Gardening Book

I was just wondering if anyone has any experience/knowledge of this book?  I have found out quite a few things in the RHS website so thought an RHS book might be a good idea.

I don't want anything complicated, just nice and simple with step by step info and as this one is month specific thought it looked quite good image


  • Like Mike, I have quite a collection of gardening books. I don't know this specific one but if you want a good book to cover the basics - I would recommend Alan Titchmarsh's 'How to be a Gardener.'

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 1,974

    hi ol i think alan t's series 'how to' is brilliant i have 5 in the series and have learned loads

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Thanks guys, and yes it is Tracey Mike image.

    I have that RD encyclopaedia already, mum bought it me years ago image Will continue looking image

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 1,974

    i often pick up books in charity shops , if i only learn 1 thing from each book i consider it money well spent

  • It's my belief that you can't really learn gardening from books.....there is no substitute for experience and there is an enormous amount of that on this forum, available just for the asking.

    I've been asked several times (including this forum) to consider writing a book about growing sweet peas, but the idea doesn't appeal.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Thanks David, I'll save my money and just keep asking you then imageimage

    Now, I need some tips on hardening plants off..........


    Orchid Lady wrote (see)

    Thanks David, I'll save my money and just keep asking you then imageimage

    Now, I need some tips on hardening plants off..........


    Did I ever let you down, Old Lady???.....Serves you right for changing your name! image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Cheeky image

     I've started a thread image

  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,050

    I think it's pretty much the case with anything that books aren't a substitute for experience but they are a great form of reference and I think most of us have a 'go to' book when we are trying something for the first time.

    I have collected a variety of the 'Expert' series, and they are a great source of info. I love the ready source of info available on the t'internet but I am of an age where I will always treasure a book to read.

    For the last couple of years I have found the pocket guide RHS Fruit n Veg Guide very good as it gives a write up on a whole series of named varieties.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Here is what I'm going to do.......I'm going to make my own book image

    I'm going to go through all my followed threads, as these are the ones I have started / commented on and must be useful, cut and paste the relevant quotes/info (removing any names etc so there is no reference to anyone). Then print up the pages and put in my own, my own custom made book with only info I need in image

  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,050

    Great idea Tracey, the tech wizards could probably design an 'app' that would do it automatically.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    I'm waiting for our Mike to get pen to paper and spill forth his knowledge to us beginners. He always has such a clear way of writing and never makes you feel that he believes himself superior just because he's gotten a few more years under the belt than the rest of us (well; most of usimage ).

    Til then I'm saving my money for plants and using the internet rather than books!

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I've been using the internet too Clari, the RHS website has really good clear info image

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    You don't need to thank me Mike - just let me know when I can pick up my signed copy! image


    (Hope you're having a good day)

  • LorrainePLorraineP Posts: 212

    Orchid Lady, good quality second hand books can be a good option, ie from Amazon, ebay.  You can find good quality used books for much less.  I have bought a few like this and if they turn out to be not as good as I might have expected I've not wasted too much money, and if they are what I'm looking for, I've got myself a bargain.  Must add that I've not been disappointed yet.

  • BizzieBBizzieB Posts: 885

    'morning, good discussions here image lots of 'fors and against' buying books, however I use my local library to browse and borrow and usually turn to Alan Titchmarsh - 'How to ' series: clear and to the point. Use th

    e rhs book 'garden plants and flowers' as an invaluable reference book.

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,115

    Oops sorry, deleted cos wrong threadimage

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