No matter what's going on in the wider world, it’s a real privilege to have some outdoor space to call your own. While the green-fingered among us just have that knack with plants, others of us stare at our gardens wondering what on Earth to do with them?
From beginner's guides to gardening compendiums, you don’t need to be Monty Don to make the most of your window box, balcony or front lawn! That’s why we've compiled a list of the top 10 best gardening books to buy online from Amazon and eBay.
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Once you've dug deep (sorry!) into your reasons for buying a gardening book, you'll find it much easier to shop for one. Consider the type of plants you want to grow, your level of gardening experience and the size of your garden when deciding on the best book for your gardening needs.
What is your top priority when gardening? Think about your available garden space and what you hope to achieve. This will help you find the best gardening book to make your vision a reality.
More and more of us are intrigued by the idea of self-sufficiency. Just think about how wonderful it could be to grow your own fruit and vegetables at home!
If you like the idea of home-grown tomatoes or garden-fresh herbs, check out gardening books which guide you through the basics of growing and nurturing crops.
Flowers are one of nature's most beautiful treats and learning to grow them is a skill for life that can bring endless joy and satisfaction.
Cultivating geraniums, pansies, wildflowers or roses is not as easy as it looks! Finding a simple flower growing guide is a brilliant way to get to grips with rearing blooms, and hone your skills the process.
To help inspire you to get gardening, or for those seeking a green-fingered gift idea, you might want to try a gardening compendium.
Gardening compendiums provide a more general guide to gardening. These could be a celebrity gardener's overview of horticultural elements, or perhaps an all-encompassing book which covers gardening tips month-by-month.
Right now, many of us are realising what a privilege it is to have access to outdoor space. If you are lucky enough to have even a small patch of land, you'll want to look for a book to help you make the most of it.
Those of us with no garden can still enjoy home-grown produce. For indoors growers, choose a gardening book which focuses on ways to grow potted fruit and veg at home.
Make sure that the book you buy is suitable for your current level of gardening know-how. Complete beginners will do better with gardening books that keep things super simple. Beginner-friendly books will support you through the fundamentals of gardening without feeling intimidating or de-motivating.
Likewise, lifelong gardeners may find lower-level guides too simplistic and will be more inspired by advanced guides aimed at experts. Keen gardeners may also enjoy coffee-table style books which celebrate the beauty of plants, flowers and nature.
It's worth checking whether you're buying the hardcover or paperback version of your new gardening book. Hardbacks are sturdy and durable, and gardening books with gorgeously printed hardcovers will make excellent gifts.
Paperbacks, on the other hand, are flexible and often more affordable. Which is why paperbacks may also be more appropriate for taking out into the garden with you for reference while you hoe, rake and dig.
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How to Grow: A Guide for Gardeners Who Can't Yet Garden
A Bold, Beautiful Guide to Creating a Well-Rounded Garden
Veg in One Bed: How to Grow an Abundance of Food in One Raised Bed, Month by Month
An Illustrated Month-By-Month Gardening Guide for Homegrown Produce All Year Round
The Complete Gardener
Gardening Tips from the Don
Gardening Through the Year
A Whole Year of Gardening Tricks
Step-By-Step Veg Patch: A Foolproof Guide to Every Stage of Growing Fruit and Veg
A Clear, Accessible Guide to Growing More than Fifty Crops
Grow Your Own Crops in Pots
No Garden? No Problem
Cut Flower Garden
Grow and Arrange Your Own Flowers With This Lovingly Compiled Guide
How to Garden: Small Gardens
Make the Most of Your Small Space
Grow All You Can Eat in Three Square Feet
Sustainability on a Small Scale
Making a Garden: Successful Gardening by Nature's Rules
Gardening Inspired by Mother Nature
Holly Newton's bold and beautiful book covers all the basics of gardening. Uniquely written from the perspective of a charismatic friend, chatting their way through a fun guide to veggies, fruit and flowers.
More a gardening guide for your nephew than your grandpa, this book presents gardening with a contemporary twist. Filled with colourful graphics and imaginative recipes to make from your harvest, you can avoid waste by turning your haul into flavourful homegrown treats through the year.
