TWO GUIDES FOR GREEN FINGERS
Sowhow: A Modern Guide To Grow-your-own Veg
To the amateur, traditional gardening books can seem impenetrable – too laden with Latin names. Not so this handy guide, which will escort you, via colourful infographics, diagrams and step-by-step charts, from seed to success. Follow the instructions to home-grow everything from leeks, beets and tarragon to cucamelons, plus there are excellent sections on storage and troubleshooting – we’re bookmarking the page on how to win the war against snails (Pavilion, £12.99).
The Gardener’s Garden
This is perhaps the most comprehensive compendium of gardens old, new, near and far – and it has now been released in a smaller, more portable (and therefore almost half the price) edition. The 250-plus gardens it contains range from the big-scale and bucolic (Great Dixter), to Modernist (Chile’s Jardín Los Vilos), painterly (Monet’s Giverny) and petite (Colonial Williamsburg). The glorious quality of the photographs is not diminished, and they are well captioned with landscaping tips and plant listings (Phaidon, £29.95).