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The Allotment Source Book Hardcover – 25 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (25 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847736645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847736642
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 4.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The perfect accompanying guide for anyone starting their own garden --Country Smallholding Magazine, September 2010

"With collected wisdom from seasoned plot
holders, the book is a useful resource for Londoners
who are either starting an allotment or a veg plot in
their own garden" -- Evening Standard, November 2010

"..this really is a practical book, and if you don't already manage a plot, the beautiful photographs will inspire and will make you wish you had one". -- Country Gardener magazine, November 2010

"A complete reference source for techniques, fruit and vegetable varieties".
-- Country Kitchen magazine, November 2010

"..Plenty of advice here on setting up and maintaining any grow your own plot" --English Garden, February 2011

"...with a strong aesthetic sensibility, it will be well received by new allotment holders seeking information relevent to their needs" --The Garden, February 2011

"packed with useful allotment advice"
--Grow Your Own, February 2011

"...The perfect accompanying guide for anyone starting out" --Kitchen Garden, February 2011

"A complete reference for everything to do with managing an allotment, from soil and plant organisation to propagation and pruning. The definitive guide to a successful and productive allotment"
--Living North, April 2011

Setting up and maintaining a plot can soon be daunting, but help is at hand with the Allotment Source Book...This book takes an organic approach and is perfect for any plotholder. --Grow It!, April 2011

About the Author

Caroline Foley is an established garden writer. She edits Topiarius, the journal of the European Boxwood and Topiary Society, and is a regular columnist for The Observer blog. She is also author of Practical Allotment Gardening, The Allotment Handbook, The A-Z of Allotment Vegetables and How to Plant Your Allotment also published by New Holland.


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I already own a few books on allotments and growing your own fruit and veg. So I was a lttle worried that this book would have nothing new to offer me. However I have quickly found it to be invaluble. It is the most comprehensive book on running an allotment I have yet come across. It covers everything from the history of allotments and the laws that effect them, to how best to lay an allotment out and how what grow. In between is an encyclopedic wealth of information on individual vegetables, fruits, diseases, soils and insects. As well as a plethora of tips on getting the best, and the most, from your plot. All this and more in an easy to read and accessable format. Of particular use is the month by month calendar of what to plant harvest and when. Not at all uncommon in these types of books I know, but Caroline Foley's version is the best I've yet come across. OH and if all that wasn't enough..... the fantastic colour photographs and illustrations are worth the price of the book alone.
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Format: Hardcover
When I first saw this book I was disappointed: a big hardback with large colour photographs and thick pages of almost card consistency, it looked more like a "coffee table" book than a serious information book. Some pages have colour backgrounds rather than white, as if art rather than ease of reading was the goal.

But as I started to read, I changed my mind. Caroline Foley has included a wealth of information for all levels of allotment user, from a beginner to the experienced allotment owner.

The book contains a comprehensive guide to starting, clearing, planning and growing items on the allotment. It includes a vegetable directory which contains the detailed information on each which an amateur grower needs to know. Both metric and old fashioned measurements are given, usually with sensible conversions (although there are a few howlers - I plant my carrots about 1cm deep, Caroline prescribes 1.3cm).

The large colour photographs are put to good use in places like propagation, with clear pictures clarifying the description in the text. Sadly the same cannot be said or the pest an diseases section, which could have benefited from pictures of the problems. The appendix on allotment law will be useful for those running allotments as well as just members.

This is a good book, but I would be tempted to wait for it to come out in paperback with fewer photographs. This is definitely a book to keep to hand for frequent reference.
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By Philip VINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2011
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I am really impressed with this book. We are just starting out a new vegetable garden in raised beds - not quite an allotment but all the same principles. The book contains all sorts of tips on choosing the area, clearing, tips on reducing weeds before you plant (ie ways of letting them grow just before and then clearing them so the seedlings have first shout!)and a host of other good ideas. It is based around traditional sustainable methods without being political - I can't wait to make some nettle string!

It includes a year guide covering all sorts of crops with what to do, how and when. It also contains various catogorised crop directories with details on growing, positioning, pruning and harvesting. It comfortably explains seed drills, soil warming and propegating in a manner a beginner can understand but is not in any way condescending and I am sure will be appreciated by more experienced gardeners and beginners alike.

Its a big book, about an inch and a half thick with lots of pictures and illustrations which clarify and inspire. Don't be put off by the title including "allotment" it is just as relevent to the smallest or largest kitchen garden.

Highly recommended.
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I rather like this book, but I'm not sure how useful it really is, day to day, compared to some of the duller, but more systematic titles on the subject. I was looking for a present for a new allotmenteer and spent a very long time researching in an actual bookshop (you know, with walls and a door) and this was the most appealling of the many books I examined. Buy it to inspire a friend who has just got an allotment - or is considering it; to persuade a partner how much they will enjoy helping you, or as an addition to your more boring "how to" books. Buy it, even, for someone who has had an allotment for years and is stuck in a rut (this could be me!) It won't go into infinite detail about the respective merits of different green manures. It will inspire you to get the best from your allotment and take a fresh look at everything it can give you.

The layout and design are, as others have said, "arty" - ie very attractive. A big, fat, colourful book which looks not unlike a series of magazine articles (good ones, though), it leads you through a series of themes which will be of greater or lesser interest to various readers. It is quite comprehensive, and very esoteric; things which you expect to see in a gardening book, like what to do at different times of the year or how to make compost, nestle side by side with stuff about wildlife and projects like "how to make nettle string" and green roofs for sheds. Good photos illustrate sections such as those on choosing tools or protecting crops from birds; where a diagram would be more use - as for training raspberries - a diagram is what you get.

As well as this charming introduction, a serious gardener will need a boring, detailed, easily referenced guide and there are plenty on the market.
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