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Creative Vegetable

Joy Larkcom
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 imagination".

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

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