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Bob's Basics: Companion Planting

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew

With over 30 years' experience as an organic and often experimental gardener, Bob is the perfect person to explain just how it works. He has long observed interesting and potentially useful interactions between different plants - how some flourish when planted together while others fail. For example, a border of lavender, box or rosemary will protect your plants from invasion by slugs and snails, and growing chives under roses will help the roses resist blackspot and increase their performance. He also shows how to select plants that won't compete for light, space or nutrients in the soil. One of an indispensable series of books, Companion Planting will answer all your queries, and allow to you really make the most of your garden.

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Bob's Basics: Composting

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew

As Bob Flowerdew explains, any organic materials can be used, such as plant trimmings, vegetable cuttings, eggshells and teabags. He demonstrates just how easy it is to build your own compost bin and use the compost to help your garden grow. The composting process produces a dark, crumbly matter that can be used as fertiliser in garden soil. Bob explains each step of the process, from different recipes for creating organic compost, to the effects it has on different plants. A great guide for those wanting to start composting for the first time, and also packed with advice on utilising your existing compost heap. In Composting, one of an indispensable series, Bob answers all your queries in his usual practical, inventive and straightforward manner.

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Bob's Basics: Weeding without Chemicals

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew

With over 30 years' experience of organic gardening, Bob Flowerdew has tackled every kind of weed in a variety of ways to devise the best ways to remove them and maintain a weed-free garden. He discusses each group of weeds individually, as they all need a different approach. Even seemingly ineradicable weeds such as ground-elder, convolvulus and fat-hen can be successfully dealt with. One in an indispensable series of books, Weeding Without Chemicals will answer all your queries in a clear, straightforward manner, leaving you to enjoy your garden, weed-free.

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Bob's Basics: Simple & Green Pest & Disease Control

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew

This is where Bob, with his 30 years' experience of organic gardening, comes in handy. Bob explains the best methods for removing and preventing a wide variety of common garden pests, from aphids and slugs to vine weevils and whitefly. He goes on to discuss the most effective and organic ways to avoid and cope with diseases, such as dieback, canker, silver leaf and rust. One in an indispensable series of books, Simple, Green Pest and Disease Control will answer all your queries in a clear, straightforward manner, leaving you to enjoy your garden, pest and disease-free.

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Bob's Basics: Sowing, Planting, Watering

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew
Kyle Books

Matthew Biggs's Complete Book of Vegetables

Matthew Biggs, Jekka Mcvicar, Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Matthew Biggs, Jekka Mcvicar, Bob Flowerdew
Kyle Books

Bob Flowerdew's Organic Gardening Bible: Successful growing the natural way

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew

Bob Flowerdew's Organic Gardening Bible is a comprehensive and invaluable guide to gardening in a more natural, sustainable and pleasurable way. Bob has been gardening organically for over 30 years - he knows all there is to know - and he packs this book with advice, top tips, the best varieties of flowers, fruits and vegetables and more, in a typically no-nonsense, practical and anecdotal way. He explains how to get rid of pests and diseases but encourage beneficial wildlife, how to manage weeds, how to grow for flavour and quality using the easiest means and how to plan your garden so that it looks beautiful and runs efficiently throughout the year. Bob's enthusiasm filters through every page, making organic gardening the only practical and effective way to garden. This book is a must for organic gardening novices and experts alike.

Kyle Books

Grow Your Own, Eat Your Own

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew

It is one thing to produce tomatoes or pumpkins - or any other fruit or vegetable for the table - as they come into season, but it becomes another when you realise that most crops in the garden arrive in gluts with no more to be had for another year unless you do something about it. This book shows you how to make the best use of your highly nutritious, home-grown produce. Bob begins in the garden, showing you how to achieve a more continuous crop as well as how to extend your harvest. He then steps into the kitchen to demonstrate the best way to preserve and cook your crop by bottling, drying, jamming and smoking it. He uses his intimate and comprehensive knowledge of each crop to advise you on how best to treat it and store it. Try making fruit leathers, which are great for kids; freeze your own apple juice so you can have it every day of the year; experiment with making liqueurs and wines; preserve nuts in chocolate, and many, many more ingenious ideas.

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is a founding Director of The London School of Garden Design and an award winning garden designer, lecturer and writer. He is Chief Assessor for the RHS for show gardens and has been assessing and judging for over 12 years, mainly at Chelsea and Hampton Court flower shows. He writes a regular column for Gardens Illustrated and has contributed to a series of books, including Influential Gardeners, The Book of Garden Plans and the Book of Plans for Small Gardens (all Mitchell Beazley). He is also the founding editor of The Garden Design Journal and regularly contributes to the RHS journal The Garden.

