Allotment gardening is becoming increasingly popular as people discover that growing their own organic vegetables, fruits and herbs is an attractive and achievable option. Allotment gardening also has additional benefits: it’s an excellent way to take exercise and be sociable, and it can be therapeutic. “The Allotment Specialist” is crammed with practical information on every aspect of growing produce on an allotment. Beginning with the basics, it includes tips on choosing a plot, preparing the soil, crop rotation, planting the beds, and weed and pest control. Year-round calendars provide at-a-glance information on key tasks and give pointers on keeping allotments productive all year round. Comprehensive, A-Z directories of vegetables and fruits guide readers through the most popular varieties, their soil and site needs, and the best times and methods for sowing, planting and harvesting. With reliable, practical information and an easy-to-use format, this is the perfect companion for every current or prospective allotment owner.