The Allotment Keeper's Handbook: A down-to-earth guide to growing your own food Paperback – 1 Jan 2007
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About the Author
Jane Perrone is a keen organic allotmenteer and gardener who writes regularly for the Guardian and keeps a blog (http://perrone.blogs.com/horticultural/) about running an allotment. She is the author of The Allotment Keeper's Handbook (2007).
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It is exactly what it says, a down to earth guide. The advice is informative, straightforward, clear and realistic in terms of making you realise you dont get it right every time and failures should be taken in your stride.
This book is never more than a couple of feet from me and I spend hours in the evening poring over it, after a long day on the plot.
And for info the plot is no longer overgrown, and is in great shape with a bumber harvest due, thanks in no small part to this book, so thanks Jane!
Would recommend without reservation.
The book is written by an amatuer for amatuers, and although it has a few handy sections - like the month by month planner, it's very basic and more of a quirky comedy about a lady's toils in her allotment.
I would reccomend this book if you are very new to gardening and have a small plot or maybe a small veg plot in your garden, as it has some novel ideas ie: building a hedgehog shelter, but fruit and veg gardening bible it is NOT!
Unlike most of the books in this genre, 'The Allotment Keeper's Handbook' falls into the practical sized volume - neither coffee table glossy nor impossibly large. It feels like it should have the reassuring words 'Don't Panic' written on the cover in the style of 'Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. This is a book written from personal experience aimed at the beginner allotmenteer. It's like you have that allotmenteering friend to show you the ropes right there in your hand - the friend I didn't have when I started my allotment 4 years ago.
This is a book that cuts right through the jargon, packing a lot of information, advice, anecdote and humour into a relatively small size. You won't find many photographs along the way, but that doesn't mean the book isn't useful. In fact it leaves the way clear to get the novice allotmenteer thoroughly started - from getting the right plot, cultivating it, right through to the final, satisfying harvest. There's also plenty of new information to keep relative old hands like me interested, such as the reputed use of carrots to attract nematodes away from the cucurbit family. This is the book to help you get your allotment licked into shape. Partner it with Joy Larckom's classic 'Grow Your Own Vegetables' for more details on specific crops and you'll have the best help possible to get you started on your plot.
Sadly Jane has given up her allotment since writing this book. I wish her well in developing her new vegetable garden from scratch at her new home.
It would be good if if it had an axtra section listing how to grow the most common vegetables.
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