By: Caroline Foley
96 pages, Col photos throughout
Covers planning and layout, preparing soil and propagating from seed, pests and diseases, composting and raised beds. The book also contains a directory of vegetables and fruit, with required conditions.
With today's concerns about pesticides and what we eat, organic gardening is taking off and nowhere more so than on allotments. Undergoing a revival in popularity, there are now over a million people involved on a regular basis and there are gardening columns in both newspapers and magazines dedicated to the subject. Caroline Foley's guide to "Practical Allotment Gardening" offers knowledgeable and inspirational advice for new and veteran gardeners alike. How to assess a new site and prepare it for cultivation, soil preparation and green manures, vegetable and fruit directories, propagation, harvesting and storage, are all covered. Accompanied by Clive Nichols' excellent photographs, the book also shows how attractive allotments can be whilst still maintaining their primary purpose of food production. The inclusion of sweet peas to attract pollinators, the planting of calendulas or tagetes to deter pests, add colour, scent and vibrancy to a plot making it a pleasant place to both work and relax. For the small annual fee, the enjoyment gained from allotments is rewarded a hundredfold. New friendships, a new hobby, fresh produce and a place to work off all the tensions of the day - what more can you ask for? - Lucy Watson
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