This is another of Pavilion's good looking books. It's sub-titled 'an inspirational guide to allotments and community gardens' and features a wide range of spaces, from traditional style veg plots to ones based on permaculture principles or used to grow natural dyes or provide a creative spark for an artist. There's a skip garden (literally a garden in a builders skip), a roof garden and an organic community orchard among the places featured.
I love the mix of people - young & old, from various ethnic backgrounds - all united by a love of growing things. It's a great book for browsing, and you don't need to be an allotmenteer or involved in a community project to get lots from this book. I was particularly taken by the Brussels edible garden which provided food for the gardener's bees. How I'd love my own hive!
There's are lots of very pleasing things about this book:
It's size and shape (a hardback that's ideal for browsing, not too big, not too weighty).
It's photo-heavy content - so many enticing pictures.
& the mix of the inspirational and the practical. Gardens featured include an allotment on a shed roof, a garden among the chimney pots of a Fitzrovia townhouse, a garden made in the back of an open truck, a garden on the front steps of a house, plus more traditional back gardens. There's even a garden created on a river barge. In fact, it's an orchard, complete with apple and quince trees, and nestling among them are herbs, strawberries, tomatoes and a couple of beehives. (Oh, how I'd love my own beehive.)
The gardeners themselves are featured, which is always interesting as you want to get to know the words from the people who makes these green spaces. They're creative spirits & deserve a hearing.
There're various ideas I'm taking from this book - planting thyme between cracks in paving is one. Love that idea, as the thyme will spread and you'll get a beautiful scent underfoot. There're also instructions on how to make a hanging alpine strawberry basket. Mmm, love that, and hanging baskets would keep the berries out of reach of those Evil Slugs.
'my little veg plot' (yup, the title is in lower case) is published by Pavilion, and It's a keeper. Why not invest in a copy?
I'd read about this book somewhere or other, and wanted a copy, but was holding back from buying it. Too many books on my shelves and too little cash to splash on yet more. But then happenstance meant it turned up in a charity shop. As if Fate was giving me a push to acquire it (and for a fraction of its RRP.)
It's subtitled 'Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London' and is a slight but very charming book, easily read in one sitting, and featuring beautiful illustrations by James Nunn.
It's not a strictly practical how-to gardening book, but one that's as much about daily living and navigating yourself around singleton city life as it is about growing plants. The book's about appreciating Nature while in a busy urban environment. About carving out your own tiny green space but also getting out on to the canal banks and into the city farms, looking up at the sky and down at the ground and marveling that wildlife and greenery still survives among the traffic and ever-increasing concrete.
It was written by a flat-dwelling twenty something, but your circumstances don't have to mirror the author's in order to enjoy the seemingly effortless prose.
Moved from a garden-less city flat in the South West to a Yorkshire village in 2016. I now have a garden ... of sorts.