‘The Vegetable & Herb Expert’ by Dr. D. G. Hessayon


This was a Yule gift and I confess to already owning a copy. It was, in fact, my go-to book last year as we started our allotment adventure and it practically lived in my rucksack for trips to the plot. To this end, my old copy is looking the worse for wear and will live in the shed when we have finished building it, whilst this new copy will stay at home.

I spent a lovely hour or so reading through the plant and vegetable guides, garnering ideas what to plant this year. This guide was printed in 2003 so it won’t include any new varieties of plants and describes Jerusalem artichokes and kohl rabi as unusual. However, the photos, charts and diagrams are invaluable in helping to identify pests and diseases and giving planting instructions. The information about each plant is set out in alphabetical order for ease of use, and the growing instructions are really simple to understand. Everything we have grown so far has been planted in accordance with this book. Rob wants to grow mangel wurzels this year, but this is not covered in the ‘Unusual Vegetables’ section! Truth be told, this book has seen us well in our first year of allotment life, and we really would not want to be without it.

  • Publisher: Expert
  • ISBN-10: 0903505460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903505468
  • Paperback: 144 pages

Available to buy online on sites such as Amazon and Waterstones. 

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