When The Salad Garden was first published in 1984, it was heralded as a game-changer by gardeners, chefs and the professional growers who supplied restaurants and supermarkets. The colour photographs, by renowned plant photographer Roger Phillips, brought to life a whole new world of salad plants, which the author, Joy Larkcom, had discovered on her year long ’Grand Vegetable Tour’ in Europe with her young family, and in later experiments with oriental vegetables. Almost all the plants illustrated had been grown on Joy’s market garden in Suffolk. The book’s iconic status was crowned in a millennium BBC Food programme by horticulturalist Michael Michaud, who nominated it as his ‘book of the century’.
In the 30 years since ‘Salad Garden’ burst on the scene, the pace of life has accelerated, and changes have taken place in the horticultural world. The book is in tune ties in with the resurging popularity of home grown salads, the widespread acceptance of organic and environmental friendly gardening, and to the informality of the ‘potager’, where vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruit rub shoulders to create beautiful, productive spaces, an approach long advocated by Joy. This fully revised and updated edition recognises the growing numbers of gardeners with small spaces, and emphasises techniques and varieties suited to patios, window boxes, containers, and small raised beds.
Updates include the latest, improved varieties of salad plants, as well as new plants such as Cucamelon, marsh plant Salsola, ‘February orchid’ and exciting new types of sorrel, salad rocket, cabbage and kales among others. This edition also features the latest developments in polytunnels, frames, cloches, low tunnels, and organic methods of pest control. Lastly, the recipes have been updated with a more contemporary feel, reflecting changes in eating habits; classic recipes rub shoulders with imaginative new ideas.
Joy Larkcom is one of Britain’s most respected vegetable garden makers and gardening writers. She has contributed to many magazines and newspapers, radio and TV programmes and has lectured all over the world. Her accolades include the Garden Writer of the Year award (three times); Lifetime Achievement Award from the Garden Writers’ Guild in 2003, and the Veitch
Memorial Medal for horticulture, the RHS’s prestigious honour, in 1993. She was chosen as one of photographer Nancy Honey’s 100 Leading Ladies – a project exhibiting some of the most influential women in Britain. Her other titles for Frances Lincoln are ‘Oriental Vegetables’, ‘Grow Your Own Vegetables’ and ‘The Organic Salad Garden’.