Great books for the green-fingered
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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.