The Essential Allotment Guide

How to Get the Best out of Your Plot

Author: John Harrison

Publisher: Right Way

ISBN: 0716022435

Category: Gardening

Page: 160

View: 524

In recent years allotments have grown in popularity with demand far outstripping supply. John Harrison shows how to improve your chances of getting an allotment and move up the waiting list. In this all-encompassing guide, he also advises on clearing an allotment, planning what to grow and how, building compost bins, using raised beds - plus detailed instructions on growing the best vegetables and fruit. Praise for John Harrison's Vegetable Growing Month by Month: "...solid words of advice, written in a way that everyone will understand." Medwyn Williams, Chairman of the National Vegetable Society and member of the Fruit and Vegetable Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Allotment Gardening For Dummies

Author: Sven Wombwell

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470664487

Category: Gardening

Page: 456

View: 958

Allotment Gardening For Dummies is a lively, hands-on guide to getting the most out of your allotment. Whether you're interested in eating fresh, saving money, getting exercise or enjoying wholesome family fun, this is the guide for you. The step-by-step advice takes you through all the stages in the process, from securing an allotment and preparing your plot, to choosing what to grow and enjoying the benefits of abundant fresh food and a sociable and healthy hobby. With over 50 handy line drawings, plus information on how to grow organic and advice on storing and cooking the food you grow, this guide really does have it all! Allotment Gardening For Dummies includes: Part 1: Getting to Grips with Allotment Gardening Chapter 1: What Are Allotments All About? Chapter 2: Getting hold of an Allotment Chapter 3: Getting Started Part 2: Preparing for Allotment Success Chapter 4: Deciding What to Grow, When Chapter 5: Preparing Your Plot Chapter 6: Keeping Your Soil Healthy Chapter 7: Keeping Your Plants Healthy Chapter 8: Growing Organic Part 3: Growing a Few of Your Favourite Vegetables Chapter 9: Going Underground Chapter 10: The Staples Chapter 11: Growing Leafy Greens Chapter 12: Planting Peas, Beans and Other Pods Chapter 13: Growing More Exotic Veg Part 4: Extending Your Allotment Repetoire Chapter 14: Growing Wholesome Herbs Chapter 15: Growing Fruitful Fruit Chapter 16: Nurturing Flowers on an Allotment Part 5: Getting the Most Out of Your Allotment Chapter 17: Involving Children Around the Allotment Chapter 18: Hobnobbing with Allotment Society Chapter 19: Growing Giant Veg Part 6: The Part of Tens Chapter Chapter 20: Ten Common Accidents and How to Prevent Them Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Revive a Flagging Allotment

Allotment Through the Year

Author: Alan Buckingham

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 140937548X

Category: Gardening

Page: 242

View: 7444

Now in ebook format, this is a static, generic epub Get the most from your allotment all year round. For tasty, delicious fruit and veg that hasn't travelled halfway around the world,this ebook tells you everything you need to know about how to get the most out of your allotment or garden. This ebook to gardening will ensure your plot provides fresh, healthy food all year round. Follow month-by-month, simple advice on what to do on your allotment and how to do it. Pick up time saving tips and techniques on everything from pruning to dealing with pests. There's clear guidance on when to sow, plant, and harvest for excellent results making Allotment Through the Year an indispensable companion.

Vegetable Growing Month-by-Month

The down-to-earth guide that takes you through the vegetable year

Author: John Harrison

Publisher: Right Way

ISBN: 0716022443

Category: Gardening

Page: 256

View: 825

Whatever the size of your garden or allotment, you can grow your own vegetables. Even if you only have a balcony or a small paved area outside your kitchen, you can grow more than you ever thought possible in pots, containers and raised beds. Experienced vegetable grower John Harrison takes you through the entire vegetable year so that, for all the main vegetables, you'll know exactly when you should sow your seeds, dig your plot and harvest your crops. Choose the most appropriate vegetables for your particular soil and select the right position so that they flourish. Discover how to make your own compost and organic fertilisers, as well as the best methods of controlling pests. Find out how to extend the season by buying or building your own cloches and cold frames. Put an end to worries that your shop-bought vegetables contain chemical residues or to concerns about the air miles such vegetables have flown en route to your table!

Joe's Allotment

Planning and planting a productive plot

Author: Joe Swift

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409070131

Category: Gardening

Page: 224

View: 3489

With hardly any previous veg-growing experience and even less time, when Gardener's World design guru Joe Swift decided to take on a 250 sq metre allotment in north London, some people thought he was mad. But with hard work and dedication, in less than a year Joe created his very own urban oasis and a source of delicious, fresh, organic produce for himself and his family. In this book Joe takes us through every stage of his education as an allotment gardener, from putting his name on the council waiting list to harvesting his first crops. He reveals everything he's learned about acquiring a plot, clearing the site, planning the beds, and planting, nurturing and protecting his fruit and vegetables. All the techniques he has mastered are described and illustrated, step by step. Joe also introduces us to his Veg Heroes like Monty Don and Geoff Hamilton - fellow plot-holders with years of experience and the crops to show for it - who inspired Joe to take up veg growing in the first place. And he shares with us his enjoyment of allotment gardening, the combination of hard work, fresh air and a sense of community that makes his plot such a special place to be. Whether you are an established allotment gardener or are thinking of putting your name down for a plot, Joe's Allotment will provide you with a wealth of advice and inspiration.

