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Creative Vegetable Gardening [Paperback]

Joy Larkcom
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July 1 2006
Working from the belief that a vegetable garden, whatever its size, can be as beautiful as a conventional garden of flowers and shrubs, this colorful guide shows how to apply the principles of good design to a kitchen plot. Find out how to use the vibrant texture, colors, and forms of vegetables, herbs, and fruit to create glorious effects and intriguing patterns without jeopardizing their productivity. A range of gardening techniques are described and illustrated with full-color step-by-step images, and an A-Z directory includes more than 150 edible plants to work with. From creating a full-scale potager (there are 5 different kinds to choose from) to simply adding some new effects with vegetables, there's inspiration here for beginners and experienced gardeners alike.

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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

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Joy Larkcom has been growing and writing about vegetables for more than thirty years and is considered one of the world's leading experts in the field. Her work has been deeply influenced by travels in Europe, China, Japan, the USA, and Canada, continually searching for new edible plants and cultivation techniques. With the help of her husband, Don Pollard, this has led to the introduction of many exciting salad plants and oriental vegetables. Her eloquent and humorous style of writing has done much to popularize vegetable growing. Over the past ten years she has concentrated on the "potager" concept, making the kitchen plot a beautiful feature in itself. She created four small potagers in the experimental organic market garden she and her husband ran for many years in Suffolk, before moving to Southern Ireland, where a fan-shaped potager is now being made on a windswept slope. Joy is well-known as an author, journalist, and lecturer, and has taken part in many radio and television broadcasts. Her other books include Oriental Vegetables (1991), Salads for Small Gardens (1995), The Organic Salad Garden (2001), Grow Your Own Vegetables (2002), and revisions of the classic The Vegetable Garden Displayed. Joy has won the Garden Writer of the Year award three times and in 1993 was awarded the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal for services to horticulture. In 2003 she was presented with the Garden Writers' Guild Lifetime Achievement award. She lives in Cork, Ireland.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and inspiring Dec 27 2011
By ltaylor
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As a landscape designer, I find this book to be quite inspiring. It certainly more than adequately illustrates that you can have a visually interesting garden created entirely of edible plants. With the issues of food insecurity evident world-wide, it is my humble opinion that we are wasting way too much space on the pretty plants and not enough on the practical plants. This book provides an excellent option to have both. The photos are beautiful and there are sample plans outlining what types of plants are required to produce several garden configurations for those who would like to have instant success. Those of you who are interested in companion planting will be interested as well. It applies polycultural planting theory for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it April 7 2009
By Elise - Published on Amazon.com
So many great ideas in here, this is the book to read if you want to tear up the front lawn and make a beautiful veg garden, the veg gardens in here would rival any ones orimental garden. Lovely ideas for working with dwarf fruit trees for small spaces.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book July 13 2009
By C. freeman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful book! I got so many inspirations from it for my own gardens. This is definitely for the gardener who doesn't want the prim and proper perfect type garden. More rustic and user friendly. The photos are wonderful which is an absolute must for a book like this. Highly recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Vegetable Gardening Dec 23 2010
By Keen Gardener - Published on Amazon.com
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We borrowed this book from the library in Christchurch New Zealand and loved it so much we just had to own it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Vegetable Gardening Sept. 16 2005
By Mr. Omer Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Nice book lots of information with some nice pictures

Joy Larkcom has written severl other books on gardening

I got the book for my wife and she like it
2 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VEGETABLE GARDENING Jan. 7 2009
By Raymond Reed - Published on Amazon.com
First class book but only for experienced vegetable growers who are looking to expand from an allotment to a stately home affordable enough to purchase during this property crash.
I would have been better off subscribing to a Vegetable/Kitchen Garden magazine as Iam wishing to start off with patio pots rather than dig up a lawn.
My fault I suppose

Raymond Reed
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