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The Half-hour Allotment (Royal Horticultural Society) Hardcover – 1 May 2006


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; 1 edition (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711226059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711226050
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By R. Otovator on 7 Aug 2006
Most modern veg gardening books tend to go over the same stuff and offer the same old advice but this one looks at things from a different angle. It gives good basic information for new growers and plenty of encouragement but some of the advice (buying plants as opposed to sowing seed yourself for instance) is fairly unusuall and it shows the pros and cons of both the old and their new methods.

Interesting, even though I don't agree with a few of their ideas
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Dodster TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Feb 2007
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I liked this book lots. It's full of practical advice, principally for allotment holders, but the ideas can be applied to your garden.

Some of it so obvious you think 'why didn't I do this before?'

The crux of the book is that you dedicate 30 mins, 5 days a week to your allotment/garden, with weekends off. Or you dedicate the same time, 2.5 hours at weekends.

It advises that you plan what you do with your time, and you grow high value crops, as opposed to the run of the mill variety you can get in your local shops.

I've been gardening for years, but haven't done much with fruit and veg, so this year I'm applying what I've read. So far, the results have been encouraging with far less guilt, stress and strains.

Almost anyone can find 30 mins, and on a regular basis it can make a big impact on almost any plot.

Great book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pompom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Sep 2008
So many people take an allotment plot on with great intentions - then realise the commitment and aren't able to keep it up. This book provides all the information that could be needed to manage your plot in minimum time. This means it's not necessarily for everyone - those who are able to spend long days on their plot may not feel that it's applicable to them. But I'd suggest that the book still contains plenty of hints, tips and advice on how to get the best from your plot.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By D. Stephens on 11 Mar 2008
We had an allotment previously for five years which we had to give up for various reasons - not least the amount of work involved. We now have a new plot and even with all our previous experience - or perhaps because of it- I have found this book an invaluable resource. I know we want to get it right from the start this time and I have a pretty good idea where we went wrong last time, but even so seeing it all explained so clearly and in such a well structured way as it is in this book has really given me a lot of confidence in the systems we're putting in place and the information I need to do it.

Yes, the bit about using plug plants is a bit controversial but eminently sensible arguments are given for doing so. If you don't want to follow every word of advice in the book of course you don't have to - but at least you're asked to think through the decisions you're making in terms of effort put in and what you'll get back. We've put gooseberries in which aren't recommended but we love them and are happy to put in a bit more effort for that particular crop.

Thank you! I cannot recommend this book highly enough to a new or returning plotholder.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline on 16 Jan 2011
We have recently taken on an allotment that has not been worked for 9 years. It is covered in ivy, brambles and couch grass! In our 60s with arthritis and one of us with a dodgy back we must be bonkers!

This book is packed with sensible advice on how to manage both the allotment and our time. Little and often is the philosophy and there is lots of tips on how to pace yourself (maybe only a third gets cultivated in the first year), quantities to sow / plant and making you think fully about what you really want an allotment for.

My neighbours, the majority are in their 70s and 80s, may not be impressed that we am not growing main crop potatoes and we are putting a large section over to soft fruit but, hopefully they will be pleased that we are at least doing something to this unloved piece of ground. Yes I have read the more conventional allotment and self sufficiency books but usually ended up feeling overwhelmed by the task we have set ourselves. This book restored a sense of balance and made me feel positive again
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E J Kingsley on 22 July 2013
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I have bought and wasted money on many gardening books over the years, as well as using up much precious time and energy seeking advice on how to have a successful allotment (all of which was so conflicting that it left me in utter confusion as what was actually the right and best thing to do). From keen gardeners and other allotment holders to books written by 'doctors of botany' and horticultural specialists alike... i tried them all... until i reached the point of total frustration and nearly lost all hope of ever successfully growing anything. If i had stuck with comon sense and intuition, at the beginning - which wasn't so much a sixth sense of what to do but a simple observance gained from experience and making all the usual mistakes - i would have fared much better and that's what this book is all about. Bringing us back to that simplistic, sound reasoning and common-sense, much needed for managing a successful allotment or vegetable garden. In my opnion, the only real route to success, productivity and most of all ENJOYMENT and SENSE OF SATISFACTION from growing your own food! Simple, well set-out chapters for easy-reading; covering all you need to know from choosing, planning, building, planting, growing, managing, storing and eating the 'fruit of your labours.' This has become my all-time, one and only, allotment 'Bible' and i refer to it often. It is so well-written that any advice is easy to remember and get to grips with and so i heartily recommend it to EVERYONE... from young and old, to experienced and inexperienced alike. Written by two sympathetic allotment holders, both experienced in horticulture; there is something for everyone in this book.
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