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Welcome to Allotment Garden

for allotment holders, vegetable growers and gardeners.

I’ve been allotment gardening and growing my own vegetables, fruit and herbs for nearly 50 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.

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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 new vegetable plots in wild, wet Wales.

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John Harrison with Vegetable Growing Book

John Harrison on the allotment with his first book –
Vegetable Growing Month by Month

I started this site as an online allotment growing diary back in 2004 to help others growing vegetables on an allotment. After a few years it became the most popular allotment site in the UK! Amazing!

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.

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About the Allotment Garden Web Site

Grow Your Own AwardThis 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 which  has been translated into 3 languages

This was followed by The Essential Allotment Guide and then with my wife Val we wrote Easy Jams, Chutneys & Preserves.

In total we have now had 9 books published that have sold around half a million copies worldwide. The latest, Dig for Victory, is centred around the famous wartime guides that have shaped how we grow today.

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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.

We explain how to freeze your garden produce along with traditional methods such as drying and dehydrating fruit and bottling (or canning) fruits and vegetables

Val Harrison Making Marmalade
Val Harrison Making Marmalade
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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.

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