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An allotment is a small area of land, let out at a nominal yearly rent by local government or independent allotment associations, for individuals to grow their own food. However, the humble allotment has a surprisingly turbulent history. Initially the right to an allotment was proposed as a charitable means by which the poor could grow their own food and stave off starvati...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Shire (first published June 10th 2008)
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Nikki Bywater
A Monthly Guide to Better Wartime Gardening.

The Allotment & Garden Guides where produced by the Ministry of Agriculture. They came out in monthly issues in 1945. They were twelve issues altogether. They were to encourage people to grow and produce their own food, with seed shortages due to enemy occupation and to help prevent food shortages as the war ended. The guides were a step by step guide to help the amateur gardener learn how to plant and grow their own food.

This book is a history bo...more
Maya Panika
A combo of home-front history and practical gardening advice. Twigs Way’s introduction puts everything into context in an entertaining and readable way and the Min of Ag leaflets themselves are endlessly fascinating – mainly about the nuts and bolts of food production, of course, but there are also notes on bird watching, food preservation, even the economics of growing your own. It gives a real feel for the hardships - and joys - of life in 1945, as well as being a useful little guide for the m...more
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