Gardener's Pocket Bible - Roni Jay

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Gardener's Pocket Bible - Roni Jay

Non-Fiction - Lifestyle - Home & Garden - ISBN: 0954821963

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published 21/11/2006 | Martinscholes
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"Gardener's Pocket Bible by Roni Jay"

The Gardener's Pocket Bible, by Roni Jay, is an excellent little book. It is a little bit bigger than average pocket size, but would probably fit quite snugly inside the leg pocket of a pair of cargo trousers!

The book is 178 pages in length and is described by Roni Jay as a collaborative effort between Roni Jay, her mum and dad, Jill and Tony, their friend Will, who is a professional gardener, Laurie Taylor (he was the proof-reader, I think) and James Belsey, to whom she also dedicated the book. There was also a poorly fax machine who helped in the proceedings.

With that cast of six (leaving the fax machine out of this, for the moment!) one might expect this book to be a sort of camel of a gardening book, you know, the elderly joke about a camel being a horse designed by a committee?

Not a bit of it! The book is eminently readable and useful. It is broken down into easy to use sections and there is much information not found in books many times the size and many times the paperback) price of £7.99 (Check out Amazon, it is £6.39, though do check for p&p there.)

For example, buy this book and you will be told if you can or cannot compost couch grass, the correct way to propagate plants, how far apart you should plant your vegetables, whether or not some insects should be discouraged or actually encouraged to take up residence in your garden.

I have often found gardening books to be irritatingly vague about some aspects of gardening. "Avoid planting before the spring frosts" they say. Well, that's all very well, but when is the last spring frost?

Roni tells you! In fairness, she warns that you can' always be certain, bit she gives a table of relative dates for Spring frosts. In Plymouth it is mid April, whilst in Birmingham late May, and Liverpool early April. (She explains why and the explanation is fascinating.)

The book also covers Autumn frosts, what you can plant, how you can plant them and where you can plant them; how to propagate plants, when you should deadhead, how to prune and which plants need pruning and when; how to garden perfectly sensibly even if there is a hosepipe ban; how to feed, mulch, weed and stake; how to feed your plants, how to make and store your own compost, what fruit to grow, how to grow and keep hedges; how to take up wildlife gardening and how to keep the wildlife you don't want out of your garden, as much as possible! And much more, besides.

The book also contains inset pocket facts which are always interesting and very often exceedingly useful, too.

This has got to be one of the best stocking fillers ever for anyone who is even vaguely interested in gardening!

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  • mumsymary published 22/11/2006
    Sounds a neat little book
  • bean372042 published 21/11/2006
    Nice review, it sounds a great book. Jean X
  • Minha published 21/11/2006
    I shall have to check out Amazon - although I have a similar book - perhaps I should check that first! Hazel xx
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Non-Fiction - Lifestyle - Home & Garden - ISBN: 0954821963

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Author: Roni Jay

Title: Gardener's Pocket Bible

Subgenre: Home & Garden

Genre: Lifestyle

Type: Non-Fiction

ISBN: 0954821963

EAN: 9780954821968

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