As we are now definitely in the bleak mid winter, with the earth as hard as iron, activity on the allotment is curtailed. There is however, and will continue to be, frantic activity in the warm indoors on the allotment’s behalf.

Now is the time for planning, learning from last year and consulting the oracles from the comfort of the armchair, with a suitably warming drink in hand (see How to make Hot Toddys). That is, reading the many books we have accumulated, and referred to, over the past year. It is good to seek the advice offered in the pages and compare and contrast advice given.

So, here is my reading list, in no particular order, for Allotment Christmas, handy reads for allotmenteers and those aspiring to allotmenting.

Allotment month by month by Alan Cunningham

Royal Horticultural Society Allotment Handbook

Grow your own, Kitchen garden year (again by the RHS)

The Kitchen gardener
, and or, the Gardener’s year by Alan Titchmarsh

The Edible Garden
by Alys Fowler

Grow your own veg by Carol Klein

Plus, this is a book for those with grand ideas for the allotment and beyond;: The Complete guide to self sufficiency by Dick and James Strawbridge

Enjoy reading and allotmenting.

  • Fleur

    I have bought a brand new home in Kent and surrounded by acres of garden. What to do. So thanks for these wonderful book suggestions.

    I am particularly loving the fact that communities are thinking about sustainable living and self-sufficiency, harking back to the 70’s `Good Life’ Days.