Your Own Allotment: How to Find It, Cultivate It, and Enjoy Growing Your Own Food

Having your own allotment is an excellent way to ensure that the fruit and vegetables you and your family eat are fresh, organic and actually have flavour. This book takes you step by step through the process of finding and obtaining your allotment and then offers practical information and tips on starting, and then maintaining your plot. In three parts it covers all you need to know about: applying for an allotment, preparing the soil, organic principles and planning and laying out your plot; the vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers you can grow, plus useful shrubs and trees; and. maintaining the allotment, including gardening techniques, pest and weed control, crop rotation, composting, harvesting and storage and tips on maintaining productivity throughout the year.
‘The advice given clearly comes from personal experience. The level of detail is impressive, the author even describes how to set a totally new set of allotments. For both the new and established allotment holder, I would advise keeping a copy of this book int eh allotment shed, its a gem. Clear, concise and accurate information presented in easily readable format. Covers all the subject an allotment holder needs and represents very good value for money. We throughly recommend it.’’A veritable bible of information, accessible to both novice would-be allotment gardener and to those looking to maintain more established plots. Buy it, and you may never need to buy another book on growing your own food.’ Four Shires
Neil Russell-Jones is a prolific author and a management consultant. He has an allotment in South London which he tends with his wife and two daughters. He is treasurer for the allotment society, which is run on organic principles, and maintains the website: As a family they grow everything from asparagus to zucchini – not only do they get abundant fresh produce they also enjoy working together on a combined project that takes them away from the usual routine of work and school: but they also get great exercise from working in the fresh air; and cycling to and from the site.
About the author
Part 1
– Good Grounding – The Basics
1. All About Allotments
2. Our Allotment
3. Getting Started
4. Getting to Know Your Soil
5. Digging
6. Climate
7. Understanding the Basics
8. Tools for you Allotment
9. Shed and Tool Stores
10. Organic Principles
Part 2
– Know Your Onions – The Plants
11. About our Crops
12. The Life Cycle of a Plant
13. Plant Families
14. Brassica – The Cabbage Family
15. Legumes – The Pea and Bean Family
16. Solanaceae – Tomato and Potato family
17. Alliaceae – The Onion Family
18. Apiaceae – The Celery Family
19. Asteraceae – The Lettuce or Daisy Family
20. Cucurbitaceae – The Gourd Family
21. Chenopodiaceae
22. Fruit
23. Perennial Crops
24. Herbs
25. Cereals and Grasses
26. Flowers and Trees
Part 3
– Maintaining Your Allotment
27 Planting
28. Organic Matter
29. Dealing with Pests, Diseases and Weeds
30. Crop Rotation
31. Protecting Your Crops
32. Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labour
33. Food for Free
34. The Allotment Society – Getting Involved
35. Allotment Tips
36. The Allotment Year



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