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Nikki Jabbour has a great style - easy to follow, passionate, personable, personal. Reading this book feels like having a good friend walk with you through her garden, where she just happens to grow lots of cool variants of most people's favourite veggies. The photographs are great, the descriptions are short & sweet; it's laid out magazine-style I thought, as opposed to like yet another "how to grow vegetables" tome. (Which are good to read too, of course.) This is a good book for people who grow and like traditional vegetables (beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, peppers, etc.) and who want to find out more about funky alternatives for these kinds of vegetables. And that's how the book is laid out - short "chapters" that cover each vegetable family in a "if you like this, grow this-this-or-this" style. And what it does, it does really well - I like cucumbers myself, and would definitely like to try white or yellow cucumbers, or try some of the asian or indian varieties I'd never even heard of. However, actually growing these beautiful veg will involve getting seeds from sellers either online (on the net, pretty easy!) or at seed fairs (which happen each February/March where I'm from). The only thing I thought was missing was some more exotic perennial vegetables, which I would have liked to discover... I was kind of hoping for more about that when I purchased the book. But you can't have everything I suppose! A really nice addition to my gardening book collection, and I'll have fun cozying up with it some more, and getting inspiration for my modest garden for the next couple of winter months. Thanks Ms Jabbour!
One of the most exciting veggie garden books on the market! A fantastic layout, beautiful photography and incredible thought behind each sections. Well done!! I also recommend Niki's other gardening books, wonderful companions to any beginner gardner's collection.
Fantastic book with so many great ideas and alternatives to what we’re so used to growing. A must have for anyone wanting to grow veggies. I find myself looking through it over and over again, finding more new ideas of what to grow and how!