1: Introduction 2: The Seasons 3: Weather 4: Nature 5: Place 6: Design 7: Walking and Sitting 8: Colour 9: A New Plot 10: The Small Town Garden 11: The Cottage Garden 12: The Exotic Garden 13: A Modern Urban Garden 14: Wildlife Gardening 15: Children 16: Containers 17: Climbers 18: Flowering Shrubs 19: Lawns 20: Weeds 21: Fungus 22: Pests 23: Compost 24: Tools 25: Planting 26: Growing 27: Pruning 28: Food 29: Grow your own Veg 30: Grow your own Herbs 31: Grow your own Top Fruit 32: Grow your own Soft Fruit 33: Names 34: The Months 1: January 2: February 3: March 4: April 5: May 6: June 7: July 8: August 9: September 10: October 11: November 12: December 35: Index 36: Acknowledgments
Monty Don has been gardening on TV for over 25 years for ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC, and since 2003 has been the lead presenter on BBC TV's Gardeners' World, which from 2011 has been filmed in his own garden in Herefordshire, Longmeadow. He is an experienced organic gardener and was President of the Soil Association from 2008 to 2017. A prolific journalist and author, he was gardening correspondent for the the Observer from 1994 to 2006 and has written a weekly gardening column for the Daily Mail since 2004. He has published 18 books, including his recent Sunday Times bestseller Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs.
Unrivalled gardening wisdom from Monty Don, including essential tips, knowledge and musings from his 50 years of horticultural experience * Daily Telegraph * The book is a potboiler of his [Monty Don's] wisdom * Sunday Times * The Gardener's World favourite shares 50 years of his gardening experience with readers in this easy to digest gardening book which covers a myriad subjects including shrubs, containers, pests and compost, to growing your own edibles and useful pointers on what to do in each month of the year. In his gentle, easy way, he encourages gardeners to coax the best from their plot and how to delight in the process. -- Hannah Stephenson * The i newspaper * Practical month-by-month advice on gardening from a popular gardener with years of hands-on experience. * Gardens Illustrated * A beauty of a book... The chapters are short and clearly marked for quick references when needed and there's an ever so handy monthly guide at the back. It's full with beautiful photographs too which I think are nearly as important as the words. * Lavender and Leeks blog * This book, with its beautifully framed images from the author's own garden, is lyrical with wit and wisdom as it takes the reader through the year, offering practical and sometimes unexpected advice. * RTE Guide * What we loved most is that it is like a conversation with Monty as he takes you through his thoughts on many aspects of gardening... highly recommended! * Hot Brands Cool Places * Down to Earth is a pleasure to dip into and would make a satisfying read on days when work in the garden has been curtailed by fading light or cold. * English Garden * Down to Earth... is a lovely read, and although it contains all you could wish to know about the eternal verities of mulching, pruning, composting, growing and planting in every type of garden, its central message is that gardening is the secret to living well. * Sunday Telegraph *