Spring is here!

The days are getting longer, the sun is shining more frequently and everyone seems a lot happier…spring is finally here!

Our allotment teams have been created and allotment plots allocated so it’s time to grow! We have written this blogpost to provide some inspiration and tips on what you can begin to grow at this time of year. If you don’t have an allotment, this might be of interest anyway or spur you on to send us an email and be placed on the allotment waiting list to grow your own!

Getting started with your allotment

If you’ve got a plot, yay! Excellent news, now to just get planting! If you’re a novice (like me), this might provide some help.

First things first clear your allotment plot of unwanted debris, weeds and stones. Some plot holders have collected the stones and used these to divide up their plot – brilliant idea and a great way to divide up the plots and prevent any overlap. Now, time to get sowing.

Things you can sow this month:

  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Leeks
  • Spinach
  • Beet spinach
  • Rocket
  • Lettuce
  • Swede
  • Turnip
  • Radish

We have packets of seeds in the shed to get you started with your plot (it’s unlikely you’ll need whole packets so just fold the packets back up and pop them back in the bucket for other teams).

You should also consider how much time you have to tend to your plot, there are some crops that require less maintenance than others (winter squashes, drying beans, chillies, main crop potatoes, rhubarb, globe and Jerusalem artichokes, beetroot, carrots, kale, onions, garlic, shallots, perpetual spinach, chard). A bit of weeding and watering and these crops should tend to themselves…this article has some good information about keeping a low maintenance allotment.

The best way to learn about growing in the allotment is to talk to others, we’ve already learnt a lot from some of the allotment teams ourselves, so get chatting and bonding over allotment growing and you’ll soon be an allotment expert.

The Royal Horticultural Society and National Allotment Society are good starting points to find out more information.

Do you have any tips for allotment growing? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

Happy growing!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ed Oliver says:

    When the seeds have come up and started producing crops it would be worth using some plant food, especially for things like tomatoes. Once the wormery is on-site there should be plenty of free ‘worm juice’ that can be diluted in a watering can and fed to your plants – or you can buy some plant food, preferably an organic one.

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    1. Kerry Horvath says:

      We love WORMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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