Classic Allotment

Classic Allotment

by Gordon Horburn
     
 

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'Allotmenteering is the old-fashioned antidote to modern living.' Discuss.

It might be more than an antidote. It might be a rebellion. But there's little point in rebelling against pesticide-coated, air-and-motorway-miled, flavour-free commercial fruit and veg, if you then use the same kinds of killer powders and potions as the commercial growers.

Equally,

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'Allotmenteering is the old-fashioned antidote to modern living.' Discuss.

It might be more than an antidote. It might be a rebellion. But there's little point in rebelling against pesticide-coated, air-and-motorway-miled, flavour-free commercial fruit and veg, if you then use the same kinds of killer powders and potions as the commercial growers.

Equally, there's little point in cherishing your own allotment if you plant those same tasteless commercial varieties you dislike buying in the supermarket.

If you're going to do it, do it properly. Don't spend a fortune at the garden centre on computerised propagators, solar-powered seed drills, Christmas potato barrels and electrosurgical weed removers. Away with all that modern flim-flam. Go green. Go basic. Go oldfashioned. Go classical.

In this book the author deals with why you should do it, and how you could do it. There are chapters on starting up, and on the cultivation of all the vegetables and fruit you might want to grow, with the emphasis on older varieties. There's a chapter on the ground you cultivate, and one on what happens through the gardening year. There are extra chapters on keeping chickens, which you can do on your allotment, and on the truth of healthy eating. You are what you grow.

All follows a no-nonsense approach. There are millions of things you could know about growing stuff on your allotment, but not so many you actually need to know. There are squillions of gardening books, but not so many you need to read. We think this is definitely one.

'No man but feels more of a man in the world if he have a bit of ground that he can call his own. However small it is on the surface, it is four thousand miles deep; and that is a very handsome property.' My summer in a Garden, Charles Dudley Warner, 1829-1900.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844680467
Publisher:
Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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