I have another book to share with you today.
The Salad Garden, by Joy Larkcom, is actually a fully revised and updated version of the book that was originally published in 1984 (blimey...over 30yrs ago....where have the years gawn??!!)
Back then it was 'heralded as a game changer by gardeners, chefs and professional growers who supplied restaurants and supermarkets'
This revised version recognises more of us 'average' mere mortals, those with small gardens or just room for a window box, a handful of pots or a raised bed. I'm all for encouraging people to just try growing your own, even if it's one tomato plant in a pot outside the back door. Home grown is definitely best.
The Salad Garden is a thorough look at kitchen gardening, from crop varieties to consider, cultivation, soil and watering through to pests and diseases (which hopefully won't happen!)
If you are just starting out on your 'grow-your-own' journey then this book will be an invaluable resourse, whether you are an allotment holder or like me, pushed for space, there is inspiration and ideas aplenty.
Whether you're an experienced gardener or a beginner, The Salad Garden will have something for everyone and it's the type of book you will dip into time and time again.
It's not all about salad crops as we normally think of them, lettuce, cucumbers, toms, etc... there's a section on Brassicas (cabbages, kale) but no mention on Cauliflower, Broccoli or Brussels Sprouts as far I could see. The Salad Garden also looks at wild flowers and weeds, herbs and edible garden flowers.
I'm not sure that this book lacks anything (except the odd brassica).
It discusses your growing site, soil, bed size shape and height, composting, sowing methods and protecting your crops.
There's also a section on greenhouses, walk-in polytunnels (we can all dream...sigh...), cloches and cold frames.
Honestly....The Salad Garden has it all, including basic recipes for things like mayonnaise, vinaigrette and other delicious salad dressings.
Regular followers will know I have a thing about paper and image quality in books (bit weird, I know). This is one hell of a chunky book, about an inch thick, but it is crammed full. The paper quality is excellent in a slight off white. It needs to be a good quality as this book will see you forward for many, many years to come and you'll come back to it time and time again. The plant images appear to be unfiltered, giving a real representation of crops.
It is a VERY thorough book and one that you will grow into if your self-sufficient journey is just beginning. If you're an old-hand at this crop growing lark then this book will only add to your breadth of knowledge and interest.
The Salad Garden is written by Joy Larkcom and published by Frances Lincoln.