Great books for the green-fin­gered

Get a Christ­mas gift that’ll teach you about flora, fauna, well­be­ing and wildlife, says

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - GARDENING AND PETS - Han­nah Stephen­son

Here are five books for the arm­chair gar­dener you may be­come over the fes­tive sea­son.

1. CAN ANY­THING STOP SLUGS? BY GUY BARTER (MITCHELL BEA­Z­LEY, £14.99)

If any­one can help you get rid of pesky slugs and other nui­sances, the RHS chief hor­ti­cul­tur­ist Guy Barter can. The slightly mis­lead­ing ti­tle cov­ers many of the most com­mon prob­lems en­coun­tered in a gar­den — as well as some slightly more un­usual ones.

2. ROOT, NUR­TURE, GROW BY ROSE RAY AND CARO LANG­TON (QUADRILLE, £18)

As spa­ces be­come smaller and gar­den­ers bat­tle for out­door space, many are tak­ing their plants in­doors. This book is ideal for those who want to share, swap and cel­e­brate the var­i­ous meth­ods of mul­ti­ply­ing their favourite plants at al­most no cost at all.

3. THE GEN­ER­OUS GAR­DENER: PRI­VATE PARADISES SHARED BY CARO­LINE DON­ALD (PIM­PER­NEL PRESS, £30)

Ever won­dered what sort of gar­dens are kept by celebri­ties? Well, now you have the chance to find out, as fa­mous gar­den lovers, from best­selling author Jilly Cooper and TV pre­sen­ter Kelly Brook, to celebrity hair­styl­ist Sam McKnight and Grammy award-win­ning singer Corinne Bai­ley Rae, re­veal some of the se­crets of their own gar­dens in this new book.

4. THE TEN-MINUTE GAR­DENER BY VAL BOURNE (BAN­TAM, £9.99)

This month-by-month guide to grow­ing your own is a per­fect stock­ing-filler for the novice and the more ex­pe­ri­enced gar­dener, set out in chrono­log­i­cal or­der of months and the jobs to do in each, of­fer­ing sim­ple to-do lists split into fruit and veg, the se­crets of suc­cess, or­ganic tips and rainy day al­ter­na­tives.

5. MY TINY VEG PLOT: BIG IDEAS FOR SMALL SPA­CES BY LIA LEEN­DERTZ, MARK DI­A­CONO (PAVIL­ION, £9.99)

Think you don’t have enough space to grow your own? My Tiny Veg Plot is full of in­ge­nious so­lu­tions for slot­ting veg­eta­bles and fruit into teeny-tiny spa­ces — on bal­conies, roofs, steps, win­dow boxes and win­dowsills.

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