This week is National Allotments Week and we’re keen to share all our gardening and planting tips to get those green-fingers working. Having an allotment is more than just growing your own veg; it can be therapeutic to have your own green space and absorb yourself in the process. Plus, you get to eat all the nutritious food too! Read on for tips on how to look after your allotment, along with fun gardening events that you can get involved with.
If you’re an allotment newbie, it’s important that you plan the layout before you get on with planting — just a general idea of what you’re putting where helps to keep your plot neat and organised. Thoroughly weeding the area is also key as it prevents any weeds growing in that plot and helps to keep your produce healthy. Also, don’t be put off by the colder months; there are still plenty of veg that can be grown outside during winter, including onions and peas which are perfect for eating up at Christmastime! Check out this site for more info.
Gardening can be an enjoyable solitary activity to help you tune into nature, but it’s great to connect with other veggie fans too. The National Allotments Society have a huge list of exciting events in various allotments around the country, with activities like plant sales, scarecrow competitions and BBQs for everyone to take part in. Or you could enter your home-grown fruit and veg in a competition and show off your hard work! You can check out the full list of the events here and find the event nearest to you.
Similarly, you could always join an allotment group or organisation — it’s a great way to make new friends with similar interests and you can ask for tips whilst you’re there too. Leeds and District Allotment Gardeners Federation are an organisation dedicated to protecting, promoting and preserving allotments by hosting allotment competitions, plant sales and other green events.
If you’re wanting to start your own allotment but you’re not sure how, the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners have lots of information on how to obtain the perfect plot of land to grow your own veg. For gardeners in urban areas, the site also recommends on how to find a vacant bit of land and find out who owns that area — it may be possible for you to start planting there. Even if you’re an experienced gardener, NSALG still feature a lot of handy tips on how to maintain your allotment, from introducing chickens to your green patch, to building sheds.
Looking for the right equipment? Why not check out our range of gardening products? Designed to be comfortable for users of all ages and abilities, our gardening tools include angled cultivators, trowels and weeders which have features like ergonomic handles for easy gardening. With the right equipment, it is fun and straightforward to dig into your allotment without having to dig too far into your wallet.
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