From the beginning, the reader is drawn into an analysis of how to get the best from your vegetable garden.
Controversially, Charles Dowding advocates a policy of not digging - a radical idea which seems anathema to anyone brought up to believe that you cannot grow veg without hard slog and serious digging over of your plot. Instead, Dowding contests that undisturbed soil is much more productive, and his experiments seem to verify his theory. Good news for those gardeners who want to avoid backbreaking effort.
There follows a fascinating, if sometimes slightly patronising, explanation of soil composition, composting and avoidance of pests by focusing on healthy conditions for plant growth. A pity that only passing reference is given to gardening conditions further north than his Somerset home.