This is the complete guide to growing fruit, vegetables and herbs on an allotment, packed with easy-to-follow advice and illustrated with more than 800 photographs. It offers everything you need to know, from clearing and planning to planting, growing, harvesting and maintenance, with beautiful plant directories and a seasonal calendar. It contains step-by-step guides to a wide range of essential techniques, such as testing and preparing the soil, weeding, composting, planting, sowing seeds, propagating and fertilizing, and when to harvest the crop. Few things in life are more pleasurable than being able to eat fresh fruit and vegetables that you have grown yourself. In this accessible book, the budding allotment grower is guided through every step of the process. Directories of fruit, vegetables and herbs outline the requirements of different crops: when they should be sown, how to care for them, and when to harvest them. A season-by-season calendar of care presents a checklist of what to sow, plant out and harvest for every stage in the gardening year.Packed with expert information, step-by-step techniques and more than 800 photographs and diagrams, this is an essential volume for every gardener.