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Practical Allotment Gardening

Foley, Caroline

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With today's concerns about pesticides and what we eat, organic gardening is taking off and nowhere more so than on allotments. Undergoing a revival in popularity, there are now over a million people involved on a regular basis and there are gardening columns in both newspapers and magazines dedicated to the subject. Caroline Foley's guide to "Practical Allotment Gardening" offers knowledgeable and inspirational advice for new and veteran gardeners alike. How to assess a new site and prepare it for cultivation, soil preparation and green manures, vegetable and fruit directories, propagation, harvesting and storage, are all covered. Accompanied by Clive Nichols' excellent photographs, the book also shows how attractive allotments can be whilst still maintaining their primary purpose of food production. The inclusion of sweet peas to attract pollinators, the planting of calendulas or tagetes to deter pests, add colour, scent and vibrancy to a plot making it a pleasant place to both work and relax. For the small annual fee, the enjoyment gained from allotments is rewarded a hundredfold. New friendships, a new hobby, fresh produce and a place to work off all the tensions of the day - what more can you ask for? - Lucy Watson

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Author:   Foley, Caroline

ISBN:   1845172523

ISBN 13:   9781845172527

Publisher:   New Holland

About the Author

About the author

Author:  Foley, Caroline

Author Description:  Caroline Foley is a freelance garden writer who contributes to newspapers and magazines including Country Living and Gardens Illustrated. She trained as a garden designer at the English Gardening School and with the City and Guilds. Her first book, Practical Allotment Gardening is also published by New Holland. She lives in Islington, London.