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New vegetable garden techniques : essential skills and projects for tastier, healthier crops / Joyce Russell ; photographs by Ben Russell.

By: Russell, Joyce.
Contributor(s): Russell, Ben (Photographer) [photographer.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : White Lion Publishing, 2019Description: 192 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781781318454; 178131845X.Subject(s): Vegetable gardening | Organic gardeningDDC classification: 635 Summary: Kitchen Garden Techniques presents every skill needed to grow fresh, tasty, healthy organic food: from soil preparation to crop preservation, selecting to saving seed, digging to drying.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This book is ideal for beginners, improvers and those serious about growing tasty, healthy organic fruit and vegetables. It will empower readers to grow food for a family, and help work out how to get the best results. Many books give sowing and growing instructions for a multitude of crops, but few give space to the techniques and tips that make gardening easier and that help anyone to grow healthy, sustainable food.
Some of the techniques are developed from Joyce's own trials and observations; others are classic techniques that are still useful now. With a bit more detail, and a step-by-step project, a technique becomes much easier to follow and understand.
There's something here for everyone: whether you grow in a small back yard and want to know how to raise salad in buckets, or if you have a large allotment where you want to improve pollination, or make your own liquid feeds.
The book makes several promises to its readers. Firstly, by following its advice you will grow great fruit and vegetables. Next, the knowledge you gain will save you time as well as money. Third, you'll enjoy the gardening journey and the discoveries made along the way. Fourth, you'll find greener and cleaner ways of doing things, and you'll improve your skills, methods and habits.
Find out how to rotate your vegetables so they stay healthy and well-fed, to preserve choice crops for the freshest taste, to improve the soil organically and sustainably, and to produce home made fertiliser from the leaves of your comfrey crop.

Includes index.

Kitchen Garden Techniques presents every skill needed to grow fresh, tasty, healthy organic food: from soil preparation to crop preservation, selecting to saving seed, digging to drying.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. 6)
  • 23 Projects to try (p. 8)
  • Getting Started (p. 12)
  • Making a new plot (p. 14)
  • Digging the land (p. 16)
  • Project 1: Lazy beds for beginners (p. 18)
  • Project 2: Foolproof single-dig bed (p. 22)
  • Using raised beds (p. 24)
  • Growing in tiny spaces (p. 28)
  • Project 3: Quick & easy bucket garden (p. 32)
  • Project 4: Handmade basket (p. 36)
  • Project 5: Barrel of herbs (p. 40)
  • Sowing seeds in pots (p. 42)
  • Project 6: Fast-cropping microgreens (p. 50)
  • Moving on & planting out (p. 54)
  • Sowing into the soil (p. 58)
  • Project 7: Tasty tomatoes from seed (p. 60)
  • Better Soil (p. 62)
  • Getting to know your soil (p. 64)
  • Soil nutrients explained (p. 66)
  • Making good compost (p. 68)
  • Project 8: Quick & easy compost (p. 72)
  • Making the most of manure (p. 74)
  • Project 9: Comfrey fertilizer press (p. 80)
  • Improving your soil with leaves (p. 84)
  • Project 10: Fine leafmould (p. 86)
  • Protecting the soil with mulches (p. 88)
  • Project 11: Trialling different mulches (p. 92)
  • The importance of humus (p. 94)
  • Measuring soil acidity or alkalinity (p. 96)
  • Project 12: Raised bed for acid-lovers (p. 100)
  • The wonders of seaweed (p. 102)
  • Making liquid feeds (p. 106)
  • Project 13: Liquid-feed barrel (p. 108)
  • Better Produce (p. 110)
  • Increasing your yields (p. 112)
  • Project 14: Potatoes in sacks (p. 114)
  • Project 15: Vertical herb & salad garden (p. 116)
  • Clever crop rotation (p. 118)
  • Practical pest defences (p. 122)
  • Project 16: Flappers to scare birds (p. 126)
  • Project 17: Soft fruit bush frame (p. 128)
  • Protecting plants from pests (p. 130)
  • Keeping out the cold (p. 134)
  • Supporting tall crops (p. 136)
  • Project 18: Sturdy bean frame (p. 138)
  • Boosting pollination (p. 140)
  • Project 19: Bijou bug hotel (p. 144)
  • Better Harvest (p. 146)
  • Storing your harvest (p. 148)
  • Hanging crops to dry (p. 154)
  • Project 20: Carrot clamp (p. 156)
  • Project 21: Onion string & garlic plait (p. 160)
  • Drying fruit & vegetables (p. 164)
  • Making jams, pickles & preserves (p. 168)
  • Quick & easy recipes to try (p. 170)
  • Project 22: Perfect basil pesto (p. 172)
  • Freezing your crops (p. 174)
  • Saving & storing seed (p. 176)
  • Project 23: Saving tomato seed (p. 182)
  • Glossary (p. 186)
  • Index (p. 188)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 192)