Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit is a massive
640-page, full-color encyclopedia. Written by three very accomplished
gardeners that include an organic gardening specialist, a vegetable
gardening expert and a highly acclaimed herbalist, this book is a big value
for anyone just starting out in any of these areas or anyone wishing to dig
deeper into the nuances of what they already grow.
Did you know that Okra does best when it is
planted with melons and cucumbers? Or that Angelica leaves can be eaten
fresh from early spring to early summer and then should be dried from early
summer until flowering? Surely you knew that sour cherries fruit on younger
wood than sweet cherries so they can be pruned harder!
Seventy different vegetables are explored in
the first part of the book. Each vegetable has its own section, which covers
history, varieties, cultivation (which includes growing, maintenance, and
harvesting and storing), pests and diseases, companion planting and culinary
uses (which usually has a recipe highlighting that vegetable).
The next section of the book goes over more
than 100 herbs. Each herb has its own section which is broken down into its
different species, cultivation requirements (which includes propagation,
pests and diseases, maintenance, garden cultivation and harvesting),
container growing tips, culinary and medicinal uses.
Fruits, including nuts, berries and some
unusual plants like prickly pear cactus, take up the last part of the book.
There are 100 fruits that are cataloged, and each fruit's section includes
varieties, cultivation (which includes ornamental and wildlife value,
maintenance, propagation, pruning and training and weed, pest and disease
control), companion planting, harvesting and storing and culinary use (which
usually provides a nice recipe).
The last 100 or so pages of the book cover
gardening ideas with topics that range from ornamental vegetable gardens to
More than just a boring recitation of plant
facts, Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit is a colorful foray into the garden that
will both educate and excite.