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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Are you looking for recommendations?

  • My apologies, for some reason my question hasn't come up. So here goes again. Could anybody suggest an excellent book that covers all plants including fruit and veg with advice on maintenance. Thanks guys. Jo
  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    The RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening is very comprehensive, but not cheap. Maybe you could order a copy through your local library. I've built up a gardening library over the years, as I'm sure have many other posters.
  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Anything by Dr David Hessayon, Alan Tichmarsh has written books

    -I would suggest a visit to the charity shop-you will be spoilt for choice

  • i love Alan Titchmarsh gardening books as I dont find them intimidating. Some books make me feel like I am child playing at being a gardener!

  • Thanks everyone.
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  • Paul NPaul N Bearsted, KentPosts: 303

    Many of my gardening books I buy from a charity shop in town. Terrific value for money as some of my books cost £39 new but bought them for £3 or £4. They always have Hessayon books in too.

  • I don't think you'll find one book that will do it all in sufficient detail. I have the RHS Encyclopedia as well as their Dictionary of Plants and Flowers, which is my favourite book for ornamental plants, But for the edibles I turn most often to the Hessayon "Vegetables and Herb Expert" and "Fruit Expert", which are cheap, reliable and easy to use. I even have a spare copy of the fruit and veg one, which I keep in the shed.  I also like the Readers' Digest "Food From Your Garden" which includes sections on preparing and preserving fruit and veg. 

    Second-hand books are fine but make sure they're relatively modern. Old books won't include the best new plants, varieties and materials, and may recommend the use of chemicals that are now banned and unavailable.

  • I picked up readers digest 1001 hints and tips for the garden a couple of months back from a charity shop for 2 pounds. It's got just enough info not to boggle you and let you look on the internet if you do need to know more. Top book for beginners but if your fingers are well and truly green it might be a little simplistic.
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