Grow Your Own Vegetables
By Lee Chew Kang
Paperback 219 pages
Marshall Cavendish Editions May 2009
Price: RM48 and S$24 before GST
To be a plant in my house is the equivalent of being on death row. Therefore I look at gardening books with a mix of envy and wonder. Most books are filled with how-to tips and lots of glossy pics. This book is quite different.
The author is an agriculturist, and he has several audiences in mind for this book: people who want to grow their own veggies, and students and teachers at universities and colleges. So the tone is rather academic, and there's lots of info about the ways commercial farms are managed. It has a practical, textbook type of look.
The bits I found interesting were the pictures of pests, the discussion about growing pesticide free crops, and the sections on how to use your own urine to help crops along. It's very much aimed at the local market, so if you are a keen gardener, or want to be, then this one is worth a look.