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Focus on Gardening

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Enjoy gardening and your garden - information, advice and inspiration to get you started or give you new ideas.

Find out more...on the internet

Try these websites for the inspiration and information you need to get out in the garden and get results.
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BBC Gardening - a wealth of gardening information, advice, hints and tips
Step by step guides to gardening basics; garden design; gardening with children; plant finder; pest and disease identifier; gardening message board and much more.
Learn how to be a gardener with the BBC's online course. The modules cover everything you need to know to give you a great start in gardening.
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Dig-in - grow your own grub and then cook it!
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RHS - gardening and plant advice and information from the Royal Horticultural Society
  Find out how to create your own compost and join the Leicestershire Rot-a-Lot Composting Club
The websites listed above have been selected for their information, advice or service. Leicestershire County Council is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Find out more...from books

Leicestershire Library Services has a wide range of gardening books to help you . Those shown below are just a few examples. Look on library shelves for books with similar class numbers, search the online catalogue or ask library staff for help.
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Alys Fowler
The Edible Garden
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Kathryn Hawkins
Pot it, Grow It, Eat It
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Pippa Greenwood
The RHS Book of Pests and Diseases
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D.G Hessayon
The Best of Experts
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Valentine Low
One Man and His Dig
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Laetitia Maklouf
The Virgin Gardener
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Dermot O’Neill
Roses Revealed
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James Alexander-Sinclair
101 Bold and Beautiful Flowers
All of the books shown above can be requested at your library. They can also be requested through the online reservation service if you have a library card and a PIN. There is a charge for this service.

Take it further...

  • Use Infolinx to find local gardening clubs and allotment societies.
  • or use leicestershirevillages.com to find local groups. Go to your town/village and search under ‘Find my nearest’
  • If you're really inspired, why not investigate getting an allotment?

Page Last Updated: 30 August 2011