own food, the benefits of container gardening are manifold: accessibility, portability, soil choice, easier pest and disease control...Find out how to get started and choose your pots, how to grow and harvest - including the most appropriate crops for small spaces, how to deal with problems and lots of great tips on how to be successful on a shoestring.
It's possible to produce food from your own backyard whatever the size available. Learn to be a beekeeper, a poultry owner and how to provide vegetables for the table. For those with a little more land, progress to pigs, sheep, goats and even alcapas. Living off the Land will point you in the right direction; from the first steps in your garden to how to get an allotment, from keeping laying hens to turkeys, ducks to donkeys - and even how to market your surplus produce. Take control of your food and produce your own using whatever land you have to its best advantage. Whatever size your plot, join the nation's smallholders and live the good life.
This book provides all the skills and techniques you need to grow your own crops. There is advice on designing your garden, selecting the right tools, understanding your soil, crop rotation, propagating, pruning, harvesting and storage. A section on common problems explains how to deal with bad weather, pests and diseases. A plant directory covers a wide range of vegetables, herbs and fruit, with information on cultivation, harvesting, sowing, planting and harvesting times, crop varieties, and photographs of growing and mature plants. With its beautiful images and clear practical advice, this is the perfect reference guide for every kitchen gardener
Biochar, charcoal made from wood or another type of biomass, has become the new darling of organic gardeners, embraced for its outstanding abilities to enrich the soil and improve plant growth. Gardening with Biochar is the first comprehensive guide to understanding, making, and using it effectively in the home garden. In this highly accessible handbook, long-time garden writer Jeff Cox explains what biochar is and provides detailed instructions for how it can be made at home, along with specific guidelines for using it to enrich soil, prevent erosion, and enhance plant growth. Now widely available at garden centers, biochar is also being lauded for its ability to sequester carbon in the soil, making it good for the health of the planet, as well as the plants.
In this book, beginners will learn the best way to use a mushroom kit, as well as how to maintain the sterile procedures and controlled environment that cultivation requires. Novices and the more experienced will learn how to create grain spawn or sawdust spawn and how to use liquid cultures and fruiting chambers. Advanced readers will gain a thorough knowledge of how to work with large-scale grain spawn, agar, bag cultures, bulk substrates, and large fruiting chambers to produce mushrooms consistently and in greater quantity.
Build healthy soil and grow better plants Healthy soil means thriving plants. Yet untangling the soil food web and optimizing your soil health is beyond most gardeners, many of whom lack an in-depth knowledge of the soil ecosystem. Soil Science for Gardeners is an accessible, science-based guide to understanding soil fertility and, in particular, the rhizosphere - the thin layer of liquid and soil surrounding plant roots, so vital to plant health. Robert Pavlis, a gardener for over four decades, debunks common soil myths, explores the rhizosphere, and provides a personalized soil fertility improvement program in this three-part popular science guidebook. Coverage includes: Soil biology and chemistry and how plants and soil interact Common soil health problems, including analyzing soil's fertility and plant nutrients The creation of a personalized plan for improving your soil fertility, including setting priorities and goals in a cost-effective, realistic time frame. Creating the optimal conditions for nature to do the heavy lifting of building soil fertility Written for the home gardener, market gardener, and micro-farmer, Soil Science for Gardeners is packed with information to help you grow thriving plants.
Root to Bloom equips readers with the knowledge and tools to grow, eat and celebrate every edible part of the plant, root to bloom (just as the nose-to-tail movement has recast people's understanding and appreciation of meat).
The book explores the lesser-used parts of plants that are often snubbed in favour of the produce we've come to expect. It includes comprehensive profiles of 35 edible plants (from coriander and onion to sweet potato), covering all the parts you can eat, including leaves, flowers and roots. It is full of expert advice on ideal growing conditions, the nutrition level of the parts and how to prepare and preserve them for the table. Inventive recipes are provided for all (such as Japanese pickled sweet ginger, pickled nasturtium pods, and broccoli leaf coleslaw).
In addition, the book features six breakout sections on key related topics: medicinal; herbicides; skin care; weeds/foraging; the orchard; and preserving flowers. This is a timely book for gardeners and environmentally aware cooks.
