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on 26 June 2017
I really admire Bob Flowerdew. He's my kind of gardener - all organic, natural and enthusiastic about plants of all kinds. This is a great book if you love nature. Lots of beautiful photos too of Bob's own garden. Wish I had as much space as him, lucky thing.
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on 22 July 2002
Bob Flowerdew is an innovative and forward-thinking gardener. His ideas for organic gardening are inspiring. I was slightly disappointed that there were not many ideas for recycling in this book. Having heard him on Gardeners' Question Time, over the years, I imagined that this book would offer more in the way of how to use an old fridge as a cold frame, or what to do with old tyres and the general junk one may find lying about in the garden; it doesn't! Also, it is slightly irritating to find that some of the text is printed over hazy backgrounds of trees and other plants, making it difficult to read...However, on balance, and to be fair, this book IS about organic gardening and, as such, is as inspiring as one would expect from the author.
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on 18 January 2002
An excellent "bed-time" gardening book.
Presents the case for organic gardening beautifully, but then I was already convinced..
Lots of interesting tips and helpful hints, but sometimes I find these tips and hints half-hidden in the "stories". This makes for interesting reading, for sure, but not always for quickly finding help or for checking something you remember reading.
The index is far too short, it should be much more extensive, about three times as long as it is. If I'm looking up something specific I find myself resorting to some of my other (organic) gardening books.
These are, however, not fundamental complaints as I thoroughly enjoy the book and dip into it often.
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on 13 November 2001
An in-depth and interesting book full of Bob's views and ideas. It slides into the "wierdy-beardy real ale drinkers against nuclear weapons save the whales" at times, but as a source of ideas and inspiration, it can't be faulted. Don't try and do everything he suggests, just absorb it and try your own slant on it.
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on 14 July 2000
Having read this book, I realised it really isn't that difficult to grow organic food.The book is well laid out and a joy to read. I would definitely recommend this book.
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on 10 October 2003
Listeners to Radio 4's Gardenrs' Question Time will be familiar wth Bob Flowerdew, a amn who collects old freezers and is able to reuse all sorts of junk in his prolific and productive garden.
In this book he sets out the usual facts about organic gardening, reasons behind it, how to control pests etc. as well as advice on livestock great and small (one family doesn't need a cow; 3-4 families together might think about getting one!) and growing that fruit and veg.
A bit too big to keep inn the allotment shed, but too practical to be a coffee-table book, this is perhaps best suited as toilet reading. where else can a gardener go for some undisturbed manuring and the chance to bone up on a few good ideas?
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