First published in 2009, The Allotment Experience is aimed
fairly and squarely at those thinking about getting an allotment
or who already have one.
This is no bland, factual book, it's more about the practical
ups and downs of growing plants on an allotment. Planting,
sowing, care and harvest information is all here but it's
mingled in with real life advice, hints and tips.
This is Ruth Binney's sixth book and she writes in
an easy to read, chatty style which makes this book a delight.
All allotment subjects are covered. An extensive section on
choosing an allotment opens this book with lots of practical
advice. This is followed by a section on various techniques that
are used by allotment holders. Everything from clearing the plot
to the use of raised beds and plant protection is covered.
The sections on growing vegetables and fruit cover all the
usual plants and many unusual ones are featured in detail.
The book closes with an excellent section on what to do with
your crop when its harvested. Eat it is the obvious answer but
this book also covers storing, freezing and preserving your
As a source of information for the existing or
prospective allotment holder this is an excellent book. However, it
stands head and shoulders above many other books on this subject
because of its honesty. Crops fail, late frosts strike, pests devour
entire crops. All allotment holders know this from their own
experience and this book lets you know that you are not alone!
Ruth Binney has interviewed lots of allotment
holders and recorded their comments. These are liberally spread
throughout her book to give real advice from real allotment holders.
Take this comment from one of the interviewees, Ruth Bryant:
These latest slugs would eat anything. They
stripped all the foliage from a complete row of potatoes. Not only
that, these slugs are not nocturnal. They would start crunching at
4.00 or 5.00 p.m.
That has the ring of truth about it as far I am
This is an excellent book to keep either at home or
in the allotment shed. When you go to plant that row of peas, it
will provide you with all he information you need. When you harvest
those peas later in the year and find some creepy crawly creatures
have tunnelled through them, then don't cry! Read the section on
harvesting peas to be assured that others have suffered the same
fate. Practical advice on how to stop it happening next time is
there in bucket loads.
An excellent book for all allotment holders, which offers practical
advice on all aspects of allotment gardening.
Published By: Spring Hill
First Published: 2009
Author: Ruth Binney
Title: The Allotment Experience
Number of Pages: 226
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