Introduction: The History of Audley End Kitchen Garden; KITCHEN GARDEN BASICS: Planning, Soil, Sowing seed, Watering, Encouraging widelife, Pests and diseases, Words of wisdom. SALADS: lettuce, rocket, chicory and endive. PODS AND SEEDS: runner beans, French beans, broad beans, peas, asparagus peas and sweet corn. ROOTS CROPS: Potatoes, beetroot, carrots, celeriac, kohlrabi, parsnip, radish, salsify and scorzonera, skirret and turnip. POTATOES: Buying, chitting, earthing up, harvesting, pests and diseases, growing in pots. ONION FAMILY: Garlic, leeks, onion, shallots. FRUITING VEGETABLES: tomatoes, peppers, aubergine, cucumbers, courgettes and marrows, pumpkins and melons. BRASSICAS: Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, sprouting broccoli and calabrese, and cauliflower. LEAVES, STEMS AND SHOOTS: Florence Fennel, pak choi and spinach. PERENNIAL CROPS: Asparagus, globe artichokes, jerusalem artichokes, rhubarb and sea kale. FRUIT TREES IN POTS: Apricots, Peaches, nectarines and figs. Gardening calendar Projects Books and suppliers Glossary, Index & Acknowledgements
The definitive organic vegetable gardening book, an essential reference for all gardeners committed to a natural, healthy and safe approach. There are over 1.2 million allotment owners in the UK. And in the US new organizations called Community Farms are springing up to cater to the same market. Allotments are also popular in Germany. Gardens Illustrated has 33,000 subscribers whose demographic is very similar to ours. In a recent survey 57% of them said they grow fruit or vegetables in their garden. As supermarket prices soar, an increasing number of people are growing their own vegetables, especially women with young families. Sales of fruit and vegetables seeds have grown phenomenally in the past 2 years (Dobbies garden chain for example has seen an increase of 70%).
The editor of Gardens Illustrated, Juliet Roberts has been an enthusiastic organic vegetable grower since helping her dad on his allotment as a child. She now has her own allotment in Bristol, where she loves experimenting to find the best varieties for flavour. Having followed the progress at her favourite walled kitchen gardens at Audley End in Essex through the seasons, Juliet is keen to pass on all she has learnt from her mentor, Mike Thurlow, its head kitchen gardener.