Published by Mitchell Beazley
Distributed by Reed
MOST vege gardens are
considered to be merely functional - their form inconsequential
as long as they deliver the goods.
Well-known English gardening
writer Joy Larkcom takes a different view. In this revised edition
she appeals to "vegetable lovers who want the best of both worlds:
a vegetable garden that is beautiful and productive".
What we're talking about
here is the potager, a term Larkcom has 'stolen' to apply to any
vegetable garden that "has been touched with the paintbrush of the
With its appropriately
large format, Creative Vegetable Gardening describes the
various techniques of forming and cultivating the four types of
potager: formal, informal, small urban and winter. The vegetables
and flowers you can combine for maximum dramatic effect are detailed
and well illustrated. A further chapter looks at how fruit trees
can be used to show off and complement the vegetables and herbs
in the kitchen garden.
The comprehensive section
on potager management will appeal to any vegetable gardener
it includes a useful chart showing what to plant when, to achieve
a continuous harvest of vegetables.
A comprehensive A-Z directory
of suitable varieties will have Kiwi gardeners scouring seed catalogues
in the name of style and taste.
This easy-to-read, comprehensive
book contains a wealth of inspiration for the vege gardener.
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH