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THE CONTAINER SPECIALIST & THE SMALL GARDEN SPECIALIST (article first published : 2005-02-21)

Welcome new additions to the series of practical outdoor DIY books are The Small Garden Specialist and The Container Specialist written by David Squire.

More and more people are downsizing and the days of large gardens requiring extra labour and care are numbered. Nevertheless, whether one has a tiny patch of ground or no garden at all it is still possible to enjoy nature and the delightful pastime of growing plants.

One of the wonders of the ancient world was the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, depending largely on pots and container. Whilst one may not achieve quite the same standard as the famous gardens the two books certainly inspire one to take pleasure in the art of growing plants and enhancing ones surrounds.

The two books are well illustrated, full of practical details, and step-by-step instructions, and easy to use.

The Container Specialist gives advice for the beginner or expert on how to enhance gardens, patios, balconies, windows and doorways. The best container and plant combinations are suggested; and advice on position of plants, soil mixing, maintenance and pest control is clearly set out.

The Small Garden Specialist is full of excellent ideas on how to make the most of a small garden, patio or courtyard. Lots of space-saving designs are detailed, and suitable plant positioning and choice of the correct plant are illustrated and explained.

Published by Struik, both books are reasonably priced at R99.95 and provide suitable guides for both the beginner or expert gardener. Sheina Wood.




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