time to Garden
Frances Lincoln Ltd
Distributed by Bookwise International
to one side the patently ridiculous title (No time to Garden?
Surely no-one is that busy!) and this new book from British
gardening guru Anne Swithinbank, of BBC Gardeners' World fame,
has much to offer.
book's basic premise is that half an hour at a time is about all
most gardeners can spare these days to plant, prune, propagate and
plan for a sumptuous display good enough to grace the pages of a
book such as this. Apparently, it's all about gardening efficiently...
so grab your stopwatch and set to work.
From planting basics
- soil preparation, bulbs, borders, trees and pot care - to garden
chores that can't be avoided, No Time to Garden is full
of common-sense advice broken up into bite-sized chunks. Some of
the half-hour tasks are a little far-fetched, such as the summer
housekeeping that's supposed to keep a perennial border looking
top notch, but the planting projects could inspire any gardener
- time poor or not.
are bold foliage combinations, blazing summer annuals and eye-catching
container ideas to try. I also liked the comprehensive directory
of easy-care plants at the back of the book.
Perhaps not for the experienced
gardener, but a great gift idea for a friend who is keen to give
gardening a go - if only they knew where to start.
Gardener, Issue 106, September 19-October 2, 2002, Page 30
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH