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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; 1 edition (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071122482X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711224827
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best points about The Small Garden are its breadth of scope and its straight talking, in-depth advice. (Glasgow Herald)

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C.E. Lucas Phillips was the author of The Cockleshell Heroes which remains his most popular and most renowned work, as well as a string of gardening titles.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 12 Oct 2003
Format: Paperback
"The Small Garden" must be the best gardening book ever printed. I have had a copy for 38 years and unfortunately it is now falling apart after constant use. Luckily I see it is still possible to obtain copies, hopefully in better condition than my own
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Nova on 25 Jun 2007
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This was my first ever gardening book 29 years ago that I picked up second hand at a market stall when contemplating the builders site that was the garden at the back of my newly built first house. It was an invaluable introduction to gardening. I used it to design and plant my very first garden and was delighted with the results. It sparked an interest in gardening that has stayed with me ever since. It became increasingly battered and yellowed over the years. As I accumulated many more fashionable and exciting gardening books over the years it disappeared to the back of my bookcase. I came across a more up to date version recently at another second hand bookshop and snapped it up. To my pleasure and delight I have been re-discovering its still invaluable advice and refreshing down to earth style - for example advising the beginner against the 'Fido's graveyard' approach to rockery design! Still a gem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wills on 21 May 2010
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My father pointed me towards this book when I started taking an interest in gardening. I bought my own copy and found it fascinating. Not only is the advice very good but it is also very well written. The style in which it is written is compelling and, at times, amusing (yes I did find myself laughing out loud, not something that happens very often with gardening books). It is almost worth reading even if you have no interest in gardening. Some of the methods are a little dated (but no less effective) and some of the chemicals mentioned may no longer be available but the meat of the content is still relevant. The one critical review concerning the lack of pictures is accurate. There are no photographs with which to guide or inspire you, so if that is what you need don't by this book. Otherwise I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Richmond on 24 Aug 2010
Format: Paperback
The other positive reviews on Amazon have said it all for me. Now, at age 69, I find myself having a garden again after a ten-year gap, and am delighted that I can still buy a copy of Lucas Phillips's book. When it arrives it will be my third copy as others have fallen apart on me.
Mr Phillips is right in so many things. For example, the pink tupic called Clara Butt is as near to perfection as any tulip can be. Cherries are good to grow, though the birds will get most of them (and be a delight to watch, though he doesn't say that). And if it's cucumbers you want, the greengrocer will oblige.

It is small-to-medium size. The trouble with most gardening books today (2010) is that most of them are large-format, arm-breaking stuff when you want simply to look something up, and impossible to read in bed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lem on 7 Jan 2008
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My parents had this book, and I bought my own copy in the 1960s. When this fell to bits bought the 'updated' version in the 70s, and now have a second hand copy of that. A wonderful straightforward no-frills book with excellent basic advice for the beginner onwards, written by a gardening enthusiast who wrote from his own experience. Some years ago we were faced with newly excavated steep driveway banks, so I wrote to Brig Lucas Phillips asking for ideas. He wrote a long and detailed letter (in his own hand) with guidance re soil prep, suitable plants etc. - how many famous authors would do that, and it's a measure of the friendly feel to the whole book. Highly recommend it - I am now buying a copy for the next generation starting their own gardening life.
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The Small Garden was a replacement for my copy which was printed in1957. Whenever I wanted clear concise advice on ANYTHING AT ALL I would only need to consult it for a few minutes and SOLVED.!!! IT was so tattered some of the pages ere nearing the confetti stage and practically illegible.

It covers most of the plants which I want to grow in my medium to large garden so I am very happy to have my friend with me again.

The only trouble is ; this book all tattered & torn has been a part of my collection for most of my adult life that I cannot bring

myself to part with it. Is there a book to give me a solution to that?
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This is a reprint of an old standby, with some updating to take account of some obsolete and replacement garden chemicals.
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By bookworm on 8 May 2014
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An excellent, comprehensive and no-nonsense gardening book full of practical ideas concisely explained with a touch of humour. A real companion for enthusiasts.
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