A wonderfully illustrated celebration of the blood, sweat and joy to be had ‘growing your own’ in an allotment – with the in-depth, practical gardening know-how for which Collins is renowned.
No longer considered the preserve of old men in sheds, allotment gardening is currently enjoying a renaissance of interest. People of all ages and from all walks of life are digging their own plots in search of the ultimate in fresh, organic produce – and you cannot get more locally-sourced than your own allotment!
This book testifies to the new vibrancy of allotment culture, aiming both to inspire the next generation of plot-holders and to provide all the practical knowledge needed to turn a patch of soil into a lifelong adventure.
Open to all the new eco-gardening techniques, and the various weird and wonderful ways people make use of their plots, contents include:
• the history of allotments – from 19th century origins, through wartime ‘Dig for Victory’, to the cosmopolitan communities of today; features photos and interviews with current plot-holders
• planning your perfect allotment – finding it, assessing it, clearing the ground and working out what to grow
• the brown stuff – all you need to know about soil management, the key to growing success
• choosing a gardening method – organic, biodynamic, rotation beds, companion planting, greenhouse, multi-level, potager, cottage garden, and so on…
• the hard stuff – constructing sheds, compost bins, cold frames, fruit cages, ponds, seating and play areas
• selecting crops – what and how to grow, from parsnips and peas to chilli peppers and lemon grass
• cultivation techniques – digging, sowing, feeding, weeding and harvesting, plus troubleshooting pests and diseases
• the allotment calendar – extensive, month-by-month look at what’s in season, jobs for now and looking ahead
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'It is full of colourful and relevant illustrations…The content is packed with excellent down-to-earth advice. Andy Clevely captures the essence of the allotment, showing how it is a relaxing a socialble way to garden. The Allotment Book is a must for the bookshelf.' - The Garden magazine
'This is an excellent book.' - The Telegraph
'It's the ultimate guide to a bumper harvest.' - Sunday Magazine
'Clear and concise, it will take pride of place in your garden shed.' - Daily Mail
‘This book testifies the new vibrancy of allotment culture, and provides all the knowledge needed to turn a patch of soil into a lifelong adventure.’ - The Northern Echo
‘This is a book you’ll want to return to again and again.’ - Garden Answers
‘This book is excellent, rising above the usual dutiful trek through chores and cultivars and capturing the life-expanding possibilities of a new plot.’ - Optima MagazineAbout the Author:
Andi Clevely has been a working gardener for 34 years. He rebelled from academic life at Oxford (Hons degree in English) to start a gardening career, progressing to the Crown Estate at Windsor Great Park and thereafter employed as a head gardener in private service (initially for J B Priestley and Jacquetta Hawkes, who encouraged early potting-shed writing projects). Now responsible for managing a country estate and sprawling garden, which is gradually being restored as a cottage and forest garden, based on self-sufficiency, eco-friendly and pro-wildlife practices.
He has written numerous books and is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines. Andi was awarded Practical Journalist of the Year 2003 by the Garden Writers' Guild.
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Book Description Collins, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX000720759X
Book Description Collins, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000720759X