The opportunity to grow exotic fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices has never been greater, with a diverse range of seeds and plants now available. Matthew Biggs’ well-illustrated manual presents step-by-step instructions for growing over 50 varieties, including chickpeas, Chinese artichokes, turmeric and goji berries, with a handy quick reference section for each, and tips on cooking and storing them.
The Complete Book of Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit
Written by three gardening experts, this extensively illustrated guide to edible horticulture offers detailed instructions on planting and cultivation. Covering favourites such as runner beans and tomatoes as well as more exotic plants, including cassava and lemon grass, it offers advice on choosing the right varieties for your garden and dealing with pests and diseases. Information on harvesting and storing produce is provided, with over 600 recipes for a range of meals and herbal remedies.
The Secrets of Great Botanists
And What They Teach Us About Gardening – RHS
Matthew Biggs profiles the lives and achievements of 35 botanists whose work in fields such as plant collecting, plant-based medicine, genetics or hybridization has significantly increased our understanding of plants. Richly illustrated with horticultural drawings, portraits and photographs, and noting how each botanist can inspire today’s gardeners, the book is arranged chronologically from the ‘Father of Pharmacology’, Pedanius Dioscorides (fl. 50 CE), through figures including Linnaeus, Joseph Banks and Gregor Mendel, to Patrick Blanc, the pioneer of vertical gardening.
Great British Village Show
Royal Horticultural Society
With a foreword by village fair stalwart Alan Titchmarsh and advice from cookery teacher Thane Prince and gardening expert Matthew Biggs, this illustrated compendium offers a unique insight into the particularities of a great British tradition. It looks at the RHS guidelines on selecting and presenting produce and includes interviews with show veterans and tried-and-tested recipes for cakes, chutneys and jams.