Ornamental Kitchen Garden

Ornamental Kitchen Garden

by Geoff Hamilton
     
 

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This is a beautifully illustrated and highly practical guide to a new style of gardening. It tells you everything you need to know to create an oranamental kitchen garden from scratch of to transform an existing garden.  See more details below

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This is a beautifully illustrated and highly practical guide to a new style of gardening. It tells you everything you need to know to create an oranamental kitchen garden from scratch of to transform an existing garden.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Carrots grow in the arms of blue trailing lobelia and spinach pokes through lipstick-red impatiens in this organic Eden that is beautiful and productive. Drawing on his BBC-TV series of the same title, the British author does away with the neat rows in rectangular beds that ape commercial farming's monoculture and promote chemical dependency. The untamed diversity of plants Hamilton advocates discourages disease and invites natural predators for pest control. Relevant information for the home gardener is provided in full: planning and design; construction of patios, paths, etc.; and various cultivation practices. Unfortunately, text and photos highlight individual plants-perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs and fruits (Zones 5-8)-while stinting on specific suggestions for combining plants-the very subject at hand. British vocabulary (e.g., courgettes for zucchini) may confuse some readers, and predictable plant selections won't excite adventurous gardening cooks. But all in all, this is a convincing presentation for a compelling environmental garden style. (Feb.)
George Cohen
The ornamental kitchen garden is one that grows flowers, fruits, and vegetables together in the same plot, a method first used by medieval gardeners. Hamilton, host of BBC-TV's "Ornamental Kitchen Garden" series, gives instructions on designing both small and large gardens and on constructing patios, paths, arbors, pools, pergolas, cold frames, walls, fences, parterres, compost bins, and cloches. In the chapter "The Gardening Calendar," he suggests plants suitable to grow at various times of the year. A chapter on decorative plants gives instructions on growing trees, shrubs, border plants, bulbs, annuals, climbers, perennials, and pool and bog plants. There is also data on attracting wildlife and on containers. Other chapters cover herbs, fruits, and vegetables. There are color and black-and-white drawings and color photographs throughout this truly comprehensive guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780563360179
Publisher:
B B C Worldwide Americas
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Pages:
256

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