THE IRISH GARDENER'S HANDBOOK

How to grow vegetables, herbs, fruit

Written by
Michael Brenock
,
Introduced by
Darina Allen
The Irish Gardener's Handbook

It does what it says on the front cover: this book is aimed at everybody wants to grow their own food in Ireland - whether you are an expert of have never grown vegetables or fruit or herbs but who is thinking of doing so. Written by an acknowledged and well-known expert.

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Paperback:
288 pages
Size:
196x130 mm
ISBN:
9781847171931
Category Food and Drink

Want to get into gardening? Wondering how to get started? Anxious that you won’t know what to do? Have given up before, want to get started again? Want to improve your growing, yields and practices? This is the book for you.

It takes you through all the most commonly grown vegetables and fruits in the context of Irish conditions. Learn from a gardener who has worked a garden since the 1940s as a child on his father’s market garden, then as an adult home gardener and horticulturist, currently as an allotment advisor.

This book combines the old and most recent knowledge in one easy-to-follow text. It’s a book you’ll consult over and over, through the wayward Irish seasons.

Gardening for all situations

Michael Brenock grew up in Mitchelstown, County Cork, in a market gardening family. In his early career as a horticulturist, he worked on various local authority schemes designed to encourage home gardening and self-sufficiency, until the demise of such schemes in the 1970s. He also worked at Teagasc developing commercial vegetable growing. He has always kept his own garden and supplied his family with fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, which he still does.He combines the old ways with a scientific background and modern techniques.

'ideal for those who want to start from ... the ground up'

Evening Herald

'a practical paperback aimed at those growing their own food on this island'

Irish Times Magazine

'Michael Brenock ‘knows his onions'

Irish Times Magazine

'For beginners there seems to be a lack of general advice and detailed instruction available on how to proceed with vegetable and fruit growing on allotments. But a book just published is about to change this. The Irish Gardener’s Handbook by Michael Bren

Irish Examiner

'an excellent source of guidance'

Irish Examiner

'packed with excellent down-to-earth advice and cultural techniques clearly based on years of experience'

Irish Examiner

'a practical guide you can go back to, time and time again'

Irish Examiner

'captures the essence of allotment and back garden growing'

Irish Examiner

'what better way can there be of encouraging new plot-holders to continue the long tradition of home-grown produce than with this fine compendium'

Irish Examiner

'a brilliant, simple guide for those of us who want to grow their own'

Irish Examiner

'a very handy little Irish publication, a no-frills paperback for those interested in growing their own food'

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'a perfect starting point for beginners who want to grow their ow n fruit, herbs and vegetables'

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'specifically attuned to the Irish climate, which can differ in crucial ways when it comes to growing fruit and vegetables'

Books Ireland

'a good no-nonsense guide with a minimum of jargon … just the necessary information and advice'

Books Ireland

'essential reading for everyone starting out this year – and it’s not too late to get started'

Irish Garden

'crammed with good organic advice, set out in a simple, readable format'

Irish Garden

'for years we’ve been craving a book on growing vegetables in Ireland'

Irish Times Magazine

'a great read'

Irish Examiner

essential reading for everyone starting out this year – and it’s not too late to get started

Irish Garden

a good no-nonsense guide with a minimum of jargon … just the necessary information and advice

Books Ireland

a perfect starting point for beginners who want to grow their own fruit, herbs and vegetables

Image Interiors

Michael Brenock ‘knows his onions

Irish Times Magazine

 

Reader Reviews


At last a book by a irish gardener about gardening in Ireland. The best I have read so far. Much information presented in a very easy to follow layout. This man knows his stuff.

Bernard Crowley on 17th June 2010

Loved this book, as a keen veg and fruit grower on a small scale, I'd highly recommend it. Easy to read and follow and dip in and out of when needed. I'd have loved a hardback version!

Louise on 19th April 2010

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