The Allotment Book Paperback – 4 Feb 2008
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'It is full of colourful and relevant illustrations…The content is packed with excellent down-to-earth advice. Andy Clevely captures the essence of the allotment, showing how it is a relaxing a socialble way to garden. The Allotment Book is a must for the bookshelf.' - The Garden magazine
'This is an excellent book.' - The Telegraph
'It's the ultimate guide to a bumper harvest.' - Sunday Magazine
'Clear and concise, it will take pride of place in your garden shed.' - Daily Mail
‘This book testifies the new vibrancy of allotment culture, and provides all the knowledge needed to turn a patch of soil into a lifelong adventure.’ - The Northern Echo
‘This is a book you’ll want to return to again and again.’ - Garden Answers
‘This book is excellent, rising above the usual dutiful trek through chores and cultivars and capturing the life-expanding possibilities of a new plot.’ - Optima Magazine
About the Author
Andi Clevely is one of Britain’s most renowned gardening writers, and has written over 20 gardening books. He is also a regular TV presenter, appearing on Granada’s Cook’s Garden and From the Ground Up for Carlton.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book gives you detailed tables of sowing and planting times, seasonal guides,advice on sellecting what to grow and even the odd recipe too. It is written in a clear and concise fashion, with lots of helpfull (and pretty) photographs.
I particularly like the seasonal guides as they have "Sow Now; Plant Now; In Season Now" in one quick reference column at the start of the "chapter".
It answers every question that a virgin allotment holder could ask. I would highly recommend it.
This book is perfect. It is well written, the directions are clear and the pictures informative. It is already well thumbed and next year I will be better! Congratulations to the author.
This book doesn't go into great detail about every plant, but it isn't an encyclopaedia of allotment plants so it isn't to be expected.
It does give excellent important notes for plants though and contains information about the whole allotment experience.
There are photographs galore to inpsire allotmenteers, the calendar section has been a godsend to newbies like me, and the recipes section is great too (my wife used his carrot cake recipe and it was gorgeous! Thanks Heather!).
He gives advise on companion planting, composting, storring your harvest, and many more essential matters.
I learn't a lot from reading his book, you can really feel his passion for growing fruit and veg, and this rubs off onto the reader.
I would recommend it.
Designing your plot layout to work best for you and to minimise problems via crop rotation is tackled first, followed by a directory of vegetables to grow (both the usual suspects and more unusual crops) , techniques to use and ending with a guide to the seasonal year are all explained in detail, accompanied by lavish photographs and sprinkled with seasonal recipes. The allotment tradition of recycling anything that comes to hand is also catered for with a number of projects to try throughout the book.
With this guide to hand, you'll have a prize winning plot in half the time and be the envy of all the 'old hands'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After struggling with my new allotment for a few weeks and getting all sorts of contradictory advice from fellow allotment holders (if you ask 12 allotment holders for advice you... Read morePublished 8 months ago by GC
Would buy again. My only criticism is that (since it doesn't give exact months) I would like more of an indication of when it is "early Spring" when "late spring"... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Philip Kelly
Interest in growing fruit, vegetables and flowers has never been greater so I approached this book enthusiastically. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dr R
a useful book especially liked some of the recipes found the selecting the crop interesting and spacing crops but there is only so much you can write about allotmentPublished 16 months ago by m. dosa