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A slice of organic life is just that, a slice not a full pie
Review of A Slice of Organic Life: Get Closer to the Soil Without Going the Whole Hog by StewwyB

Advantages: Provides some interesting start points to lead an organic life
Disadvantages: Not enough information, more of a snapshot than a full blown "how to" guide

...that the goal of living a truly organic lifestyle is within the reach of most, but in my house it’s what we aim for. We’re certainly a long way from being fully organic, for all sorts of reasons, but all the things we do that can be classed a ... Read review

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Nice write up :) by missrarr
sounds interesting. think id rather start with a much more hardcore book and then adapt the tips and the how to's for my own needs lol by ryanando
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29.10.2014 20:35
Tells Me All I Need To Know
Review of Jekka's Complete Herb Book - Jekka McVicar by Viborg

Advantages: Beautifully presented, informative with expert advice.
Disadvantages: It could take a little while to find your way around it.

Why Herbs I’ve been interested in plants and gardening for as long as I can remember. My interest was rekindled by the late, great Geoff Hamilton, who seemed to make everything seem so easy and attainable. I enjoy cooking, too, so it’s natural that ... Read review

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Great review x by emmad5689
interesting review by siberian-queen
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10.07.2013 17:59
A history book about vegetables - yes, really!
Review of Forgotten Fruits - Christopher Stocks by ryeb

Advantages: Challenges other research, helps you to choose historic crops local to you
Disadvantages: Some of the entries are brief and not very informative

I have a nerdish interest in the history of gardening, partly because I work as a garden trainee in an old garden and partly because I like both history and growing things. So I was delighted to find a second hand copy of Christopher Stocks' book "Forgott ... Read review

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Fab Review x by yazoo88
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15.04.2013 17:29
How to make black gold in your garden
Review of How To Make And Use Composte The Ultimate Guide - Nicky Scott by ryeb

Advantages: Covers more areas and types of composting than other titles, good troubleshooting advice
Disadvantages: If you already have a bin, extensive info on choosing system may be irrelevant

I work part time as a gardening trainee, and my head gardener calls compost "black gold". Some people call making it an art, which is perhaps going too far for what is essentially creatively mixing rotting things together, but it shows the importance gar ... Read review

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I had no idea it was complicated enough to be worthy of a book! Great review. by Kukana
Excellent review. by Absinthe_Fairy
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10.04.2013 14:19
There's a Revolution brewing in the garden..
Review of James Wong's Homegrown Revolution - James Wong by ryeb

Advantages: Covers a wide range of crops, good level of information on each, well illustrated
Disadvantages: Choice of crops favours those used in Asian, and to a lesser extent "Tex-mex" cuisine

I hope to grow the majority of my own fruit and vegetables one day, and the fact I also work as a garden trainee means I always have a keen interest in learning more about growing edibles. I have acquired a number of books about the subject over the last ... Read review

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Excellent! by CelticSoulSister
Nicely done, I like growing fruit :-) by trayrope
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02.04.2013 17:05
Bring out the gardener in you
Review of The Vegetable and Herb Expert - D.G. Hessayon by Alyson29

Advantages: Aimed at both beginners and the more advanced and offers a rich source of information
Disadvantages: None for me

The Vegetable and Herb Expert – Dr D G Hessayon Ever since I was a young child I have had a keen interest in gardening, particularly as my Dad was expert at growing all of our family’s fruit and vegetables. I have many fond memories of helping ... Read review

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What a smashing book and what great savings you've made Alyson. Very practical review of this neat book, e from me xXx by Deesrev
I think it would require a shotgun and a range of threats to bring out the the gardener in me, although I believe we've got one of Hessayon's other books filed in the depths of the garage. by jonathanb
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15.12.2012 18:46
Kitchen Gardener
Review of The Kitchen Gardener - Alan Titchmarsh by AngelEyes76

Advantages: Loads of information, value for money, handy tips
Disadvantages: none

...that would be great for the garden which in a sense it wa ... Read review

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An excellent review. E from me.x by Violet1278
fantastic review x by pink_champagne

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10.10.2012 21:14
An excellent book for beginners and experienced gardeners
Review of Creating Your Backyard Farm: How to Grow Fruit and Vegetables, and Raise Chickens and Bees - Nicki Trench by Alyson29

Advantages: Provides considerable gardening information for beginners and the more experienced
Disadvantages: The unpredictable British weather!