Bob Flowerdew

Bob Flowerdew is a regular on BBC's 'Gardeners Question Time' and writes for 'Amateur Gardening' and 'Gardeners World' magazines. His garden has featured on many television programmes and in several leading publications.

Bob Purnell

Bob Purnell is a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and award-winning garden designer who also runs a small nursery that specializes in container plants. He writes for numerous gardening publications including BBC Gardeners World.

Brian Rittershausen

Brian Rittershausen has been writing and lecturing for many years and is an active member of the Royal Horticultural Society's Orchid Committee.

Carol Klein

Best-known as co-presenter of BBC TV's "Gardeners' World", Carol Klein is an internationally renowned gardener. Marchester-born Carol moved to Devon in the late 1970s with her two daughters. She started propagating plants because she couldn't afford to buy the ones she wanted for her own garden. Friends suggested she sell the spares, so Carol opened a stall in the local market, and eventually she opened her own nursery which is now a thriving business. Carol has designed four commercial show gardens at Chelsea, won five Cheslsea gold medals. Carol has presented several gardening shows since her television debut on Gardeners' World in 1989, including Garden Party, Wild About the Garden and Real Gardens. Carol also writes regularly for Gardeners World magazine, House & Garden and is a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph Gardening section.

Clare Foster

Clare Foster is Garden Editor at Home & Garden magazine and a freelance garden journalist. She spent 10 years at Gardens Illustrated magazine, latterly as Editor, and has written three books: From Bud to Seed: Perennials and From Bud to Seed: Annuals (Conran Octopus 2001) and Compost (Cassell Illustrated 2002). After having her own allotment in West London for many years she has recently moved to the countryside to expand her vegetable plot. Author lives: Oxfordshire, England

Colin Lewis

Colin Lewis is a respected bonsai expert who has studied bonsai in Japan, has written a number of books including Bonsai Survival Manual and Practical Bonsai and regularly demonstrates bonsai techniques.

David Austin

David Austin is the creator of the English Roses, an entirely new style of roses that have achieved international recognition. With his eldest son David J. C. Austin, he owns one of the world's leading rose nurseries, David Austin Roses. At Albrighton in Shropshire the family-run business has created rose gardens containing over 800 varieties. More than 1.2 million roses are grown for sale every year and the team carries out one of the largest rose breeding programmes in the world, selecting each year's new introductions after eight years of trialling. Born in 1926, David Austin has been breeding and hybridizing roses for more than sixty years and is still very active at the nursery, devoting most of his time to developing new roses. His previous books on roses include the best-selling David Austin's English Roses (Conran Octopus), which won a Garden Writer's Guild Award. He was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2003 for his services to horticulture and the Dean Hole Medal by the Royal National Rose Society. He has received an Honorary MSc from the University of East London for his work on rose breeding, and in 2007 was awarded an OBE.

Dr Ross Bayton

Dr Ross Bayton gained a Bachelor's degree in tropical ecology, and later a Masters and a PhD, both in taxonomy. He is the co-author of New Trees: Recent Introductions to Cultivation and used to work for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine.

Guy Barter

Guy Barter is former Chief Horticultural Advisor of the Royal Horticultural Society, having joined the organization as superintendent of trials at RHS Garden Wisley in 1990. Prior to that, he gained experience in the commercial horticultural world after graduating with a degree in horticulture. Guy now runs the RHS Members' Advisory Service, which provides answers to an enormous range of questions and supplies evidence-based advice for thousands of gardeners and is author of RHS How Do Worms Work.

Holly Farrell

Holly Farrell spent two years at RHS Gardens Wisley where she gained the Wisley Diploma in Practical Horticulture, and the RHS Certificate and Diploma (both with Commendation), and where she won the Nicholson Prize for overall contribution to RHS Garden Wisley as a trainee. After working as Head Gardener on a private estate she now combines designing and improving gardens for private clients with her developing career as a garden writer for publications such as Kitchen Garden and the RHS magazine The Garden. Holly is the author of RHS Plants from Pips, RHS Gardening for Mindfulness and Planting Plans for Your Kitchen Garden: How to Create a Vegetable, Herb and Fruit Garden in Easy Stages. She lives in Oxfordshire.

Hugh Johnson

Hugh Johnson is the world's pre-eminent writer on wine. First published in 1977, his Pocket Wine Book sells hundreds of thousands of copies a year. His winning formula of insight, critical appraisal of the world of wine, plus valuable vintage news and wine recommendations has been often-imitated but never bettered. With the publication of his first book, Wine, Johnson established himself at the age of twenty-seven as the most refreshing and authoritative voice on the subject. During the past four decades he has written books that have become landmarks on the subject, including his classic The World Atlas of Wine, co-authored with Jancis Robinson, his Wine Companion, first published in 2003, The Story of Wine and Hugh Johnson on Wine. In his spare time he writes about gardening from his home in London.