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The Allotment Book

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This gardening reference guide is filled with gardening tips on growing everything from herbs and kale to strawberries and rhubarb. The priorities of these fresh recruits were often focused more on the quality of life, rather than survival itself.

The first book, Vegetable Growing Month by Month, has become one of the most popular gardening books in the UK because it gives straightforward advice for growing vegetables. Contents: The plot: finding the right plot; growing fruit, vegetables and flowers; sheds and greenhouses; communal tools; dealing with weeds; entering competitions.Not just the usual dry 'how-to' information but full of helpful hints and shortcuts as well as the odd recipe. The ideal gift for the green-fingered gardener or budding botanist in your life, Allotment Handbook shows that you are more than capable of growing delicious and thriving fruit and vegetables at home! These days, urban allotments are just as likely to sport barbecue sites, wildlife sanctuaries, heritage seed collections, forest gardens, sculpture, beehives and ponds as once-derided rows of yellowing Brussels sprouts.

The Allotment Garden Growing Through the Seasons – Winter Guide is your helping hand on the plot through the darkest of Seasons. Here, a simple urge to grow-your-own or become self-sufficient, brings us closer to a community of people, wildlife and plants that are often more diverse than the cities and towns that surround them. The biography of any allotment plot is an intimate tale of dreams and necessities, success and failure that, in most cases, is sadly unrecorded but cherished privately as part of everyday personal or family memories. If you love spending time on your allotment or ‘Grow Your Own’, we’re sure you’ll love this inspirational allotment guide… full of allotment tips, allotment advice and a fantastic reference point if you’re new to allotments, starting a new allotment or just looking for allotment ideas… Its been four years in the development, two years in the writing, 172 pages. Brazilian street children grow radishes for sale, St Petersburg prisoners raise black trifele tomatoes in their prison rooftop allotment, and German Kleingartens help refugee women to settle in their new home as they grow their traditional crops.I have been lucky enough to re-create these fond memories for my own children with a vegetable plot for which they have sown the seeds and harvested the crop. David Crouch is a landscape historian and retired Senior lecturer in the School of the Built Environment.

We review and suggest books on general gardening that you will hopefully find of interest and value. One example is using plug plants, which, although more expensive than seed, do cut down on time-consuming sowing and pricking out. An illustrated celebration of the blood, sweat and joy to be had 'growing your own' in an allotment.

The following books are ones I have used and recommend because I think they give a good overall knowledge. More importantly, this book is teeming with valuable information based on the experience that Andi has gained over the years in his garden and on his allotment; this includes seed germination times, average yields and his recommended varieties of fruit and vegetables. Allotment Handbook is an inspiring and innovative guide to making the most out of your gardening space so you can grow deliciously organic fruit and vegetables in abundance, at home! This book has managed to cover off all the main topics from preparing land; siting of items such as greenhouses / cold frames; construction of raised beds / cold frames; through to composting and growing. He is also a regular TV presenter, appearing on Granada’s Cook’s Garden and From the Ground Up for Carlton.

Written with his daughter, Cara, it aims to give a practical guide to those thinking of keeping poultry. In many parts of Europe and the USA both a sense of patriotism and enforced self-sufficiency caused a boom in allotment gardening, urged on by slogans such as ‘Hoe for Liberty’, ‘Soldiers of the Soil’ and ‘Dig for Victory’. Why not stand out from the crowd with this awe-inspiring allotment book and start your intuitive gardening journey today to reap the benefits of a bountiful pest-free harvest.They turned a fundamental urgent need to fill empty bellies into political principles of social rights and economic equality that gathered support as discontent grew. Schools use sites for wildlife projects, environmental groups turn them into tree nurseries for urban regeneration and disabled gardeners have found new challenges and satisfactions on allotment sites. No longer considered the preserve of old men in sheds, allotment gardening is currently enjoying a renaissance of interest. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to grow fruit and vegetables for my family on a public allotment.

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