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Our Favourite Allotment Books

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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

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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!).

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Permaculture Magazine

permaculture magazine

Permaculture Magazine

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!

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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!

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Handy Vegetable Planting Calendar & Guide

vegetable planting calendar

vegetable planting calendar

I found this really handy vegetable planting calendar and guide on Pinterest the other day whilst browsing for allotment inspiration, and thought it would be great to share with you.

It’s such a handy guide, that I’ve found myself referencing it multiple times already.  I’m sure you will find the calendar just as useful as I do!

For example, did you know you can sow such a surprising amount of seeds in autumn and winter to get a head start for next year?  And did you know that onions are a great bulb to grow, and not just for using in your cooking?  It’s true – apparently onions repel most pests that attack crops.  Guess what I’m going to be growing right now?!

There are also some great tips here for beginners.

Vegetable Planting Calendar

vegetable planting calendar

How handy is that?!  I know I’m going to be referencing it like crazy, especially the vegetable planting calendar, as we do more work on our allotment.

ps: In case you’re wondering, our allotment is going great guns!  The plot needs a lot of work – but we’ve cleared a lot of ground and weeds out and our friend has built a fence.  We’ve got quite a few big jobs to do, such as repairing the shed and greenhouse, but we’re also doing the fun stuff, like planning out our beds, and as it’s quite a large plot we are even picking out what fruit trees we want to plant (apples, all the apples!).  We even have some seeds and plant cuttings growing in mini-greenhouses ready for our poly-tunnel which we’ve bought but need to clear ground for and built.  At the moment it’s still not much to look at, but we hope it will be by spring!

pps: more garden inspiration on my gardening pinterest board.  I also have a fledgling allotment pinterest board – like my own allotment it’s a work in progress!