Gardening TV tie-in for Hodder

Gardening TV tie-in for Hodder

Hodder & Stoughton is to publish a book accompanying a BBC Two series, "The Patch: The Big Allotment Challenge".

Lifestyle editorial director Nicky Ross did the deal for The Patch with Caroline Michel at PFD representing production company Silver River.

The book will have a foreward from Fern Britton, who is presenting the BBC Two series, and will be written by Tessa Evelegh.

Ross said: “This is a perfectly timed book. More and more people are interested in growing their own fruit and veg. Not only do you save money but you know where you food has come from. And you don’t need an allotment or a massive garden - anyone can have a go even if you’ve only got a tiny patio or balcony.”

The Patch book will contain an A – Z of easy-to-grow vegetables, fruits and cut flowers as well as recipes for jams, preserves and chutneys and easy flower arrangements.

The television programme, which will air this spring, will pitch nine pairs of gardeners against each other over four months, with the couples facing three challenges each week that test their horticultural knowledge, creativity and culinary skills.

They will be judged by growing expert Jim Buttress, floral expert Jonathan Moseley and preserves expert Thance Prince, who will all also contribute to The Patch book.
Hodder will publish The Patch on 10th April.