Complete Book of
Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit
Cameron House, distributed
by Bookwise International
THE Complete Book
of Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit claims to be "the definitive
sourcebook to growing, harvesting and cooking". It's not joking.
This 640-page tome combines three best-selling books with comprehensive
cultivation guidelines and recipes for a huge range of popular,
and less common, edible plants.
Each listing includes
pest and disease control, companion planting ideas, propagation
and growing pointers and historical tidbits (of broad beans, Dioscorides
wrote that they are "flatulent, hard of digestion, causing troublesome
dreams" and it was generally accepted that four seeds should be
sown - "one for rook, one for crow, one to rot, one to grow".)
If your gardening library
lacks a decent vegetable encyclopaedia, this is it.
Gardener, Issue 123, 2003, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH