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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

About the Author

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. A prolific journalist and author, he was gardening correspondent for the Observer from 1994 to 2006 and has written a weekly hardening column for the Daily Mail since 2004. He has published 18 books, including his recent Sunday Times bestseller Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs.


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 *

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