Grow Your Own Garden book review

I have been reading Grow Your Own Garden: How to Propagate All Your Own Plants by Carol Klein. It is a pleasure to find a book on propagation in plain English that I don’t need a degree in horticulture to understand. Carol is obsessive about propagation. I have seen her own garden, Glebe Cottage in Devon, on Gardeners’ World and it is almost grown entirely from cuttings and seeds. In this book she’s on a assignment to share her enjoyment in working with nature to cultivate the plants she loves.

The illustrations really help to see what the words are saying and follow through from start to finish. Carol’s style of writing is infectious and makes you want to get out there and actually do it rather than thinking you might get around to it one day. I’ve got several pots of fledgling cuttings within a week of getting the book as evidence.

Too often gardeners are intimidated by propagation, assume it’s not for them and go for ready-grown plants from the garden centre. But Carol, a gifted communicator with her infectious enthusiasm, boundless horticultural expertise and easy practical explanations, shows just how simple and satisfying it is to grow your own plants, not to mention sustainable and cheap.

She demonstrates, step-by-step, how to divide herbaceous perennials, nurture seedlings or grow new stock from root cuttings, stems or leaves, showing how there is no mystique involved and anybody can do it. Unlike many books that tell you how to take a cutting etc but they don’t tell you what to do with them afterwards, in “Grow Your Own Garden Carol” offers a refreshing new approach to propagation, and, just as she did with “Grow Your Own Veg”, she brings her own unique style to an inspirational, accessible and practical guide that will have great appeal to novices and more experienced gardeners alike.

Grow Your Own Garden is a well designed and illustrated, clear, practical manual, which is also beautiful and readable enough just to browse. It is useful for both novices and experienced gardeners.

A brilliant book, full of detail and all the information you need to get you up and running with all things concerned with propagation. It is a must buy book for the enthusiastic gardener.