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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: ODHAMS (1111)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,493,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
Richard Sudell FRHS was an acknowledged expert in the horticultural world, and he has blessed us with a series of excellent books written in a very easy and readable style. This Secrets of Successful Gardening, published by Odhams Press, is one of his best, and possibly the most useful gardening book of the many I have come across in forty years of trying to grow things.

Written in the 1930s it has not dated in the least, and the refreshingly clear and concise text tells us all we need to know about most aspects of gardening, from vegetables to lawns to trees to flowers. Not only does he give us planting advice, but also how to plan and landscape, to make the best use of the space on offer.

There are no glossy pictures swallowing much needed information space, no big headings, no arty white space nor thick margins. The type is small in a pocket sized book, interrupted by a scattering of black and white line-drawings just sufficient to convey the maximum of information in the minimum of space. Being line-drawings the detail is so much more relevant than a pretty photo that may or may not show the intended subject. The 320 pages are packed with detail, no space is wasted in trying to give the reader as much help as possible.

Everything is nicely organised and, once one is accustomed to the high packing density of the information, easy to find either by the brief Contents page or through the detailed and extensive Index at the end. There are useful tables for such information as fruit picking times and vegetable planting and harvesting times, with relevant comments.

I dearly wish more modern publishers would heed the lessons given by these more expert and yet more accessible works published seventy and eighty years ago.
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