My Top 5 Great Outdoors Garden Books Of 2013

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In all cases, this is not a full blog for you to read about a book. That’s what the book is for. And in all cases, I have read them all, refused to read the press release [ or copy and paste it – pet hate] and given what I believe is a fair paragraph or two on my overall thoughts. Read more

5 Books For A Little January Garden Inspiration

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I don’t really do or buy the off the shelf garden design type books. I find many of them bore me very quickly. It’s not their fault. Or mine. I’m aware I maybe think a little outside of the box. An odd fish in that department maybe, but I’ve seen and done most or all of that contained within before.

In my own library I love the old books that I own. The very old, that I bought second hand for £3 when I first finished my horticultural studies. I find them a little like reading turn of the previous century romantic Irish poetry, translated photosynthetically. Or at least that’s how I see it. Maybe it’s because one couldn’t go to college, in them days, come straight out the far side and say, for I am a garden designer. Instead, one had to earn their stripes.

To the point, this is not a review of any of these 5 books. They are but 5 that I browsed through and chose, from of a possible 80 or so. To clarify, one won’t find a full free garden design and planting plan from any of these. If on the other hand your brain can actually picture a cow jumping over the moon, then they are right up your and my alley and you will take something from them.

And how that, whatever it maybe, is made or created is always part 2 of the equation. You get where I’m coming from… A little like the bird feeder, made from an exhaust pipe. See image below.

All of the books a by the way are available from my local Fingal library in Swords.

  • Outdoor Design Paving – Clarc Matthews
  • Bunny Guinness – Garden workshop
  • Making Garden Furniture From Wood – Anthony Honitor
  • Junk Genius – Juliette Goggin and Stacy Kirk
  • Recycled Home – Mark and Sally Bailey

Further reading:

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Top 10 Gardening Books For Christmas

Some of these I have reviewed before here, others I simply never got around to it. What you might like to know is that these are all books from my own library.

No matter what level or age of gardener [or not] you are, the video will give you a decent enough browse through to help you decide if it is one for you or not – and if you are still unsure – you can always leave a comment below.

In no particular order the books noted are:

  1. Irish Houses and Gardens – Sean O’Reilly
  2. Kids First Gardening – Jenny Hendy
  3. John Seymour – The Complete Guide To Self Sufficiency
  4. Landscape Design In Eighteenth Century Ireland – Finola O’Kane
  5. Irish Gardens – Olda Fitzgerald
  6. The Living Garden – Jane Powers
  7. Food for Free – Richard Maybe
  8. 1001 Gardens You Must See – Rae Spencer Jones
  9. RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Plants A-Z
  10. RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening

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Peter Donegan/ Fingal Libraries Garden Classes – Recommended Reading

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The following books were chosen by Peter Donegan with Siobhan Walshe of Fingal Libraries and are intended as a guide list of books to be used by Teachers, Parents and Children during the six week Primary School garden programme, Adventures in Green Gardening, that starts Tuesday 16th October.

More information on this to follow….

Rather than give a short list of [say 5 for example – over maybe 30 students] books, it was felt a longer list was better. This allows for more variation and relevance to ones home set up and also ones existing gardening enthusiasm and level of experience.

The gardening and outdoors books, all available from Fingal Libraries, are listed in no particular order and are divided into two categories, namely Children and Adults.

If you may be wondering – all books were personally selected. To Siobhan and the Librarians [Blanchardstown Library in this case] who tidied them all away, correctly, after me – thank you so very much, sincerely.

More information on Fingal Libraries: Facebook.com/FingalLibrarieswww.fingalcoco.ie/Library

Children

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  • Horrible Science: Wasted World – N. Arnold (J333.7)
  • Disappearing Forests – A Royton (J333.75)
  • Wonderful Water – H. Lanz – (J333.91)
  • Food for Life – J. Baines – (J333.7)
  • Earth: The Incredible Recycling Machine – P. Bennett (J333.72)

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  • Our Living Planet – Y. Arthus-Bertrand (J333.72)
  • The Earth’s Resources – R. & L. Spilsbury (J333.7)
  • Why Should I switch off the Light? – M .J. Knight (J333.7)
  • How we use plants for making things – S Morgan (J581.636)
  • How we use plants for making medicine and health – S Morgan (J581.634)

