Helene Gammack, a historic gardens consultant who has worked with the National Trust on a variety of projects, has just published a book called Kitchen Garden Estate, about traditional kitchen garden techniques and how they are relevant to gardeners today.
The book describes and illustrates traditional methods of the growing of fruit against walls and the raising of vegetables on sloping beds. It explains how fruit, vegetables and herbs were used to produce food, drink and medicine for a large household, and how the various techniques and practices changed over time.
Other aspects of kitchen gardens that Helene investigates include the keeping of livestock, chickens, doves and bees. She also shows how fish ponds and deer parks were integrated into the social and economic structures of country house estates.
The book is beautifully illustrated with a variety of photographs as well as reproductions of paintings, prints, books and documents.
With its inclusion of recipes and explanations of traditional gardening methods this is a practical book for the modern gardener as well as a fascinating guide for visitors to historic kitchen gardens.