Gardening books for Christmas gifts 2017

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Here are 5 gardening books on my Christmas List this year

I always put gardening books on my Christmas list. They’re the perfect gift for me, and for all gardeners. At this time of year, when the sun hasn’t come up when I go to work and has long since set before I leave for home, the opportunities for gardening become squeezed. With a book, you can visit other gardens, learn new techniques, and improve your own skills whilst the winter garden rests untended outside.

As the proud owner of a gardening bookshelf that dwarfs our local bookshop’s offerings, you’d think I wouldn’t have space for any more titles. You’d be wrong. We’re building a new bookcase next year and there are so many books I’ve come across this year that I’ve made a gardening books Christmas List.

Previous Christmas gardening books wishlists

Gardening books for Christmas gifts 2016

8 Books for my gardening bookshelf Christmas 2015

Epic Tomatoes

by Craig LeHoullier

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I’ve learnt about my namesake Craig LeHoullier from Jennifer Ebeling‘s (6ft mama) podcast – Still Growing. I’ve been listening and interacting with Jennifer for over a year now and I really like her interviews with interesting people. Craig has a wealth of experience growing tomatoes and is particularly involved in finding and breeding heirloom varieties that are in danger of being lost. Most importantly he’s clear on the merits of a tomato for different uses in the kitchen as well as ease of growing. I’m hoping to find a robust outdoor bush tomato to use the space on my allotment.

The Garden Photography Workshop

by Andrea Jones 
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I heard about this book listening to Andrea on Peter Donegan’s Sod Show Podcast this year. I really like photography and I occasionally take to my garden with SLR in hand. It would be great to improve my amateur skills.

The Thoughtful Gardener

by Jinny Blom

This book on garden design has had some strong reviews so I’m keen to see what it’s like. I’m a big fan of Jinny Blom’s planting and it would be good to see how she plans, and implements, her designs.

RHS Genealogy for Gardeners

by Simon Maughan and Ross Bayton

I have the two other books in this RHS series of plant geekery. Latin for Gardeners was released in 2012, with Botany for Gardeners following in 2013. These small, beautifully illustrated, handbooks are the perfect thing for plant nerds to get a better understanding of the science and history of gardening. I’m hoping that Genealogy for Gardeners will be just as good.

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Tender – Volumes I & II

by Nigel Slater

Now I know that, technically, this isn’t a gardening book. I’d say it’s gardening adjacent. I’ve had my allotment since April and I’m hoping for big things next year. The whole point of the allotment was to provide some fresh, seasonal food for us to cook and eat. I’ve mastered my sauteed Cavelo Nero with garlic and it’s become a staple in the weekly meal plan. I’d like to do more with what I grow and I’ve read some amazing reviews of these two books.
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10 Christmas gifts for gardeners

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10 Christmas gifts for gardeners (that we really want)

Every year I’m asked to produce a Christmas list to be distributed around the family. Now you would think this was a nice easy task. Unfortunately, when I’m done listing all the things I’d like to get I’m left feeling a little sad as I know I’ll never get any of these things. It’s not that I don’t have a lovely and generous family, I do, but that my ideas for wonderful and useful gifts not match their’s. I’m constantly being told “that’s not a real present!”. So here is my top 10 Christmas gifts for gardeners (that we really want)

Please don’t spoil me

I really would appreciate some good, warm socks! Practical is no longer considered enough. I’d rather have a new ball of string over a novelty gnome any day. As a breed, us gardeners are a blend of thrift and practicality. So, for all those practical, sensible and disappointed gardeners out there, here’s my list of truly wonderful festive gifts.

Here’s the top 10 most useful and wanted gifts for the gardener in your life

1. String
2. Topiary shears
3. Reclamation windows to make into a cold frame
4. Labels
5. Bulk bags of compost / topsoil / horse manure / grit
6. Fingerless gloves
7. Chop sticks (the only pricking out tool worth having)
8. Brown paper bags (for seed collecting)
9. Little “wage-slip” envelopes (for seed storage)
10. An outdoor radio (I know this doesn’t fit with the thrift approach but it is Christmas)

Happy shopping!