Posted 7th Jul 2015
Tracking down the right book for your gardening needs can be a challenge, especially if you have a smaller space. We've selected some must-have gardening books to help you transform your garden.
The Good Gardener
As practical as it is beautiful, the Good Gardener offers advice for every aspect of garden keeping, by covering nine key components including garden basics, lawn care, planting, and garden maintenance. Interlaced with 'Tales from the potting shed' – a section giving brief histories of garden tools and techniques – The Good Gardener would suit any level of expertise.
The Good Gardener: Expert advice for every garden by Simon Akeroyd, published by National Trust Books, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £25.00
Bees and Borders
The first half of this nifty guide explains the basics of how to plant a border and what to considered. The second part of the book sees pages cut into three sections, each of which can be moved independently on the internal hinges. Images correspond with information overleaf, allowing readers to see how plants would look together in a border, also offering them to choose flowers that require complementing conditions. This book is more suited to gardeners with some previous experience and knowledge.
Bees and Borders: The mix and match guide to beautiful planting by Simon Maughan and Jane Courtier, published by Ivy Press, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £9.99
Bird, Bee and Bug Houses
Offering step-by-step instructions on how to build a myriad of different shelters, Bird, Bee and Bug houses will teach you how to turn your garden into a haven for all sorts of wildlife. Basic woodwork skills are required, but each stage of construction is illustrated with photos and diagrams to make them easy to follow and as clear as possible. Many of the tools and materials needed may already be piled up in your shed and the rest can easily be obtained from gardening shops.
Bird, Bee and Bug Houses: Simple projects for your garden by Derek Jones, published by GMC Distribution, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £14.99.
Cultivating Garden Style
This unique book aims to help gardeners bring their style from inside into any outside space. Laced with style guides and visual inspiration, Cultivating Garden Style covers 23 different styles, ranging from Retro Rockery, to Tropical Noir. A brilliant housewarming gift for friends who have just redesigned their new home, and want to leave their mark on the garden.
Cultivating Garden Style: Inspired ideas and practical advice to unleash your garden personality by Rochelle Greayer, published by Timber press is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £25.
Designing and planting A Woodland Garden
Combining time-tested familiar plants with lesser-known varieties, Designing and Planting a Woodland Garden walks readers through the process of cultivating an enchanting outdoor space, inspired by the diversity and freedom of woodlands. Charmingly written and illustrated, this book gives detailed accounts of shade-loving plants and how to grow them. A wonderful book for anyone looking to add a touch of the wild to their garden.
Designing and Planting a Woodland Garden: Plants and Combinations that thrive in the shade by Keith Wiley, published by Timber Press, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £25.
A practical guide spanning some 253 pages and segregated into three sections – The organic way, The biodynamic approach, and Biodynamic garden planner – Biodynamic gardening provides in-depth and wide-ranging coverage of biodynamic gardening. Combining modern scientific methods with traditional farming practices, biodynamic gardening aims to put as much back into the soil as it takes out and produce bigger and fuller yields, all the while working in harmony with nature's rhythms. This is a book for anyone looking to do something a little different with their outdoor space, and produce delicious food while they're at it.
Biodynamic Gardening by Monty Waldin, published by DK, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £16.99.
Small-Space Vegetable Gardens
This guide to urban vegetable growing provides insight into how to make the most of any space, no matter how small. Answering all the questions you've ever had about urban vegetable growing – and plenty you haven't – Small-Space Vegetable Gardens is a great beginners guide for anyone who doesn't think urban living means you have to miss out on home-grown produce.
Small-Space Vegetable Gardens: Growing Great Edibles in Containers, Raised Beds, and Small Plots by Andrea Bellamy, published by Timber Press, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £17.99
Straw Bale Gardens Complete
Straw Bale Gardens Complete builds on the 2013 book Straw Bale Gardens, which revolutionised vegetable growing by removing the need for soil and extending the growing season by weeks. Straw Bale Gardens Complete shows you how to create straw bale gardens in unusual and urban spaces, plant an organic straw garden and what to do if you can't get hold of straw. This fully comprehensive guide would suit anyone looking to improve their yield or break into growing their own vegetables.
Straw Bale Gardens Complete: Breakthrough Vegetable Gardening Method by Joel Karsten, published by Cool Springs Press, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £15.99
By Lois Shearing