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In these austere days of spending cuts, increased VAT and job losses, this book is a ray of golden sunshine. Not only does Carol's sheer enthusiasm make you want to go straight out into your own garden and start propagating everything, but in addition by doing so, you'll be saving yourself a small fortune.

Refreshingly too, Carol's book is extremely well organised with chapters devoted to seeds, root cuttings, stem cuttings, layering, division and a whole lot more. The introduction of each section explains exactly how the propagation technique works, tools needed and when is the best time to do it. Carol also links the different propagation practices back to how plants propagate themselves in nature so you have a really clear understanding of why certain techniques work.

Having completely de-mystified propagation, Carol also includes a section on the all important 'aftercare' of newly propagated plants. And finally, once you've mastered the theory of the different techniques, there's a quick reference table at the back of the book matching specific plants to propagation techniques for available for that plant.

Just one note of caution. I'm already in need of a much bigger greenhouse!

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  • Posted: Wed. 23rd February 2011 09:39