Wednesday, July 18, 2018

08 Aug

It’s National Allotment Week!

Allotments first became popular as part of the 'Dig for Victory' campaign started during the Second World War

Allotments are becoming increasingly popular for people of all ages. They provide a sense of community by connecting like-minded people and allow you to educate your children and grandchildren on the differences between home-grown and shop bought fruit and veg.

Allotments first became popular as part of the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign started during the Second World War. By 1943, over a million tons of vegetables were being grown in gardens and allotments. There were a total of 1.4 million allotments in Britain, this has been declining ever since and there is now only 300,000.

City dwellers are becoming increasingly eco-aware and some may say that growing your own has become ‘fashionable’ amongst younger generations. With shocking stories like the recent E-coli outbreak from contaminated veg in Germany, it’s no wonder that we have started to worry more about whats in our food. Gain control over what you and your family eat by growing healthy, natural produce yourself.

National Allotment week aims to draw attention to the benefits of allotments, there are a few things you can do this week to join in and promote yours…

  • Open your allotment up to the public, allow them to walk around, ask questions and some might even try and buy your surplus produce.
  • Promote allotments by telling your friends and family about the benefits of growing your own.
  • If you don’t own an allotment but are interested, contact your local council to apply for one.

If you are lucky enough to have started renting an allotment recently or are interested in allotment gardening, follow our 5 step guide on getting started and making the most out of your gardening plot…

  1. Contact your local council for a list of allotments in your area. Take a look and put your name down for the one you find most suitable. Allotment rent averages on £25 annually.
  2. Purchase the necessary tools to begin growing your own. If you already have a garden, there’s no need to purchase anything other than your spade, fork, hoe and watering can. You may also be able to have a shed on your allotment but contact your council first.
  3. Check your soil type with a Ph test. This will allow you to grow veg that will flourish in your allotment. You should repeat this test every 3-4 years.
  4. Weed your plot and prune boundry hedges. This will save you time in the long run and keeps your plot up to council standard.
  5. Start collecting rainwater in a waterbutt and begin a compost heap somewhere on your allotment.

Let us know what you have planned for your allotment this week, send your comments to gardenersblog@jerseyplantsdirect.com


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