Copper Slug Tape

Copper slug tape provides an effective barrier against slugs which they do not like to cross thanks to the slight 'electric charge' provided.  This slug tape is therefore great for use around pots, greenhouse staging, or even raised beds - and is great to help get a raised bed under control by combining this tape with other measures such as traps... kill the slugs in the bed, and stop more getting in! {k2storecart 375}  Tips on use: Just remove protective paper and apply to a dry clean surface. Stick the tape in a complete circle around the pot or other…

Insect Netting - Enviromesh 4.5 x 2.1m

Enviromesh is a premium garden crop netting which provides cosiderable protection against wind, hail and heavy rain. Used correctly it will protect your carrots from root fly, and your brassicas from butterflies. The fine mesh allows water to penetrate, and plenty of light to get through, while also providing plants with some protection from the weather, helping to maintain moisture in drought conditions, maintain warmth when cold, and protect young plants from harsh rains.  It is also perfect for protecting mature plants such as brassicas from autumn frosts.   Pack Size: 4.5m x 2.1m    {k2storecart 366}   It may be…

Growing Trees on the Allotment

When growing fruit trees on an allotment there is much more to consider than just the type of fruit or the varieties you choose. You should give some real consideration before you plant any trees on an allotment. In fact some councils don’t permit trees on plots at all, so make sure you check before doing anything. You should also make sure you and your plot are fully established before you plant any trees.  They are a permanent feature and can take 5 or 6 years in some cases before they start to bear any fruit, so planting them in…

Potatoes

Potatoes are the worlds 4th most important crop after wheat, maize and rice. Introduced into Europe by the Spaniards in the 16th Century, and brought to Britain in 1563 by Sir John Hawkins. They became popular after Sir Walter Raleigh introduced them to Ireland in1586 and later presented them to Queen Victoria - It is said that her chef discarded the tubers and cooked the leaves!

History of Allotments

The origin of the modern allotment is an interesting one, and seems to have had two very different beginnings running in parallel before what we now know as an allotment was created. On the one hand the enclosure of common land led to a provision of growing land for the rural poor, and on the other the move into towns driven by the industrial revolution led to ‘city allotments’ that were predominantly gardened by the well-off middle classes.

The Allotment Gardener

Welcome to The Allotment Gardener a website for people who grow their own, on an allotment, in a garden or even on a balcony or window sill. The site has loads of articles on how to grow fruit and veg, blogs, advice on starting up and videos of a typical year down an allotment, where we filmed weekly in 2013 to show a plot started from scratch, to producing a fair bit of veg and fruit. Our local plot has been granted permission to keep bees, so we may get some useful facts and ideas around that in 2015. We…

The Allotment Gardener

Welcome to The Allotment Gardener a website for people who grow their own, on an allotment, in a garden or even on a balcony or window sill.

The site has loads of articles on how to grow fruit and veg, blogs, advice on starting up and videos of a typical year down an allotment, where we filmed weekly in 2013 to show a plot started from scratch, to producing a fair bit of veg and fruit. Our local plot has been granted permission to keep bees, so we may get some useful facts and ideas around that in 2015.

We are also keen recyclers and try to show you how to save a bit of money, by thinking before you throw things away, and how to make the most of what you have got or can get cheaply. There are several blogs on this.

There are sections on preserving and home brewing, including basics and recipes

Our food recipe section has over a dozen soups, a must view as the weather draws in and the days get shorter and colder

Finally on your way out of the site, don’t forget to check the shop out, you might find a Christmas or birthday present; a way to protect your winter crops; a way to encourage friendly insects to the plot or a way to water your crops when you are away or have no running water supply. We will be adding to the range over the next few months, so please do check back with us soon.

Hope you enjoy the site.

Blog Showcase

  • What a difference a year makes

    Clive has lived and worked all his life in central Somerset and when he retired his wife told him to take up a hobby, get an allotment or something. So he did. This all happened in September 2015. His ...

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    by Jerry @ The Allotment Gardener
    Saturday, 30 July 2016
  • Dragon's plot, a rustic haven to sneak away to

    When you meet a guy named Dragon on the internet, you just have to sneak a peek at his plot. So I took my trusted cameraman and myself off to A huge allotment site in London SW20. So what was I going ...

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    by Jerry @ The Allotment Gardener
    Sunday, 19 April 2015
  • Where do you source your stuff?

    We all know that industrial estates and skips are probably the best place to source your pallets and Freecycle is a great place for free greenhouses, but where do you get other allotment bits and bobs ...

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    by Jerry @ The Allotment Gardener
    Tuesday, 13 January 2015
  • Its a plot

    I was asked if I could contribute to this section back in the summer. A great idea started by Jerry and Phyl but I was sad to see no other allotment owners contributing. Maybe this will ...

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    by Hazel
    Tuesday, 25 November 2014
  • Staying safe when using electrical equipment on your allotment

    Tending an allotment is one of the most rewarding (and calming) hobbies there is. But, no matter how relaxing you find it, it’s still best to exercise plenty of caution while you’re pottering around y ...

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    by Electrical Safety First
    Monday, 06 October 2014
  • West Dean Walled Gardens in autumn

      Before I start talking about the gardens, I have to start with a moan. In August we attended the same venue and thoroughly enjoyed the Chilli Festival, so much so that we agreed to return next ...

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    by Jerry @ The Allotment Gardener
    Sunday, 05 October 2014
  • West Dean Chilli Fiesta 2014

    We set off from South London, deciding the satnav knew better than the AA and were soon hurtling down the A3. Crikey there are some bad drivers about today. A Police rolling Road block soon had us cra ...

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    by Jerry @ The Allotment Gardener
    Sunday, 10 August 2014
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