- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1197 KB
- Print Length: 136 pages
- Publisher: earthworm press (15 Jan. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006YCEFZO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #401,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Let me say at the outset that if you’re looking for a text book about crop rotation, pest control and seasonal planting, then Spade, Seed & Supper is not for you. If like me, however, you’re familiar with the trials of having an allotment and you want a book written by someone who knows exactly what that entails then Spade, Seed & Supper is perfection.
The conversational tone is delightful. Martin Spice writes with such wit and warmth I was completely charmed by his style. I can’t remember another gardening book that has made me laugh until I cried, because so much was so familiar. We have an allotment because we couldn’t afford to move to a bigger house and garden. We too have seen flimsy materials blown away like Martin’s cold frame (except ours was a complete greenhouse). We use a mattock in the way Martin wields a pick axe. We have a Paul on our site (though he’s called Sam) and I recognised the sense of community Martin describes just as much as the potato blight he encounters. It was the rhetorical questions peppered in the chapters that gave the text vivacity and humour for me.
As well as the charming prose, there are lovely, humorous illustrations from Mel Narongchai that further bring the writing to life. Also included are some simple and realistic recipes. Indeed, I’ve used Martin’s leek and potato soup recipe already so I know they work. I really appreciated the smattering of quotations throughout the text too. There are apposite comments from T.S. Eliot through Muddy Waters to Voltaire.
Yes, there are helpful tips along the way for growing on an allotment, but Spade, Seed & Supper is only partly a book about allotmenteering. Mostly it’s about people and their small successes and failures. I loved it and if you’re an allotmenteer I dare say you will too.
A nice change from all the 'planning your allotment' books out there which can seem a bit daunting and dry especially for us newbies.