Book aims to help Britain's allotment gardeners

HW deputy editor Matthew Appleby has written a book on trends in how to make the most of an allotment without the labour that many people think is involved.

Published by Frances Lincoln, The Allotment Planner (£14.99) details fun and challenging projects to help gardeners make the most of their allotments, ensuring they retain interest, and keep on the right side of the allotment committee.

From blogging to beekeeping and barbecuing to keeping chickens, the publication suggests a range of once-a-week projects that aim to sustain Britain's 330,000 allotment holders.

It also contains monthly reminders to help people grow their crops but focuses on new ideas that bring enjoyment, push the boundaries and inject a sense of originality into allotment gardening proceedings.


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