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Book Review – Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening: The Secrets to Growing the Biggest and Best Prizewinning Produce
By Jodi Torpey
ISBN: 978-1-61212-394-3
Published by Storey Publishing

Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening: The Secrets to Growing the Biggest and Best Prizewinning Produce by Jodi Torpey, is published by Storey Publishing.

Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening begins with an introduction to the history of showing and exhibiting vegetables in America, noting how this area of horticulture has developed and changed over the years.  

Book Review – Gardening for Butterflies

Gardening for Butterflies: How you can attract and protect beautiful, beneficial insects
The Xerces Society
ISBN: 978-1-60469-598-4

Published by Timber Press

Gardening for Butterflies: How you can attract and protect beautiful, beneficial insects by The Xerces Society, is published by Timber Press.

I live in the UK.  I very much enjoyed reading Gardening for Butterflies, I found it very interesting to read about the butterfly species that live in America, their preferred nectar and larval host plants, and the challenges that these butterflies are facing.  

Christmas Gifts for Gardeners 2016

I feel such an uplifting, happy sensation when I find the perfect gift.  I have been busy testing out products, searching for special gifts for gardeners.  Here are my recommendations:

Membership of a horticultural society would make a super present.  There are many local gardening societies who meet regularly across Surrey, where you can learn about gardening and make new friends.  

Book Review – Botanicum

Botanicum
Curated by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis
ISBN: 978-1-78370-394-4
Published by Big Picture Press/Bonnier Publishing

Botanicum is curated by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis, and Published by Big Picture Press/Bonnier Publishing.

Please note – I make no apology for the frequency, or the extent of my gushing over Katie Scott and Kathy Willis’s book – Botanicum – I love this book, I hope you will love it too.

Book Review – Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales

Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, Easy Planting, Less Weeding, Early Harvests
By Craig LeHoullier
ISBN: 978-1-61212-614-2
Published by Storey Publishing

Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, Easy Planting, Less Weeding, Early Harvests, by Craig LeHoullier. ISBN: 978-1-61212-614-2, is Published by Storey Publishing.

Craig LeHoulier outlines many useful considerations for straw bale gardening, in his book Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales.  From tips and advice to consider whilst you’re planning where to site your straw bales, to ideas on staking your plants, and even advice on how to improve the aesthetics of your straw bale garden.  

Book Review – Building Raised Beds

Building Raised Beds
By Fern Marshall Bradley
ISBN: 978-1-61212-616-6
Published by Storey Publishing

Building Raised Beds by Fern Marshall Bradley, is published by Storey Publishing.

In some gardens or allotment sites, raised beds can be a necessity.  Whether you want to create raised beds to help improve drainage in areas prone to water logging, or to visually improve the appearance of your garden or allotment, I am sure that the Building Raised Beds by Fern Marshall Bradley will help you.

Book Review – Gardening With Less Water

Gardening With Less Water – Low-Tech, Low-Cost Techniques – Use Up To 90% Less Water In Your Garden
By David A. Bainbridge
ISBN: 978-1-61212-582-4
Published by Storey Publishing

Gardening With Less Water by David A. Bainbridge, is published by Storey Publishing.

The author of Gardening With Less Water, David A. Bainbridge, has taken inspiration from a number of different irrigation techniques and methods that were used in ancient times; these historic techniques have formed the basis for David’s own research into the irrigation methods which feature in his book.  

Book Review – High-Yield Vegetable Gardening

High-Yield Vegetable Gardening: Grow More of What You Want in the Space You Have
By Colin McCrate and Brad Halm
ISBN: 978-1-61212-396-7
Published by Storey Publishing

High-Yield Vegetable Gardening by Colin McCrate and Brad Halm is published by Storey Publishing.

“This book is for people who are intent on getting as much food as possible out of their gardens no matter the size of their plot”,  is how authors Colin McCrate and Brad Halm introduce High-Yield Vegetable Gardening.

Book Review – The Magical World of Moss Gardening

The Magical World of Moss Gardening
By Annie Martin
ISBN: 978-1-60469-560-1
Published by Timber Press

The Magical World of Moss Gardening by Annie Martin is published by Timber Press.

No fairy garden is complete without a carpet of moss.

Book Review – The Cabaret of Plants by Richard Mabey

The Cabaret of Plants Botany and the Imagination
By Richard Mabey
ISBN: 978-186-1976-62-8
Published by Profile Books

The Cabaret of Plants Botany And The Imagination by Richard Mabey is published by Profile Books.

Throughout The Cabaret of Plants, Richard Mabey’s eloquent and detailed descriptions illuminate the beauty of the plant world for the reader. With reflections from Richard’s own lifetime of experiences of the plant world, together with references and information about the findings and studies of other botanical researchers through time, Richard Mabey has gathered together stories of interest and fascination to delight every reader.