Growing Your Own Fruit and Veg For Dummies
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Save money and eat fresh with this hands-on guide to home-growing

Growing you own produce is the only way to enjoy delicious, garden-fresh fruit and veg all year round. This practical manual gives you the lowdown on everything from finding the right tools and choosing which plants to grow, to nurturing your crops and bringing in your first harvest. The easy-to-follow advice will help you get started straight away and become a confident and successful kitchen gardener.

Get going with growing– discover which plants are best for you and how to make the most of your outdoor space
Prepare your plot– learn how to set up and maintain healthy beds for your fruit and vegetables
Grow tasty veg– choose your favourite veggies from asparagus and broccoli to courgettes, sweet corn and many more
Grow your own fruit salad– get quick results from fast-growing berries and learn to nurture slow-growing tree fruit and exotic greenhouse produce


Geoff Stebbings is the Editor of Garden Answers magazine and a broadcaster on BBC Radio. He is the author of several gardening books and has won two Garden Media Guild awards. Before turning to writing, Geoff was a Head Gardener and trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.



Part I: Getting Going with Growing.

Chapter 1: Becoming a Grow-Your-Own Gardener.

Chapter 2: Assessing Your Territory.

Chapter 3: Deciding What, When, Where and How To Grow.

Part II: Prepping Your Plot.

Chapter 4: Getting Down and Dirty with Your Soil.

Chapter 5: Feeding and Watering Your Plants.

Chapter 6: Becoming a Greener Gardener: Growing Organic.

Chapter 7: Spotting Signs of Trouble.

Part III: Growing Tasty Veg.

Chapter 8: Looking After Leafy Crops.

Chapter 9: Raising Root Crops.

Chapter 10: Growing a Selection for All Seasons.

Chapter 11: Planting Pods and Grains.

Chapter 12: Branching Out: Growing Unusual Vegetables.

Part IV: Growing Your Own Fruit Salad.

Chapter 13: Fruit in a Flash: Planting Quick-Growing Fruit.

Chapter 14: Very Berry! Growing Berries, Currants and Nuts.

Chapter 15: Caring for Slow-Growing Tree Fruit.

Chapter 16: Growing Greenhouse Fruits.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Tips for Planting a Herb Garden.

Chapter 18: Ten Projects for Your Plot.