- 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)
The Weekend Gardener Hardcover – 28 Sep 1995
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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.
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!).
SIMPLE YET WRITTEN WITH A TRUE SOUL FOR GARDENING AND A FEEL THAT OTHER TV GARDENERS LACK
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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Just the right book for a learner gardner or a person who wants a bit of advice. It arrived on time and its good valuePublished 27 days ago by MRS V F OTTO
Lovely book, written by a lovely man I'm sure. One of my favourite gardening books now.Published 2 months ago by Quinton
A devotee of Monty, this, as all his other books, did not fail in holding my interestPublished 11 months ago by shirley degani