Looking for a Christmas present to supplement the NVS Guide to Allotment Growing. Well look no further.

The JOY OF ALLOTMENTS is now available to NVS members at the heavily discounted price of £8.00, which includes free post and packing. To order your copy of the book please contact  01235 827702 and quote reference: NVS 2013

"What makes the allotment my place? It’s a mix of meditation, therapy and exercise, a place for me and my thoughts. That’s what I’ve tried to capture in this book – what it feels like to tend an allotment. Frankly, I view growing vegetables as a bit of a bonus"

Caroline Deput


Caroline Deput took on an allotment nearly fifteen years ago, clearing the weeds and years of buried rubbish, digging a wildlife pond and building a greenhouse to make Plot 19 the perfect place to grow vegetables (and somewhere to escape to). Yet, there is always something to do.  


Follow the year on Plot 19 through Caroline’s illustrated diary of colour drawings and share her eternal optimism (often misplaced) as she keeps her allotment sufficiently weeded, watered and hoed to grow vegetables with the alluring names of Lady Balfour, Bull’s Blood and Hurst Green Shaft. From spring as she plants with high hopes to summers spent harvesting her first crop then the autumn chores of sowing for the early Spring harvest.


On Caroline’s allotment time is adjusted to the different rhythms of the seasons and absorption in the tasks that need to be done. It is the perfect place to go to escape the worries of daily life. Discover the delights and frustrations of allotment life.


The Joy of Allotments is a wittily realistic and moving account of the good life, providing hours of vicarious pleasure for armchair gardeners and shared groans of recognition for fellow allotment-holders.


Size:    216 x 135 mm (landscape)

Spine:  11 mm

Caroline Deput has worked in advertising for twenty-five years. She, and her husband Steve, have an allotment in Richmond, London.




Written on Sunday 24th November 2013 by Ian Stocks


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