BBC News - Food price rises could increase allotment waiting times
It’s actually a Council one - there’s quite a few round my way. Oh, and the Heron is plastic - I found it behind our house when walking the dog the other week. Just a bird deterrent (I hope!)Looks very tidy... presume it's a private allotment, not council?
Were would we be without water and gas pipe.
Very eco friendly, you've even got a heron
Had an allotment for many years and grown a lot of fruit and veg in that time.
Tried many different styles of gardening in that time, constantly experimenting and trying new things.
Came to the conclusion last year that the Summer's are now so harsh it is best not to grow much in the way of annual veg and to focus more on perennial fruit bushes and trees. Once they are established they look after themselves with the exception of the odd prune.
I'm actually eyeing up a new plum and 3 new apple trees to go on my plot; in place of the veg beds.
On my allotment you have to apply for planning permission because they don't want plots with only trees on them.
I can't really see the problem providing they aren't shading a neighbour - but there you go lol - someone always has a problem.
The heat loving plants like tomatoes and peppers do well but a lot of stuff needs constant nannying and I'm just not up there often enough to keep plants watered. That's the case for most people lol. Maybe up North the summer's aren't quite so harsh and dry but down south you may as well not bother with annuals unless you can come up every evening or morning to water in mid-summer.
One thing I will say is though that any root veg usually does well. I never water my potatoes and they always give a good crop. Carrots are a bit on the delicate side as they go all small and hairy if you don't provide a fair amount of moisture. Shade is a prime real estate on my plot.
For me it's basically : cabbage, carrots, potatoes, garlic (over-winter), tomatoes and peppers in the greenhouse (annuals)
And for perennials : plums (different varieties), apples, gooseberries (dessert varieties), rhubarb, herbs (sorrel, rosemary, thyme etc etc)
I'm looking at adding a few more (and widely unheard of plants) to my plot, like Welsh onions - a type of perennial onion.
There's a great resource called plantsforafuture.org and they provide information and publications on what plants do well and where.
It's a nightmare trying to fight for the water when everyone is up there as well lol.
Even if you manage to get the water, at peak time all the pressure gets drained from someone else using the water from another tank. You end up standing there with a dribble coming out the hose - just a ball ache.
I think certain varities of apple are better for cider than others - but i never had the chance as Herself put her small, but perfectly formed foot down very firmly on the idea.Haha Mottie, always a double standard on allotments isn't there. Sounds like your site is even more strict than mine. If I was restricted to one tree I'd be off
Hi Odds, sounds like you've got a neat setup there. I like the idea of making cider myself.. can you use any apples to make cider or do they need to be a certain type ?
My allotment restricts us to 3m high trees. So I only have dwarf root stock trees at the moment.
Can't remember which rootstocks I just got permission for..It must have been M27 or M9.
Sadly, I wouldn't want to spend time doing espaliers because the site is on a south west facing slope with a fair amount of overzealous people around.. so if the wind wouldn't smash it up a person or wild animal probably would. I'll have a look at that website.