Joe's Allotment: Planning and planting a productive plot Hardcover – 2 Apr 2009
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The ultimate allotment handbook from Gardeners' World's Joe Swift.
About the Author
Joe Swift is a professional garden designer and Gardeners' World presenter. Joe took on the challenge of an allotment for the programme and it has become one of the most popular strands on the show. He co-presented the BBC's coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Open Gardens, and Gardener of the Year. He writes a weekly column for Saturday's Times Magazine. His other books are The Plant Room (2001) and Joe's Urban Garden Handbook (2008).
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Top Customer Reviews
It's got a bit at the beginning about starting off - digging, clearing weeds, rules of allotments - and then the main body of the book is what to do in each season. It's a very simple, friendly book, and exactly what you'd expect from him. He just makes you feel like you can get out there and do it, that it's not some kind of complicated art it will take you years to learn.
One problem though, is that it's hard to look things up without resorting to the index, as it's organised chronologically, and even when you do find the page you want, the information isn't organised in sections. So you have to read the whole section to find what you want. And I am only giving 4 stars because of that, as I think most people would want to be able to find info on a particular crop quickly.
But on the other hand, it makes a really motivating read. It's got loads of pictures, which I do think is pretty handy when you are starting off because you can see in stages how he makes a runner bean structure etc.
I think this book will be appealing to beginning allotment growers who find the longer, more comprehensive books like Joy Larkcom's a bit off-putting. I liked it, but I would still rather go for Mark Diacono's Veg Patch, also just out this spring. Joe Swift really describes the experience of having an allotment, though, and that's this book's real strength.
I have a lot of veg garden books but thoroughly enjoy this one...good tips and nice writing style.
Go on get it...its lovely.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best allotment book I have read. Joe takes the reader through the ups and downs of starting an allotment. Joe's Allotment Heroes adds to the joy of this book.Published 5 months ago by Jo Whitehead
It helped get my head round having an allotment and was easy to read.Published 6 months ago by Caroline Williams