Minding My Peas and Cucumbers

Quirky Tales of Allotment Life

Author: Kay Sexton

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD

ISBN: 1848394713

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 2305

Amusing tales about the ups and downs of managing an allotment for the first time When Kay Sexton becomes the proud holder of an allotment, she hopes it will be her first foray towards self-sufficiency for her family. Instead, she finds herself in a strange world of arcane rules and regulations and hose-pipe standoffs. After a rocky start, she finds her mud-caked Wellingtoned feet and successfully navigates her way through allotment-keeping: battling Biblical-scale pest invasions; learning the dark arts of the competitive vegetable grower; and practicing ninja-like disappearing acts to avoid yet another free cucumber from a neighboring gardener. Witty, well-observed and with mouth-watering recipes, this book is for anyone who dreams of a slice of the good life.

Allotment Gardening

An Organic Guide for Beginners

Author: Susan Berger

Publisher: Green Books

ISBN: 1903998549

Category: Allotment gardens

Page: 158

View: 4841

Allotment Gardening is a practical guide to growing your own fruit and vegetables organically. Aimed at those who have not had an allotment before, or are new to growing their own, it is packed with advicefrom choosing and planning your allotment through to harvesting and storing your produce. In Part One, Susan Berger discusses the basics, from tools, planning and clearing the site, to soil, crop rotation, planting and protecting plants. She also looks at design, growing techniquesfrom feeding and mulching to saving seed and supporting plantsand how to prevent and cope with common problems. A gardener­s calendar, with detailed activities for each month, completes the section. Part Two gives detailed instructions on the cultivation of individual fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs, along with recommendations for particular varieties, chosen for their flavour. Ideas for companion planting, and tips on storage and use of herbs are also included. Each fruit and vegetable entry features an easy recipe to help you make the most of your fresh produce: simple soups from pea to pumpkin, unusual ways of serving vegetables, from Frizzled Brussel Sprouts to Roasted Beetroot with Thyme; more exotic dishes, from Sauted Kohl Rabi to an earthy Ribollita; and easy recipes for puddings and jams. Illustrated with line drawings and over 30 full colour photographs, Allotment Gardening also includes a directory of organic seed suppliers and useful organizations.

Keeping an Allotment

Author: Kevin Forbes

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing

ISBN: 1848584326

Category: Gardening

Page: N.A

View: 2883

This is a comprehensive handbook for the total novice and the practiced gardener alike, covering all aspects of the subject to ensure you can reap the rewards with your home-grown fruit, vegetables and herbs. Offering invaluable information on soils, fertilizers, tools and pest control, this book also includes a month-by-month calendar to en...

The Little Book of Allotment Tips

Author: William Fortt

Publisher: Absolute Press

ISBN: 9781472954459

Category:

Page: 112

View: 1761

The Little Book of Allotment Tips is full of useful advice for all interested in allotment growing. Learn how to diversify and rotate what your grow, which essential tools you need and suggestions for harvesting rainwater. From finding the perfect plot of land to put every last bit of available space to good use, this is the perfect book to get you started.

The Allotment Almanac

Author: Terry Walton

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448152496

Category: Gardening

Page: 288

View: 6014

From a gardener who has been working on his allotment for over 50 years, a brilliant guide to organic vegetable growing and allotment life in general. Month by month Terry give us: An overview of the plot Things to do this month What to watch out for Key crops for the month Progress reports on all the standard veg Top variety tips Main tasks for the month Allotment Tales With all the charm that shone through My Life on a Hillside Allotment, Terry takes the gardening reader by the hand and leads them through the gardening year. He is the perfect companion, giving technical help, quick tips, reassurance, and plenty of entertainment along the way.

Kitchen Gardening for Beginners

Author: Simon Akeroyd

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1465412441

Category: Gardening

Page: 256

View: 7653

Kitchen Gardening for Beginners has everything you need to leave the supermarket behind in favor of tastier and healthier home-grown fruit and vegetables. Avoid bland, pesticide-tainted produce flown in from the other side of the world and start growing your own produce with this reassuring guide, complete with a glossary of gardening terms and a picture gallery of common weeds. Kitchen Gardening for Beginners takes you through ten steps to preparing your plot and teaches you need-to-know techniques such as sowing, plating, feeding, mulching, watering, and weeding. Armed with the basics, you'll learn how to grow over 70 types of fruit and vegetable crops. You'll also find easy projects such as making a simple compost bin and planting a fruit tree and tips to attract wildlife along with simple, delicious ways to enjoy your produce. A handy troubleshooting section covers identifying and dealing with weeds, pests, and diseases. Whether you prefer to start small with a few herbs and vegetable staples or you are more ambitious and intend to feed your whole family all year-round, Kitchen Gardening for Beginners will show you how.

