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Joe's Allotment: Planning and planting a productive plot Hardcover – 2 Apr 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846076722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846076725
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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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Joe Swift only got his allotment last year, so when you buy this book, you are getting the wisdom of a single season's vegetable growing. This might make some people horrified; for me, I really like Joe Swift, I think he's friendly, and enthusiastic, and he gets his kids involved, and he's just not fake like a lot of people on TV. He also draws on the experience of other growers throughout the book like his friend Cleve West, Joy Larkcom, veg queen, and Peter Whiting, Garden News' allotmenteer of the year 2007.

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.
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As a new allotment gardener I had purchased other allotment books before this was published, but this is so much better, love Joes chatty style and non scary info on the setting up and growing on an allotment. Its written from the point of view of someone completly new to veg growing and does not talk down to you. Wish it was out earlier before I wasted money on other books. Well done Joe & BBC!!!
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Fabulous book, I bought it for my husband who has had an allotment for a few years, easy to read, jargon free and very informative. Excellent book, you might have guessed I read it myself as well.
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The text is clear and takes a logical route through developing an allotment. I like the list of veg and when, where and with what to plant them.
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What an enjoyable read for beginner and more experienced alike. New plot people will benefit from the wealth of information. Seasoned gardeners will enjoy the memories and seasonal descriptions of as allotment life. I will be referring back to this in the future.
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This is a really helpful and good read. Accessible and "real" in that he mentions stuff you know is based on experience and not just regurgitated from other books.
I have a lot of veg garden books but thoroughly enjoy this one...good tips and nice writing style.
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I personally like this book,some other reviewers weren't so sure.I have had my allotment since April 2015,so I am nearing the end of my first allotment season.This book has been a useful source of info ,tips,General stuff of use to any allotment holder.Luckily my allotment wasn't as bad as Joe's when I took it on!
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I just love, love, love this book. I was unsure what to expect but what I found was sensible, well thought out and great advice, illustrations and surprisingly inventive ideas. Its truly a 'down to earth' experience and I found myself using the ideas and adapting them to my needs as quickly as I read them on my new allotment extension. It has pride of place where it is easily accessible - on my coffee table, no-one is allowed to move it, the only other book I have to hand at all times is the also wonderful The Polytunnel Handbook by Andy McKee and Mark Gatter.
Go on get it...its lovely.
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