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The Weekend Gardener Hardcover – 28 Sep 1995

4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Television tie-in edition edition (28 Sept. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747520127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747520122
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Monty Don is the main presenter of BBC-TV's Gardener's World. He is one of the UK's most respected gardeners and gardening writers. He has been gardening correspondent for the Observer since 1994 and is at the forefront of the environmental and organic gardening debate.

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I really enjoy this book.It is both easy to follow so you can dip in and out ,and it is very practical.I like the photos and the modern approach that doesn,t just have the usual old suggestions. It is suitable for beginners or experienced gardeners.there are lots of creative ideas that don't require a horticulture degree to adapt to your own garden.
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This has to be one of Monty's first books, judging by the youthful picture of him on the cover.

To be honest it's not one of his best. The idea must have seemed attractive, writing about something to be done every weekend of the year at minimal effort. However as gardeners know, the weekends of May and June are nothing like long enough to get everything done while in January one rarely ventures into the garden.

The end result is that much is arbitrarily placed, such as 'patios' in February when you'd be ankle deep in mud trying to lay the thing. I'd also quibble if this is really the book for 'busy people' - would they bother with cuttings rather than just buy from the garden centre?

There is a decent index so you can find a topic, i.e. 'shade', and not be too concerned this has been plonked into a June weekend. However each topic is given a rather superficial treatment.
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I have finally got to that stage in life where I am really enjoying watching Gardener’s World, I never thought it would happen but after 30 years of gardening indifference and ignorance… it has.

I work full time and this book seemed perfect with its tag line “beautiful gardens for busy people”.

Right from the introduction I love this book, and I would highly recommend if you do buy the book that you read the introduction as it explains the format of the book very well.

The book is effectively a calendar format, splitting each month into two weekend and stating what you could or should be doing in your garden at this time, but in the intro Monty states how it is so dependent on the weather so don’t worry about being too literal about jobs and timings, just do the work when you have time, and this is great for me. Monty bases the book around you having approximately an hour each week in which you can do something

I use this book as more of a guide as to what I should have done and what I should be thinking about doing because I am clueless when it comes to gardening. Similar to gardener’s world the explanations given in this book make sense to me and demystifies gardening which up until this point in my life I have sadly never paid much attention to.

Those that already know what they’re doing in the garden would perhaps not find this book much use, other than perhaps in planning their time?

I would highly recommend this book for novices and or time poor individuals such as myself, that don’t know a great deal about gardening and can probably only spare a couple of hours every two weeks in total to the garden (as much as I would now love to have more time for the garden!).
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I HAVE OVER FORTY BOOKS ON GARDENING BUT THIS IS THE BEST EVER.
SIMPLE YET WRITTEN WITH A TRUE SOUL FOR GARDENING AND A FEEL THAT OTHER TV GARDENERS LACK
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As a new gardener I have found this book really useful, especially the advice on tools, planning the garden to suit your needs and the different types of plants. It presents gardening in a accessible and engaging way.
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I don't have much time for, or knowledge about gardening and this book is great. It gives you short bursts of activities and describes thing well without using loads of jargon.
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never a borrower nor a lender be.....
i loved this book so much i recommended it to a friend, then loaned it, and never saw it again, so have just bought a replacement copy.
it sets out just what needs doing in a typical garden month by month. easy to follow and you are never given too much work to do.
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