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The Allotment Book: Seasonal Planner and Cookbook [Hardcover]

Andi Clevely
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Book Description

3 Mar 2008

This beautifully illustrated follow-up to Andi Clevely’s bestseller, The Allotment Book, celebrates the joys of both growing and cooking your own produce. Perfect for the complete beginner or the experienced allotmenteer, The Allotment Book: Seasonal Planner and Cookbook will ensure your crops thrive and your table is laden all year round.

Allotment gardening is in the grip of a renaissance, with over 300,000 allotments in the UK and a new breed of allotment enthusiast, whose typical characteristic is that they are not typical. With more young professionals on allotments than ever before, as well families and even groups of friends embracing the vibrancy of allotment culture, people are mucking in to cultivate their own crops. This is the perfect book for those with a passion for the outdoors and a taste for food warm from the sun.

Andi Clevely helps you to assess your plot and decide what to grow. Once your plot is up and running, he guides you through the year season by season, reminding you of essential tasks, preparing you for extreme weather, and teaching techniques such as composting and crop rotation. Each section celebrates a particular crop and offers plenty of opportunity for using your produce with tempting recipes as well as ideas for storing and preserving.

Contents Include:

• Essential growing tips and techniques
• Checklists of key tasks and timings – when to sow, plant, and harvest
• Crop focus – exploring the tendencies and benefits of particular varieties
• Eco-friendly suggestions for pest control and disease management.
• Ergonomics and safety advice
• Tales of successful allotmenteers and allotment culture
• Over 100 beautifully photographed seasonal recipes for all occasions

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007263473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007263479
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 19.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Andi Clevely has spent thirty-five years as a working gardener. After taking a degree in English at Oxford he began his gardening career on the Crown Estate at Windsor Great Park. Thereafter he was for many years employed as head gardener in private service (initially for J.B. Priestley and Jacquetta Hawkes). He now lives in Wales, where he writes about gardening and tends his own hillside garden. His many books include Patios, Water in the Garden, City Garden, Plants in Pots and the bestselling Allotment Garden. As a journalist he writes regularly for The Garden, Homes and Gardens, The Field and BBC Gardener's World Magazine. In 2003 he won the Garden Writers' Guild Award for Practical Journalist of the Year.

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"A simple A to Z of allotment care, combined with delicious and achievable recipes. Accompanied by no nonsense photography, this is a delightful book for the green fingered allotment owner or not." House & Home

"Alongside growing advice, there are mouthwatering recipes for dishes such as sweet-potato muffins using the freshly picked fruits of your labour." Country Living

“The pick of 2008’s bumper crop of allotment books.No one will feel short-changed by this attractively arranged, information-led volume.” The Telegraph

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Whether planning your plot or steaming your spinach, sowing your seeds or preserving your plums, learn the joys of growing and cooking your own.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good book for the new allotmenteer ! 12 Mar 2009
I got my allotment last year and someone kindly bought me Andi Clevely's "The Allotment Book" and also this "Allotment Seasonal Planner".

I'm very impressed with both of them and they compliment each other very well. I can strongly recommend them both if, like me, you're fairly new to growing your own or you need some help in improving your skills. I've looked at a few other similar books too and I think these are about the best I've seen... I was just lucky to be given them.

The Allotment Book tells you how to do the basics and how to get started. The Seasonal Planner assumes you can do these things but helps you organise your work so that you learn to do the most important things at the right time.

The Seasonal Planner also includes some recipe ideas for your fruit and veg which are quite a nice addition, but the book is first and foremost about how to plan your time on the allotment to help you be successful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful Book 9 Aug 2009
I have gardenened, like many of us for years. Good practical growing information. I had not really looked into many gardening books but this one I beleive is great. I always have surplus of many things and the recipe ideas are really good for changing or presenting in another way, something I had been doing the same for years. I like the planting cycle tables too. Lovely photos.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value 25 July 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this for a friend who has just started to grow her own veg. She says that it is in continual use and uses it more than any other gardening book she has.
Good articles and well written. Very easy to follow and understand.
If I had a garden, I would buy it for myself.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allotment Seasonal Planner 4 Mar 2009
By Charlie
A little bit like Andy Clevely's previous book: "The allotment book" with more recipes. Still a good buy though if you do not own the other one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 28 Feb 2010
This book is one of my favourites, which I have read. I decided to buy it, because it have lots of usefully facts and helpfully hits. The recipes are a added bonus. It is a must with anyone that is going to grown vegetables. Young or old.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gift for an Want-to-be-Gardener. 23 May 2013
By Payzone
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It was a perfect gift for one of our garden-volunteers, who wants to start an his own Allotment soon. Thanks.
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