I've been meaning to start this thread for ages after a bit of a tangent on my previous thread (thanks for the idea shove!)
I'm looking for ideas for a gardening book for MIL and was hoping we could list gardening books we have found useful, or that you've heard are particularly good!
MIL is a keen gardener, particularly with veg, but uses a brilliant old book which details when to plant what, and when to harvest. I'm not sure she'd use another book similar, so I'm looking for ideas on what other gardening books might suit her.
I will go back to the previous thread in a mo, and list the ones already recommended, but it might be nice to have a thread solely for great book recommendations!
Ooooh! BOOK THREAD! <runs around excitedly with abebooks.com tab open and bankruptcy beckoning>
It's not so much of a classic as the above, but I do like James Wong's Growing for Flavour. It has a lot of tips that come from recent scientific trials, and that are news even to experienced veg gardeners. I bought a copy for my Dad, who has been gardening for decades, and he was really interested and has actually adopted some of the suggestions - win! It's also got really nice graphic design and page layouts.
Oh that one looks really good! I think that sort of thing will be more useful to lovely MIL, as it will need to have 'new' methods in it for her to pick that book up rather than stick with the old one.
She bought me the most wonderfully useful Christmas Dinner book a few weeks ago, so now the pressure is on to find an equally useful book for her
It may be something she can use in addition to the old reliable friendly tome. You can never replace those books you really rely on. Gardening is strange, temporally speaking. It's essentially a repetition, the same things year on year, yet each cycle is also extraordinarily different, with temperatures and weather never the same, meaning that some things flourish while others struggle. Over time, you get this building sense of the underlying patterns of the climate as well - which currently alarms me quite a lot. But you already know this far better than I do, being farming folk!
I rather think mine were the tried and tested books Gin ! I use the RHS Encylopedia of Gardening a lot, and my other one is an old Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening, but that is very old, and not published anymore, The new ones are all for allotment gardening now The other ones were books by Christopher Lloyd -( he of Great Dixter fame ), but they were always for inspiration rather than practical in truth. I
What was the 'brilliant old book' your DMIL used? I find modern books are a bit all singing all dancing and a more simple one (do this then) would be good. I have most of DG Hessayon's books and most of the more complicated or more wordy books stay on the shelf.