According to the latest statistics allotment gardening has never been more popular. Waiting lists jumped by 20% last year and there are now around 90,000 people waiting an average of three years¹ for a plot. If you are languishing on the waiting lists then the Haynes Allotment Manual can help. Paul Peacock, horticultural writer and regular on Gardener's Question Time, has condensed his extensive allotment expertise into this complete guide that starts with some tips on how to get your hands on one.
Whereas most allotment books are just concerned with growing advice, the Haynes Allotment Manual also gives in depth advice on all the legal and financial elements to allotment owning. Starting with acquiring that elusive allotment, Paul's tips include becoming a non-gardening member, getting to know the plot holders so you can plot-share with someone or volunteering in the community garden.
For seasoned allotmenteers the Allotment Manual includes information on a range of ambitous projects such as how to set up an allotment shop, gaining grants for disabled access, improving security and setting up a tool-share scheme. There is also a chapter on managing relationships, including advice on allotment politics and how to complain without losing friends.
Of course every aspect of successful growing is also included; vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. Growing advice is given in easy A-Z formats and a month-by-month guide making it the perfect handy reference tool. Soil management techniques such as improving the soil, building raised beds and rotation are also covered. As Paul introduced nationwide beekeeping allotment training it is no surprise that there's a chapter on keeping bees and hens.
Whether you are a seasoned allotment gardener or a new kid on the plot the Allotment Manual is essential reading. Paul's detailed knowledge and experience ensures that every element of the allotment experience is covered.
About the Author
Writer and broadcaster Paul Peacock followed his doctor's prescription to the letter and got an allotment as an antidote to high blood pressure. Now he is one of the UK's best loved horticultural experts with regular slots on BBC Gardener's Question Time. Founder editor of Grow It! and Home Farmer magazine, he has written more than 20 gardening books and created a school allotment in Manchester.
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