A date for your diaries – National Allotments Week 2021 9th August till 15th August. This years theme in 2021 is ‘Plotting for the Future’; celebrating the contribution that allotments make to a sustainable future.
Also for those who filled in the NAS 2020 Plot-holders Survey, they have started to publish initial results, so far…
At the end of 2020 there were several news reports that women were taking over the plots – your answers told us that the ratio of men to women is now 53/47% with some regional variations- this matched up with our Members Survey.
It was also heartening to see how many people – 52% were using gardening practices that reduced chemical use and supported bio-diversity.
53% of respondents gardened with a family member or friend and for 11% of you good mental health was the most significant benefit that you got from your plot.
The answers to the questions about gardening know-how highlighted the importance of personalised info – friends and other plot-holders were the most popular source of knowledge and 32% of you would have appreciated a mentor or gardening buddy when you first started growing.
This post is a helpful repeat of the Newsletter Articles from the October 2020 and February 2021 editions in full. Let us know if you have any comments or feedback. We will be adding further similar articles as the 2021 growing season gets going.
A number of new tenants have taken up plots on the site over the last few months & perhaps are wondering what to do next. So here’s a sample list of resources that may be helpful for first time ‘allotmenteer’.
What to grow? – See the chart on this page to give you a good idea of what you can grow and when it requires sowing/harvesting. Of course, some of this depends on what the soil is like on your plot, making a soil test will help you understand that. You can also ask other tenants what grows best.
Crop Rotation – The RHS defines this as ‘The principle of crop rotation is to grow specific groups of vegetables on a different part of the vegetable plot each year. This helps to reduce a build-up of crop-specific pest and disease problems and it organises groups of crops according to their cultivation needs.’
There is an amazing amount of online information about this subject – the author works in a four year rotation – but you can also have a three plan. Here’s some more information about the subject.