Minding My Peas and Cucumbers : Quirky Tales of Allotment Life, Hardback Book

Minding My Peas and Cucumbers : Quirky Tales of Allotment Life Hardback

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When Kay Sexton becomes the proud holder of an allotment, she hopes it will be her first foray towards self-sufficiency for her family.

Instead, she finds herself in a strange and hostile world of arcane rules and regulations, and hosepipe standoffs.

She finds her mud-caked Wellingtoned feet and successfully navigates her way through allotment-keeping: battling Biblical-scale pest invasions; learning the dark arts of the competitive vegetable grower; and practising ninja-like disappearing acts to avoid yet another free cucumber from a neighbouring gardener.

Witty, well-observed and with mouth-watering recipes, this book is for anyone who dreams of a slice of the good life.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781849531351

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Enjoyable, but took a little while to connect together. The recipes look good and I hope to try a few when my allotments start producing this summer. Many of the political tips are for beginners and mostly for council allotments - none of it applies to my two quirky set-ups, but a friend of mine with a council plot is eager to borrow it. The human side is almost more interesting and very amusing.