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The Allotment Keeper's Handbook: A Down To Earth Guide To Growing Your Own Food
by Jane Perrone
A no-nonsense guide to managing your own organic vegetable patch, this title is packed with invaluable advice, from how to choose an allotment and test its soil to knowing your chickweed from your chicory.
Published January 1st 2007 by Atlantic,
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Apr 20, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it
Recommended to Peter by: A Gift from Killer
I was given this by a friend of the author whose sum knowledge of allotments could be gleaned from Jesse's Fashion Tips; The Fast Show, U.K TV circa 1994 (Click to see an example: Jesse's Fashions)
Mrs Perrone writes a column for a well known national broadsheet and that grounding shows through here, this is an excellent book all round; for the beginner because it is thorough and knowledgeable without being over technical and for the more experienced because it has some informative details about ...more
This book describes itself as 'down-to-earth', and it's certainly practical, with lots of clearly explained tips to try. It doesn't say 'organic' on the cover, but after putting forward some points early on in favour of an organic approach, just takes that as read - which suits me. I'm running an allotment as part of my efforts to be as environmentally friendly as possible, so it wouldn't make sense to cover it with pesticides! Beyond that, it says similar things to other organic gardening books ...more