A History of Kitchen Gardening

Susan Campbell

A History of Kitchen Gardening

Susan Campbell

Distributed for Unicorn Press Ltd

336 pages | illustrated in halftones throughout | 7 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781910065914 Published August 2016 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
 Originally published as Charleston Kedding: A History of Kitchen Gardening, the book has been fully updated and revised to reveal the real-life garden at the center of Susan Campbell’s captivating history. In A History of Kitchen Gardening, she tells the true story of the kitchen garden at Pyewell Park in Hampshire, England, as well as its masterful team of gardeners. Providing unique insight into the design and care for kitchen gardens, this book, through its detailed research, offers a practical guide for anyone looking to recreate a kitchen garden at home, including how to choose a site, select the right plants, and the necessary tools such as hotbeds, sheds, and even pineapple frames. This charmingly written account of the ups and downs of one very special kitchen garden is sure to inspire many to embrace the yard-to-table idea and grow their own edible delights.
 
Contents
Preface to the new edition
Introduction
 
  1. Location
  2. Water
  3. Walls for Protection
  4. Heated Walls and Other Embellishments
  5. Walls for Fruit
  6. The Layout of Beds, Borders and Paths
  7. New Vegetables, Old Techniques
  8. The Frameyard
  9. The Compost Yard
  10. Glass and Heat
  11. The Pinery
  12. The Vinery
  13. The Nineteenth-Century Glasshouse Range
  14. The Potting Shed
  15. Pest and Diseases
  16. The Mushroom House
  17. The Seed Room
  18. Picking, Packing and Storing
  19. The Gardeners
References and Notes
Bibliography
Glossary and biographies
Acknowledgments
Sources for drawings
Index
 
Review Quotes
Journal of the Museum of Garden History, on the previous edition
“We have a sense of real plants growing in real gardens and even the garden history seems to come alive within this context. . . . a smashing book.”
Booklist, on the previous edition
“Campbell presents the history of a grand English kitchen garden, albeit one conjured up from a pastiche of actual estates. Acknowledging the current popularity of a gardening style that combines ornamentals with edible plants, Campbell’s richly descriptive book expounds on the decorative landscape capable of returning a bounty of fresh produce. In this way, the former idea of a kitchen garden connects with very modern concerns for eating in a healthy way, making the notion more apropos than ever. With exhaustive depth, Campbell uncovers classically inspired garden designs, picturesque glasshouses filled with tropical rarities, esoteric uses for plants, and, of course, the lives of gardeners responsible for maintaining their masters’ estates. More than ample material to fascinate the garden lover who appreciates history with a British spin.”
The Blackberry Garden
"A truly interesting book....if you picked it up and started flipping through the pages you would find it hard to put down. It has the perfect mix of fascinating insights into the past plus nuggets of information."
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