Helen Yemm writes the Saturday Telegraph Thorny Problems column. Each week she writes a 'seasonal ramble' and then answers readers' garden problems. Tricky challenges that gardeners face range from how to deal with the GOOD (hedgehogs and bats), the BAD (moles and aphids) and the UGLY (slugs and black spot) to when is the best time to prune a cherry tree or advice on lawn maintenance. Helen knows her readers well and has built up a big following - a fanbase in fact. This book is a delightful compilation of her seasonal rambles and pertinent advice. Established gardeners will appreciate her excellent tips and enjoy her very personal style of writing about looking after a garden - whether large or small. She is not afraid to admit to her own failures; gardening Helen Yemm style is an art not a science.
Helen Yemm delights in demystifying the whole gardening process, and has been fielding readers' gardening problems through her weekly light-hearted but essentially practical Daily Telegraph page for more than a decade. Her popular Thorny Problems column has attracted a loyal following and her book of the same name, published in 2011, is a seasonal selection from the myriad of letters she has received over that time. She is a sometime gardening teacher, television presenter (Gardening From Scratch and Gardening Week for BBC 2) and now author. Her previous books include Gardening in Your Nightie (2000) - revised and updated to become Gardening in Your Pyjamas - and RHS Grow Your Own Flowers (2011).
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