This Year You Write Your Novel

Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780316040433

Category: Reference

Page: 112

View: 2049

No more excuses. "Let the lawn get shaggy and the paint peel from the walls," bestselling novelist Walter Mosley advises. Anyone can write a novel now, and in this essential book of tips, practical advice, and wisdom, Walter Mosley promises that the writer-in-waiting can finish it in one year. Intended as both inspiration and instruction, the book provides the tools to turn out a first draft painlessly and then revise it into something finer. Mosley tells how to: - Create a daily writing regimen to fit any writer's needs--and how to stick to it. - Determine the narrative voice that's right for every writer's style. - Get past those first challenging sentences and into the heart of a story.

Allotment Gardening

Author: Alan Titchmarsh

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1849902216

Category: Gardening

Page: 96

View: 3446

An allotment can be a source of abundant fresh fruit and vegetables for the home, as well as an oasis of calm for all the family to enjoy, but taking one on can be an intimidating prospect. Alan Titchmarsh makes it easy by explaining how to get the most from your plot with easy-to-follow, practical information and advice on what to grow, when to harvest and how to store your produce. * How to assess your plot and work with what you've got * Advice on layout and crop rotation * Expert guidance on care and maintenance * Directory of vegetables, fruit and herbs * Seasonal calendar of what to do when

Your Allotment

Author: Clare Foster,Francesca Yorke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781844035601

Category: Allotment gardens

Page: 176

View: 4578

Allotments are fashionable again. With a different food scare popping up in the press almost every week, people are taking control of what they eat and deciding to grow their own organic fruit and vegetables - and what better place to do this than the all

Greenhouse Gardening

A Beginners Guide to Growing Fruit and Vegetables All Year Long

Author: Jason Johns

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781539126195

Category: Greenhouses

Page: 158

View: 7628

"Greenhouse Gardening: A Beginners Guide To Growing Fruit & Vegetables All Year Round" is for anyone who wants to know how to get the most out of their greenhouse. Whether you want to extend your growing season, grow unusual plants or protect your valued plants from the frost a greenhouse is an essential tool for any gardener. Greenhouses are so useful but many people don't make the most of their greenhouse and it soon either gets filled with clutter or turns into a jungle of uncontrolled plants. This book provides you with a complete guide to growing any type of plant in a greenhouse and how to make the most of it. With the information in this book you will be able to avoid the many pitfalls and issues people encounter when buying, building and using their greenhouse. As you read this book you will learn everything you need to know about owning a greenhouse from choosing the best type of greenhouse to building the foundation and even buying used greenhouses. You will learn how a greenhouse can extend your growing season and let you grow plants that you would otherwise be unable to grow. In "Greenhouse Gardening: A Beginners Guide To Growing Fruit & Vegetables All Year Round" you will learn: How to buy a greenhouse whether new or used Choosign the best glass, floor, construction and foundation to ensure your greenhouse has a long life The difference between a greenhouse and a poly tunnel How to build a solid foundation for your greenhouse Why air-flow and cooling is so important and how to prevent humidity damaging your plants The best way to heat your greenhouse and the differences between the different heating systems How to irrigate your greenhouse to automatically water your plants and protect them from heat damage The difference between growing in the ground versus growing in containers To secure your greenhouse against the wind and protect it from damage How to start seedlings successfully in your greenhouse Growing tomatoes, chillies, peppers, citrus plants, squashes, cucumbers, grapes, tropical plants and more in your greenhouse Preparing your greenhouse for spring time Overwintering your greenhouse and extending your growing season Avoiding the potential problems associated with owning a greenhouse The potential diseases and pests you will encounter in your greenhouse How to ensure your plants are pollinated in your greenhouse Growing year round in your greenhouse The best way to clean your greenhouse to avoid potential problems A greenhouse is an essential tool for any gardener, particularly those in cooler areas and can make a difference between your tomatoes ripening and you having fried green tomatoes! When you read this book you will avoid the many frustrations a greenhouse owner can face, with all the information you need to successful grow in a greenhouse. Enjoy owning your greenhouse as "Greenhouse Gardening: A Beginners Guide To Growing Fruit & Vegetables All Year Round" explains all about the potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. Discover the many benefits of owning a greenhouse today and how you can grow your own vegetables, plants and flowers all year round!

