Bear in mind the
Allotments are not a fashion accessory – they are
for producing food (and maybe flowers in some
try to take on more than you can manage.
As the size increases
arithmetically, the effort required increases
There are only so many hours
in a day/week and the more tired you become the
slower and less efficient you become. You want it to
be enjoyable as well as practicable – so that you
want to do it, rather than feeling that you have to.
A full plot is probably too
much for one person in today’s demanding full-time
work environment, as you will have to commit many
hours throughout the year – often when you don’t
want to or when you least feel like it. It is better
to take or down-size to a smaller plot, or share.
Families find it easier to work full plots as they
are many-handed. We are four and even then it is a
stretch in May to August when everything is growing.
Also, you will not be able to consume what you grow
and it will either have to be given away or go to
waste, which is just pointless.
By and large the food isn’t
cheaper than in supermarkets – but it should be
You will get more out of it,
and it will enrich the experience of being an
allotment holder, if you get involved in the
allotment society, whether by attending work days,
open days and social events, giving produce for sale
on produce days, or by volunteering to help in the
administration. Human beings are by nature
gregarious and the social interactions are as
important a part of belonging to a group or society
as the output from the allotment.
If you do not keep the
allotment up to the standards required by the
site/society then you will probably lose the
allotment and it will be allocated to someone else
on the waiting list.
NINO – Nothing In: Nothing
Out. Crops need attention and looking after – but
putting in worthwhile effort will be rewarded by
very worthwhile output.
For most people, an allotment
is challenging, hard work – but also fun and