From time to time I am lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to read books that may be of interest to readers of this blog. When this happens, as much as I may be tempted to fill my house with wonderful books on gardens and growing, it is my preference for refuse the offer unless it is a book that I think will be of particular interest to the people who drop by this site to have a look at what is happening on my allotment and in my Permaculture life beyond. For this reason I was delighted whan I was offered the chance to review of copy of Charles Dowding's latest book - Veg Journal. Charles is one of my favourite writers on the theme of growing, with his books on Winter Veg and Seasonal Salad Leaves being firm favourites for me, so I leapt at the chance to give this new book a read. Charles is also one of the leading advocates of no dig gardening so I was keen to see if this book would give me further insight into this way of growing
This book is beautifully laid out making suggestions of what to do on your veg plot each month, whilst also giving tips on the wider context of soil care and organic growing. On this basis it is much more informative than some of the month by month gardening books which are available which simply give lists of what to do but not why to do it.
I particularly enjoyed the top tips and how to guides for popular crops that you may want to have a got at growing. There are also good sections on dealing with different perennial and annual weeds with suggestions how you may begin to get rid of them.
The book is beautifully designed and I think it would be especially useful to people who are early on in their growing careers who want a helping hand along the way to get started.
Month by month tips of what to do when
In-depth background information building your knowledge as a grower
Top tips on popular crops
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