So you are a newer allotment holder looking for information? The evenings come earlier and you are sitting at home looking for something to read to tell you more about allotment gardening ? Or perhaps you are a seasoned plot holder looking for more tips? Something that makes a change from seed catalogues? Well here follows a list of well read books that have helped many a gardener over the years. No this isn’t a complete list – but it’s a list of well known and well thumbed ones – a place to start.
The Allotment Source Book Caroline Foley
Allotments are enjoying renewed popularity as more and more people are becoming interested in growing their own fruit and vegetables. However setting-up and maintaining a plot can seem daunting, particularly for the inexperienced vegetable grower. Here Caroline Foley provides a complete reference for everything to do with managing an allotment, from soil and plot organisation to propagation and pruning.
The Allotment Book Paperback by Andi Clevely
This wonderfully illustrated book celebrates the blood, sweat and joy to be had in ‘growing your own’ in an allotment. Includes in-depth, practical gardening know-how, stories from allotmenteers and recipes.
The New Vegetable & Herb Expert Paperback by Dr D G Hessayon
A beginner’s guide giving basic information on how to grow common (and not so common) vegetables in the UK.
Allotment Month by Month Hardcover by Alan Buckingham
Follow month-by-month, easy-to-follow advice on what to do on your allotment and how to do it. Pick up time saving tips and techniques on everything from pruning to dealing with pests. There’s clear guidance on when to sow, plant, and harvest for excellent results
The RHS Allotment Handbook: The Expert Guide for Every Fruit and Veg Grower (Royal Horticultural Society Handbooks)
Written by expert allotment holders for those who want to get more from their plot, this is the must-have book for all would-be and existing allotmenteers and those who grow their own. Four RHS expert authors share their wisdom and experience on growing fruit, veg and flowers on allotments, and getting the most from allotment life. From getting an allotment to bringing home the carrots!
RHS Vegetables for the Gourmet Gardener: Old, New, Common and Curious Vegetables to Grow and Eat (Rhs Gourmet Gardener)
RHS Vegetables for the Gourmet Gardener is an accessible guide to over 65 types of vegetable, from the obscure to the familiar. It discusses the origin, cultivation and preparation of each vegetable, along with intriguing insights into its history and uses.
Practical growing tips, nutritional information and classic recipes are interspersed with feature spreads on topics such as heritage and heirloom vegetables, sowing techniques and specialist garden tools. Illustrated throughout with delicate botanical watercolours and engravings and presented in an attractive cloth-effect cover, this is a book for every gardener and cook to treasure.
Grow Your Own Vegetables Paperback by Joy Larkcom
This revised, updated and expanded edition Joy Larkcom’s classic guide to growing your own vegetables contains everything you need to know to create a highly-productive vegetable plot. It covers every aspect of vegetable gardening, including preparing soil; manures, composts and fertilizers; growing techniques; protection; pests, diseases and weeds; and making good use of space.
If you haven’t asked for a garden centre voucher, a selection of specific seeds for next year, some specific tools that you “need” (either to try out or to replace broken ones!) then perhaps a book could also go on your seasonal present list?