There is a bewildering array of fruit and vegetable cultivars on the market for grow-your-own enthusiasts to choose from; crops such as apples, lettuces, or tomatoes have literally hundreds of different varieties. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned gardener, you could waste time raising plants that give disappointing results or spend hours poring over catalogs and seed packets trying to distinguish which are the best ones to pick. With this attractive, no-nonsense guide, the work is done for you. DK's experts have selected the cream of each crop, to give you an easy choice between a tempting but manageable selection of star performers. For each of the 125 featured fruits or vegetables, there is a fully illustrated selection of recommended cultivars, combining classic heritage types with deservedly popular modern varieties. Detailed catalog entries, illustrated with enticing pictures, describe each cultivar's proven qualities. Relevant growing information is flagged with clear symbols. Points such as delicious flavor, disease-resistance, reliability of cropping, storage life, or culinary versatility, as well as season of crop, pollination data, and sowing depths are covered in full. The main entries are supplemented with text-only listings of additional recommendations. To get you started and ensure success with each chosen cultivar, the book includes crucial cultivation advice on each fruit and vegetable crop, and outlines general techniques in the introductory chapter. You will find simple, step-by-step photography and friendly tips and pointers on matters such as sowing and planting, pest and disease control, supports and shelters, as well as planning, crop rotation, and making compost. Vegetable crop planners help the gardener plan which cultivar to sow when.