Down to Earth

Down to Earth : Gardening Wisdom

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"Growing some fruit, veg and herbs is one of the most life-enhancing, practical and enriching things that anyone with a scrap of land can ever do." - Monty Don Unrivalled gardening wisdom from Britain's favourite gardener. Written as he talks, this is Monty Don right beside you in the garden, challenging norms and sharing his advice based on years of experience. Month-by-month, Monty reveals the jobs he does in his own garden, that he hopes are relevant to you. Discover Monty's thoughts and musings on nature, seasons, colour, design, pests, flowering shrubs, containers, and much more. Monty's intimate and beautifully written narrative is accompanied by photos of his own garden. "You need nature more than she needs you. It is not an equal relationship. Serve her well and she will look after you. Abuse her and everyone loses." - Monty Don
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 178 x 224 x 27mm | 799g
  • DK
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241318270
  • 9780241318270
  • 10,600

Table of contents

1: Introduction
2: The Seasons
3: Weather
4: Nature
5: Place
6: Design
7: Walking and Sitting
8: Colour
9: A New Plot
10: The Small Town Garden
11: The Cottage Garden
12: The Exotic Garden
13: A Modern Urban Garden
14: Wildlife Gardening
15: Children
16: Containers
17: Climbers
18: Flowering Shrubs
19: Lawns
20: Weeds
21: Fungus
22: Pests
23: Compost
24: Tools
25: Planting
26: Growing
27: Pruning
28: Food
29: Grow your own Veg
30: Grow your own Herbs
31: Grow your own Top Fruit
32: Grow your own Soft Fruit
33: Names
34: The Months

1: January
2: February
3: March
4: April
5: May
6: June
7: July
8: August
9: September
10: October
11: November
12: December

35: Index
36: Acknowledgments
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Review Text

Unrivalled gardening wisdom from Monty Don, including essential tips, knowledge and musings from his 50 years of horticultural experience Daily Telegraph
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Unrivalled gardening wisdom from Monty Don, including essential tips, knowledge and musings from his 50 years of horticultural experience * Daily Telegraph * The book is a potboiler of his [Monty Don's] wisdom * Sunday Times * The Gardener's World favourite shares 50 years of his gardening experience with readers in this easy to digest gardening book which covers a myriad subjects including shrubs, containers, pests and compost, to growing your own edibles and useful pointers on what to do in each month of the year. In his gentle, easy way, he encourages gardeners to coax the best from their plot and how to delight in the process. -- Hannah Stephenson * The i newspaper * Practical month-by-month advice on gardening from a popular gardener with years of hands-on experience. * Gardens Illustrated * A beauty of a book... The chapters are short and clearly marked for quick references when needed and there's an ever so handy monthly guide at the back. It's full with beautiful photographs too which I think are nearly as important as the words. * Lavender and Leeks blog * This book, with its beautifully framed images from the author's own garden, is lyrical with wit and wisdom as it takes the reader through the year, offering practical and sometimes unexpected advice. * RTE Guide * What we loved most is that it is like a conversation with Monty as he takes you through his thoughts on many aspects of gardening... highly recommended! * Hot Brands Cool Places * Down to Earth is a pleasure to dip into and would make a satisfying read on days when work in the garden has been curtailed by fading light or cold. * English Garden * Down to Earth... is a lovely read, and although it contains all you could wish to know about the eternal verities of mulching, pruning, composting, growing and planting in every type of garden, its central message is that gardening is the secret to living well. * Sunday Telegraph *
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About Monty Don

Monty Don (Author, Reader)
Monty Don has been gardening on TV for over 25 years for ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC, and since 2003 has been the lead presenter on BBC TV's Gardeners' World, which from 2011 has been filmed in his own garden in Herefordshire, Longmeadow. He is an experienced organic gardener and was President of the Soil Association from 2008 to 2017. He has written a weekly gardening column for the Daily Mail since 2004, and published 19 books, including Down to Earth, the top-selling gardening book in the UK from 2017 to 2019.
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