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I must admit I wasn't sure about whether I would find this book interesting but a flash sale on Amazon delivered it to my kindle app for the princely sum of 99p so I figured there wasn't much to lose! In fact it is really useful and packed with useful information. I have quite a number of 'grow your own' type books but what distinguishes this one is the scientific explanation for particular recommendations and tips. It has some truly inspirational ideas yet all delivered in a very readable and straightforward style. Having read it on the Kindle app on my tablet, I am now about to buy the hard copy.
I only bought this because it was on a very special offer(!)
However it is rammed, jam-packed, full to the brim, bursting with all sorts of interesting titbits about food growing that you will find it hard to put down the first time you open it.
With Wong, you get the sense that he doesn't just spout out 'gardening hacks' like so many sites on the internet, but actually *knows the science* behind what he writes. He is certainly not afraid of busting a few gardening myths here. Nor is he shy about encouraging people to try new techniques that scientists have been trying out too.
I have used the tips when growing my strawberries and I will certainly try out infusing water with honeysuckle flowers.
Hats off to the designers too. It's colourful yet easy to read and I would proudly leave this out on the coffee table.
In short, even if I had to pay full price, it would have been worth it.
Once you start reading this book, all that you previously learned shifts a gear and you just have to rethink the ways that you learned in your youth. I have been using James Wong's methods this (very trying ) summer and it seems to work. Yes, the tomatoes are smaller but the flavour just about blows your socks off! After this growing season and before I order seeds I shall look through this book and his unusual food crop book ( Homegrown Revolution) and perhaps launch myself on a brand new style of allotmenting
I have studies horticulture, so am familiar with RHS vegetable growing books, which are exceptionally comprehensive but not exactly an exciting read! This on the other hand has me pretty excited! It is uses science with the lightest of touch to explain how to grow crops that should not only taste better but contain more of the good stuff. This makes is fully accessible for scientists and non-scientists alike. So, if you don't know what an antioxidant is, it doesn't really matter, you can choose the right cultivars and grow them according to James Wong's instructions and be assured that there is science backing the methods used, rather than anecdotes. For me, I wouldn't want this to be my only veg book, as there are lots of aspects of vegetable growing that is not covered, (the less exciting but necessary stuff, such as building crops supports, pest and diseases, crop rotation etc) but as a companion to a traditional style of book, this would make the perfect partner!
This book has taught me so much in regard to improving my gardening so as to get better yields. This is my second year of looking after an allotment and I am always searching for information towards improvement. This book shows that gardening doesn't have to be complicated. One just has to be determined and always ready to learn. The author's passion is contagious. I've caught the bug!
There aren't many gardening books that you can honestly say that about! From a black-thumbed non-gardener that's praise indeed. I'm planning a year of fun in a garden - which is something I never thought I'd do. I'll try to remember to update my experience in a year's time but for now, horticulture here I come 😁
This book offers an entirely new way of growing old favourites. It is exciting and would provide an ideal opportunity for children to become engaged in growing and tasting fruit and vegetables. I am hooked and apart from enjoying James Wong's writing, I am putting his advice into practice. He manages an easy mix of chemistry and horticulture and might even open up career choices for new generations. It is a real 'hands on' book that invites you to give it a go. I can't wait to use the molasses on my tomatoes!
A much appreciated present. The recipient, my husband says it is the exact sort of gardening book that he will enjoy dipping into from time to time - especially when the weather stops him being outside. No book can ever be totally perfect as there will always be things that one would like included.
Viewing is a bit difficult on the Kindle app but this book is SO good that I have no problem ordering a paper copy too. I'm a grumpy professional hort who moans about mainstream garden media but this cut through all that :)