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Book Reviews

Meet the Author: Of Cabbages and Kings by Caroline Foley

Caroline Foley talks about her new book ‘Of Cabbages and Kings: The History of Allotments’. Purchase via This colourful and lively history book tells the story of allotments from their origin in the 17th century protests against enclosures to

Book Review: The Cut Flower Patch by Louise Curley

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

Book Review: The Herbalist’s Bible

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

The Wartime Farm

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

Grow Your Food for Free by Dave Hamilton

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

Minding My Peas and Cucumbers by Kay Sexton

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

The Bad Tempered Gardener

Blogger Ryan Lewis meets The Bad Tempered Gardener.