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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (25 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847736645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847736642
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 4.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The perfect accompanying guide for anyone starting their own garden --Country Smallholding Magazine, September 2010

"With collected wisdom from seasoned plot
holders, the book is a useful resource for Londoners
who are either starting an allotment or a veg plot in
their own garden" -- Evening Standard, November 2010

"..this really is a practical book, and if you don't already manage a plot, the beautiful photographs will inspire and will make you wish you had one". -- Country Gardener magazine, November 2010

"A complete reference source for techniques, fruit and vegetable varieties".
-- Country Kitchen magazine, November 2010

"..Plenty of advice here on setting up and maintaining any grow your own plot" --English Garden, February 2011

"...with a strong aesthetic sensibility, it will be well received by new allotment holders seeking information relevent to their needs" --The Garden, February 2011

"packed with useful allotment advice"
--Grow Your Own, February 2011

"...The perfect accompanying guide for anyone starting out" --Kitchen Garden, February 2011

"A complete reference for everything to do with managing an allotment, from soil and plant organisation to propagation and pruning. The definitive guide to a successful and productive allotment"
--Living North, April 2011

Setting up and maintaining a plot can soon be daunting, but help is at hand with the Allotment Source Book...This book takes an organic approach and is perfect for any plotholder. --Grow It!, April 2011

About the Author

Caroline Foley is an established garden writer. She edits Topiarius, the journal of the European Boxwood and Topiary Society, and is a regular columnist for The Observer blog. She is also author of Practical Allotment Gardening, The Allotment Handbook, The A-Z of Allotment Vegetables and How to Plant Your Allotment also published by New Holland.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keyzer Soze VINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2011
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I already own a few books on allotments and growing your own fruit and veg. So I was a lttle worried that this book would have nothing new to offer me. However I have quickly found it to be invaluble. It is the most comprehensive book on running an allotment I have yet come across. It covers everything from the history of allotments and the laws that effect them, to how best to lay an allotment out and how what grow. In between is an encyclopedic wealth of information on individual vegetables, fruits, diseases, soils and insects. As well as a plethora of tips on getting the best, and the most, from your plot. All this and more in an easy to read and accessable format. Of particular use is the month by month calendar of what to plant harvest and when. Not at all uncommon in these types of books I know, but Caroline Foley's version is the best I've yet come across. OH and if all that wasn't enough..... the fantastic colour photographs and illustrations are worth the price of the book alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2011
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I rather like this book, but I'm not sure how useful it really is, day to day, compared to some of the duller, but more systematic titles on the subject. I was looking for a present for a new allotmenteer and spent a very long time researching in an actual bookshop (you know, with walls and a door) and this was the most appealling of the many books I examined. Buy it to inspire a friend who has just got an allotment - or is considering it; to persuade a partner how much they will enjoy helping you, or as an addition to your more boring "how to" books. Buy it, even, for someone who has had an allotment for years and is stuck in a rut (this could be me!) It won't go into infinite detail about the respective merits of different green manures. It will inspire you to get the best from your allotment and take a fresh look at everything it can give you.

The layout and design are, as others have said, "arty" - ie very attractive. A big, fat, colourful book which looks not unlike a series of magazine articles (good ones, though), it leads you through a series of themes which will be of greater or lesser interest to various readers. It is quite comprehensive, and very esoteric; things which you expect to see in a gardening book, like what to do at different times of the year or how to make compost, nestle side by side with stuff about wildlife and projects like "how to make nettle string" and green roofs for sheds. Good photos illustrate sections such as those on choosing tools or protecting crops from birds; where a diagram would be more use - as for training raspberries - a diagram is what you get.

As well as this charming introduction, a serious gardener will need a boring, detailed, easily referenced guide and there are plenty on the market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Palmer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2011
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My wife and I are just coming into our second year as allotment gardeners, and we definitely need some expert help! It's a bit early to say very much about Foley's book (which we've only just got), in regards to how helpful it will be for us in the long term. But, so far, it's been very pleasurable to read, and has helped us start formulating some better thought out plans for our second year of growing. The year planner is certainly a helpful inclusion in that respect, although I've seen some that are more clearly/succinctly laid out (our local garden centre furnished us with a free one that's an easier fast-reference resource).

One of it's most appealing qualities is that it's a very beautiful book, well printed on nice matt paper of a good weight, making for an attractive coffee table volume. The photography is very good, and rather like that you'd find in your more expensive coffee-table cookbooks, being, I guess quite appropriately, quite mouth-watering. But, and I find myself feeling mildly conflicted saying this, as I love aesthetically pleasing objects, the abundant and beautiful imagery might actually make using the book as a practical or speedy reference a little less easy, perhaps even slightly cumbersome?

One minor criticism: a glossary would've been a good idea. Foley occasionally uses some undefined terms, e.g. the term "about a spit down". I had to search the Internet to find out what/how much a 'spit' is! (The depth of a spade blade, or about a foot, were the answers I found.)

Comprehensive and attractively put together, The Allotment Source Book has already proven pleasurable and inspirational for browsing through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Mar. 2011
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I think this is an excellent introduction to allotment gardening that would work equally well as an introduction to growing vegetables and fruit in a garden. It is well laid out and is divided into the following chapters - Finding the plot; Preparing the ground; The division of space; Making a planting plan; Gathering the stock; Looking after your plants; End of the growing season; The allotment year; Vegetable directory; Fruit directory; Herb and flower directory; The problem pages and Off the plot. 'The allotment year' section is particularly useful with its month-by-month guide to what is 'in season', 'under protection', 'gereral maintenance', 'other tasks' etc etc. I also liked the emphasis on reusing and recycling. Every single double page throughout the book is illustrated with photographs or diagrams making it a very nice looking, colourful book. However, there is lots of very useful information here as well and as an allotment gardener of 30 years I wish I'd had a book like this when I started.

My only criticism would be that around half of the photographs are purely decorative and I would have preferred that this space had been used for more detailed information on vegetables. Still, overall, this is a book that someone starting an allotment or vegetable garden for the first time could buy and it would serve them well for many years without the need to reference any other books.
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