for allotment holders, vegetable growers and gardeners.
I’ve been gardening and growing my own vegetables, fruit and herbs for nearly 40 years now. I was lucky enough to get a good grounding from my grandfather and I’ve learned a lot from my mistakes along the way.
- New Allotment
- Potato Harvest
- Lots of Squash!
- Allotment Garden
Some years ago we moved to a new house which had a tiny suburban garden giving little room for growing vegetables, mainly a small herb bed and some salad crops. Then I realised there was an allotment site round the corner so I contacted the local council to see if they had any vacant allotments.
They put me onto the allotment site rep who showed me around and finally gave me the key to plot 5. Yes, I was the proud plot holder with 150 sq metres of overgrown, wet, heavy clay soil to play with.
What’s better than an allotment? – easy two allotments and a year later I took on plot 29 as well.
After 8 years hard work getting the allotments into good order, the soil workable and fertile and even the weeds under control it was time for another challenge and we moved to a smallholding in North Wales with a different set of challenges as I establish a new vegetable plot in wild, wet Wales.
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What is an Allotment?
Allotments are a great hobby. They’re cheap, you get healthy exercise without having to pay for a gym or run around in circles and you get to eat healthy fruit and vegetables without all those pesticide residues.
We get a lot of visitors from around the world and they’re not sure what an allotment site is. Basically an allotment is a community garden primarily for growing vegetables. However, allotments are a lot more than that, they’re a community in themselves. The history of allotments goes back in British history and you can find out more here: Allotment History or check out our 7 years on the plot in our Allotment Photographs.
A Selection From Our Allotment Photograph Record
About the Allotment Garden Web Site
John Harrison on the allotment with his first book
This web site was started in 2004. At first it was just a diary but pretty soon I started getting asked questions and turned my answers into articles online. As time went on the site just kept growing to what it is today.
In 2007 I was approached by publishers to write a book which became Vegetable Growing Month by Month.
- Garden Advice by Month
- Vegetable Growing
- Fruit Growing
- Herb Growing
- Nut Growing
- Vegetable Show Growing
- Container Growing
- Gardening Information
- Rotavator Manuals
- Crop Rotation
- Composts & Fertilisers
- Greenhouse Growing
- Polytunnel Growing
- Allotment Information
- Our Books
- Product Reviews
- Book Reviews
- Links to Useful Sites
- Vacant Allotment Plots – What To Do With Them?
- Shopped by Joanna Blythman
- The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast
- Not on the Label by Felicity Lawrence
- Tescopoly by Andrew Simms
- The Politics of Food Books
- Starting with Goats by Katie Thear
- Goat Health and Welfare: A Veterinary Guide by David Harwood
- Llamas and Alpacas: A Guide to Management by Gina Bromage
- Starting with Sheep by Mary Castell
Allotment Food & Recipes
Most home growers are passionate about their food which is why we started adding recipes and articles about food onto the site. Val Harrison runs this side of the site. She’s included basic guides for kitchen skills including how to make jams & marmalades along with a guide to her easy way to make home made butter.
Storing & Preserving Your Home Harvest
Growing your own inevitably means gluts and we give lots of advice and tips on how to store and preserve your harvest rather than waste it.
Val Harrison Making Marmalade
Her best Preserve Recipes
Allotments Are Fun!
You might think growing your own at home and on an allotment is all about hard work and moaning about the weather.
Yes there is some hard work but there’s a lot of fun as well. We had some large loads of municipal compost delivered – mountains of the stuff! The kids had a great time getting absolutely mucky.