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  • How we use plants for making Food – S Morgan (J581.632)
  • How we use plants for making Shelter – S Morgan (J581.636)
  • Cycles in nature: Plant Life – T. Greenaway (J581.7)
  • Watch it Grow: Sunflowers – B Watts
  • The Life of Plants – F. Walton (J581.2)

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  • Flowers, Fruits & Seeds – S Morgan (J581)
  • The Plant Kingdom: A Guide to plant Classification & Biodiversity (J580).
  • Growing Plants – P. Riley (J631.5)
  • Vegetables – N. Edwards (J635)
  • Gairdin an Nadur – M. Cox (J639.92g)

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  • Little Green Fingers – M An Vanhage (J635)
  • Watch it grow for young gardeners – J. Bullock & D James (J635)
  • RHS how does my garden grow? – (J635)
  • Green Fingers & Muddy Boots: A year in the garden for children & families – S. Santer (J635)
  • Watch it grow – B. Watts (J635.65)
  • Circle of life: Growing Things (J635.9)

Adults Gardening

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  • The complete Book of Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit – M.Biggs, J. McVicar
  • First time Gardener – S. Buczacki
  • How to Garden – (Hamlyn)   (06006083799334)
  • A year in the garden – S. Bradley
  • Gardeners’ Question time – J. Cushnie B Flowerdew et al

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  • A handful of herbs – B. Segall
  • New Encyclopedia of gardening techniques – RHS
  • The Gourmet Gardener – B. Flowerdew
  • The complete book of Weekend Garden Projects – J. Wendy
  • The vegetable Gardener’s Ultimate A-Z – E.C. Smith

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  • How to make your garden grow –  T. Buckland
  • Your Herb garden month by month – B. Segall
  • The gardening book – P. McHoy
  • The Living Garden – Jane Powers
  • The garden in autumn – E. Clarke

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  • Reader’s Digest complete guide to Gardening – Season by Season
  • A farmer’s life for me –  J. Doherty
  • Composting Inside & Out – S. Denies
  • Illustrated Dictionary of Gardening – RHS. M. Pollock.
  • The Thrifty gardener – A. Fowler
  • Complete Fruit book – B. Flowerdew

Adults contd.


  • Woodlands – O.Rackham (52.16)
  • Trees of Ireland – Nature and natuilised E. Charles Nelson (582.1609415)
  • Trees- an Explore your world handbook (Discovery Channel)
  • How to Identify trees – P. Harding (582.16)
  • Flowers at my feet – B. Gibbons (582.13)

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  • Going Green: The Irish Guide to Living a greeer life Tony O’ Brien (333.7209415)
  • Drive like a woman, shop like a man: Green is cheaper M Muvihill (333.72)
  • There’s a hippo in my cistern: One man’s misadventures on the Eco- Frontline – Pete May (333.72092)
  • Shades of Green: A (mostly) practical A-Z for the reluctant environmentalist – P.Waddington (333.72)
  • Communities, councils & a low carbon future- what we can do if governments won’t – A. Powell (333.72)
  • Pocket Guide to Wild Flowers Of Britain & Europe. – H. L. Pursee (582.13)

4 New Garden Books For My Local Library

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I did ask fingal Libraries to keep me posted on new gardening books as and when they came in. In short, it’s a nice and easy way for this Dublin based gardener/ horticulturist to keep in touch with what’s coming on the market and also what might take my fancy.

The last post I published regarding new garden related books hitting the shelves of Fingal Libraries was August 9th. I was suffice to say, pretty impressed when an email came in again this month with the note of four new gardening publications attached.

The Self Sufficiency handbook by Alan & Gill Bridgewater

A practical guide to growing your own organic food, rearing chicken, goats and pigs, having an eco friendly home, this book is full of tips and advice with clear illustrations.

The Cook’s Garden – Australian Women’s Weekly

Information on when and where to plant, pest control and harvesting, tips on storing produce – bottling, freezing and drying, and lots of delicious recipes.

Gardening Landscape manual by Paul Wagland

[haynes] It describes the full range of popular landscaping techniques e.g. laying paving and building walls that even an amateur gardener could tackle with each project clearly explained and illustrated step by step.

The Veggie Gardener’s Answer Book by Barbara W. Ellis

A Questions & Answers format that covers a wide range of topics from dealing with pests and diseases, advice about soils and composting to the secrets of success with different vegetables.

Many thanks to Siobhan Walshe of Fingal Libraries PR Department for the above.