Anyone just starting out with an allotment or food-growing might be interested to know of a book I've just reviewed called 'Grow Your Food for Free' by Dave Hamilton (who also co-wrote 'The Self-Sufficientish Bible').
It's a book leaning heavily towards the practical side of gardening (pallet shed, anyone?) with less emphasis on the how to of plant nurturing, although there's plenty of advice for veg growers that draws on the author's vast experience of food growing and foraging. More pertinently for the drought we've just had, there's seventeen pages on water (saving, irrigating, mulching)!
My full review is on my blog here:
BTW, one piece of advice found in the book: apparently, it's no longer recommended to grow potatoes in stacks of tyres as it's thought that toxic compounds leach from the tyres into yer spuds. I guess that goes for carrots and other edibles as well.
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