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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:37 pm    Post subject: Book recommendations? Reply with quote

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I am interested not only in general gardening books, but Irish gardening and wild flora books as well. What books are recommended for those who like me moved here from a country with a different climate?

Any book recommendations greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

Maria
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Webbs irish Flora is the definitive work on Irish wild plants and flowers, new edition out recently
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am pleased to recommend " The Irish gardener's Handbook" , excellent for this climate with lots of practical tips ,it's also from Michael Brenock (above) who also gives lots of advice here.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out A History of Gardening in Ireland by keith Lamb and Patrick Bowe and An Irish Flower Garden replanted by Charles Nelson and Wendy F. Walsh.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much for mentioning Keith Lambs and patrick Bowes book I must be on the lookout for that one , I knew Keith Lamb and I very much admired him/
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was published by the National Botanic Gardens ISBN 0-7076-1666-2 and edited By Dr E Charles Nelson
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must thank you very much for the great help. I bought "The Irish Gardener's Handbook: How to grow vegetables, herbs, fruit" and I liked it so much that I would like to buy one as a present for a good friend of mine who just started gardening.

Now, in winter time, I will keep reading gardening books and taking notes for the next year. Please, keep me posted about any new good books. Much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd also suggest, for anyone, Francis Rose " The Wild Flower Key". Also, Roger Phillips' "Mushrooms". They have dichotomous keys (yes/no charts) and are crucial in species identification.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Grow Your Own Vegetables" by Joy Larkcom. I've read many veg growing books and this is by far the best. And it get's name checked in many of the others I've ready.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got THE POLYTUNNEL BOOK by Joyce Russell. Finding it very good so far.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have found Trevor Sargent's Kitchen Garden very interesting. It's impressive how much food he grows in a small space.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flora Hibernica: The Wild Flowers, Plants And Trees Of Ireland by Jonathan Pilcher is also a nice book. Also includes a chapter on alien species to Ireland that many of which have become generally considered native.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now long out of print, but you'll probably find copies on Amazon, one of my best investments was the Readers Digest 'Food From Your Garden' - pre-ISBN - which not only advises on cultivation etc but also gives recipes and storing methods.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Food-Garden-Preserve-Fruit-Vegetables/dp/0276001702 is one example - now at a bargain price.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or in the library:
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started a thread called Tomes of knowledge about two months back on a similar subject, didn't get much of a response though. A good few books got mentioned in that.
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