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allotment

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nannytracey Sun 05-May-19 13:22:10

i am considering getting an allotment
i have a busy life work etc
but love gardening and have no garden
im sure the whole family would enjoy helping
am i taking too much on ?

fizzers Sun 05-May-19 13:23:54

don't take on something to big for you to cope with, families mean well but you can't always count on them to help once the novelty wears off

nannytracey Sun 05-May-19 13:32:41

thats very true lol
are allotments just for vegetables ,fruit etc how about flowers ?

midgey Sun 05-May-19 13:34:20

How about half an allotment so you are not over faced to start with. Lots of areas allow this.

nannytracey Sun 05-May-19 13:38:28

ok tbh honest what in looking for is the equivalent of a garden low maintenance with a shed . where i can go and chill and potter
im looking at flowers but can experiment with veg too
are allotments suitable for that kind of thing

nannytracey Sun 05-May-19 13:42:20

thanks midgey i will enquire

Auntieflo Sun 05-May-19 14:21:08

Nannytracey, I wish you could just come and potter in our garden. Come when you please and stay as long as you like.😄

Anja Sun 05-May-19 15:15:25

Families are not to be relied upon to do the hard graft such as weeding, though small children love digging holes.

I’d say half or even quarter an allotment. Plant soft fruit such as respberries, gooseberries, blueberries, small plum and apple tree. These don’t take as much looking after.

Big patch for potatoes (earlier especially) beans, peas, courgettes, sweet corn, beetroot, carrots, leeks, garlic, shallots, etc..I had an asparagus patch which is producing just now.

Yes, flowers. Daffodils, lavender, and others to attract the pollinators. I have these interspersed with the veg. Ask other allotment holders for help and advice. They are usually only too willing to give it.

Find out what they grown and what species. Find out about rotation.

And make sure you label everything! Or it ends up likevmy freezer.....not quite sure what’s what 😳

nannytracey Sun 05-May-19 15:58:49

i wish i could auntieflo i find it so relaxing

nannytracey Sun 05-May-19 16:01:34

i think ive got alot to learn anja and i suppose when i first get one it is going to be hard work thankyou for your advise.
so how big plot would be a quarter?

M0nica Sun 05-May-19 16:07:36

If you take an allottment there will be rules about what you can and cannot do with the land, so you will need to check, but usually it requires you to grow veg, doesn't always allow sheds, or limits them to implement sheds and can at times limit what flowers you can grow.

I am with others who suggest you only take a half and quarter allotment at first and thoroughly check the rules first. Speak to other allotment holders and also look how other allotments are being cultivated to get a feel about what you will be expected to do. I would think you would need to devote at least half a day a week to it and possibly several evenings as well in summer.

nannytracey Sun 05-May-19 16:13:35

thats perfect few days a week here and there MOnica somewhere i can disappear for a while
sounds like i need to know the rules