RHS The Half-Hour Allotment Book Review

RHS Half Hour Allotment

Do you struggle to keep on top of your allotment? Perhaps you’re considering taking on a plot for the first time and worried it will eat into most of your leisure and family time. If so, RHS The Half-Hour Allotment is the book for you!

The half-hour allotment principle outlined in this book was dreamt up by Will Sibley, an allotment holder unwilling to give up half his life and all of his leisure time to his plot. Despite only dedicating half an hour a day to his plot with weekends off, his plot is productive and well maintained. Published by Frances Lincoln, the aim of this book is to tap into this system with expert advice from the author Lia Leendertz and the Royal Horticultural Society.

RHS The Half-Hour Allotment guides you through putting the half hour allotment principle into practise to great achieve results on as little as two and a half hours a week, perfect for those who do not have time to potter! The book also guides the reader through taking on a plot, deciding what to grow and growing the best varieties, keeping on top of your plot, wildlife and cut flowers, managing pest and diseases and targets for your first year on your plot.

The book is visually appealing with beautiful photography throughout, some of which is very inspiring. RHS The Half-Hour Allotment gives you the tools to create an allotment that can be managed in tandem with a busy life, a guilt-free plot to be proud of.

About the author:

RHS The Half-Hour Allotment is author Lia Leendertz’s first book, she also writes for The Guardian, Gardens Illustrated and The Simple Things magazines.


The Crafted Garden, Stylish Projects Inspired by Nature Book Review

The Crafted Garden

The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley is a wonderful book for gardeners and crafters, offering 50 seasonal craft projects inspired by the gifts of nature with easy to follow instructions and beautiful photography by Jason Ingram. The Crafted Garden encourages a connection with the seasons, bring the outside in and craft with natures ingredients such as seeds, flowers, sprigs and twigs and create beautiful ornaments and decorations for the home.

From twig and bark pots to edible dinner decorations, there’s a project to inspire everyone to enjoy and celebrate the beauty of nature from the garden and hedgerow. The book also offers great tips for seed saving, drying plants, flower pressing, preserving plants, forcing bulbs and the etiquette of foraging.

My personal favourite project is the foraged fairy, how sweet! I’m completely inspired to make these lovely little decorations for the garden and the house at Christmas time.

the crafted garden book

The Crafted Garden officially releases on 3rd September 2015, published by Frances Lincoln. I’m delighted to offer my readers the following discount code:

To order The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley at the discounted price of £13.99 including p&p* (RRP: £16.99), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG355. 
*UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.