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Down to Earth: Gardening Wisdom Hardcover – 5 Oct 2017
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Unrivalled gardening wisdom from Monty Don, including essential tips, knowledge and musings from his 50 years of horticultural experience (Daily Telegraph)
The book is a potboiler of his [Monty Don's] wisdom (Sunday Times)
The Gardener's World favourite shares 50 years of his gardening experience with readers in this easy to digest gardening book which covers a myriad subjects including shrubs, containers, pests and compost, to growing your own edibles and useful pointers on what to do in each month of the year. In his gentle, easy way, he encourages gardeners to coax the best from their plot and how to delight in the process. (Hannah Stephenson The i newspaper 2017-09-23)
Practical month-by-month advice on gardening from a popular gardener with years of hands-on experience. (Gardens Illustrated 2017-09-15)
A beauty of a book... The chapters are short and clearly marked for quick references when needed and there's an ever so handy monthly guide at the back. It's full with beautiful photographs too which I think are nearly as important as the words. (Lavender and Leeks blog 2017-10-06)
This book, with its beautifully framed images from the author's own garden, is lyrical with wit and wisdom as it takes the reader through the year, offering practical and sometimes unexpected advice. (RTE Guide)
What we loved most is that it is like a conversation with Monty as he takes you through his thoughts on many aspects of gardening... highly recommended! (Hot Brands Cool Places)
Down to Earth is a pleasure to dip into and would make a satisfying read on days when work in the garden has been curtailed by fading light or cold. (English Garden)
Down to Earth... is a lovely read, and although it contains all you could wish to know about the eternal verities of mulching, pruning, composting, growing and planting in every type of garden, its central message is that gardening is the secret to living well. (Sunday Telegraph 2017-10-15)
About the Author
Monty Don has been gardening on TV for over 25 years for ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC, and since 2003 has been the lead presenter on BBC TV's Gardeners' World, which from 2011 has been filmed in his own garden in Herefordshire, Longmeadow.
He is an experienced organic gardener and was President of the Soil Association from 2008 to 2017.
A prolific journalist and author, he was gardening correspondent for the the Observer from 1994 to 2006 and has written a weekly gardening column for the Daily Mail since 2004. He has published 18 books, including his recent Sunday Times bestseller Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs.
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Ive designed 3 gardens now (moving house) and always done the same lawn and square border style that you see in most gardens.
Im moving house next month or so and we are getting the biggest garden to date and after binge watching gardeners world (new to the show) I decided I want a nice cottage garden with small lawn and huge borders with paths and a veg patch.
It may be more then I can chew but the learning is fun and this book is helpful. Im a young person so I smell the start of a great gardening life :-)
This is my gardening bible, and I keep referring to it for information on what to do each month, and just general gardening queries. Great read, would recommend to gardeners and Monty Don fans.
I like Monty's writing style and though I generally skip over the Latin plant names and sometimes skip over whole paragraphs, I generally find it a joy to read while sat in the garden on a summer's day.
I also have his The Complete Gardener which is more in line with the Alan Titchmarsh book but is set out in sections rather than starting at the basics like a training course.