Allotment Source Book

Author: Caroline Foley

Publisher: New Holland Australia(AU)

ISBN: 9781847736642

Category: Allotment gardens

Page: 384

View: 730

Allotments are enjoying renewed popularity as more and more people are becoming interested in growing their own fruit and vegetables. This text provides a reference for everything to do with managing an allotment, from soil and plot organisation to propagation and pruning. It includes information on vegetable, fruit, and herb varieties.

Creative Vegetable Gardening

Author: Joy Larkcom

Publisher: Mitchell Beazley

ISBN: 1784723789

Category: Gardening

Page: 208

View: 1532

Joy Larkcom believes passionately that a vegetable garden, whatever its size, can be as beautiful as a conventional garden of flowers and shrubs. In Creative Vegetable Gardening she shows how the principles of good design can be applied to a kitchen plot and how to use the vibrant textures, colours, and forms of vegetables, herbs and fruit to create glorious effects and intriguing patterns without jeopardizing their productivity. Inspirational colour photographs of potagers and kitchen plots capture the essence of the creative approach to vegetable growing. Techniques are described in clear stages and illustrated with full-colour step-by-step artworks, while an A-Z directory includes more than 150 edible plants with key facts on their cultivation, supplemented with ideas on how to grow them to maximum ornamental effect. Beautifully illustrated, intricate plans of five types of potager - formal, informal, small, urban and winter - add to the wealth of inspirational information.

The Garden Farmer

Author: Francine Raymond

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473546206

Category: Gardening

Page: 224

View: 2134

A punnet of plums from your tree, a handful of gooseberries; home-grown nuts and herbs, and a few freshly laid eggs from your hens – all enjoyed in your own small plot. What could be more satisfying? The Garden Farmer is an evocative journal and monthly guide to getting the most out of your garden throughout the year. Whether you are a keen gardener looking for inspiration, or just starting out and wanting to rediscover and reclaim your patch of earth, Sunday Telegraph garden-columnist Francine Raymond lays the groundwork for a bountiful year of garden farming. Maybe you would like to get outside more, grow a few essential vegetables, some fruit trees or bushes for preserving, and create a scented kitchen garden to provide for you year round. Or perhaps you will raise a small flock of ducks or geese, or even a couple of pigs? Could this be the year you decorate your home with nature’s adornments, encourage wildlife back to pollinate your trees and plants, and spend celebratory hours in a haven of your own creation? Each chapter of The Garden Farmer offers insight into the topics and projects you might be contemplating that month, along with planting notes and timely advice, and a recipe that honours the fruits of your labour. With just a little effort and planning, every garden can be tended in tune with nature, and every gardener can enjoy a host of seasonal delights from their own soil. Keep up-to-date with Francine's gardening adventures on her blog at kitchen-garden-hens.co.uk.

Urban Allotment Gardens in Europe

Author: Simon Bell,Runrid Fox-Kämper,Nazila Keshavarz,Mary Benson,Silvio Caputo,Susan Noori,Annette Voigt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317415647

Category: Gardening

Page: 384

View: 3603

Although urban allotment gardening dates back to the nineteenth century, it has recently undergone a renaissance of interest and popularity. This is the result of greater concern over urban greenspace, food security and quality of life. This book presents a comprehensive, research-based overview of the various features, benefits and values associated with urban allotment gardening in Europe. The book is based on a European COST Action project, which brings together researchers and practitioners from all over Europe for the first detailed exploration of the subject on a continent-wide scale. It assesses the policy, planning and design aspects, as well as the social and ecological benefits of urban allotment gardening. Through an examination of the wide range of different traditions and practices across Europe, it brings together the most recent research to discuss the latest evolutions of urban allotment gardening and to help raise awareness and fill knowledge gaps. The book provides a multidisciplinary perspective, including insights from horticulture and soil science, ecology, sociology, urban geography, landscape, planning and design. The themes are underpinned by case studies from a number of European countries which supply a wide range of examples to illustrate different key issues.

How to Store Your Home Grown Produce

Author: John Harrison,Val Harrison

Publisher: Right Way

ISBN: 0716023237

Category: Gardening

Page: 192

View: 8139

It's wonderful to grow your own fruit and vegetables but what do you do when it all ripens at once? How do you cope with the glut which threatens to overwhelm you? Will help all those who grow their own fruit and vegetables to store their produce properly so that it will last for months and feed the family when the garden's bare. Easy and practical advice on how to bottle, dry, freeze and even salt home grown fruit and vegetables. Discover the taste of your delicious homemade jams, chutneys and ketchups. John and Val Harrison reveal just what you can do with that bountiful harvest and share their 30 years' experience of growing fruit and vegetables and you'll never waste another tomato or courgette again. Praise for John Harrison: 'Britain's greatest allotment authority'. Indpendent on Sunday.