I have lots of gardening books. Probably more than I need, and more than I would care to admit to! But when I leaf through the pages of a new one I find it hard to resist adding it to my library. It was for this reason that I was particulalrly delighted to be sent a copy of The Allotment Planner by Matthew Appleby, hot off the press, a couple of weeks ago.
The book's author is on the team of Horticulture Week, where he also writes his own blog about gardening. As an allotment holder himself, this book is an irreverent guide to keeping an allotment, and is totally different to other allotment books that I have read. If you are looking for a guide to growing specific crops and to plot maintenance this may not be the thing for you. But if you are looking for an imaginative way to rethink your allotment and the things that you do there it could be just what you are looking for.
The book is beautifully designed and offers month by month suggestions of what to do when on your allotment. From tips on keeping chickens to growing super sized veg, the book is ideal to dip into and find inspiration for projects to try on your own allotment. It offers specific tips to get different projects started alongside sections to record on what you have been doing on your own plot.
I think this book is a great addition to any gardener's library and adds a new angle to your thinking on growing, alongside more traditional horticultural books. You can pick up your own copy of the book here.