A few weeks ago I was delighted to receive an email from Jessica at the Aurum Publishing Group asking if I’d like to read and review a copy of this book by Matthew Appleby.
On receipt I found that it’s an A5 sized hardback with solid covers that have rounded corners, which is a nice touch. It’s a book that despite being often used should stand the test of time and not fall apart.
I’ve always said than I’m a fun gardener so I knew on reading Alys Fowler’s introduction that I’d enjoy this book as she starts off –This book is an irreverent look at keeping an allotment. Despite all it’s tongue in cheek cynicism, there are very good ideas here…
The book subtitle is More than 200 ways to enjoy your plot month by month and includes such diverse sections as Grow something new to eat, Camp on your plot, Gardening by the moon and Guerrilla garlanding in winter.
I think that this is the first gardening book I’ve read that includes a section about blogging and tweeting. It’s titled Share your plot with the world where it suggests starting a blog on WordPress, and also joining Twitter.
This was a most enjoyable book to read, has plenty of good pictures, includes monthly diary pages and has a full index. I know that it’s a book that I will take off the shelf time and again in years to come. It’s also the perfect companion book to Cleve West’s excellent Our Plot which is a touch more serious, and is from the same publishers.
To order The Allotment Planner at the discounted price of £12 including p & p* (RRP £14-99) telephone 01903 828503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the offer code APG34. Alternatively send a cheque made payable to Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department, Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3RB. Please quote the offer code APG34 and include your name and address details. (* UK only, please add £2-50 if ordering from overseas).
Happy reading, and have a good weekend!