is the byline on Charles Dowding’s Veg Journal which is due to be published early next month by Francis Lincoln, and thanks to Jessica Atkins at Aurum Publishing I was recently sent a copy to read and review.
It’s a compact, 190+ pages, hardback that is full of no nonsense, practical information that should prove useful to everyone who grows vegetables in the garden or on the plot. Apart from the no-dig advice it covers almost everything that you need to know, or perhaps should be aware of, such as sowing through to harvesting, intercropping, making compost, pests and weeds and so on. There are plenty of good photos, various charts, a useful list of suppliers and resources and an index.
It’s a book that I’m sure I will be constantly referring to, and indeed making notes in, during the coming months as I’m determined to grow better this year.
I find it surprising that more people don’t use the no-dig method that Dowding has long advocated but perhaps this book will convince some to give it a try.
However you grow your vegetables I think that it’ll be well worthwhile buying a copy of this book, which incidentally has received some excellent reviews by fellow bloggers including Jo, The Good Life, Karen, The Garden Smallholder and VP, Veg Plotting.
If you’re in the UK/EU and would like the chance of winning a free copy of this book then leave a comment to that effect and I’ll draw a name out of the hat.
To order Charles Dowding’s Veg Journal at the discounted price of £12 (RRP £14-99) including p &p (UK only, if overseas add £2-50) phone 01903 828503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the order code APG69. Alternatively you can send a cheque payable to Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department, Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3RB, and please quote the offer code APG69 and include your name and address details.
Have a good weekend!