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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846076722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846076725
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ultimate allotment handbook from Gardeners' World's Joe Swift.

About the Author

Joe Swift is a professional garden designer and Gardeners' World presenter. Joe took on the challenge of an allotment for the programme and it has become one of the most popular strands on the show. He co-presented the BBC's coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Open Gardens, and Gardener of the Year. He writes a weekly column for Saturday's Times Magazine. His other books are The Plant Room (2001) and Joe's Urban Garden Handbook (2008).

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
Joe Swift only got his allotment last year, so when you buy this book, you are getting the wisdom of a single season's vegetable growing. This might make some people horrified; for me, I really like Joe Swift, I think he's friendly, and enthusiastic, and he gets his kids involved, and he's just not fake like a lot of people on TV. He also draws on the experience of other growers throughout the book like his friend Cleve West, Joy Larkcom, veg queen, and Peter Whiting, Garden News' allotmenteer of the year 2007.

It's got a bit at the beginning about starting off - digging, clearing weeds, rules of allotments - and then the main body of the book is what to do in each season. It's a very simple, friendly book, and exactly what you'd expect from him. He just makes you feel like you can get out there and do it, that it's not some kind of complicated art it will take you years to learn.

One problem though, is that it's hard to look things up without resorting to the index, as it's organised chronologically, and even when you do find the page you want, the information isn't organised in sections. So you have to read the whole section to find what you want. And I am only giving 4 stars because of that, as I think most people would want to be able to find info on a particular crop quickly.

But on the other hand, it makes a really motivating read. It's got loads of pictures, which I do think is pretty handy when you are starting off because you can see in stages how he makes a runner bean structure etc.

I think this book will be appealing to beginning allotment growers who find the longer, more comprehensive books like Joy Larkcom's a bit off-putting. I liked it, but I would still rather go for Mark Diacono's Veg Patch, also just out this spring. Joe Swift really describes the experience of having an allotment, though, and that's this book's real strength.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Hodson on 9 Jun 2009
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As a new allotment gardener I had purchased other allotment books before this was published, but this is so much better, love Joes chatty style and non scary info on the setting up and growing on an allotment. Its written from the point of view of someone completly new to veg growing and does not talk down to you. Wish it was out earlier before I wasted money on other books. Well done Joe & BBC!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mother Willow on 12 May 2009
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Fabulous book, I bought it for my husband who has had an allotment for a few years, easy to read, jargon free and very informative. Excellent book, you might have guessed I read it myself as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Shire on 5 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
The text is clear and takes a logical route through developing an allotment. I like the list of veg and when, where and with what to plant them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martyn Jones on 22 Mar 2010
Format: Hardcover
Having just taken on an allotment for the first time, it's great to go through Joe Swift's experiences from his first attempts at allotmenteering. It's a great confidence-builder on how to get your plot up and running and learn what worked for Joe and what didn't. Some great tips in planning out your plot,as well as hints on which varieties of seed and plant to grow. I'ts just a case of putting the theory into practice now!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beth on 6 Feb 2013
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My husband bought this when we moved to our current house which has a large garden. He has used the book a lot and now refers to it as and when.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Susan Fink The Academy on 15 Dec 2012
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Great book , full of down to earth information for a first time allotment holder facing all the same problems he had when tackling his first allotment.A definate must
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The book is a good guide to someone starting out with an allotment, lots of useful information and tips, I can see this becoming an essential book for me and the allotment
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