RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening (RHS) Hardcover – 5 Sep 2007
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A complete revision of this definitive, step-by-step practical guide to the entire range of gardening techniques. A must have gardening classic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Christopher Brickell was awarded the CBE in 1991 for his services to horticulture and has published several books including the RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers from DK. Christopher is based in Sussex.
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The book is divided into sections, dealing with each plant entry by type rather than in alphabetical order. My personal preference would have been to have had an alphabetical treatment, which would have made it easier to find the relevant entry when a problem arises thereby avoiding the need to finger impatiently through the index with a muddy digit. However, this comment belies the degree to which I use the book: it is my first reference point.
It provides concise and practical advice on how to cultivate and propagate the plants featured. Helpful advice is given on pruning. Everything that I grow both in the greenhouse, outside and indoors is covered. In fact every garden plant that I can think of seems to be included.
There is a very useful chapter on growing fruit, which is a topic that tends to get neglected nowadays. I also found the chapter on vegetable gardening to be a useful reference when planning my kitchen garden.
The chapter that deals with "Plant Problems", is commendable for providing a significant number of organic solutions. Another chapter on soils and fertilizers gives all the basics for maintaining a healthy soil balance.
This is a reference book that no serious gardener should be without.
Gardeners of all levels will find something useful here, with sections covering everything from garden design and fruit tree grafting to water and container growing, cacti and succulents.
There's plenty of full colour photographs throughout to illustrate, and if you want to grow your own there's plenty of detail in the chapters on herb, fruit and vegetable gardens.
The book rounds off with chapters on propagation, pests and diseases and weeds, followed by basic botany. If you're looking for a garden reference book, this is definitely one to consider.
The easy to follow guides and photos can have you pruning, building a pergola or simply making your garden a haven of beauty in no time at all. Whether your garden be large or small this handy book provides useful gardening references that I think every gardener will benefit from.
Note: there is no a-z of plants in this book, but it contains so much information about so many popular plants you don't necessarily need one.
Just a note that it's not really for:
- looking up a plant you've seen in a garden centre
- identifying a mysterious thing you've got in your inherited garden
If you want to do either of those, you need to use a different kind of book.
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Book arrived in perfect condition, just as it was noted in the product details. Delighted!Published 2 months ago by Stephen
wonderful gardening guide, with really useful stuff and not only pretty photos. Instead of frustrating pictures of others' garden, often without satisfactory caption, that we are... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cecilia Condello
Excellent book for all your gardening queries. Bought for my son as I have my copy and use it frequently.Published 3 months ago by Jill renton
Brimming with information. I bought my copy second hand at a bargain price. Worth every single penny. Excellent reference book.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer