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    WPG is offline Cropper
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    I like the RHS Allotment Handbook, which covers site planning, techniques, fruit, veg, herbs, bee-keeping and allotment flowers etc. and has loads of nice photos. I'd also recommend the RHS Pests and Diseases book which I've found really helpful for diagnosing problems.

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    bobbin is offline Rooter
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    (Which reminds me - Botanico Wooden Raised Bed Garden Grow Vegetables Planter Cloche Herbs NEW!! | eBay Is it me, or did they buy a bunch of spring onions from the supermarket and push them in the compost?!? And the carrots are actually longer than the bed is deep.....

    Anyway. Please recommend a good allotment book! [/QUOTE]

    Ha ha just looked at the Botanico raised beds on eBay. Hilarious. Not only are the carrots as you say bigger than the depth of the bed but the spring onions appear to grow with trimmed tops and roots in their beds too. Now that's progress!

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    kris1960 is offline Rooter
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    Joy Larkcom for me- Grow Your Own- for allotment advice. I have been collecting her other books which are all great but that's the one that lives in the allotment shed.
    No matter:the allotment is lovely, the tadpoles have legs, my sea kale has germinated and I am glad to be home.

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    it really depends on how you like your information. Some people like a "what to grow" month by month guide, I prefer "plant by plant" divvied up into sections by type e.g. brassicas, roots etc, some prefer an A - Z type guide. Some folk like lots of pictures, others prefer word descriptions. You can get books with pests and diseases next to each plant, or as a separate section at the end, some tell you how to condition the soil and make compost, others assume you know.

    Best thing is to go to a good bookshop and browse all the books on the shelf, to see which you prefer, then raid charity shops and online second-hand book sites to buy. Like others, I find Amazon is the bargain basement, especially for gardening books.
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    It depends what you want to know - I like and have John Harrison's books, and Joy Larkom's. I keep John Harrison's allotment guide in my shed for speedy reference and Joy's book at home for planning, along with trawling the internet for info on more unusual things that aren't covered in those books.

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