Grow Your Own

The Allotment – My happy place

Allotments are awesome! I love mine with a passion and I would recommend that everybody has one. It is hard work but the rewards of having an allotment definitely outweigh the negatives. The wait for it was long but I was so excited when I finally reached the top of the list and was offered my little plot.

Allotments are basically plots of land that you can use to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. They are usually owned and managed by the local council and you need to apply for one through them. They seem to have had a revival in popularity, especially since Covid meant people started growing more of their own produce. This means that there is often quite a long wait to be offered a plot. They are really cheap as well! My tenancy is less than £15 a year! I probably spend about £30 a year on seeds and things for the plot. However, in return, I get at least £200 worth of fruits and vegetables. Growing my own fruit also means that I can make my wine cheaply as well!

Once you have your plot, as long as you stick to the rules laid out in your tenancy agreement you can grow whatever you want on there. It makes sense to only grow what your family will eat though,

What I grow on my allotment

  • Potatoes
  • Broad Beans
  • Runner Beans
  • Peas
  • Sweetcorn
  • Red Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli
  • Broccoli
  • Beetroot
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Courgette
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Rhubarb
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Fig
  • Gooseberry
  • Blackcurrant
  • Kiwi
  • Strawberries

It is amazing what you can grow on a small allotment. And it’s good for the soul as well as the planet and the bank balance. Going and spending an hour at the allotment, even when it’s wet and miserable always leaves me feeling much better, and I know I have had a good workout that day as well. The dog loves it too!