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Title:
The kitchen garden
ISBN:
9781465479792
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Edition:
American edition, New edition.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : DK, 2019.
Physical Description:
352 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Summary:
Presents a gardening guide that provides month-to-month advice on increasing the amount and variety of produce that can be grown in a kitchen garden and reducing the money spent on buying fruits and vegetables in the supermarket.
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Summary

In tune with the popular move toward fresh, local, and homegrown food, The Kitchen Garden lets you get the most from your garden and helps to dramatically reduce the amount you spend on produce at the supermarket. The Kitchen Garden is the perfect companion for gardeners who want to turn their harvest into a meal while also seeking some measure of sustainability.


Author Notes

Alan Buckingham is an author, editor, photographer, and gardener. He holds a plot on the Royal Paddocks Allotments near Hampton Court Palace in London, where he grows more food annually than his family can eat. His books include Grow Fruit, Grow Vegetables, The Kitchen Garden , and DK Eyewitness: Photography . His books often feature his own photographs.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Kitchen garden know-how: Where to begin: how to organize your plot and plan what to plant. Information that gives you the confidence to start digging.p. 14
Assess your sitep. 16
Weather, seasons, and microclimatesp. 18
Plot layouts and bed systemsp. 20
Crop rotationp. 22
Composts, manures, and fertilizersp. 24
Must-have tools and equipmentp. 26
The garden calendar: Crops to sow, plant, or harvest, tasks to tackle, and tips on problem solving.p. 30
Januaryp. 32
Feature: Pruning apple or pear treesp. 38
Februaryp. 44
Feature: Give your soil a health checkp. 51
Marchp. 56
Aprilp. 68
Feature: Prepare a seedbedp. 75
Mayp. 82
Feature: Double up your cropsp. 90
Junep. 100
Feature: Wage war on weedsp. 114
Julyp. 120
Feature: Grow edible flowersp. 127
Feature: Survive a summer droughtp. 134
Augustp. 136
Septemberp. 150
Feature: Make your own compost binp. 160
Octoberp. 166
Feature: Construct raised bedsp. 174
Novemberp. 180
Decemberp. 190
Feature: Store crops for the winterp. 194
Crop planner: Cultivation details crop by crop: all the essentials, plus hints and tips for successful harvests every year.p. 200
Vegetablesp. 202
Root and stem vegetables: Potatoesp. 204
Sweet potatoes
Beets
Rutabagas
Radishes
Parsnips
Celeriac
Celery
Florence fennel
Carrots
Turnips
Unusual root vegetables
Cabbages, leaves, and other brassicas: Cabbagesp. 220
Brussels sprouts
Cauliflower
Sprouting broccoli and calabrese
Swiss chard and perpetual spinach
Oriental brassicas
Kohlrabi
Spinach
Kale
The onion family: Onionsp. 235
Shallots
Garlic
Leeks
Green onions
Unusual onions
Peas, beans, and other legumes: Peasp. 244
Runner Beans
Green beans
Broad beans
Unusual beans
Salads: Arugulap. 252
Lettuce
Corn salad
Endive
Chicory
Unusual salad leaves
Summer fruiting vegetables: Tomatoesp. 264
Peppers and chiles
Eggplants
Corn
Okra
Squashes, pumpkins, and cucumbers: Vegetable marrowsp. 274
Zucchinis and summer squashes
Pumpkins and winter squashes
Cucumbers
Perennial vegetables: Asparagusp. 282
Globe artichokes
Jerusalem artichokes
Rhubarb
Herbs: Must-grow essential herbsp. 288
Fruitsp. 292
Applesp. 294
Pears
Plums
Cherries
Peaches and nectarines
Apricots
Figs
Strawberries
Raspberries
Blackberries and hybrid berries
Gooseberries
Black currants
Red currants and white currants
Blueberries
Cranberries
Melons
Cape gooseberries
Grapes
Troubleshooter: The place to turn when things don't quite grow as planned, How to diagnose problems and avoid them in future.p. 320
What's wrong?p. 322
Common plant diseasesp. 324
A-Z of plant diseasesp. 326
Malnutritionp. 333
Common pests and parasitesp. 336
A-Z of pests and parasitesp. 338
Indexp. 344
Acknowledgmentsp. 351