An Ear to the Ground, By Ken Thompson

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Celebrity gardening books flourish like weeds, but this hardy guide by botanist Ken Thompson deserves its own place in the sun. An entertaining guide to the biology behind green tomatoes and red cabbage, brambles' peculiar sex lives and why not to be afraid of Latin, it is learned and authoritative without blinding with science. And remember: fungi are more closely related to people than to carrots.