From the author of one of the UK’s best selling gardening books, Vegetable Growing Month by Month, The Essential Allotment Guide is aimed at those with an allotment, looking for an allotment or growing on a larger plot and is complimentary to Vegetable Growing Month by Month.
Chapter List for The Essential Allotment Guide
- Why Get an Allotment
What do you get from an allotment?
- A Brief History of Allotments
It’s a fascinating subject, but I’ve kept it to the point!
- How to Find and Choose an Allotment
It’s the big problem for many, so some tips to help you find and sneak up the waiting list.
- How Much Time Does an Allotment Take?
You need to know what you are letting yourself in for
- Pests and Problems
Not just the bugs and so on, some advice on the two legged rats as well.
- Health and Safety
You need to know a few bits so your hobby doesn’t end you up in hospital
- Children on the Plot
Allotments provide a great opportunity for children, both learning and social.
- Planning the Plot
You need to know what you are going to do
- Clearing the Plot
The other big one. You take on your plot and the weeds are hiding the trees!
- Constructions on the Plot
Greenhouses, sheds, coldframes and so forth. DIY
Allotments are not just vegetables, you can keep poultry or even bees on many sites.
- Tools, Equipment and Techniques
What you need, what you want and how to use them
- Manures, Fertilizers and Compost
What they are, what to do and how to use them
A brief guide to growing various vegetables
A brief guide to growing fruit
- Sowing and Harvesting Chart
A quick guide as what to do when
- Saving Your Own Seed
Frugal lot, allotmenteers – here’s how to save a few bob
Gardener’s have their own jargon and specialist words, hence a short jargon busting glossary.
- Further Information and Contacts
“Britain’s greatest allotment authority” – Emma Townshend in the Independent on Sunday