The Half-hour Allotment: Extraordinary Crops from Every Day Efforts (Royal Horticultural Society) Hardcover – 1 May 2006
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is tempted to take on an allotment, whether they are short of time to spend on it or not. . . good value for money and will be referred to again and again.(Gardens Illustrated)
Full of ideas for how to cut down the time you need to spend on your plot while still aiming for top-class results.(Pippa Greenwood Daily Mirror)
Easy to follow and eminently practical.(BBC Countryfile)
About the Author
LIA LEENDERTZ is a freelance garden writer who shares an allotment with several friends near her home in Bristol. A regular contributor to The Guardian and The Telegraph, she is a long-time advocate of organic and community growing, and has written many books on the subject. She has an award-winning blog, Midnight Brambling.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Interesting, even though I don't agree with a few of their ideas
Some of it so obvious you think 'why didn't I do this before?'
The crux of the book is that you dedicate 30 mins, 5 days a week to your allotment/garden, with weekends off. Or you dedicate the same time, 2.5 hours at weekends.
It advises that you plan what you do with your time, and you grow high value crops, as opposed to the run of the mill variety you can get in your local shops.
I've been gardening for years, but haven't done much with fruit and veg, so this year I'm applying what I've read. So far, the results have been encouraging with far less guilt, stress and strains.
Almost anyone can find 30 mins, and on a regular basis it can make a big impact on almost any plot.
Yes, the bit about using plug plants is a bit controversial but eminently sensible arguments are given for doing so. If you don't want to follow every word of advice in the book of course you don't have to - but at least you're asked to think through the decisions you're making in terms of effort put in and what you'll get back. We've put gooseberries in which aren't recommended but we love them and are happy to put in a bit more effort for that particular crop.
Thank you! I cannot recommend this book highly enough to a new or returning plotholder.
This book is packed with sensible advice on how to manage both the allotment and our time. Little and often is the philosophy and there is lots of tips on how to pace yourself (maybe only a third gets cultivated in the first year), quantities to sow / plant and making you think fully about what you really want an allotment for.
My neighbours, the majority are in their 70s and 80s, may not be impressed that we am not growing main crop potatoes and we are putting a large section over to soft fruit but, hopefully they will be pleased that we are at least doing something to this unloved piece of ground. Yes I have read the more conventional allotment and self sufficiency books but usually ended up feeling overwhelmed by the task we have set ourselves. This book restored a sense of balance and made me feel positive again
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This 'used' book is in excellent condition - I wouldn't have known it wasn't new. Having just started with an allotment, I found it very helpful and encouraging for someone who... Read morePublished 7 months ago by timj
Great book for beginners and in fantastic condition. ThanksPublished 12 months ago by Lucy Parchment
just what a needed for my introduction to the world of allotmentsPublished 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is a really useful book and I have enjoyed reading it.Published 22 months ago by John Hennigan
Only got it yesterday so haven't had a chance to read but hoping its full of neat tricks as to how to manage my little allotment in half an hour a day ;))Published 23 months ago by Mrs JT
Excellent book. I shall take the tips for next year on my allotment.Published on 24 July 2014 by Atharva
OK....Nothing great or revolutionary here that the average busy person would not know already. I found the references to older more experienced gardeners somewhat irritating and... Read morePublished on 17 July 2014 by Christina Brangwyn
Of course it's probably a little unrealistic to think you can manage a full size allotment on half an hour a day, and realistically most people would put in a few hours once they'd... Read morePublished on 28 May 2014 by Mrs. C. E. Roberts