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Jo Stephenson
My apologies, for some reason my question hasn't come up. So here goes again. Could anybody suggest an excellent book that covers all plants including fruit and veg with advice on maintenance. Thanks guys. Jo
The RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening is very comprehensive, but not cheap. Maybe you could order a copy through your local library. I've built up a gardening library over the years, as I'm sure have many other posters.



Anything by Dr David Hessayon, Alan Tichmarsh has written books

-I would suggest a visit to the charity shop-you will be spoilt for choice

i love Alan Titchmarsh gardening books as I dont find them intimidating. Some books make me feel like I am child playing at being a gardener!

hollie hock

Dr David Hessayon books are fantastic, I picked up the flower expert for a £1 a couple of months ago. I know I will be using this book for years.

I also have  his house plant expert (so did my mother) follow his advice & you can't go far wrong.

Paul N

Many of my gardening books I buy from a charity shop in town. Terrific value for money as some of my books cost £39 new but bought them for £3 or £4. They always have Hessayon books in too.

Green Magpie

I don't think you'll find one book that will do it all in sufficient detail. I have the RHS Encyclopedia as well as their Dictionary of Plants and Flowers, which is my favourite book for ornamental plants, But for the edibles I turn most often to the Hessayon "Vegetables and Herb Expert" and "Fruit Expert", which are cheap, reliable and easy to use. I even have a spare copy of the fruit and veg one, which I keep in the shed.  I also like the Readers' Digest "Food From Your Garden" which includes sections on preparing and preserving fruit and veg. 

Second-hand books are fine but make sure they're relatively modern. Old books won't include the best new plants, varieties and materials, and may recommend the use of chemicals that are now banned and unavailable.

Moonlit Hare
I picked up readers digest 1001 hints and tips for the garden a couple of months back from a charity shop for 2 pounds. It's got just enough info not to boggle you and let you look on the internet if you do need to know more. Top book for beginners but if your fingers are well and truly green it might be a little simplistic.
Jo Stephenson
Thanks for all the tips. As I live in the Netherlands I can't rely on charity shops as they don't have anywhere near as many here as they do in the UK, however, I can get free delivery from Amazon so I shall keep an eye out for your recommendations. I've recently moved into a house with a huge established garden and I just want to try and identify all the plants as well as start a veggie garden.

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