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by Robin Shelton

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ISBN:
0330441256
Author:
Robin Shelton
Category:
Gardening & Landscape Design
Language:
English
Publisher:
Pan Books; New Ed edition (March 2, 2007)
Pages:
256 pages
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1801 kb
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1459 kb
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Rating:
4.8
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524


Robin Shelton and his mate Steve were complete neophytes when they decided that having an allotment might save them a bit of money. But what had seemed like a good idea over a couple of beers seemed rather more daunting when faced with a weedy patch.

Robin Shelton and his mate Steve were complete neophytes when they decided that having an allotment might save them a bit of money. But what had seemed like a good idea over a couple of beers seemed rather more daunting when faced with a weedy patch of ground. Still, both men were at a crisis point in their lives and the allotment represented their desire to achieve something concrete. They persevered and, despite the weather and confusing advice from their elderly allotment neighbours, managed to plant and grow a successful crop of vegetables

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Start reading Allotted Time: Two Blokes, One Shed, No Idea on your Kindle in under a minute. Shelton simply and inspiringly shows how quickly you can leap from total incompetence to harvesting your first radishes. The redemptive power of growing veg is the theme here as Shelton cultivates his way back from a failed marriage' - Daily Telegraph.

Robin and Steve got talking one night and thought how good it would be to get an allotment and grow some of their own vegetables. Each thinks that it was originally the other's idea. Neither of them was all that keen on vegetables and didn't even know a great deal about gardening, but they took on the allotment, got it into a reasonable shape and grew a decent crop or two in their first year.

Select Format: Hardcover. Release Date:January 2007.

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Allotted Time: Twelve Months, Two Blokes, One Shed, No Idea by Robin Shelton (Sidgwick & Jackson, £1. 9) 21st . If you're tempted by the idea of an allotment, both these books will help you make the leap from reading The River Cottage Cookbook to double-digging your own plot. 9) 21st Century Smallholder: How to Get Back on the Land Without Leaving Home by Paul Waddington (Eden Project, £1. 9). Oil is running out. The oceans are rising. Neither is brilliantly written.

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  • Pameala
I usually don't like to give negative reviews, but I feel compelled to give some warning here. I am a patient reader, and it is very rare that I cannot finish a book, but this one was so mind-bendingly boring and difficult to read that I just could not get past the first third of the book.

First of all, this book is formatted in a kind of pseudo diary (diarrhetic?) form that vacillates between documenting their every day happenings and the author's musings about life. As much as I want to feel moved by anyone in the story, these real-life main characters are so empty that I had a difficult time relating to them at all. Perhaps in Great Britain they are funny, boasting about how much they slack off, how much they don't know, etc., but I do not find them particularly amusing. In a word, they are losers. Anyone with half a brain will not relate to them.

The writer and main character, Robin Shelton, tries way to hard to get a laugh out of the reader, and after a hundred pages or so, I found I just could not take any more of his jokes and grade school metaphors.

Perhaps other readers out there will love this book, but I am sorry to say, it just was not for me. Unless you like cutesy British humor and stories about low IQ "blokes" who can't figure out the basics of gardening, steer clear of this book.
  • Netlandinhabitant
I just got this book from a friend of mine who knew I am a keen gardener. And probably this explains why I give this book full four stars (instead of one). Yes, this book is pretty badly written, in places rather boring. But it must have been written by someone with real gardening experience (that is "learning it the hard way"). Yes, this person sounds like having IQ significantly lower than normal. But he is a typical townie, who hasn't done anything remotely related to gardening for most of his life. And in fact I can relate to his experience, since I picked up gardening in my early forties, finding out that despite boasting quite high general IQ, gardening-wise I can be considered a village idiot. I guess there is no separate "gardening intelligence" (even though there are apparently so many diffferent intelligences there), but things that seem basic for people who live in a more rural environment are like magic for people who don't. So, all in all, I have found this book to be a decently good read, just because it presents real gardening experience in a grotesque way. If you do not like the J.K. Jerome's "Three Men in a Boat" sense of humour, you definitely won't like this book, either. But if you find this kind of humour appealing and like gardening, give this book a try.