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With antecedents dating back to the Middle Ages, the community garden is more popular than ever as a means of procuring the freshest food possible and instilling community cohesion. But as Micheline Nilsen shows, the small-garden movement, which gained impetus in the nineteenth century as rural workers crowded into industrial cities, was for a long time primarily a repository of ideas concerning social reform, hygienic improvement, and class mobility. Complementing efforts by worker cooperatives, unions, and social legislation, the provision of small garden plots offered some relief from bleak urban living conditions. Urban planners often thought of such gardens as a way to insert lungs into a city. Standing at the intersection of a number of disciplines--including landscape studies, horticulture, and urban history-- The Working Man's Green Space focuses on the development of allotment gardens in European countries in the nearly half-century between the Franco-Prussian War and World War I, when the French Third Republic, the German Empire, and the late Victorian era in England saw the development of unprecedented measures to improve the lot of the labouring classes. Nilsen shows how community gardening is inscribed within a social contract that differs from country to country, but how there is also an underlying aesthetic and social significance to these gardens that transcends national borders.
The Royal Horticultural Society The Half Hour Allotment (first published in 2005) has been a best-selling gardening title for many years. This new edition re-presents the classic in a fresh new illustrated format with hundreds of new photographs and a bright new cover design. The book shows you how to manage your allotment and enjoy fresh vegetables through the year on just half an hour's work a day with weekends off. It combines expert advice from Lia Leendertz and the Royal Horticultural Society and time-saving ideas for planning the most effective use of your time and energy, giving you something to eat fresh every day of the year and ensure bumper crops in summer! Lia Leendertz, the best-selling author of The Almanac, is an organic gardener with a great sensitivity for the environment so the book is a gentle and thoughtful read as well as being a bible for productive and time-starved gardeners.
This newly updated edition guides the budding allotmenter through every step of successful growing from early planning to planting and harvesting. Information on tools, equipment and soil management follows, along with a chapter on what to grow where, crop rotation, companion planting and growing both outdoors and in a greenhouse. Techniques such as sowing, propagation, feeding, watering, pruning, harvesting and storing are examined with easy- to-follow instructions and examples .Directories of vegetables, fruit and herbs outline the specific requirements of different crops while a section on plant health helps to deal with common pests and diseases and carry out weed management. A season-by-season calendar of care ensures you do the right jobs at the right time.
The Little Book of Allotment Tips is full of useful advice for all interested in allotment growing. Learn how to diversify and rotate what your grow, which essential tools you need and suggestions for harvesting rainwater. From finding the perfect plot of land to put every last bit of available space to good use, this is the perfect book to get you started.
Allotments are a much-loved part of every British city, town and many villages. At the height of their popularity around the Second World War, allotments were increasingly neglected towards the end of the twentieth century, but are now in the throes of a full-scale revival. Many allotments now have long waiting lists, and allotment keeping has become a fashionable hobby. This book explores the fascinating story of the allotment, from its roots in the Diggers of the seventeenth century to the influence of 'food miles' and GM. It includes insights into quirky rules and regulations, murder and looting, and even art and opera on the allotment. Drawing on archival and contemporary material, this richly illustrated book considers both the history and the future of the not-so-humble allotment. This book is part of the Britain's Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britain's past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with allotments in all their variety.
Allotments are places to grow food - but they are so much more than that. They are also places that encourage spontaneity, exploration, learning, sharing, restful activity and camaraderie. This book is a celebration of the allotment hut and the wonderful invention and resourcefulness that makes each one unique. The original illustrations offer inspiration for how to create your own, very special shed. This is the ideal gift book for allotment folk, gardeners or those curious about the quirkier side of life.
Allotments are places to grow food, but they are so much more than that. They are also places that encourage spontaneity, exploration, learning, sharing, restful activity and camaraderie. This book is a celebration of the allotment hut - their architecture and design, but most of all the wonderful invention and resourcefulness that makes each one unique. A series of original and charming illustrations offer insight into the world of allotment huts and offer inspiration to create your own, very special shed. This is the ideal gift book for allotment folk, gardeners or those curious about alternative lifestyles and the quirkier side of life.
A Guide to What Not to Do in Your Garden. Gardening is widely regarded as one of life's great joys. However, you might not feel that way if you pay too much attention to the experts: every garden magazine and newspaper relentlessly publishes hectoring instructions telling you what you must do in your garden this week or this month, to the point where your garden can become a source of constant stress or wasted energy. Rather than add to the pile of suggested drudgery, this book is instead dedicated to relieving you of pointless and unnecessary garden work, and suggesting easy and pleasant ways to look after your little patch of paradise.
Allotment gardening is becoming increasingly popular as people discover that growing their own organic vegetables, fruits and herbs is an attractive and achievable option. Allotment gardening also has additional benefits: it's an excellent way to take exercise and be sociable, and it can be therapeutic.
NEW IN PAPERBACK. This manual is essential for the budding or experienced allotment owner. Along with all the details for growing fruit and vegetables that one might expect from an allotment book, this manual also details some of the more advanced aspects of modern allotment keeping. It includes information on planning projects such as an allotment shop, and outlines the legal and financial issues that face today's allotment owner. It also has comprehensive A-Z lists, making it a one-stop source of allotment knowledge.
What makes the allotment my place? It's a mix of meditation, therapy and exercise, a place for me and my thoughts. That's what I've tried to capture in this book - what it feels like to tend an allotment. Frankly, I view growing vegetables as a bit of a bonus. A perfect gift for any season, illustrated in full colour throughout, The Joy of Allotments is a wittily realistic and moving account of the good life, providing hours of vicarious pleasure for armchair gardeners and shared groans of recognition for fellow allotment-holders. Caroline Deput took on an allotment nearly fifteen years ago, clearing the weeds and years of buried rubbish, digging a wildlife pond and building a greenhouse to make Plot 19 the perfect place to grow vegetables (and somewhere to escape to). Yet, there is always something to do. Follow the year on Plot 19 through Caroline's illustrated diary of colour illustrations and share her eternal optimism (often misplaced) as she keeps her allotment sufficiently weeded, watered and hoed to grow vegetables with the alluring names of Lady Balfour, Bull's Blood and Hurst Green Shaft. From spring as she plants with high hopes to summers spent harvesting her first crop then the autumn chores of sowing for the early spring harvest. On Caroline's allotment time is adjusted to the different rhythms of the seasons and absorption in the tasks that need to be done. It is the perfect place to go to escape the worries of daily life. Discover the delights and frustrations of allotment life.