Tackling an allotment

allotments If you have ever considered taking on the task of tackling an allotment..He who hesitates is lost! They are coming so popular now that you will probably have to go on a waiting list but it is well worth the wait.When I started 6 years ago nobody wanted them ,now because of people wanting to know where their food comes from they are in demand.On the following page are a few tips on where to start.

Having an allotment is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done and after 6 years I have no regrets at all.The first year was tough we started inJuly & it was waist high in nettles & couch grass.I first strimmed it all and covered a lot of it with membrane.The next step was to do a little at a time.I figured if I could not see all the couch grass etc., I would find it a lot easier.Where we are we can’t have sheds or anything because of the stunning view where we are ,but I do have a bench which looks out on some amazing scenery and even in the winter a bench ,and a flask of coffee is all I need….It is so rewarding ,we now are almost self suffient in vegetables and know exactly where they come from…and did I really hate carrots,cabbage & runner beans?

Here are a few tips to help you decide.

  • Ask yourself why do you want one?If it is just because it is fashionable..forget it .
  • You need to be serious as they are usually hard work.
  • Don’t expect it to be ready to use.Very often if they have been neglected in the past you need vision.
  • Ring your local council & put your name on the list.They are very sought after.
  • If you get one…a little and often.If you try to do too much at a time you may struggle.
  • Grow things you know at first.Experiment later.
  • Enjoy yourself.If you don’t take to it ,give it up.There is no point if you are not enjoying it. http://www.allotment.org.uk/

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