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A suitable book for someone who is knows nothing about gardening but is very keen to learn

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  • I have a friend who wants to start gardening but has no knowledge of it all.I am looking for a suitable book to buy her she is in her 20's
  • lovegardening77lovegardening77 Berkshire Posts: 331
    Alan Titchmarsh How to garden was my first gardening book. Found it very helpful.
  • Rather than a book maybe a subscription to a monthly magazine such as Gardeners World....with helpful advice throughout the year might be useful for your friend.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,324
    You won’t do better than Alan Titchmarsh’s How to be a Gardener 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Alan Titchmarsh's How to be a Gardener was my first gardening book too, I'm still learning but it's definitely my go to book.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,561
    Looks like Alan Titchmarsh is the favourite ! The magazine subscription is a good idea too.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,445
    There seems to be a consensus for the Alan Titchmarsh book. You can buy the hardcover version new from Amazon, either for £396.19 or, if you want to show your friend how much £££££ you love them, for the hefty sum of £1,999. ;)

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,324
    edited November 2018
    But don’t be deterred ... there are plenty of second hand good condition copies available via [email protected] for £0:50 plus £2:80 p&p  :)

    Other online booksellers are available  :)
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368
    AT's 'How to be a Gardener' TV series can be found on Youtube.
  • Gardener's World subscription is a great idea - I have one from my daughter.  Each Christmas she taps out a little letter telling me that she has renewed the subscription and just so I have a package to open too, she buys me some packets of seeds. Gardeners World covers all aspects of gardening from encouraging wildlife, growing fruit & veg, starting a garden from scratch, container growing, pruning, seed sowing etc. your friend wouldn't be disappointed with this magazine.
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