There is nothing quite like growing your own fresh produce. This practical guide aims to give you the confidence and know-how needed to grow your own produce, whether this is in a walled kitchen garden, in containers, or simply in existing flowerbeds. All the main fruits are featured with detailed advice on cultivation and the best varieties to choose for your purposes. Learn how to design your crop layout, and how to rotate and phase crops to achieve a succession of produce throughout the year. Step-by-step practical advice on preparing the soil, sowing, transplanting, harvesting and storage as well as on cultivating herbs and planting, pruning and propagating fruit trees are also included. Designed for the beginner and experienced gardeners alike, this practical series aims to provide inspiration and expert advice on specific gardening subjects. Gardeners should benefit from the variety of designs and projects included, which are all accompanied by full colour photography and step-by-step instructions.
Richard Bird has been gardening since childhood and currently maintains a large garden where his abiding passion for plants is very evident. He has contributed to numerous publications and has been magazine editor for Focus on Plants, The Hardy Plant, Alpine Gardening and the Alpine Garden Society's magazine Bulletin. He is also a full-time author on gardens and plants and has written nearly 30 books on subjects as diverse as alpines and rock gardens, lilies, perennials, organic gardening and window boxes.