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See below for a selection of the latest books from Gardening category. Presented with a red border are the Gardening books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Gardening books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

RHS Do Bees Need Weeds

RHS Do Bees Need Weeds

Author: Holly Farrell, Gareth Richards Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2020

RHS Do Bees Need Weeds is packed with more than 100 practical questions and answers to help you become a more eco-friendly gardener, and show you how to adopt a more sustainable way of gardening. The book includes simple, low-cost ideas, from fun projects such as how to build a wormery or a homemade water butt to advice on which plants suit bees best and how to achieve a zero-waste garden. In these pages you will find dozens of solutions to common garden problems as well as inspiring innovations that reduce your gardening consumption, tackle waste and help the environment. Filled with fascinating facts and ideas that will help you make a real difference to the green credentials of your garden, this book is both informative and entertaining, with plenty of I-never-knew-that mini-features. This is a book you and your family need, and one that you'll all enjoy, too. Includes questions such as: - Which features will make my garden greener? - Are my garden lights harmful? - How can a lawn be wildlife-friendly? - Is it ever OK to have a bonfire? - Are there alternatives to plastic? - Can I grow year-round crops? - Is it OK to buy compost?

Ball RedBook

Ball RedBook

Author: Bill Calkins, Allison Westbrook Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2020

A Curious Garden of Herbs

A Curious Garden of Herbs

Author: Kay K. Moss, Suzanne S. Simmons Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2020

A Curious Garden of Herbs is a richly illustrated collection of herbal fact and lore that illuminates the why rather than the how of the historical kitchen garden. Rather than offering a how-to of gardening methods, Kay K. Moss and Suzanne S. Simmons trace herbs and their uses back to earlier times and places. A Curious Garden of Herbs is peppered with reflections and observations from manuscripts and published herbals that detail the historical uses and fascinating stories surrounding plants of documented interest in the early American South and mid-Atlantic. Practicality and necessity were the guiding theses for gardening in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century rural and frontier settlements in the Southeast. There were plants for food, for seasoning, for medicine, for dye, for insect repellency, and for scent. While many of these plants were also decorative, utility dominated the rationale of backcountry gardeners. Unlike the experimental and exotic collections of Thomas Jefferson and other wealthy gentleman botanists, the gardens detailed in these pages are generally of the middling sort --of townspeople and farmers, of housewives, merchants, and artisans. A Curious Garden of Herbs brings these everyday herbs to life with sixty historical illustrations. In addition to including the well-known varieties such as parsley, lavender, cucumber, and asparagus, this wonderfully illustrated catalog of more than a hundred plants also reveals new ways to enjoy violet, rose, and nasturtium. Moss and Simmons also encourage readers to invite lesser-known plants, such as wild purslane, mullein, and wood sorrel into their gardens and conversations.

My Secret Garden

My Secret Garden

Author: Alan Titchmarsh Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2012

After moving from the Barleywood garden where he hosted BBC Gardeners' World for seven years, Alan Titchmarsh set up home in an old farmhouse a few miles down the road, and went about planting his own private eden away from the public eye. In this horticultural memoir Alan finally reveals all about this secret garden, explaining with his trademark warmth the personal stories behind its design and evolution. Accompanied by beautiful photographs taken by Jonathan Buckley throughout the eight years in which the garden has been made, My Secret Garden allows us access to all of the successes and failures of this diverse and ambitious project. Comprising many different styles and spaces - from an acre of formal beds and ponds to wild flower meadows and a stunning winter garden - Alan's tales of development and cultivation will be applicable to all gardeners. With the plot encompassing fruit trees, a handsome greenhouse and wildlife-friendly plantings, gardeners of all styles and levels of expertise will find something to enjoy.

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Charles Dowding's No Dig Gardening

Charles Dowding's No Dig Gardening

Author: Charles Dowding Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2020

Charles Dowding has created an in depth course for anyone wishing to learn the no dig method from the beginning, or to consolidate what they already know. The book is about helping readers to see the simplicity of no dig, why it works so well, and how much time they can save. The course has 6 modules and totals 18 lessons, each one packed with easy to understand theory, and practical advice. The lessons are beautifully illustrated with fully explained photos from Charles' no dig gardens. At the end of each lesson there is a multiple choice quiz to consolidate learning, with answers in the appendix. This book will have a sequel, based on Charles' second online course.

Backyard Farming: Composting

Backyard Farming: Composting

Author: Kim Pezza Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2020

Botanical Curses And Poisons

Botanical Curses And Poisons

Author: Fez Inkwright Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2020

Charles Dowding's Vegetable Garden Calendar 2021

Charles Dowding's Vegetable Garden Calendar 2021

Author: Charles Dowding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/09/2020

Beautiful photos of Charles Dowding's garden illustrate what you can achieve using his no dig approach. He gives advice for each month of the year, including the best dates for sowing different vegetables. Charles Dowding is famous for pioneering a hugely successful and innovative approach to gardening, whose three main virtues are saving time, enhancing growth and keeping carbon in the soil.

Tokachi Millennium Forest

Tokachi Millennium Forest

Author: Dan Pearson, Midori Shintani Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2020

Twenty years ago, Dan Pearson was invited to make a garden at the 240-hectare Tokachi Millennium Forest in Hokkaido, Japan. Part of the intention was to entice city dwellers to reconnect with nature and improve land that had been lost to intensive agriculture and this was achieved along with much more. By tuning into the physical and cultural essence of the place and applying a light touch in terms of cultivation, this world-class designer created a remarkable place which has its heart in Japan's long-held respect for nature and its head in contemporary ecological planting design. The bold, uplifting sweep of the Meadow Garden mixes garden plants with natives while the undulating landforms of the Earth Garden bring sculptural connection with the mountains beyond. Under the skilful custodianship of Midori Shintani, the garden has evolved beautifully to reflect principles that lie at the heart of Japanese culture: observation of seasonal changes, practical tasks carried out with care and an awareness of the interconnectedness of all living things. This beautiful, instructive book allows us all to experience something of the Tokachi effect, gain expert insights into how to plant gardens that feel right for their location, and reconnect with the land and wildlife that surround us.

The Natural Gardener

The Natural Gardener

Author: John C. Harris Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2020

Humans and the world around us have been governed by the waxing and waning of the moon since the planet came into being. Over the centuries different civilisations have embraced the natural cycles which our moon dictates, and so lunar gardening has been around for as long as man has pulled food from the soil; once practised bythe Incas and Native Americans, this tried and trusted method has been largely forgotten. John Harris, head gardener at Tresillian Estate in Cornwall, has been gardening using the power of the moon for over forty years. The methods he uses can be implemented anywhere, you do not need fancy tools, expensive seeds or substantial acreage, but instead, given time, patience and care, the results can be breathtaking. This is gardening at its most natural and organic, free from pesticides and unnecessary interference. Moon Gardening allows the soil and plants to thrive, giving nature the chance to do what it does best. The Natural Gardener charts John's story from a rudderless young lad in a Cornish village to being charged with the salvation of the long-neglected gardens at Tresillian. As he shares with his readers exactly how to go about following the sesimple and natural principles, he imparts his abundance of horticultural knowledge from years spent working in harmony with the soil, providing a timely link back to nature and the reassuring regularity of the seasons.

Bunny Mellon Garden Journal

Bunny Mellon Garden Journal

Author: Linda Holden, Thomas Lloyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2020

Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon

Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon

Author: Linda Holden, Thomas Lloyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2020