The Big Book of Gardening (Illustrated)

by Charles Boff

Published in the early 1950s this gardening book is a wealth of information on successfully growing vegetables – or as Boff puts it  "A comprehensive guide for the home gardener, giving all necessary advice on the culture of flowers, vegetables and fruit".  Yep, that is what is does.  Necessary advice being the most important fact there.  I so often find modern gardening (and cooking) books are all about how to do things quicker, not necessarily better and often they focus very much on what things look like, rather than on how to go about the process successfully.  It is a sweet window into the past as well as being a rather natty book with some very practical advice.