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LynLyn Posts: 23,190

A place for any books you particularly like

Wildlife Gardening -  Jackie Bennett


Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 



  • If you like lists of plants A-Z with info I recommend Plants For Bees by WDJ Kirk and FN Howes.

    There are two ISBN no's I don't know if it is because it has been rewritten:

    ISBN-10: 0-86098-271-8

    ISBN-13: 978-0-86098-271-5

    Wearside, England.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    Yes? Thought you wanted thread opened on books we can recommend?

    Both these mentioned are brilliant books, most or probably all of the flowers I grow are bee and butterfly friendly.


    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286

    Thanks for the  thread Lyn image

    Wildlife Gardening For Everyone

    ISBN 1845250168

    An easy handbook with ideas for gardens large and small.

  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286

    The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency

    • ISBN-10: 0751364428
    • ISBN-13: 978-0751364422

    Not as irrelevant as it may seem on a gardening forum, there is a chapter on veg growing at home which could prove invaluable to those with a veg plot or allotment. John Seymour has a common sense style of writing that assumes the reader has no prior knowledge of the subject, you can tell he has done the things he is writing about and learnt along the way.

    The rest of the book is worth a read too, if only to get some insight regarding alternative lifestyles.


  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    Those self suficiency books are very good, I remember having one of the first ones back in the '70's when my hubby was with us and he wanted to build a wind turbine but decided the cost of connecting it to the grid was too expensive, I dont know if we thought about running to the genny, but it never came to be.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • WateryWatery Posts: 388

    Allotted Time: Two Blokes, One Shed and No Idea

    I don't grow veg myself or have an allotment but really enjoyed this book as I'm also a novice.

    ISBN-13: 978-0330441254

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,683

    The Pursuit of Paradise by Jane Brown. An entertaining and absorbing history of British gardening.

    "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,941

    The Ivington Diaries by Monty Don. Beautifully written, almost poetic in places, but also a sort of what to do when book.

    He and Christopher Lloyd are by far the best garden writers, that I know of.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286

    Not a bad idea Edd, that is the format of the Wildife Gardening for Everyone book, they took all the hints and tips from an internet forum on each topic and wrote them out, then got a specialist to go into further depth on the following page. Works very well.

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