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Phyl Sion and Jerry Smith at The Allotment Gardener HQ Phyl Sion and Jerry Smith at The Allotment Gardener HQ

The Allotment Gardener is very much the new kid on the block as far as gardening websites are concerned.  Launched in 2012 by two dedicated allotment gardeners Jerry Smith and Phyl Sion, we aim to bring you the latest news, and the best guides and advice available on the web today… and all dedicated to the allotment gardener.

More importantly we want you to be part of the story. Allotments have always been as much about community as they have about growing your own, and this website is no different. Sign up and join the conversation – contribute articles, ask (or answer) questions in our discussion section, or write your own blog.

Phyl Sion

I have always loved gardening, but nothing beats growing your own food. The satisfaction of putting the highest quality food on the table beats anything!

My earliest memory of the garden was sitting under the redcurrant bush in the back garden of our Victorian semi when I was about 3 years old – eating the fruit straight from the bush. I always loved being in the garden, and would dig holes, climb the apple tree (one of the best Bramley trees I have ever come across) or simply mess around in the garden at every opportunity.

At the age of 11 we moved to the country, and I was allowed my own little patch of land to grow on – my first allotment if you like! Christmas and birthday presents consisted of garden tools, and my weekends were spent digging, weeding, planting and harvesting.

At 28 years old (younger than most) I took on my first proper allotment. That was only 5 years ago, and since then the empire has grown. I now look after 3 allotments and I’m an active member of our allotment management committee.

Needless to say that I am a very keen gardener, and dedicated to my allotment empire, and I take great pleasure in sharing my knowlege and experience in bringing this site to you.

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Jerry Smith

Unlike Phyl, my gardening as a child peaked when I grew some two foot tall lettuces. Apart from that I used to cut the grass in the back garden for my mum. My passion for gardening came from my youngest son, who regularly attends our allotment. He is not even 12 years old, but regularly holds gardening conversations with fellow allotmenters, offering his personal advice and help.

I have had my allotment for six years now and love that special time away from the stresses and strains of modern day life. I set myself the target of spending as little cash as possible on my allotment and have now got heavily in to recycling. Driving a van for a living, I probably pass more builders skips than the average person. And with a van to hand, I usually have the capacity to salvage, quite a bit. You will find tips and tricks to have a sucessful, flourishing, cost effective allotment when you read articles I write on this site.

My other passion is cooking (well eating really), this fits in well with allotmenting. In the future we hope to include recipies to use the produce you grow

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