7 Gardening Books Every Avid Gardener Must Read

7 Gardening Books Every Avid Gardener Must Read


In today’s society, many people struggle to find the time to have a bit of peace and quiet to indulge in some reading.

However, we think that it’s extremely important to try to find that time as so much information can be gleaned from books.

Perhaps even more so when trying to learn a skill such as gardening. That’s because there is just so much to learn in order to be able to nurture your garden into the garden of your dreams.

But, if you are just starting out as a gardener, knowing which are the best books to spend your time reading can be overwhelming.

So, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite gardening books that we think all gardeners should have on their bookshelves, regardless of whether they are just starting out or have been gardening all of their lives.

All of these books are fantastic resources and there is something to be learnt by everyone, so why not pick a few and start reading today?

Let’s start with the first book on our top 7 list.



RHS Gardening Through the Year: Month-by-month Planning Instructions and Inspiration, by Ian Spence

rhs gardening through the year

This book, from the Royal Horticultural Society, is written in a clear and easy-to-follow style and is packed full of information for every gardener, from the novice to the professional.

The author, Ian Spence, is a former Gardeners’ World presenter, alongside Geoff Hamilton. As Head Gardener at Barnsdale Gardens, Ian prepared weekly projects for the programme. He currently writes for the BBC Gardeners’ World magazine and The Daily Telegraph Weekend magazine.

The book guides you through each calendar month, showing you exactly the what, when and how of the entire gardening year. Each month contains a handy ‘to-do’ list, ‘last chance’ reminders and ‘get ahead’ tips to make sure you are carrying out the right tasks at the right time.

The book is also great for the organic gardener as the author puts very little emphasis on the use of pesticides in the garden.

Whether you have been gardening all of your life or are just starting out, we highly recommend you grab yourself a copy of this fantastic book.

Buy RHS Gardening Through the Year: Month-by-month Planning Instructions and Inspiration



RHS Encyclopedia Of Plants and Flowers, by Christopher Brickell

RHS Encyclopedia Of Plants and Flowers

The next book on our list is another from the Royal Horticultural Society, the Encyclopedia Of Plants and Flowers.

The book was written to help you choose the right plants for your garden by browsing its catalogue of over 4,000 plants and flowers, complete with full-colour pictures.

Having this book on your gardening bookshelf will help you to further your knowledge and give you the information you need to help you care for the plants and shrubs in your garden, know which conditions they grow best in, and when in the year they will bloom.

Buy RHS Encyclopedia Of Plants and Flowers



Allotment Month By Month: Grow your Own Fruit and Vegetables, Know What to do When, Alan Buckingham

Allotment Month By Month

For anyone with an allotment or kitchen garden, this book is a must.

Written by Alan Buckingham, Allotment Month by Month takes the uncertainty out of your harvest with clear, reliable gardening advice for every month of the year.

The book features in-depth crop planners that you can use to help you grow over 60 herbs, fruits and vegetables.

The book is very easy to navigate and you’ll find yourself constantly referring to it to find out the information you need in order to help your allotment thrive.

Buy Allotment Month By Month: Grow your Own Fruit and Vegetables, Know What to do When



50 Ways to Kill a Slug, by Sarah Ford

50 ways to kill a slug

As the title suggests, this book is a humorous look at 50 alternative chemical-free ways to deal with slug problems within the garden.

Slugs can be the bane of many a gardener’s life and if you have grown tired of sharing your veg with an army of local slimy intruders then this book has the answers to your troubles.

There is lots of humour throughout the book, so if you’re a keen gardener who likes a laugh along the way this just may be the perfect book for you.

Buy 50 Ways to Kill a Slug



Trees (Collins Gem), by Alastair Fitter


This book is the perfect pocket guide to all things tree. It will help you to identify the most common trees through its beautiful photographs and detailed illustrations – which are not just of the tree itself, but include details of the leaf shape, flowers, fruits and bark, too.

It has information on over 220 different types of tree found throughout the UK and northern Europe.

The book is designed to be small and lightweight so that it can be carried out in the field, but this does also limit the amount of information that can be included on each tree. For further in-depth knowledge you may need to refer to alternative sources, but for a quick reference guide, it is superb.

Buy Trees (Collins Gem)



Veg in One Bed: How to Grow an Abundance of Food in One Raised Bed, Month by Month, by Huw Richards

Veg in One Bed

If you are short on space but always wanted to have a go at growing your own fruit and veg, then Veg in One Bed may just be the perfect resource to help you get started.

The book, as the title suggests, helps you to grow enough fruit and veg to ensure you have something to harvest every month of the year, all contained within a single raised bed.

The book guides you every step of the way, starting with building the bed itself, and includes information on the best type of soil to use, how to grow from seed and how to feed and harvest your crop. There are also alternative suggestions to help you swap in or out different types of veg, depending on what you prefer eating.

There are lots of full-colour photos to help you learn about the process of growing your own and the information is broken down into each month of the year, so you know exactly what to be doing and when.

Even if you do have plenty of space to grow your own, we would still highly recommend grabbing a copy of this book as you’ll find an abundance of tips and tricks to make your fruit and veg patch a huge success.

Buy Veg in One Bed: How to Grow an Abundance of Food in One Raised Bed, Month by Month



The Complete Gardener: A Practical, Imaginative Guide to Every Aspect of Gardening, by Monty Don

the complete gardener by monty don

We couldn’t put together a list of our favourite gardening books without including something by gardening legend, Monty Don.

The Complete Gardener is a comprehensive guide to all things gardening, written by the main presenter of BBC’s Gardeners’ World.

Drawing on his many years of gardening experience, Monty gives you straightforward practical gardening know-how, offering advice and tips for every season. This will take your gardening skills and knowledge to the next level.

The book also includes a huge selection of photographs of his own Herefordshire garden, taken throughout the year. A must for every gardener.

Buy The Complete Gardener: A Practical, Imaginative Guide to Every Aspect of Gardening




That concludes our list of our 7 favourite gardening books that every avid gardener should read.

We hope it inspires you to get reading and that you use the new-found knowledge to improve your garden and fill it with lots of colourful plants, shrubs and trees.

Now it’s your turn. What is your favourite gardening book? Which one have you learned the most from? We’d love to hear about your favourite gardening books, so make sure you leave us a comment below and share your favourites with the world.


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