There’s no doubt that growing your own food is a lovely idea, fresh food, free from pesticides and available on your door-step as and when you need it.
However, lots of new allotmenteers give up in their first year, because turning these dreams into reality isn’t easy, and as a former alotmenteer I understand the pain. But never fear, there is a handy little book that will guide you with a firm, but gentle hand, encouraging you along the way.
Let me introduce you to The Half Hour Allotment by Lia Leendertz.
This little gem of a book explains how to manage an allotment and grow a good amount of food for a family of four, spending 5 daily half hour sessions Monday-Friday at the allotment, or or twice a week for 75 mins.
Lia is an experienced gardener and allotment holder she has written a number of books and for The Guardian, The Telegraph and Gardens Illustrated.
I love the chart showing exactly how much you need to grow for four people and recommending good varieties of seeds. It makes perfect sense that by only growing what you need, how to decide what plants are high value and how to plan and prioritise your time, you can use as little of your precious time and energy as possible to grow fresh food.
There are plenty of illustrations and photos, it’s all clearly explained with a nice, easy to read lay-out, and it works just as well if you grow vegetables in your garden rather than an allotment, which is exactly what I’m doing now.
The book is published byFrances Lincoln
and you can buy it here
Happy gardening, Jill