With the world in lockdown there are a few leisure activities that have seen a sudden surge in interest.

Among these are reading and gardening – two simple distractions that can both calm the mind and enrich the brain.

Gardening is a particularly beneficial activity, allowing you to escape into a world of nature, getting a lungful of air in the process and instilling a sense of achievement at the end of each session.

In this round-up we’ve picked out some valuable reading material that will help to inspire or improve your gardening, catering for a wide range of needs from the DIYer who likes a building project to get stuck into to those whose garden consists of no more than a window box.

There are plenty of new books among these titles, and we’ve also thrown in a few old classics for good measure, so if you find yourself with some time on your hands, and are looking for an escape from life’s new routines, then there should be something here for you.

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The verdict: Gardening books

There are some great practical books in this list but for inspirational reading material Dave Goulson’s The Garden Jungle is a must read for all budding gardeners.

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