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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (21 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905862466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905862467
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Until recently growing vegetables in kitchen gardens and allotments was viewed largely as a preserve for old men and retirees, where the secret lives of gardeners carried on in make-do-an-mend shanty towns of sheds, dwellings and peaceful havens away from the noise, worries and trappings of modern times: a world of pipe smoking, double-digging, giant-veg growing, moonshine-brewing magic-and-mystery which was accessible only to the very young (as grandchildren, for a treat) or those approaching the autumn of their years.

As recently as the year 2000, allotment sites countrywide were neglected and falling into disrepair as their incumbents either gave up, or took their seed packets to the great veg patch in the sky. Vegetable growing areas became overgrown wastelands, havens for the creatures that make their homes in long grass but hardly conducive to growing your own food. Surviving plots were tended by a hardy breed of gardener who, through the repetitive spirit of their actions, kept the fields and dreams they shared alive.

Something happened after 2001. Whether it was the 9/11 atrocity or something else is unclear, but suddenly reps in the gardening trade noticed sales of vegetable seeds starting to increase and, a few years later, outstripping those for ornamentals. In tandem was a renewed interest from ordinary people (that's you and me) in how to grow vegetables.

Suddenly folk were clamouring for allotments. Derelict land was being reclaimed by a new generation of gardeners. These were often younger and with families, frequently they were women! A revolution was happening and it carries on still, to this day.

The great thing about this revolution is that it is universally inclusive. It is not a club where you have to give funny hand shakes or pass a dodgy induction ritual. It is a world of possibility which embraces anyone prepared to invest the time and effort which are the only demands.

Writing as 'Dirty Nails' of the Blackmore Vale Magazine, through his weekly articles in local and regional newspapers, Joe Hashman has been demystifying the art of edible gardening to a public audience since February 2004. His urge to grow vegetables and fruit stems from a love of nature and good, locally produced, organic food. He is now the author of several books which combine his passion for gardening with the natural pleasures of being outdoors 'in amongst it'.

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'Plain common sense, humour, and an amazing eye for detail - really does tick all the boxes.' Grow It

'...excellent and inspiring - for both beginners and experienced gardeners alike.' Organic-gardening-tips.co.uk --Reviews of Previous Titles

About the Author

Writing as 'Dirty Nails', Joe's popular weekly columns have been enjoyed by the readers of the Dorset-based Blackmore Vale Magazine since 2004. He now regularly contributes to newspapers across England and Wales. Visit him online at www.dirtynails.co.uk.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Millie McMullin on 14 Dec 2010
Format: Paperback
I love this chaps work, normally there is more chat in his books which I have liked. The best thing about this one is that it has given me all the answers i need to all those questions that crop when I'm growing my veg. I cant wait for springtime when I can get out there with this little gem in my pocket.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. L. Hawksworth on 3 Sep 2012
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Bought this book ages ago and it has been up at the plot ever since. Hashman explains what to do, when to do it and how not to muck it up (or rectify your mistakes!) in a manner that is easy to understand, engaging and witty.

I use his book religiously. In fact, I'm having to buy a new one as a paper-devouring snail has eaten september onwards and I can't live without the book's input!

Also it's nice to leaf through when you're having a break from weeding.

Very helpful, loads of information, a must for any allotment-eer or as a gift for one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Green Thumbs on 15 Dec 2010
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This is a must for anyone who wants to learn about growing their own fruit & veg. It tells you all you need to know in a really clear and useful way. The illustrations are great. A perfect Christmas present.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TOSCA on 10 Nov 2010
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THIS BOOK IS SO VERY INFORMATIVE AND FULL OF GREAT TIPS - INVALUABLE TO THE GARDENING CIRCLE.......
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It came quickly and is a pristine copy. Started using it straight away and can imagine it will be used for many years to come as a reference guide.
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