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TV programs and advice from fellow gardeners all have their place in acquiring knowledge about gardening. But they can never be used as a substitute for the written word. The large variety of gardening books makes it very difficult to select the correct one for you. Our reviews below will help you do just that. All are independent and some books pass the test with flying colours whilst others fail miserably. Read our reviews to find out which book is best for you.

We have independently reviewed the gardening books below. The more yellow stars (five maximum) the higher we rate the book. Click the book name to see the full review. We have tried to review books which we believe will represent good value but occasionally we come across not-so-good books as the star ratings below show.

On the Plot by Joe Hashman. We rate this book as
This is more than an informational gardening book. The information is clearly there but it is also presented in an amusing and truly inspirational style. Top this off with excellent photography which is practical as well as looking good.

Allotment Month by Month by Alan Buckingham. We rate this book
An excellent month by month guide for the allotment holder. Comprehensive coverage of almost all vegetables, fruit and herbs. Solidly bound with useful and top quality photography.

Garden Centres and Nurseries of Britain. We rate this book
This book claims to be a guide the the garden centres and nurseries in Britain. It fails on almost all counts to give any useful information.

Green Guides Compost. We rate this book as
The definitive guide to composting. With 256 this covers all you would ever want to know. Prices range from �1.99 to �8.99. See the review for details of this startling price differential.

Grow Your Own Groceries. We rate this book
How to grow, cook and understand the value of home grown fruit, vegetables and herbs.

Patio Produce by Paul Peacock. We rate this book
This book describes how to grow fruit and vegetables in a small space. It's informative but easy to read with lots of unusual ideas for making the most of a small space.

The Book of Weeds by Ken Thompson. We rate this book
"Lots of background information and a separate section on identifying specific weeds.
But this book is not quite as good as it first appears. Read on to find out why ...."

How to Grow Your Own Food by Dirty Nails. We rate this book
A week by week guide to managing your allotment. Written with great humour and clearly lots of practical experience.

The Allotment Experience by Ruth Binney. We rate this book
This is probably the most humorous of all the allotment books we have read. It also contains liberal quotes from real allotment holders. It's also very informative and comprehensive.

The Allotment Book Andi Clevely. We rate this book
Superb photography but not up to scratch as far as content is concerned is how we would sum up this gardening book.

The Urban Hen by Paul Peacock. We rate this book
The "Urban Hen" describes everything the novice and the experienced hen keeper would ever need to know. All subjects are covered in depth and at the same time the book is eminently readable.

Your Own Allotment by Neil Russell-Jones. We rate this book
This book is logically arranged, easy to read and written in plain English. It is also clearly written from experience and with more than a touch of humour. At 365 pages long, it covers all the subject an allotment holder needs and represents very good value for money. We thoroughly recommend it.

Grow Your Own Veg by Carol Klein. We rate this book
To be clear, this book covers only vegetables, but it does it very well. It's difficult to explain exactly why but this is the book I always reach for when I want information on vegetables. It's clear, accurate and has that 'something extra' which is hard to define.

Wild Food

The Kitchen Gardener by Alan Titchmarsh

Hedgerow and Wildlife by Jane Eastoe



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