This is an illustrated gardener's guide to the different varieties of bulb vegetables, their history and cooking uses. It includes step-by-step instructions for preparing the soil, sowing from seed and from sets, and harvesting and storing. It offers practical advice on cultivating onions, garlic, leeks, Florence fennel and many more. It also offers helpful hints on how to avoid pests and diseases, and what to do when problems occur. Bulb vegetables have been cultivated from the earliest civilizations for their essential flavouring qualities. They include onions, shallots, garlic, spring onions, leeks, chives and Florence fennel. These vegetables are particularly healthy and flavoursome if they are home-grown and eaten soon after harvesting. All the main types of bulb vegetables are described and illustrated, with useful information about the different varieties that can be grown, their history, cultivation requirements and cooking uses. There are suggestions for when and where to plant bulb vegetables, and how to keep them in tip-top condition by dealing with any pests and diseases that may occur. A must for the novice grower, the book also provides reliable information for the experienced gardener who wants to experiment with new varieties.
NEW IN PAPERBACK. This manual is essential for the budding or experienced allotment owner. Along with all the details for growing fruit and vegetables that one might expect from an allotment book, this manual also details some of the more advanced aspects of modern allotment keeping. It includes information on planning projects such as an allotment shop, and outlines the legal and financial issues that face today's allotment owner. It also has comprehensive A-Z lists, making it a one-stop source of allotment knowledge.
In recent years allotments have grown in popularity with demand far outstripping supply. John Harrison shows how to improve your chances of getting an allotment and move up the waiting list. In this all-encompassing guide, he also advises on clearing an allotment, planning what to grow and how, building compost bins, using raised beds - plus detailed instructions on growing the best vegetables and fruit. Praise for John Harrison's Vegetable Growing Month by Month: "...solid words of advice, written in a way that everyone will understand." Medwyn Williams, Chairman of the National Vegetable Society and member of the Fruit and Vegetable Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society.
Spend a year in an orchard, celebrating its imperilled, overlooked abundance of life. England's ancient orchards, collaborations between people and nature, are sources of hope for the future. Protecting them promises a far richer England for the centuries to come, for wildlife and for us. As the seasons turn, a wealth of animals and plants are revealed: Bumble and solitary bees apartment-hunting in April; spotted flycatchers migrating in May; redstarts, hedgehogs and owls nesting in June; an explosion of life in the summer and the harvest and homespun cider-making in the autumn. And all throughout the year, the orchard's human and animal inhabitants work together, creating one of the richest ecosystems left in Britain. Explore this unique habitat throughout the course of a year, and marvel at the beauty and strength of nature.
Grow your own fruit and veg with trusted advice from the experts at the RHS. This ultimate guide to vegetable and fruit gardening features the cream of each crop, with 100 illustrated profiles and quick reference recommendations to make choosing what to grow easy. From growing tomatoes to caring for your pepper plant, you'll get practical advice on key aspects of cultivation, including sowing and harvesting, and troubleshooting pests and diseases. Clear, easy-to-follow advice on the basic principles of growing fruit and vegetables helps you plan your plot and choose the right seed or plant for your garden space. Now in paperback (previous ISBN 9781405361804), RHS Grow Fruit and Veg is full of essential cultivation advice for grow-your-own beginners and experienced gardeners alike.
Perennial vegetables are a joy to grow and require a lot less time and effort than annuals. In this book Martin Crawford gives comprehensive advice on all types of perennial vegetable (edible plants that live longer than three years), from ground-cover plants and coppiced trees to plants for bog gardens and edible woodland plants. There are many advantages to growing perennial vegetables, for example: they need less tillage than conventional vegetables and so help retain carbon in the soil the soil structure is not disturbed in their cultivation they extend the harvesting season, especially in early spring and, of course, they are much less work. Part One looks at why and how to grow these sustainable crops, and how to look after them for maximum health. Part Two features over 100 perennial edibles in detail, both common and unusual - from rhubarb to skirret; Jerusalem artichoke to nodding onions. This book offers inspiration and information for all gardeners, whether experienced or beginner, and also includes plenty of cooking tips. It includes beautiful colour photographs and illustrations throughout.
The Little Book of Allotment Tips is full of useful advice for all interested in allotment growing. Learn how to diversify and rotate what your grow, which essential tools you need and suggestions for harvesting rainwater. From finding the perfect plot of land to put every last bit of available space to good use, this is the perfect book to get you started.
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR GARDENERS BY THE DR DAVID HESSAYON COLUMNIST OF THE YEARWhether you have a spacious plot or a small patch in the garden, this handbook is full of tried-and-tested tips from a seasoned old hand. It offers practical month-by-month suggestions for making the most of the little time you can spare on both the coldest winter days and the long summer afternoons, with ideas to inspire even the most experienced allotment gardeners. Focusing on the essentials needed to produce a great crop, this is for those who want to but struggle to find the time to grow their own. For those who garden in snatched moments . . . *Combined and updated editions of The Ten Minute Gardener's Fruit-Growing Diary and The Ten Minute Gardener's Vegetable-Growing Diary*
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