The Allotment Source Book Hardcover – 25 Oct 2010
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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The Allotment Source book mixes style with substance. It covers topics from soil types to dealing with pests, growing veg to when to harvest fruit. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2012 by B. Roche
This is a good book for any one with a veg plot or garden, details of each type of crop mean you can easily look up how to grow most fruit and veg. Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2012 by D. Graham
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