Annual allotments week


by Jane Moore

What a great chance to check out what other plotters are doing nearby! Events will be going on all over the country as part of this annual allotments week so keep your eyes on the local press for details.


What a great chance to check out what other plotters are doing nearby! Events will be going on all over the country as part of this annual allotments week so keep your eyes on the local press for details. Or check out the ever useful worldwide web for the main website for National Allotment Week events but there are also some interesting events posted on www.allotments-uk.com.

We haven't got anything happening on our site this year but then the Bathampton Village Show is less than a month away so I think all energy is focused on that. But the local council run 'Friends of the Botanic Gardens' group has arranged a talk and slideshow on allotments which should be good for ideas. What's going on at your plot? It would be great to hear all about your events - and plenty of pictures too please!

BBQTo coincide with National Allotments Week, allotments-UK.com has released the results of a survey of 300 potholders all over the UK and it confirms everything I have always thought about allotmenteers! Apparently 92 per cent of plotters make friends with other plotters and about the same number share tips and advice and swap produce. Most of us get our families involved in some way too whether it's putting them to work on the plot or just getting them to come up for a visit. And I can thoroughly recommend having a barbecue bash on the plot if you're feeling a bit lonely and want to get to know a few of the locals.



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Gardeners' World Web User 20/08/2007 at 21:03

Had my allotment for 12 years lovely fresh veg all year round. Best thing I ever did.

Gardeners' World Web User 30/08/2007 at 16:56

I have just got my allotment this week and it is full of nettles, lots of work to do but can I use them for compost, or should I put weed killer on them?

Gardeners' World Web User 01/09/2007 at 15:49

We just held our Lotty Open Day against a backdrop of notice from the council that two thirds of our site is being sold off for housing. One of the plots earmarked for the bulldozer is over 100 years old and is filled with mature fruit trees, surrounded by a high privet hedge. It's an idyllic spot and to see it trashed would be unthinkable.

Our lotty association is affiliated to NSALG and we have their legal team helping us to fight off the council.

We want to use all means at our disposal to prevent the wanton destruction of our plots and anything anyone can do to help would be much appreciated

Gardeners' World Web User 02/09/2007 at 17:44

Just took on an allotment towards the end of last year. It's been hard work clearing it, but the little we've grown so far has been rewarding enough to want to continue. Enthusiasic plans for next year. Any advice readily accepted.

Gardeners' World Web User 09/09/2007 at 20:12

Joyce, I would recommend composting the nettles on your plot. not only does it mean you don't have to introduce chemicals into the soil, but they make excellant compost.

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