Public interest in allotments has undergone a recent revival in line with current thinking on healthy eating, organic food and exercise. Nationally, the growing enthusiasm for homegrown vegetables has seen more than 100,000 people join waiting lists for a patch of land as demand hits an all-time high. In Brighton, there are 2,500 allotment tenants on 37 allotment sites with hundreds currently waiting for the chance to ‘grow their own’ on a council allotment.
The release of a new book ‘Allotment Gardening’ by City College Brighton and Hove Horticulture tutor Bridgette Saunders is therefore a timely one. From the basics of planning and design, through dealing with pests and diseases, to suggesting the best crops to grow at different times of the year – Bridgette’s book guides the reader through all aspects of creating a thriving allotment garden. The history of allotments is also covered: the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign during the war years, the subsequent decline of allotment-keeping in the 1960s and 70s, and the extraordinary rise in popularity in recent years.
“People have really got into the idea that ‘growing your own’ is healthier because of worries about pesticides and the recession has got a lot to do with it too. It’s about getting back to the earth really. People want to grow their own food and know where it’s coming from. I teach my students at City College about organic gardening and a lot of the ideas I put forward in the book are incorporated into my teaching.”
‘Allotment Gardening’ is published by The Crowood Press Ltd at £14.99
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