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Miscellaneous Garden Books
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Book details are as follows:

Title
Author
Publisher
Year
ISBN Number
Paperback/Hardback
Comments
Price (LP = List Price, AP = Amazon Price)


A Field Guide to the Caterpillars and Moths in Britain and Europe
D J Carter and B hargreaves
Collins
1986
0 00 219080 X

Caterpillars (over 500 sp) arranged by food plant, with pictures of the moths they grow into, and some creatures (eg Solomon's Seal Sawfly) often confused with caterpillars.

Not found on Amazon


Collins Field Guide: Insects of Britain and Northern Europe
Michael Chinery
Harper Collins
11993
0002199181
Hardback

Synopsis
Acts as a general introduction to insects and their study for the previously inexperienced naturalist. Provides information on the insects of both Britain and of the parts of Europe which are north of the Pyrenees.

LP £19.99 AP £15.99


British Shells
Nora F McMillan
Warne
1968

Comprehensive textbook to the molluscs of the british isles - mainly marine, but good chapters on snails and slugs

No further info found on Amazon


Botany for Gardeners
Brian Capon
Batsford
1992
0713472529
Paperback

The best introductory botany text I know, good illustrations, this guy is another plant freak and he makes science fun. My 2 colleagues at work have gone through the R.H.S General course at our local college with this one and nearly worn it out.

Publisher Out of Stock but Amazon say they may be able to get 1990 edition ISBN 0881921637


The Complete Book of Self Sufficiency
John Seymour
Dorling Kindersley
1997
0751304263
Paperback

Synopsis
First published in 1976, this book calls readers to respect the land, reap the harvest, waste nothing, stay healthy and live well.

LP £14.99 AP £11.99


Complete Guide to Country Living
Suzanne Bedell
David and Charles
1979
0-7153-7665-9
Out of print


A Kind of living
Katie Thear
Hamilton
1983
0-241-10995-7

Out of print


The Family Smallholding
Katie Thear
Batsford
1983
0-7134-1935-0
Out of print


The Allotment - Its Landscape and Culture
David Crouch & Colin Ward
Five Leaves publishing
1997
0 907123 91 0

There's a whole section on the City, with other Birmingham references >throughout the book. The quote at the head of the section might amuse: "What is most notable in Birmingham is the encouragement of Allotments by the corporation; for nowhere does municipal socialism flourish more than in this Tory stronghold"

LP £10.99 AP £8.79


Forest Gardening
Robert Hart
Green Earth Books
1996
1900322021
Paperback

LP AP £10.95


A Botanists Garden
J Raven
Silent Books
1992
1-85183-034-0
LP 14.95


AND FINALLY, AFTER A DAY IN THE GARDEN !



The Egoscue Method of Health through Motion
Pete Egoscue
HarperPerennial

0-06-092430-6
Paperback

UNABLE TO FIND ON AMAZON UK

The book contains sensible and logical explanations and diagrams and allows one to adapt the exercises to one's condition. The heaviest weight you'll lift in the exercises is your own limbs or body - but no straining or 'feel the burn' stuff. I don't recommend many of this sort of reading as a general rule but gardeners can surely benefit - and what is life without a garden?

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