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The Cottage Smallholder’s Reader’s little book of Recycling tips and Pest defence tricks for the garden. Compiled beautifully by Ruthdigs


Photo: Reader's Gardening tips compiled by Ruthdigs

Photo: Reader's Gardening tips compiled by Ruthdigs

The February CS gardening competition was a great success and the entries provided an amazing amount of practical tips. Unlike forum comments these can be hard to find through a search engine. So Ruthdigs has compiled them all in a booklet that is beautifully laid out and the file can be printed on your own printer at home.

She has mentioned this book briefly on the forum and in the comments section of the results post of the competition. Just in case you missed it we have uploaded the file to our server so you can download the PDF file direct from here.

I really appreciate all the work that has gone into producing this book. It even has a wonderful page with great gardening quotes. Well done Ruthdigs for winning the competition and thank you for creating this great book. The perfect budget present for gardeners everywhere – all you pay for is your paper and card cover.

This little book got me thinking. Surely I could produce the preserves book myself using our printer at home. OK it wouldn’t be as swanky as one printed by a professional printer but it would be far less expensive to produce and so could be much cheaper to buy.  Danny is working out the printer ink and paper costs as my fingers fly across the keyboard.

Ruthdig’s book is a true inspiration. You can download the original Word version free of charge here!

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  1. Steelkitten

    You have a second waving hand in addition to Ruth’s for the preserves book…

  2. Absa-bloomin-loutely brilliant.I’m just starting to small-hold (is that the verb?) and I can already see things I’m going to instantly use
    Thank you

  3. Please do the preserves book – I’d love a copy.
    Glad people like the tips book – all down to your great ideas so thank you all. 😀

  4. Thank you so much. This is a great little book. I look forward to many more!!!!!

  5. Have you considered lulu or other self-publishing websites? My Dad got new copies of the history of his village produced for reasonable cost and is also considering it for his Grandfather’s autobiography.

  6. Good idea, Alg. I should have thought of that.
    It’s now converted to a PDF format for download.

    Ruth had fugured some clever way of making it printable in A5 or A6 format. I must check with her about that. But it’s still a damn good read!

  7. Ooh do please do copies of your preserves in a booklet, I’d love to buy a copy!!

  8. Jenny Thame

    Brilliant little book….never had my name in print like this before, thank you Ruthdigs & Fiona.

    Can’t wait to get back in the garden now!

  9. Hello. You could also think about having your preserves book available for purchase through a PDF download format for people to either print themselves or just store on a computer. It may be easier to reach the international English speaking market that way.

  10. colour me impressed!

    Might sort myself out a copy or three.

    Keep up the good work you clever clever people.

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