The Allotment Book

The Allotment Book

By: Andi Clevely (author)eBook

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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 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 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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Product Details

  • publication date: 15/04/2010
  • ID: 9780007372454
  • book language: en
  • publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • publisher imprint: Collins

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