CON­NECT­ING WITH NA­TURE & THE SEA­SONS

Hertfordshire Life - - GARDEN -

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.

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