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Gardening from Scratch (Vol 1) (1996)

by Gay Search

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The aim of this book is to guide new garden owners through the process of transforming an ordinary town garden into something more special that you'll want to spend time in. They have taken pictures from three example gardens which certainly makes it look like they've succeeded. Mostly though this is the old 'makeover trick' photography where the after shots are from a different angle, size, conditions etc so that almost anything would look better than the original.

Other than that it contains some useful general tips on where to start and what order to do things in, but if you want specific advice about a specific problem this is not the book to consult. It is thin and really only touches the surface of some quite major bits of landscaping. The presenters had a seasons worth of full days to work on the gardens. If you only have a few hours some weekends when the weather's convenient I suspect many of their projects will be impracticable, and expensive.

Although I've consulted this book once or twice it is not a frequent assistance to my gardening, but not without merit either. It's UK centric so only suitable for similarly climated locations elsewhere.

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Accompanying a BBC2 television series, this gardening book for beginners follows the progress of three typical small gardens: a tiny city yard, a square estate-garden, and a suburban oblong garden. Each one is transformed quickly and cheaply, using adaptable ideas and projects.

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