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New Book

Postby Colin2016 » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:03 am

Just got "Veg in One bed" found very helpful and straight forward with simple monthly plans for growing your own veg.

Thinking it could be a great help for those starting out or those that want a want to follow a ready made plan.
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Re: New Book

Postby oldherbaceous » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:40 am

I think book reccommendations is a real help, especially to gardeners that are just starting.....
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Re: New Book

Postby Stephen » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:13 am

True, as one leafs through various books in a bookshop, it is far too easy to be seduced by the pictures and print rather than the content of the text.
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Re: New Book

Postby robo » Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:28 pm

I'm over half way through " The new self sufficient gardener " it's a great read a little bit dated but some great articles
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Re: New Book

Postby Stephen » Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:19 am

Does that make it "The old self sufficient gardener"?
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Re: New Book

Postby robo » Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:22 pm

No it's more the " old knackered sufficient Gardner "
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Re: New Book

Postby Westi » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:33 pm

I like old gardening books & buy any I see at table top sales & the like. My favourite to date is 'The Gardeners Enquire Within' from A J Macself the editor of Amateur Gardening. It has had the front page torn out so can't check the date. Always mean to google it but always forget. It is over 500 pages so you would have to be not only be amateur but just be nurturing one geranium in a pot to find time to read it. If you did manage to read through it though you would end up a professional gardener. You may indeed conclude that I haven't read it though, totally overwhelming & giant projects to build so would need loads of dosh to boot! :)
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Re: New Book

Postby robo » Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:47 pm

My favorite book is one my daughter bought me around two years before she died , it's the compleat angler by izaak Walton and Charles cotton (the spellings are right ) unfortunately it's the third edition from around 1903 if it had been the first edition it would be worth a small fortune
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Re: New Book

Postby Wassee » Thu May 16, 2019 11:56 am

I also started reading "Veg in One bed" after plenty of good reviews on the web. For me, as a newbie in gardening, the book is a real gem. I like these beautiful illustrations and a simple plan of what I need to do every month of the first year.
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Re: New Book

Postby Westi » Thu May 16, 2019 6:51 pm

Welcome to the forum Wassee!

If you can find a good book with the right information for the UK when starting out it is a godsend. I could have done with an idiots guide, but bought one that was simple & stuck with it. I bought other books, but found it is better to limit the choice when starting out & stick to the basics, so stuck to the first book for growing but did read the others. Then you have a chance of success & after a couple of years you will just know your plot, varieties of crops that suit it enough to then get a bit more adventurous & try other things but with a good knowledge behind you.

Please feel free to highjack this feed & ask any questions that pop into your mind (& invite your friends), not that you're excluded from other feeds, but the fact this is 'Growing advice for beginners' we will be more mindful of the way we respond. As you get more experience your language & terminology changes & it is easy for us to forget our first steps into growing & the 'why's' & 'when's' that we wanted to know about as simply as possible without all the jargon.
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Re: New Book

Postby tigerburnie » Fri May 17, 2019 12:08 pm

I also have a fair collection of gardening books(and fishing, rugby make your own wine etc., etc.), but I often only use a couple regularly, any of the late Geoff Hamilton's books and The Vegetable Expert by Dr D G Hessayon, get me out of most predicaments when I'm not sure.
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