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Celebrating the gardening books! #WorldBookDay

Another year and there’s a new batch of gardening books on the shelf to celebrate. Put the kettle on, sit back and take a look at these.

This the third year I’ve taken a look at the books acquired in a 12 month period, and you can see the others here and here.

Grow Food For Free
– Huw Richards

The easy, sustainable, zero-cost way to a plentiful harvest

Huw Richards goes into the ins and outs of growing fruit and veg for free for a whole year.

This book will make you look at the food already in the pantry, pallets and would be recycled materials completely differently, and provides some fantastic ideas that will make you think much more sustainability.

Huw also has a YouTube channel which is packed full of more know how.

Take a look inside here.

Giving up too soon is the one thing that will prevent you enjoying free food in abundance.

Huw Richards

Charles Dowding’s Veg Course
– Charles Dowding

Beginners and experienced growers alike find that his refreshingly different ideas highly effective methods open their minds to new possibilities.

This book distills 35 years of Charles Dowding’s gardening experience from Lower Farm in Somerset into just over 200 pages. No Dig is now one of the most popular methods of growing your own – especially with those with busy lifestyles.

This book is illustrated with images directly from the farm and has been (no pun intended) ground breaking when it comes to changing garden practices for the better. Charles too has a website here you can also dive into.

Take a look inside here.

The usual recommendation is to dig or even double dig the soil for growing vegetables. Because this is repeated so many times, most gardeners accept the task without wondering if it is really necessary.

Charles Dowding

The Almanac 2021
– Lia Leendertz

A seasonal guide to 2021

This is the first year I’ve had the pleasure of an Lia’s Almanac and I have to say, what a breath of fresh air this is. This book doesn’t just go into gardening, but also takes into account the seasons, lunar patterns, migrations and traditions.

Illustrations are provided by Helen Cann, the little pocket is something different and is a number one best seller for good reason.

Take a look inside here.

The Almanac is about celebrating the unfolding year

Lia Leendertz

The Pocket Book of Garden Experiments
– Helen Pilcher

80 fun activities for families

The summer holidays are literally just around the corner and this is just what the doctor ordered to help keep the little ones occupied. Helen Pilcher has packed this book full of interesting, fun and educational activities that, I think, is bound to keep adults and little ones alike occupied.

This is the go to book to pry you and your loved ones away from the screen and into something a bit more fun.

Take a look inside here.

If you’ve ever asked a question or wondered why something is the way it is, then you’re a scientist.

Helen Pilcher

I’d love to know your recommended reads in the comments below! 🙂

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Let’s give it up for the gardening books! #WorldBookDay

World Book Day is upon us once again and it’s great day to show some appreciation for the books on our shelves and their authors.