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On the Plot with Dirty Nails


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Joe's first book, How to Grow Your Own Food, was published by How To Books in 2007 and received widespread critical acclaim. His down-to-earth style and quirky tales from the garden continued with the release of A Vegetable Gardener's Year (2008). This latest volume stands alone as a manual for both the first time grower or seasoned expert, and perfectly complements his earlier titles in the ongoing quest for success and satisfaction on the plot. Writing as 'Dirty Nails', Joe's popular weekly columns have been enjoyed by the readers of the Dorset-based Blackmore Vale Magazine since 2004. He now contributes to newspapers across England and Wales on a regular basis.


'This is more than a informational gardening book. The information is clearly there but it is also presented in an amusing and truly inspirational style. Top this off with excellent photography which is practical as well as looking good.' 'Jam-packed with handy hints.' 'Will keep you and your family inspired and motivated to grow your own forever.' 'An absolute delight...Beautifully laid out, it comprises a week-by-week account of the vegetable and fruit gardener's year, clearly presented with absorbing practical tips, advice, recipes and subtle observations on the changing seasons.' Grow it! 'This book makes you want to jump out of bed on a freezing cold Sunday morning, put your wellies on and head straight down for the garden. It's a remarkable, heart warming account of a year in a Dorset vegetable garden. The book is well balanced with practical advice on a week-by-week basis which mixes with personal humour and observations of Dorset's wildlife. It provides an explanation of why so many of us cherish Dorset - the smell of the cold countryside, the buzz of those hot afternoons and those feelings which hit you in the stomach and make you realise we are lucky to live in Dorset.' Emma Brawn, Greenwood Tree Project Officer, DWT. 'An evocative guide for gardeners who are inspired to start living the good life.' Garden News. 'His down-to-earth style makes this an entertaining as well as information read and it is set out in an easy-to-follow way, covering the jobs to do each week...this book could prove invaluable.' Countryside Magazine. 'A beautifully presented and user-friendly practical guide to fruit and vegetable gardening in words and pictures,includes a wealth of easy to follow and unusual recipes.' Kitchen Garden. 'This gem combines tips and methods for successful fruit and vegetable gardening with observations on seasonal wildlife, foraging and excellent recipes. It is also packed with superb photographs. This book is stuffed tightly full information from making your own wormery to soaking asparagus crowns in water before planting. I highly recommend this book. Written by an enthusiastic countryman and gardener, fresh air wafts from every page.' 'This is a lovely guide for daily use and winter fireside dreaming.' 'Will keep you and your family inspired and motivated to grow your own forever.' The Parents Guide UK.

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