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A waste of space and time
on 21 March 2016
I am a fairly enthusiastic gardener, but I lack knowledge. Oh, I know some of the basics – the best types of plants to grow in certain soil types, plants for different types of light, container gardening etc, so I was hoping this “bible” would take me a few steps further. Was I in for a surprise.
This book contains designs for 40 gardens, all accompanied by pretty watercolour illustrations with the occasional photograph thrown in. Each design assumes the garden is flat, and seemingly has no borders at all as there are no dimensions! Soil type is obviously not important at all as this isn't mentioned. There are a few passing references to growing vegetables. My own garden is the size of a man's handkerchief, is North facing and slopes down away from the house; the half nearest the house is clay and never sees the sun, whilst the other half has reasonably workable soil and gets a good amount of the sun in the afternoon once we're on British Summertime. All of this might sound pernickety to a total novice, but believe me, they are important factors.
What a huge disappointment this book is; it seems to be more a vehicle for the watercolour artist who illustrated it than a serious book on gardening. There is a wealth of information on the internet which is more useful than this. I doubt even the paper would be suitable for composting, and speaking of which there are only two minute references to this.