Creative Vegetable Gardening: Accenting Your Vegetables With Flowers (1st US Edition)

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9780789203526: Creative Vegetable Gardening: Accenting Your Vegetables With Flowers (1st US Edition)

Featuring 455 color photographs, drawings, and plans, this book is the most up-to-date and original guide available on potager design and edible landscaping. With this book gardeners may beautify existing gardens or create new gardens that are both handsome and productive. The myriad of suggestions offered are suitable for gardens of all sizes. Even a tiny vegetable patch can be imaginatively designed and planted. The chapters include information about how to design a garden; how to plant for dramatic effects; how to use fruit as a decorative element; gardening techniques from propagation to pest control; and extensive A to Z plant directory of vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, and fruits.The author is a renowned expert on growing vegetables. As presented in the pictures specially commissioned for this book, she creates stunning decorative effects by using color, form, and texture. More than 50 color illustrations, in addition to the 400 color photographs, clearly show how to reproduce the techniques discussed.Suitable for beginners and experienced gardeners, this book is ideal for vegetable owners who want the best of both worlds -- a vegetable garden that is productive and as attractive as any conventional flower garden.

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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.

Review:

. . . a beautiful book filled with innovative ideas. . . . Anyone who reads this book is bound to have a more beautiful vegetable garden. -- Chattanooga Free Press, 11/30/97

Elements of design and siting are explained and beautifully illustrated in sufficient detail for even novice gardeners who want to embellish their vegetable patches with colorful unexpected elements. Larkcom's prose is enthusiastic and exact. -- Publishers Weekly, 5/5/97

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