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John Harrison has been growing vegetables for over 30 years. He has been a member of Garden Organic (previously the Henry Doubleday Research Association) since 1976 and is also a member of the National Vegetable Society, currently serving as Secretary for Crew and Nantwich District. He runs the UK's Number One allotment website: www.allotment.org.uk.
Whether you're lucky enough to have your own garden, run an allotment or only have enough room for a few pots and containers, you can successfully grow your own fresh vegetables to feed your family. John Harrison's practical guide gives you all the information you need to prepare the soil and start sowing your seeds. Learn all about: preparing the vegetable patch; getting the most from your land; tackling weeds and pests; benefiting from greenhouses and polytunnels; making your own compost and organic fertilizers; successional growing; and, saving and sowing your own seed. It includes a month-by-month guide to help you plan your gardening year. The Complete Vegetable Grower contains, in one comprehensive volume, all John's tips and tried-and-tested methods for successful vegetable growing. It includes an indispensable A to Z guide to vegetables, month-by-month advice to help you plan your gardening year, and an easy-to-follow sowing and harvesting chart. And, for the first time, his practical advice is illustrated with hundreds of beautiful colour photos.
The slow development of the use of English since Middle English has recently become a torrent of inappropriate uses of old words that had precise meanings. The true meanings of many words are becoming lost in the rush to sound up to date and trendy. Specific words have become generalised to the point, sometimes, of losing their actual meaning in the pursuit of vogue expressions. This little book is an attempt to highlight some of these common abuses with ridicule and, perhaps, sensitise its readers to these solecisms and abuses to which it is easy to become inured. So, going forward, very clearly we need to hold hands on this one and sing from the same hymn sheet in another Ball Park and create a new perspective on words and phrase that resonate with all of us and pressure the community at every level when we head out to go on a journey at the end of the day. The book is divided, like Gaul, into three parts. The first is a short resume of some of the worst schoolchild howlers in basic English grammar - confusing subjects with objects or adjectives with adverbs for example. The second tries to classify words and phrases into a number of categories with many overlaps and cross-references. The third has a witty look at pronunciation and the rules (and contradictions) that the author tries to follow. It has an index. This is not an academic work, but a working reference book for the general reader and for students of English with examples taken mainly from broadcast radio and television and what used to be called the 'broadsheet' press.