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/