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June 9, 2009

Read any good books lately?

Filed under: Gardening Year 1 — by leafyleith @ 10:39 pm
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Today, I bought the River Cottage Handbook No.4 Veg Patch. Written by the Head Gardener at River Cottage, it’s brilliant for someone who is new to the veg patch. It’s simple, with good photography, veg A-Z, info on how and when to plant, tips on composting and the added bonus of some recipes courtesy of Hugh F-W. And it’s modern, published in 2009.

A few weeks ago, I bought Dr. Hessayon’s Veg and Herb Expert. Now don’t get me wrong, this is an excellent book. His books are Gardening Bibles. But it’s slightly dated: there are explanatory notes about eating garlic and dire warnings about chillies (DO NOT eat raw, not even a tiny piece, unless it’s part of your heritage). Made me laugh. 

I am actually growing garlic. And it seems to be coming along nicely. Although I did read in Veg Patch that you should remove the leaves to stop them flowering and encourage the bulbs to plump up. If I can be bothered, I might carry out an experiment and remove the leaves on some plants and leave some others growing freely.

The weather has been good, but that pic isn’t of Leafyleith, it’s garlic growing in the slightly warmer Malaga sun. If only…


  1. So that’s what real garlic looks like. Really quite pretty isn’t it. How nice to be a gardener in Malaga….

    Comment by Claire — June 10, 2009 @ 9:33 pm |Reply

  2. I think Leafyleith is great!

    Comment by Clare Archibald — June 12, 2009 @ 10:50 am |Reply

  3. I think that just about everyone who grows vegetables has a copy of The Vegetable & Herb Expert! When I took on my allotment two years ago I bought Allotment Gardening by Susan Berger which was recommended to me. However if I was starting out now then I think I’d go for this one!
    Have a good weekend, and happy gardening!

    Comment by Flighty — June 12, 2009 @ 8:16 pm |Reply

  4. I love Leafyleith. The photos are excellent, makes me wish I had a garden of my own. Rosie G commented that she thought ‘the garden should have a pond’. Where this would go I do not know…

    Comment by Lou Graham — June 15, 2009 @ 11:15 am |Reply

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