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New Book

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:03 am
by Colin2016
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.

Re: New Book

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:40 am
by oldherbaceous
I think book reccommendations is a real help, especially to gardeners that are just starting.....

Re: New Book

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:13 am
by Stephen
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.

Re: New Book

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:28 pm
by robo
I'm over half way through " The new self sufficient gardener " it's a great read a little bit dated but some great articles

Re: New Book

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:19 am
by Stephen
Does that make it "The old self sufficient gardener"?

Re: New Book

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:22 pm
by robo
No it's more the " old knackered sufficient Gardner "

Re: New Book

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:33 pm
by Westi
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! :)

Re: New Book

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:47 pm
by robo
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

Re: New Book

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 6:51 pm
by Westi
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.

Re: New Book

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 12:08 pm
by tigerburnie
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.

Re: New Book

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:43 pm
by Catherine
I have just ordered it as I saw it in a book shop and thought it had some very good ideas. I am trying to make our allotment work harder for us. We've been growing stuff for 18 years but still like finding new information or ideas.

Re: New Book

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:47 am
by oldherbaceous
Morning Westi, I have, 'The Gardener's Enquire Within', too.....Mine has no date, either..... I think this may be the case with some early books.

Re: New Book

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:24 pm
by Catherine
The book's arrived and it looks very interesting. So I am sitting in the garden with a nice glass of white wine and soda and perusing it. Also bought Jamie's Veg cookery book so going through that also. I have a very bad habit of buying cookery books I just love reading them. I probably need to go and have therapy! Some people buy shoes I buy cookery books. :)

Re: New Book

Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:22 pm
by Westi
I'm with you there Catherine! Love reading (& trying) recipes! Been on Pinterest but disappointed with the results of amateurs so I only save from proper sites on there, but always go back to the paper books for proper recipes & methinks I have a few too many of them! Is it weird to buy a bigger book case & place it closer to the kitchen? Weird or not that is what I have done. Obvs a few random garden publishing's in the mix!
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Re: New Book

Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:23 pm
by Westi
I truly hate this random flip on it's side pic thing KG can't cope with!