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The Allotment Book

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They turned a fundamental urgent need to fill empty bellies into political principles of social rights and economic equality that gathered support as discontent grew. There’s also plenty of practical advice from growing crops that need fleecing in long rows as that’s the shape fleece comes in, to a warning about rotovating a weed-infested plot as it will make the problem worse. If you have an allotment or are an aspiring veg grower, this book series can be the seed to your success. From the 1950s onwards, enthusiasm for allotments began to wane in the UK as a result of greater affluence, higher employment and the wider availability of food supplies, and many plots, even whole sites, were under-used, neglected or abandoned. TIME It is possible to manage a plot well with a single weekly visit, although you will probably want to visit more often, especially when regular watering and harvesting are necessary.

The best books on allotment gardening are a wonderful instant reference guide or gift idea for a garden-loving loved one. This decline, interpreted by pessimists as the imminent end of the allotment movement, was not reflected worldwide, where material necessity often remained (and still remains) an urgent motivation. David Crouch is a landscape historian and retired Senior lecturer in the School of the Built Environment.With this guide to hand, you'll have a prize winning plot in half the time and be the envy of all the 'old hands'. In this beautiful book, Andi Clevely captures the essence of the allotment, showing how it is a relaxing and sociable way to garden, and a great opportunity to meet fellow gardeners, young and old. The many bonuses of being brought up with a productive garden was not only the abundance of fruit and vegetables but also the fact that, because my mother was a fantastic cook, the house was often filled with the aroma of wonderful food. 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. Prioritise key tasks, learn crop rotation techniques, and try step-by-step garden projects, such as sowing peas in guttering and making your own compost bin.

Rationed Christmas – it is possible to eat very well indeed on little money using these frugal war-time ration recipes.

Month-by-month alerts help you guard against the season's garden pests and diseases to ensure a top-quality harvest. It doesn't matter how much space you have available, with key techniques such as sowing seeds, assessing soil and choosing the right plants for each environment - these top tips and tricks are all featured within this how-to-garden book.

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