Taking a fresh look at kitchen gardens, this definitive guide provides the latest advice and specialist tips from the RHS team of experts on growing healthy and tasty crops. Using a blend of cutting-edge, organic and traditional techniques specifically chosen for their simplicity and reliability, this accessible volume is essential for all kitchen gardeners. Whether you want to grow celeriac, basil or sweet cherries, the step-by-step images show exactly how to plant, care for and harvest a wide range of crops. Clear explanations of the basics of kitchen gardening describe everything from planning and crop rotation to composting and weeding. Also included is a calendar to make month-by-month planning simple, together with information on average crop yields, sowing and harvesting times, and pest and disease control. This is a valuable handbook on successful growing for everyone who wants to sample the delights of fresh, home-grown produce.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Growing fruit and vegetables: climate and location; shelter from wind; soil types and structure; essential nutrients; lime and soil acidity; fertilizers and manures; making compost; planning your garden; crop rotation; the bed system; using containers; soil preparation; mulching; protected cropping; weed control; keeping your garden healthy; watering and irrigation; tools and equipment. Part 2 Vegetables: vegetable seed; sowing seed under cover; sowing seed outdoors; planting out; routine care; winter storage; visual index of vegetables; brassicas; root crops; the onion family; legumes; salad crops; fruiting vegetables; cucurbits; stem vegetables; leafy vegetables; perennial vegetables. Part 3 Culinary herbs: growing culinary herbs; visual index of culinary herbs; A-Z of culinary herbs. Part 4 Fruit: visual index of fruit; growing tree fruits - planning, tree fruit forms, rootstocks, grafting tree fruits, pollination, planting tree fruits, general care, pruning and training principles, pruning different tree forms; tree fruit crops; growing soft fruits - planning, planting soft fruits, general care; soft fruit crops; grape vines - planning, grape vines under cover, grape vines outdoors; growing tender fruits; crop planner; average cropyields; seasonal tasks; plant problems.