As an environmental science graduate with 10 years working as a water engineer I have some understanding of the principles used in an “Open Book planting bed”. Through this website I have come up with solutions that involve elements of recycling or “upcycling” (waste construction materials) with the aim to improve planting success and hopefully avoid early disenchantment.
Also this construction phase can take place during the warming early months of the year (mid-feb to late-march) when the soil is soft and not much growing is going on.
The main aim of this website is to promote “Open Book planting beds” as a low cost, low maintenance alternative, that I believe to have distinct advantages over the more traditional methods. The ultimate aim being a “Plant & Play” low maintenance, high success planting system.
Also to encourage allotments to people that feel it is too much hard work, it doesn’t have to be if your use a little bit of the old grey matter.
Allotmenteering: (urban dictionary definition)
Keeping fit by working on an allotmentDigging, weeding and growing veg on the allotment is a free workout called allotmenteering.