Iím part of a team working on a book called Ď101 Problems Managing and
Growing On Your Allotment And How To Solve Themí and I was wondering
whether anyone on this forum would like to contribute.
Ideally, Iím looking for practical advice on how to overcome problems
associated with looking after, managing and growing on an allotment.
Topics can include what to plant, how to plant, when to plant,
understanding the legal side of owning an allotment, getting on with
other allotment owners, local authority red tape etc. The list goes on
and I hope someone on this forum can add to it. If anyone can add to
this list and is prepared to write a single (1,000 word or more)
article, Iíd love to hear from you. Your contribution can be used
without revealing names and places etc as long as the problem and its
solution are clear. The book is supported by advertising so, as well as
being credited as a contributor, we will be able to offer you a half
page ad as a way of saying thanks. The book will be sold worldwide
through Amazon, iTunes and the book publishers website and it will be
promoted by a PR agency. If you would like to contribute to the book
please message me. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The usenet newsgroup to which you are posting via the website
gardenbanter.co.uk, is actually a worldwide discussion group. I don't
have poster statistics, but it's a pretty safe bet to say a fair
proportion of the participants here are from the US.
Thus, it's worth noting that the US doesn't really have "allotments"
on any recognizeable scale, though some communities may have small
plots (those I've seen have been VERY small - 10x10 foot or so) which
can be rented, and these have really only been cropping up (er, no pun
intended) in the past 10 years or so. The community I live just
outside of has, to my knowledge, just one community garden space,
carved out of the corner of a public park, and there's at best a score
of plots in it. Town population is circa 60K.
Thankfully, I garden on my own property, and don't need to rely on
some space being available elsewhere.
In Germany, there are "beir gartens" - allotments and some sort of
communal space in the middle (I've been to one in Munich which had a
small restaurant in the middle). It is neat seeing the many
Here. one doesn't "own" the garden space - you essentially rent it.
Community gardens are a bit different - someone else owns/operates the
parcel, and volunteers come in to work it, but don't necessarily take
any of the food.
Some topics I might suggest (though I don't know how they'd weave into
an 'n-items' type of text):
Thoughts on encouraging a community or organization to offer garden
space, and a bullet list of points which should be considered.
Composting - do's and don'ts, and how best to manage a
multi-contributor compost operation
Maximizing yeild from a small space: plants that need more space,
plants that are tall and should (in the Northern hemisphere at least)
be planted on the North side of a plot so they don't cast the rest of
your plot into shade (unless you need shade for another crop).
FTR, perhaps you should compose a list of the common problems and
issues, organize them into related collections, then seek to get
If it's supported by advertising, why would you be SELLING the book?
It's usually one or the other (with books at least - periodicals are a
whole different story - there, people seem to be paying for
advertisements with a few articles scattered in between).
at 101 problems... that's potentially 50 pages of adverts. I expect
only commercial folk would really have an interest in an advert, and
if it's worldwide distribution, many small contributors would gain
nothing from a half-page advert, because they're probably only dealing
with local clients (Joe's Landscaping, or a local compost operation,
or whatever isn't going to benefit from advertising to people in
Europe, and even in Italy, what do they care about an advert for a
nursery or whatever in the UK?
Not trying to be abusively critical here, but if this is to be a
serious endeavour, a bit more thought might be due to how you put the
book together, and how it is to be published and distributed.
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