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  • I got an allotment :)

    Hi all,

    Just wanted to share the good news that, after 5 years of being on a waiting list in London i have finally got my hands on an allotment.

    Anyone got any good allotment tips? what to grow what not to grow etc

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    Woohoo, congrats! I would check out the book called "Square Foot Gardening", by Mel Bartholomew. Its a great gardening book on how to maximize what you grow in small amounts of space, and how to keep it all manageable.

    Now that I live in the country on a nice property, I've been wanting to get a garden going. This year I'm determined to make it go! My seed catalog has been on my kitchen table for weeks, I keep looking through it trying to make decisions. I tell ya, when I hear of what people in big cities have to go through to get a little bit of green space to grow things, it makes me appreciate what I have.
    Fighting fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain since 2002.

    Big Fat Fiasco

    Our bodies crave real food. We remain hungry as long as we refuse to eat real food, no matter how much junk we stuff into our stomachs. ~J. Stanton

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    • #3
      If you plant courgettes (aka zucchini), DO NOT plant all of the seeds in the packet, or you will be swimming in them.

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      • #4
        Plant the stuff that is a) hard to get (but that can grow in London) and b) expensive! It usually makes the most financial sense to plant things like herbs rather than staple veggies within a small space (dill as opposed to onions, for example) because they usually cost so much at the store, with all the packaging and whatnot.
        I don't own a scale and don't care to!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ilikesubtitles View Post
          Plant the stuff that is a) hard to get (but that can grow in London) and b) expensive! It usually makes the most financial sense to plant things like herbs rather than staple veggies within a small space (dill as opposed to onions, for example) because they usually cost so much at the store, with all the packaging and whatnot.
          if we still had the "like" button, i'd click it,
          my primal journal:
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          • #6
            Originally posted by ilikesubtitles View Post
            Plant the stuff that is a) hard to get (but that can grow in London) and b) expensive! It usually makes the most financial sense to plant things like herbs rather than staple veggies within a small space (dill as opposed to onions, for example) because they usually cost so much at the store, with all the packaging and whatnot.
            I agree totally with this - loads of herbs.

            Runningwild - I'm envious! Here in Sussex I have a small garden and it is heavy nasty clay. With rabbits! So herbs are perfect for me and they save a fortune at supermarket prices.

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            • #7
              5 year waiting list in london? Wow, i better get on that list asap. I'm in the Islington area

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              • #8
                [QUOTE=ElaineC;359898]Woohoo, congrats! I would check out the book called "Square Foot Gardening", by Mel Bartholomew. Its a great gardening book on how to maximize what you grow in small amounts of space, and how to keep it all manageable.
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                I second the recommendation of "Square Foot Gardening". I used that book as a guide for my tiny little plot for a few years and was always amazed at how many vegetables I ended up with. Plus it was a good way to jump into gardening overall, which I had never done before. I learned a lot from that book.

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                • #9
                  thanks for the tips i will check out the book - organic veggies here i come

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                  • #10
                    Find out from the 'neighbours' what grows best in the local soil. Try something a bit different and do 'swops'. At cropping time have a primal party for a few friends at the allotment; meaty bbq and fresh dug/picked veggies!

                    PS. Don't try and grow skunk!
                    activate the rhythm, the rhythm that has always been within

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                    • #11
                      Anyone have a soil recipes I could use for a little garden I plan to build this spring. I'll be using one of those recycling containers that the city gives you. I have three, only use two. Thank you.

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                      • #12
                        not sure on the soil, sorry.

                        I went to visit the allotment yesterday to get the lay of the land and the council guy told me it would be ok to have bees (something i have wanted to keep since childhood)
                        Perhaps my occasional treat could be home grown honey

                        SO excited

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                        • #13
                          soil mix

                          The soil mix recommended in Mel's Square Foot Gardening book is great. We have two raised beds so far and are planning on adding another one this year. Last year we also incorporated the vertical frame for tomatoes, peas and cucumbers and that also worked really well to maximize a small space.

                          I highly recommend the book: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space! by Mel Bartholomew, $12 from Amazon. It has got loads of photos and step by step instructions on soil mix and how to build the boxes.

                          The soil mix is 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 compost and 1/3 vermiculite. Even though the vermiculite is expensive don't get tempted to leave it out - it provides you with nice fluffy soil for happy plants!

                          Here is what our patch did last year. First photo was late May, Second was mid July (I am in Colorado)
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                          • #14
                            Thanks sforsyth. Now I just have to figure a way to keep the squirrels at bay.

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