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Vintage DG

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My lovely friend Anna unearthed these early works by gardening God – and friend of the show – Dr DG Hessayon and has very kindly presented them to me. The image on the front of Be Your Own Gardening Expert is how I picture our beloved DG in my head. By the time this edition was published the booklet had already sold a million copies, as the blurb on the cover proudly states. It is very exciting because it comes with a square of soil test paper so you can test your soil and, as you’d expect with a book by DG, is crammed with useful advice. “Correct digging is an art,” he explains.

The other title Be Your Own House Plant Expert has a stark message for would-be indoor gardeners. “House plants are now more popular than ever,” it says. “Millions of them, however, die every year due to failure to follow the simple rules of selection and care.” I am quite keen on the idea of getting both these treasured volumes framed but am torn because that would mean I couldn’t read them.

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