You know sometimes when it’s really wet and windy outside, maybe sleeting a bit, and the last thing you want to do is go outside, but you feel a bit guilty that you’re not working on your allotment/garden? Well, on those days we curl up on the sofa with a nice cup of tea (or hot chocolate if we’re feeling a bit decadent) and get stuck into our favourite allotment books and magazines.
We have quite a few allotment books and magazines that we’re drawing inspiration from and I thought it might be useful if I share some of our favourites:
Our Favourite Allotment Books
Homegrown Revolution by James Wong
James Wong’s Homegrown Revolution (affiliate link)
My partner is obsessed (obsessed!) with this book. He bought it two years ago and it’s rarely far from his side! James Wong provides advice on plants that you can eat that you might not have known were edible such as hostas, dahlias and day lilies, and more. It’s essentially permaculture, although James doesn’t refer to it as permaculture in the book, and the aim is for you to have a pretty and productive kitchen garden. Consequently we’re planning on planting a load of hostas (apparently great in stir fry!).
My partner subscribes to Permaculture Magazine, and he says it’s an incredibly useful resource. The design isn’t the greatest, and sometimes they veer a bit too far into the hippie side of thing for his liking, but he gets excited every month when the postman pops it through our letterbox, and has garnered a load of ideas and inspiration from it. By the time he’s finished reading it it’s always very well thumbed, with pages marked for future reference!
Organic Gardening The No Dig Way by Charles Dowding
Charles Dowding’s Organic Gardening The No Dig Way (affiliate link)
Another dog-eared long standing favourite, Charles Dowding explains the concept and ideas behind no-dig gardening and it’s practical applications. My partner is a convert to this method of gardening – once you start reading the book you realise that it makes good sense not to dig the soil and let nature take it’s course. We’ve accidentally misplaced this one for now, so no photos am afraid, but it is pretty good! So good he even gets in Permaculture Magazine (see the front cover of the above photo!!).
Any other favourite allotment books? Do share!