This is a wonderful addition to the Kew Gardener’s series. This one focuses on growing vegetables, and oh my word, did I learn so much! I understand now why my carrots were stunted, my oregano died and my potatoes grew. If you’ve been confused by why you followed the simple instructions on the side of a seed packet or the plant pot from the gardening shop and your veggies didn’t thrive, this is for you!

Each vegetable gets it’s own page explaining the kind of vegetable, where to grow it, how to grow it and other interesting elements about it. It’s detailed, clear and insightful. Additionally, there are several practical how-to pages for home vegetable growing projects. It also includes general vegetable growing information such as crop rotations and what to plant when.

I’ve not been able to put into action much of what I’ve learnt yet but I look forward to, if you are trying to grow your own veggies, this is one to read! It’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale and highly recommended!

From the back cover:

Create your best vegetable garden ever with a few packets of seed and some fertile ground! In this book Kew’s Kitchen Gardener, Helena Dove, combines practical elements with inspiration and beauty. She shows how to grow some of the most popular staple crops such as tomatoes, potatoes, radishes and rocket, and also some more unusual exciting choices such as oca, tomatillo, seakale and yacon. She gives easy to follow instructions on how to be a successful vegetable gardener, plus 12 exciting projects to try throughout the year including forcing rhubarb, creating an asparagus border and growing in raised beds. From sowing, to planting young plants, to hardening off and harvesting, find out what you need to do and when, to produce the most magnificent harvests. All the advice is underpinned by the expertise and authority of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and illustrated from Kew’s world-famous botanical collection. 

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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