The Complete Book of Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit – Biggs, McVicar & Flowerdew

Here is a great book we have just come across that has everything you need to know about growing in Australia (and NZ).  The publishers call it the definitive sourcebook for growing, harvesting and cooking.  Over 600 pages of information on the different varieties of plants, cultivation, companion planting and culinary uses.  There is even a few comments about the medicinal uses of each plant (and warnings if parts of the plant are poisonous).

Complete Book of Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit

Complete Book of Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit

There are all the vegetables that you love and some that you probably have never heard of!  There are almost 200 pages devoted to herbs – enough for a separate book.  The fruit section is divided into orchard fruits, soft, bush and cane fruits and tender fruits.  Tender fruits include melons, citrus, pineapples, bananas, mangoes, olives, passionfruit and kiwi.

A separate section on nuts includes Johnstone’s Prolific and our local favourite, the Hazelnut.

At the back of the book are small snippets on gardening, designing a herb garden and all sorts of useful information including weed and pest and disease control and harvesting and storing – a veritable garden full of information!

Get this and other great gardening books from the Cygnet Market or at the Garden Shed and Pantry, Cygnet.

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