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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:29 pm    Post subject: Your favourite gardening books  Reply with quote

We must all have favourite books on gardenin,  please bring your favourites to the attention of other members and  possibly do something along the lines of a short book review.

Please feel free to continue to add as many books to this thread as you like as a useful resource to both the experienced and inexperienced.  
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Readers Digest Encyclopaedia of Garden Plants and Flowers.

Every thing you need to know about gardening in one tomb another old friend they update this book every few years.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Readers-D...edia-Garden-Flowers/dp/0276421914
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my favorite at the moment is digging for victory. Not really a gardening book per say, but it is all about growing veg during the war.  I think it is all the scripts from Mr Middleton who had a radio programme during the war when things were in short supply, and money was tight.......
The shape of things to come?  oh.gif
Written in another time but still relevant.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

two at the moment..
The Allotment Specialist.....A & G Bridgewater
& Alan Titchmarsh...The Kitchen Gardener (GYO fruit and vedge)

Last one being a present off DD, so had to mention it
seriously it is a good book.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not much of a gardener and probably wouldn't know a good vegetable growing book if it hit me but I've found this book simple, informative and above all, extremely interesting. I highly recommend it to members as a book well worth having in your locker.





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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh he was the head gardener in the Victorian walled garden series quite a few years ago now, I really enjoyed that prog I think they could do a re-run of that .
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot my favorite and bestist gardening book of all time.
It is the new organic grower by Elliot Coleman. Absolutely spot on brilliant book that has a common sense approach to all things growing. It is American though, so is open to interpretation of the language, but I still find it absolutely fantastic to read and refer to as time goes on.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Readers Digest Encyclopaedia of Garden Plants and Flowers.

Every thing you need to know about gardening in one tomb another old friend they update this book every few years.


Also try Readers Digest Encyclopedia of Gardening.

I also love  the New Complete Book of Self Sufficiency by the late John Seymour.      

I've just borrowed from the library Alan Titchmarsh's book The Kitchen Gardner - wll let you know what is like........
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

green man wrote:

Every thing you need to know about gardening in one tomb another old friend they update this book every few years.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Readers-D...edia-Garden-Flowers/dp/0276421914


if its  a tomb shoudnt it read dig up not up date    
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've just borrowed from the library Alan Titchmarsh's book The Kitchen Gardner - wll let you know what is like........


Really enjoyed it - read it fron start to finish.  Useful for the less experienced kitchen gardeners like me.  Has great tips and is very practical.  Names varieties and has their pictures.  Think I might buy it.  
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anything by geoff hamilton -
i loved that man

he was so far ahead of his time with his DIY and
recycling -
who can forget the polystyrene trough covered in cement
to make an alpine garden?
or his own moulded stones for a rockery?
and the propagator powered by a lightbulb?

*sigh*
i do miss him :(
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

D.G. Hessayon Be Your Own Vegetable and Herb Expert was the starting place for the allotment.

Once upon a time when was a real contract gardener for a living we'd keep the Lawn Expert, Rose Expert and Flower Expert on hand because we could show the not very expert customers the pictures of what would work in their gardens and show them why.

Have a few books on the shelf which are purely for reference when a sticky problem arises. But it's amazing what lore has been passed down from 2 generations of gardeners and adapted - books are a good starting place but not half as much fun as working with other gardeners who manage to grow lots and win prizes.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Be Your Own series has got to be the best of the bottom of the price range, ref. book set ever.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob Flowerdew's 'The No Work Garden'.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huzey wrote:
I forgot my favorite and bestist gardening book of all time.
It is the new organic grower by Elliot Coleman. Absolutely spot on brilliant book that has a common sense approach to all things growing. It is American though, so is open to interpretation of the language, but I still find it absolutely fantastic to read and refer to as time goes on.
Huzey  


I have that book, and another by him, the Four Season Harvest, which is mainly about using polytunnels cold frames and cloches to extend the growing season, but is still full of iseful general information.

I find I refer to my Joy Larkcom books during the main growing season, but my assortment of Dig For Victory books are still the best guides of all.


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