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Allotments: Inspiration and practical advice for would-be smallholders

Handbook / Manual

Series: National Trust Country Living Series

By: Jane Eastoe

96 pages, illustrations

National Trust

Hardback | May 2009 | #178625 | ISBN-13: 9781905400768
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About this book

An allotment is one of the best - and cheapest - ways of getting hold of valuable gardening space to grow your own. Plus it offers one of the most relaxing atmospheres with the chance to mix with fellow gardeners. Your allotment can provide enough fruit, veg and herbs to feed most small families (and cut flowers to adorn the kitchen table) - produce that will taste and look much better than anything shop-bought.

Jane Eastoe guides you through allotment life, from how to find an allotment, how to plan one out, what to grow, crop rotation, how to store your harvest plus some of the best recipes so you enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Great gardening information is given for each crop from potatoes and carrots to aubergines and chillies. What to grow when, what to grow where plus a calendar of work for the laziest to the most energetic allotment holder. With all the details on the cost of having an allotment, self-management, and protecting your allotment, this is the easiest guide to getting started on allotment life. In addition to all the practical gardening techniques, the book has background information on local authority control, self-management options, and how to protect your allotment. It shows you how to find an allotment, plan it out and grow your own. From choosing crops and crop rotation to sheds and recipes, it is the easiest and cheapest way to self-sufficiency. It features a calendar of jobs for the laziest to the most energetic of gardeners.

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Jane Eastoe has been a journalist and author for 25 years and a garden designer and horticulturalist for 15 years. Her interest in organic living developed as a practical response to the diverse demands of family life. She is a keen (though time-short) gardener. She is the author of the four previous books in the series: Home-Grown Fruit (9781843404163), Henkeeping (9781843403586), Hedgerow and Wildlife (9781905400607) and Wild Food (9781905400591). Other books in the series include Home-Grown Vegetables (9781843404170) and Beekeeping (9781843404187). Jane lives near Sandwich in Kent.

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