Caroline Foley talks about her new book ‘Of Cabbages and Kings: The History of Allotments’. Purchase via http://full.sc/1oyqvW5 This colourful and lively history book tells the story of allotments from their origin in the 17th century protests against enclosures to
Best read in a cosy chair in the depths of winter, “The Cut Flower Patch” by Louise Curley is a feast for the eye. Given my own tentative plans to start a cut flower patch next year, I was pleased
During the 17th century herbalist and apothecary John Parkinson was herbalist to King Charles I. His most influential book, the Theatrum Botanicum, was published in 1640 and covered 1,788 pages. In The Herbalist’s Bible authors Matthew Seal and Julie Bruton-Seal
I was recently sent a review copy of “The Wartime Farm”, a book to accompany the BBC series of the same name, by the publishers Octopus Books. Last year, wearing both my historian’s and horticulturalist’s hats, I spent 2 weeks
Book and product reviews are not things that I’ve given much thought to doing, but every so often I read or use something great and I think ‘you know, I really must tell people about that’. One such example is
When Kay Sexton becomes the proud holder of an allotment, she hopes it will be her first foray towards selfsufficiency for her family. Instead, she finds herself in a strange and hostile world of arcane rules and regulations, and hosepipe
Blogger Ryan Lewis meets The Bad Tempered Gardener.