I own a vast amount of books on a variety of subjects and over the last few months I have been gradually sorting through them all and giving away those that I no longer use. I am a keen gardener and have enjoyed growing my own fruit and vegetables since I ... Read review

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Sounds like a very useful book and one to remain in your collection what with the connection to your father. I might check it out myself sometime. Love your profile pic btw. :-) by ash2508
Excellent review. John by Coloneljohn
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02.09.2012 08:53
Your Garden In Wartime
Review of Your Garden in Wartime - C.H. Middleton by ryeb

Advantages: Interesting guide to gardening as if your life depended on it
Disadvantages: Some advice is now out of date, but that is almost the point of the book!

The book "Your Garden In Wartime", combines two of my passions - history and gardening. It is a reprint of a 1941 gardening guide, written by the king of Dig for Victory himself, C.H Middleton, or Mr Middleton as he was often known. I bought my copy from ... Read review

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excellent review x by char2011
What a fascinating book! I usually avoid books about wars in general, but this just sounds like an amazing way to get a real feel for the time! by Calypte
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22.06.2012 18:19
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One of the secrets to my gardening success
Review of 1001 Most Popular Garden Plants - Alan Gear by Alyson29

Advantages: Offers a wealth of knowledge for creating tubs, baskets and a beautiful garden
Disadvantages: None for me

1001 Most Popular Garden Plants - Antje Rugullis My Reasons for Purchase My father has always been a keen gardener and can turn his hand to almost anything and I have vivid and very ... Read review

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Excellent review. John by Coloneljohn
Excellent review. E. by 80smusicreviewer
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12.05.2012 08:19
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How to grow winter vegetables
Review of How To Grow Winter Vegetables - Charles Dowding by ryeb

Advantages: Inspiring ideas, clearly laid out and full of useful advice
Disadvantages: None for me, but it will be most useful to those interested in no-dig techniques.

I first came across "How To Grow Winter Vegetables" by Charles Dowding during a visit to the library last year. It had recently been published and a librarian pointed it out to me as a title she thought would interest me. She was right and I ended up buyi ... Read review

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Excellent review with lots of detail. :-) by derek-j-a
Excellent review. E. by 80smusicreviewer
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23.04.2012 18:54
This book is blooming excellent
Review of The New Flower Expert - D.G. Hessayon by Alyson29

Advantages: Suitable for beginners to experienced gardeners and has helped increase my knowledge
Disadvantages: None for me

...I feel very proud of the fact that when we moved t ... Read review

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Exceptional review Alyson xXx by Deesrev
Excellent review. John by Coloneljohn
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19.04.2012 17:42
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Feed your family on quarter of an acre? A very small family!
Review of The Essential Guide to Back Garden Self-sufficiency - Carleen Madigan by nikkired

Advantages: Full of useful advice if you have more space or a smallholding
Disadvantages: Very misleading title, aimed at the wrong market

Living in a 2 bed semi in suburbia I can only dream about being totally self-sufficient in a Good Life kind of way. One day we'll live somewhere more rural with more land and grow all our own fruit and veg and keep chickens, hopefully pigs and ma ... Read review

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Sounds interesting in principle, but I don't think I'll be making over the garden quite yet. Well reviewed. by torr
I always get suckered in by this sort of book, and quite often its available online for free by cha97michelle
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12.04.2012 08:54
My Grow Your Own Bible
Review of Food from Your Garden & Allotment - Reader's Digest by nikkired

Advantages: Thorough, covers all aspects of growing fruit and veg from sowing seeds to cooking the produce
Disadvantages: Not much information on growing in containers

As soon as we bought our own house and I had a garden of my own I started trying to grow my own vegetables and one day when we were at our local garden centre "Food From Your Garden And Allotment" caught my eye. It looked like exactly the kind of ... Read review

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I've always thought of growing my own produce. Sounds like a must for newbies! by syxiv
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07.03.2012 08:45
Learn Allot Grow Allot
Review of Allotment Month by Month - Alan Buckingham by Alyson29

Advantages: Clear concise advice and easy to follow
Disadvantages: None for me

~~ Allotment – Month by Month ~~ I have the most vivid and wonderful childhood memories where I would help my Dad in the garden where he would be working hard with planting and harvesting our family’s ve ... Read review

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brilliant review by danielclark691
Brilliant review! by wazza115

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21.02.2012 07:13
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