10 of the best gardening books
Fancy getting all green fingered in the garden but don't really know where to start? Here's a helping hand with 10 terrific tomes to add to your reading list.
Make the most of your outside space while you’re at in iso at home and get planting vegetables and flowers for a bountiful summer garden. Here are 10 books to set you on your way.
1. RHS Gardening Through the Year by Ian Spence, £20
Gardener’s World writer Ian Spence guides you through what needs to be done in the garden each month, and shows you how to do it. There is a handy monthly ‘to do’ list along with ‘last chance’ reminders and ‘get ahead’ tips. There’s also an inspiration gallery of star plants showcasing the visual highlights of the month.
2. The Complete Gardner by Monty Don, £14.99
Straightforward gardening advice from one of the UK’s most well known and loved telly gardeners, paired with beautifully shot photograph taken in his own Herefordshire garden. There’s advice for growing vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs.
3. Marigolds, Myrtles and Moles by Alan Titchmarsh, £10.65
The perfect beside book for anyone with greenfingers, this is Alan Titchmarsh’s heartfelt and entertaining celebration of his favourite space – the garden. It’s a charming collection of rhymes and reflection.
4. The Five Minute Garden by Laetitia Maklouf, £7.78
Garden writer and busy mum Laetitia Maklouf shares her secrets for keeping your garden in tip top shape – the answer is five minute bursts every day. On Monday it’s the spruce, Tuesday it’s the chop, Wednesday it’s nurture. You get the drift.
5. Allotment: Month by Month by Alan Buckingham, £17.99
Ideal for first-time vegetable growers, urban gardeners, and seasoned allotment owners alike, this book offers a year-round guide to producing fruit, vegetables and herbs in your allotment garden. Crop planners will tell you when and how to sow your produce, and monthly alerts will let you know which pests to look out for.
6. The Big Book of Blooms by Yuval Zommer, £12.95
The newest addition to Yuval Zommer’s bestselling series introduces children to all kinds of colourful, carnivorous, weird and wonderful flowering plants from around the world. Creative, colourful and full of fun facts – it could be the perfect addiction to the home-schooling reading list!
7. Garden Alchemy by Stephanie Rose, £14.99
A hands-on guide for gardeners who want to use natural recipes and herbal concoctions to beautify their garden. There are more than 80 recipes, from mixing your own potting soils to home made organic fertilizers.
8. Modern Container Gardening by Isabelle Palmer, £12.80
Make the most of even the smallest of spaces, whether it’s a roof terrace, balcony or window sill and create a garden. Chapters include gardeinbg basics, how to make a garden in a day, weekend projects, one-pot wonders, window boxes and how to create finishing touches. It’s ideal for novice gardeners.
9. Veg in One Bed by Huw Richards, £16.99
Learn how to grow vegetables organically, abundantly and without spending a fortune thanks to the Welsh YouTuber Huw Richards. The book is set out month-by-month to keep you in produce throughout the year.
10. Kitchen Garden Revival by Nicole Johnsey Burke, £22
Available from 5 May, Kitchen Garden Revival is a ” modern guide to creating a stylish, small-scale, low-maintenance, edible garden” by American author Johnsey Burke, founder of Rooted Garden, one of the leading culinary landscape companies in the US. She takes you through the seasons to create kitchen gardens that as well as being practical also look good.