In The Australian Vegetable Garden-What’s New Is Old, Clive Blazey reveals the truth about heirloom vegetables. Heirlooms are not ‘nostalgia in edible form’but are simply the best varieties to grow in any vegetable garden,having a better flavour,longer harvest period and good disease resistance. In addition,they are marvellously decorative in any garden display. Featuring pratical information and expert advice on cultivation,people who want to create their own totally edible gardenn are catered for,while backyard city gardeners are shown how to grow a year’s supply of vegetables in a ‘mini plot’of just 42 square metres. Four main sections cover all aspects of vegetable growing: the best vegetables to grow for taste,ornamental value and self-sufficiency;the basic of cultivation;a directory of growing vegetables including an expanded segment on tomatoes;and seed saving. Optimum yields are also provided in this informative book,accompanied by stunning colour photographs,numerous charts and a unique climatic map showing optimum regional growing seasons throughout Australia.