Monday, October 16, 2006

Back to the land

There’s always been a strong connection between sheds and allotments/small-scale agriculture. Two interesting articles over the weekend on this subject. First, the always very readable Antonia Swinson in her regular column in The Scotsman ruminates from the shed on her allotment about the nature of communities. You can read the full piece here. And in The Independent on Sunday Skye Gyngell discusses how she turned a garden-nursery shed in south-west London into the innovative restaurant Petersham Nurseries. Both have books out this month: A Year In My Kitchen by Skye Gyngell is published by Quadrille at £25 and Antonia Swinson’s You Are What You Grow: Life, Land & the Pursuit of Happiness available from Luath Press at £9.99 will be reviewed in the November issue of The Shed magazine.


  1. Anonymous8:39 AM

    For all interested in allotments,The Nostalgia Collection (Silver Link Publishing Ltd) has recently published a social history of allotment gardening, called 'The Allotment Chronicles' (ISBN 1 85794 268 X - see I work as editor for Silver Link, and am about to move into my own 'shed' - a converted wooden stable in the garden. Just got to finish building the shelves. Can't wait! I'm thinking of changing my business address to 'The Old Stables'...

  2. That sounds very interesting. I'll give it a mention in the upcoming issue of The Shed. Let us know how the shed move goes.