The only way to be sure of the quality of fruit and vegetables is to grow it personally and allotments provide a perfect opportunity for producing organically-grown fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. The increasing popularity of allotments is testament to a growing consumer awareness of how chemically enhanced produce in our diet adversely affects our health and well-being. This book offers practical information and tips on all aspects of allotment gardening. Beginning with the basics, the book gives advice on planning and laying out a new plot, improving the soil and sowing from seed. A comprehensive directory of vegetables, herbs and fruit gives useful information on which varieties to plant and their cultivation, while a chapter on pests and diseases gives advice on protecting plants without using chemicals. Interspersed throughout are practical projects and tips for the allotment gardener.
Caroline Foley is a freelance gardening writer, having written for The Guardian, Country Living and Gardens illustrated, with a gardening column in her local paper. She has taken practical gardening and garden design courses at the English Gardening School and has run her own courses on aspects of gardening. She lives in Islington, London.