Getting on with Gardening - the essential guides to gardening with a visual impairment

The Getting on with gardening guides are packed with tried-and-tested techniques, gathered from our many years of work with visually impaired gardeners, and have a foreword by Pippa Greenwood, garden designer and journalist.  

  • Volume 1 has information on seed sowing, potting, gardening outside, tools and equipment, raised beds, preparing the ground, planting and watering.  
  • Volume 2 expands the gardener’s knowledge with sections on taking cuttings, container growing, more gardening outside, protected growing, pruning, the lawn, pests and diseases and labelling.

Both volumes have large clear diagrams in print or tactile versions, and a wealth of tips from gardeners including ideas from the winners of the Blind Gardener of the Year competitions.

Getting on with growing food has been written as the third volume in the Getting on with gardening series, and is packed with information and tried-and-tested methods from people who have sight loss on how to grow your own fruit and vegetables. 

The book includes a month-by-month year planner which tells you when to sow, maintain, plant and harvest vegetable and fruit garden staples throughout the year. We’ve kept things simple, so you can get started without fuss.

Getting on with growing in containers
 shows how using containers can provide exciting, flexible and manageable growing spaces. This guide to growing in containers will be invaluable whether you are new to gardening, or are more experienced.

The methods described have also been tried-and-tested by people who have sight loss including top tips from members of the National Blind Gardeners' Club. So whether you fancy a few herbs growing on your windowsill, or a profusion of flowering plants and vegetables, fruits, shrubs or trees, containers are ideal growing spaces.

The book's getting started section covers choosing a container and growing medium, arranging plants and planting up, maintenance - watering, feeding, plant support, potting-on, protection and pests and diseases.

To order your copies, visit our online shop, contact our Information Service or call us on 0118 988 5688. Alternatively you can write to us at: Thrive, The Geoffrey Udall Centre, Beech Hill, Reading, RG7 2AT

The Getting on with gardening guides, the Getting on with growing food book and the Getting on with growing in containers have been written by Thrive and published by RNIB, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund.