Top 20 Gardening Books in UK
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1.   How to Be a Gardener - Book Two
~Alan Titchmarsh
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Hardcover - 30 January, 2003
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How to Be a Gardener: Book Two is the follow-up to the phenomenally successful How to Be a Gardener: Book One by Alan Titchmarsh, aka TV's Mr Gardening. Titchmarsh's title suggests what many will agree with, namely that gardening is more a state of being than an activity, something to which more or... Read more
 

2.   How to Be a Gardener
~Alan Titchmarsh
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Hardcover - 21 February, 2002
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No safer pair of hands than those of Alan Titchmarsh could be imagined to coax the nervous would-be gardener into picking up a spade. The BBC evidently think so, as they have commissioned the two series and accompanying volumes of How To Be A Gardener, their most ambitious gardening project to date.... Read more
 

3.   Trowel and Error
~Alan Titchmarsh
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Hodder & Stoughton General
Hardcover - 5 September, 2002
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Trowel and Error is described as a "touch of the memoirs" by the author. Alan Titchmarsh is now a national institution; with his characteristic good humour and charm, he is unquestionably the country's number-one television gardener and presenter with even an unlikely reputation as a sex symbol (a... Read more
 

4.   The Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening
~Christopher Brickell (Editor)
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Dorling Kindersley
Hardcover - 26 September, 2002
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This completely revised and updated encyclopedia offers expert RHS advice on the entire range of gardening techniques. It has been expanded to include new plants and gardening styles, and the latest horticultural developments. Part one, "Creating the Garden", is a complete guide to garden planning... Read more
 

5.   The Garden Planner
~Robin Williams
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Frances Lincoln
Paperback - 5 March, 1998
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This handbook reveals the secrets of professional garden design, and then makes them accessible to everyone, from the keen gardener to the complete beginner. The book contains designs for gardens of all shapes and sizes, providing practical solutions for varying sites, circumstances and needs. With... Read more
 

6.   RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants (box set of 2 volumes)
~Christopher Brickell (Editor)
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Dorling Kindersley
Hardcover - 5 October, 2000
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This two-volume slip-cased guide to over 15,000 ornamental garden plants provides plant profiles from new and exotic to popular garden favourites. It aims to be easy-to-use with alphabetical arrangement by botanical name with common names fully cross-referenced and takes the reader through the key... Read more
 

7.   The New Vegetable and Herb Expert
~D.G. Hessayon
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Expert
Paperback - 7 April, 1997
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This updated edition contains new chapters on "baby" vegetables and the modern easy ways to grow food crops. There is an enlarged chapter on herbs, with details of new varieties which have appeared in the past few years.

8.   Self-reliance: A Recipe for the New Millennium
~John Yeoman
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Permanent Publications
Paperback - 18 November, 1999
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A daring and entertaining book full of ‘recipes’ in the broadest sense; from getting out and staying out of debt and becoming financially independent, to tried and tested recipes for household items and life sustaining meals made from the simplest (and often free) ingredients. Some are... Read more
 

9.   RHS Gardening Through the Year
~Ian Spence
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Dorling Kindersley
Paperback - 26 April, 2001
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Whatever the season, this accessible reference book is a guide to a full 12 months of horticultural tasks. Clearly laid out and completely practical in approach, the guide is designed to ensure you make the very best use of your time. As well as specific monthly tasks for every part of the garden,... Read more
 

10.   Closet Cultivator
~Ed Rosenthal
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Atlantic Books
Paperback - June 1999
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Ideal for first timers
This book is perfect for newcomers to homegrowing. It's easy to understand and full of extremely helpful colour photographs. Contains all the information you need such as materials, gaining maximum growth efficiency, problems and how to overcome them aswell as how to harvest the plant when it's... Read more

 

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" Ground Force" Garden Handbook: Practical Advice and Projects from the Experts (Ground Force)
~Alan Titchmarsh, et al
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Hardcover - 10 May, 2001
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Now you've got your garden, how do you look after it? To help you on your way, the Ground Force team are back with more valuable tips and practical advice, this time on keeping your garden in mint condition without letting it take over your life. Designed for those new to gardening, Ground Force... Read more
 

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Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
~Scott Cunningham
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LLewellyn
Paperback - May 1985
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A comprehensive guide to magical herbalism, detailing over 400 herbs and plants from all over the world.

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Grow Your Own Vegetables
~Joy Larkcom
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Frances Lincoln
Paperback - 16 May, 2002
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This guide contains everything you need to know to create a highly-productive, beautiful vegetable plot. Joy Larkom's easy-to-follow advice covers every aspect of vegetable gardening, including preparing and looking after soil; manures, composts and fertilizers; growing techniques; pests, diseases... Read more
 

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The Tree and Shrub Expert (Expert Books)
~D.G. Hessayon
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Expert
Paperback - 1 April, 1983
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This is a guide for both beginners and more advanced gardeners, in which over 800 woody plants are described. It aims to provide easy-to-follow information on selection, growing, and care.

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The HDRA Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Complete Guide to Natural and Chemical-free Gardening
~The Henry Doubleday Research Association
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Dorling Kindersley
Hardcover - 27 September, 2001
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An illustrated reference for organic growing and gardening, this guide caters for every level or organic committment, from simple first steps to organic self-sufficiency, and includes an easy-to-use A-Z directory.

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Mediterranean Plants and Gardens
~Le Vicomte de Noailles, Roy Lancaster
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Floramedia
Paperback - 1 July, 1990
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The Mediterranean region allows truly exotic plants and fruits to be grown outdoors. This guide is an illustration of their beauty and extent. It includes a description of the gardens of the Cote d'Azur, with illustrations to show the splendour of their year-round colour. Roy Lancaster gives... Read more
 

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The Mediterranean Gardener
~Hugo Latymer, Niccolo Grassi (Photographer)
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Frances Lincoln
Paperback - 15 May, 2001
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Gardens Made Easy, September 2001
'This sun-drenched book contains luscious photographs from around the world.'

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Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with with Less Work
~Mel Bartholomew
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Rodale Books
Paperback - 1 August, 1994
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Details a simple yet highly effective gardening system, based on a grid of one-foot by one-foot squares, that produces big yields with less space and with less work than with conventional row gardens.

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Rabbit Control: a Practical Handbook
~Jackie Drakeford
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Quiller Publishing
Paperback - 2 August, 2002
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An invaluable handbook for all farmers, gardeners and landowners giving full information and techniques for the control of rabbits. Rabbits have been a menace to farmers, property owners, and gardeners since land was first cultivated and their control remains a constant problem today. This... Read more
 

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Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens
~Patricia Lanza
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Rodale Books
Paperback - 1 November, 1998
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Explains how to use a system of layered mulch materials, including newspaper, leaves, and grass clippings, to provide a nutrient-rich base for healthy gardens and robust flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits.

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