For anyone hoping to turn a single raised bed into a source of fresh produce, this book is a godsend. From building the bed itself all the way to harvest, Veg in One Bed helps you grow vegetables month-by-month for homegrown produce all year round.
Packed with photos and time-saving tips, this book is guaranteed to get you as excited and passionate about budget-friendly organic gardening as its author Huw Richards.
Monty Don, host of the BBC's beloved Gardener's World, has pulled together a guide which covers every element of gardening. The pages of this book are scattered with love, featuring snaps of Monty's own Herefordshire garden, including his trusty golden retriever Nigel.
The tour of his garden is interspersed with tidbits of advice and guidance on environmentally conscious, organic gardening. The combination of fantastic photos and expert tips make this book a great gift!
Want step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions for how to work your garden all year round? Check out this helpful and comprehensive book from Ian Spence, one of the writers of BBC Gardener's World.
Bold photos help bring the guide to life, coupled with useful 'To-Do' list. With advice on exactly when to plant certain seeds and tasks you can do ahead of time to avoid having to do extra work later.
Described as 'foolproof', Lucy Chamberlain has created a gardening bible full of indispensable advice for both beginners and any keen gardeners looking to move from flowerbeds to the vegetable garden.
Holding your hand throughout the early stages, readers can simply pick a particular crop and follow the straightforward steps. From cuttings and seeds, through the nurturing process all the way to the harvesting stage.
Just because you don't have a garden space doesn't mean you can't get growing! Grow Your Own Crops in Pots is a laser-focused gardening guide that shows you how to grow potted plants on balconies, window sills and patios.
This ingenious book is packed with clever space-saving tricks such as hanging tomato baskets and coriander in a colander. Learn to grow salad leaves, herbs, edible flowers and even fruit, with advice on growing 60 different species of herbs and plants.
Flowers are one of life's simplest pleasures and this book invites everyone to start cultivating their own. The author, Erin Benzakein, is owner of Floret Flower Farms in Washington state, USA. In Cut Flower Garden, she kindly compiles her floral expertise into a loving tome that gardeners of all levels of experience can enjoy.
Discover the joys of different flower species from tulips to daffodils as Benzakein shares vital tips on growing and how to create splendid bouquets and arrangements for every occasion.
Alan Titchmarsh has created this brilliant guide to making the most of your small garden. Packed with vibrant photos and charming aerial-view illustrations, this book is sure to help readers maximise small spaces.
The book includes growing ideas for front gardens, side passages, balconies, windowsills and rooftops. Offering plenty of advice on the best ways to utilise containers to create the illusion of larger space.
If you've always wanted to grow your own snacks, this could be a brilliant book for you. This gardening guide by Naomi Schillinger is incredibly easy to follow and encourages us to believe that you don't need a huge garden or allotment to successfully grow food.
This book teaches you the importance of healthy soil, the ideal spots and the perfect timings for different planting projects. With clearly numbered stages and bright photo illustrations, to help you along the way.
What we particularly like about Carol Klein's book is how it celebrates the wonder of nature. Teeming with glorious high-quality photographs that create a fresh, breezy mood; it focuses on the ways in which plants and flowers thrive on hilltops or in woodland, helping readers to identify similar conditions in their own garden space.
If you already own other similar titles from Carol Klein, you may want to give this one a miss as much of the content is the same.
If you are looking for ways to make the most of your garden, why not check out these articles to get you outside and feeling inspired? From plant pots to gardening accessories, our suggestions are horticultural heaven!
Once you've picked your new gardening book, you can curl up on the grass and read it in the sunshine. We hope this article has helped you find one that gets you motivated to make some simple yet, satisfying changes. Or perhaps, embark on a gardening obsession that lasts a lifetime!
Author: Annie Hopkins
No. 1: Holly Newton｜How to Grow: A Guide for Gardeners Who Can't Yet Garden
No. 2: Huw Richards｜Veg in One Bed: How to Grow an Abundance of Food in One Raised Bed, Month by Month
No. 3: Monty Don｜The Complete Gardener
No. 4: RHS｜Gardening Through the Year
No. 5: Lucy Chamberlain｜Step-By-Step Veg Patch: A Foolproof Guide to Every Stage of Growing Fruit and Veg
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