CONNECTING WITH NATURE & THE SEASONS
Gardening and Planting by the Moon 2019
Nick Kollerstrom W Foulsham & Co, £8.99
Country folk – and repeat buyers of this book which has been published annually for over 30 years – know that planning their horticulture in harmony with the rhythms of the moon produces better crops. They get higher yields and better flavour in vegetables, while flowers produce stronger displays and heightened colour.
This guide computes everything you need to know about the daily influence of the moon and the planets and has a 15-month daily calendar. The gardeners at RHS Wisley have proved the benefits of the lunar effect under controlled research conditions.
An interesting book to try out the techniques in your own garden. I am definitely having a go in my own garden next year!
Starting and Saving Seeds: Grow the Perfect Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs and Flowers for Your Garden
Julie Thompson-Adolf Cool Springs Press, £16.99
Seed starting, seed saving and plant propagation are shown in an easyto-understand way in this book. The author explains the ins-and-outs of seed propagation as well as seed harvesting and storing, all based on her experience as a commercial grower.
Growing things from seed is fun, rewarding and very cost-effective and this book has some great tips and advice.