So when ‘The Joy of Allotments’ arrived in the post, I was delighted to welcome it to my collection. Its light-hearted tone makes it a refreshing read from some of the thicker tomes bending my shelves.
Author, Caroline Deput, describes allotmenting as ‘a mix of meditation, therapy and exercise, ‘ and says ‘frankly, I view growing vegetables as a bit of a bonus.’ I like her sentiments and I like this book – a diary of two years on the allotment.
From wallpapering the greenhouse to stamping on snails, it’s a quirky account of the weirdness and wonder of having an allotment. It’s not a growing manual – although if you dig between the pages there are some good ideas to be found. But I found myself nodding in recognition at many of the observations.
Caroline is a talented illustrator and there are witty, colourful doodles and sketches on every page. I have no idea how she managed to fit in growing vegetables at the same time.
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