The Classic Allotment (Kindle)
Allotments are enjoying a renewed popularity because people want to know exactly what they're eating, save money, eat seasonally and save on carbon footprints. As well as men, more and more women are taking up the challenge to create their own sustainable food source with allotments, as well as experiencing the enjoyment of seeing things grow, not just fruit and veg but flowers. As well as potatoes and sunflowers, exotic plants such as ginger and pak choi are being grown and people are running businesses from their allotment produce, tapping into the locally-sourced, seasonal food market. Gordon Thorburn shows how to make the best from your allotment or even a veg patch with tips on natural bug deterrents, companion planting (save your cabbages by planting marigolds amongst them) and a handy seasonal planner, as well as must-try recipes.
The photographer is Sarah Cuttle.
People work on allotments for various reasons and money is well down the list. The overall advantage of growing your own is taste- organic veg makes meals more enjoyable.Garden News January 2011
Author Gordon Thorburn takes you through the pros and cons of different crops and tells you how to make the most of a plot, the best crops to grow in particular areas, how to beat nasty bugs and effective ways of companion planting. The book also features a seasonal planner and must-try recipes.