Plants are like people: they have their own unique likes, loathes, and lifespans, and it can be hard to know how to keep them happy and productive. If, like me, your wished-for green thumb tends to look black as a villain’s sense of humour, then it’s easy to get disheartened by the wish for a beautiful garden against the reality of being someone friends affectionately call a ‘greenery killer’.
As an unwilling murderer of many a beautiful plant, I’m a fan of anything that can tell me, simply and if possible with pictures, what it is I’m doing wrong. When it comes to the garden, I appreciate simple.
The Yates Garden Guide is up to its 44th edition, and is considered Australia’s all-time bestselling gardening book. Whether you’ve got an inner city balcony or acreage, Yates has advice on how to make the most of your space. Hailed as the go-to gardening Bible for beginners and old-hands alike, if you’re looking for information about how to make a space work for you, you’ll probably find what you’re looking for here.
If, like me, you’re an absolute novice in the garden, you can still get a lot of information and help with a quick skim through the book. This isn’t the sort of guide you need to sit and read in entirety before you get started, though depending on how much you’re planning to do to your garden, it might be useful to do so. It’s certainly not a difficult read.
Though clearly you’ll get more out of the Guide if you read it all, if the plants you already have are struggling or sick, a quick flick through will more than likely tell you how to solve the issue at hand. This is the sort of guide where there’s no right or wrong way to use it. Whether you’ve got time to read it all, or are jumping through as needed to deal with a particular plant or issue, the Guide will help you figure out the basics (and more) of keeping a garden alive and well.
Yates Garden Guide is published by Harper Collins Australia, and is available through the publisher’s website, and at leading bookstores nationally.
Rating: 4 stars
Review by Kylie Thompson