Genre: Cookery
Published: 16 March 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Veg Patch: River Cottage Handbook 4

by River Cottage HQ


Drawing directly from his experience as an acclaimed climate-change gardener, and of setting up a kitchen garden from scratch for River Cottage, Mark Diacono explains the practical aspects of organic growing, introduces the reader to a whole world of vegetables they might not have previously considered, and does away with alienating gardening jargon once and for all.

Mark begins with a catalogue of vegetables that will grow in this country, explaining for each their benefits, what varieties to go for, dos and don’ts, and popular culinary uses. Inviting the reader to create a wish list of foods, he explains how to turn this wish list into a coherent kitchen garden plan appropriate for any space, whether it be a patch of acidic soil, a roof-top garden or an allotment, and for any gardener. Once the garden has been set up, Mark then helpfully guides the reader through all the stages of garden-upkeep in clear, concise sections, including a series of invaluable tables showing sowing and harvesting times, plant sizes, and alternative varieties of plants for different sites.

The book also includes thirty recipes to reward the successful gardener, a directory of useful addresses and is complemented by bright colour photography throughout. Practical and inspiring, with a textured hard cover and an introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, VEG PATCH is destined to join Handbooks 1, 2 and 3 as an indispensable household reference.

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