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The Living Jigsaw: the secret life in your garden

AuthorVal Bourne Published byKew Publishing Published31 March 2017

The Living Jigsaw is my eighth book and it’s all about gardening without using chemical props, for I believe passionately that it’s quite possible to have a beautiful flower-packed garden and help wildlife. It’s photographed in my Spring Cottage garden, with the help of Marianne Majerus who’s wo...

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Writing a book is a huge commitment so I’ll only tackle a book if I feel I have something new to say, or I get a request to reprise a popular column. The upside is that your text survives far longer than a newspaper article and is far less likely to be mauled by editors - many of whom remove the key point!

My two most important books are The Natural Gardener and The Living Jigsaw and both advocate gardening without the use of chemicals, for wildlife’s sake. You don’t need chemical props to garden well and you’ll end up with more problems with slugs, pests and diseases. It’s much better to have an eco-friendly balanced garden that helps sustain the planet.

Seeds of Wisdom and The Ten Minute Gardener Fruit, Vegetable and Flower both began as weekly Daily Telegraph pieces columns. They’re ideal gift books full of correct, pithy informations and the woodblock covers have been copied my many publishes since.  

Colour in the Garden tackles a tricky subject from the gardening point of view, because the plants change and the colour palette as the seasons change. This book contains some of my favourite plants.

The Winter Garden departed from the usual winter text about winter-flowering plants because it tackled seed heads, winter stems and grasses.

  • The Ten Minute Gardener's Fruit Growing Diary
    AuthorVal Bourne Published byBantam Press Published27th September 2011

    Essential tasks and tips fro each month for the time-constrained gardener by the Daily Telegraph's 'Ten Minute Gardener' columnist. Pithy, practical and purposeful - for anyone who loves their plot but is forced to garden in snatched moments - this handy diary, together with its sister volumes The Ten-Minute Gardener'...

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  • The Ten Minute Gardener's Vegetable Growing Diary
    AuthorVal Bourne Published byBantam Press Published27th September 2011

    Essentail tasks and tips for each month for the time-constrained gardener by the Daily Telegraph's 'Ten Minute Gardener' columnist. Pithy, practical and purposeful - for anyone who loves their plot but is forced to garden in snatched moments - this handy diary, together with its sister volumes The Ten-Minute Gardener'...

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  • The Ten Minute Gardener's Flower Growing Diary
    AuthorVal Bourne Published byBantam Press Published27th September 2011

    Essential tasks and tips fro each month for the time-constrained gardener by the Daily Telegraph's 'Ten Minute Gardener' columnist. Pithy, practical and purposeful - for anyone who loves their plot but is forced to garden in snatched moments - this handy diary, together with its sister volumes The Ten-Minute Gardener'...

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  • Colour in the Garden
    AuthorVal Bourne Published byMerrell Publishers Ltd Published7th September 2011

    A sumptuously colourful garden has the extraordinary power to lift the spirits no matter the time of year. Yet many people struggle to create their own colour combinations that are suitable to site and soil, and which take their gardens through the seasons. This new book provides inspiration and practical advice for ga...

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  • The Winter Garden
    AuthorVal Bourne Published byCassell Illustrated Published2006

    An inspirational guide of trees, shrubs, seedheads, berries and evergreens that will bring your garden to life. A garden in winter need not be grey and neglected: this book is packed with hints and tips to ensure enjoyment of your garden through the forgotten season. Val Bourne suggests trees, shrubs, seedheads, berri...

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  • The Natural Gardener: The Way We All Want to Garden
    AuthorVal Bourne Published byFrances Lincoln PublishedApril 2004

    Winner of The Garden Writers' Guild Book of the Year Award 2005 The Natural Gardenr shows exactly how you can use organic principles to create not only a healthy garden, with the balance to control garden pests and other hazards in an environmentally friendly way, but also one that has a special beauty. The book is bri...

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  • Seeds of Wisdom
    AuthorVal Bourne Published byCassell Illustrated Published2003

    A popular column in Saturday's "Daily Telegraph" gardening section, "Seeds of Wisdom" offers tit-bits of invaluable advice from Britain's top gardeners.

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