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An Introduction to Allotments

Having an allotment can be an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding experience, especially if you live in a built-up area without much greenery. Read this article for an introduction to allotments, their benefits, and how you can get started with your own.

What is an allotment?

An allotment is a plot of land that people can rent to grow plants. This could be any sort of plant, but people most commonly use allotments to grow their own food.

Benefits of having an allotment plot

Having your own plot of land to work with can be a very rewarding experience. It is crucial for people to connect with nature for their mental well-being and the hard work that can go into tending an allotment is good for their physical well-being. Getting your hands dirty while you grow your own plants is always a positive experience.

Producing your own food is a huge pro of having an allotment. Not only are you seeing the fruits of your labour, but you can also save money on produce. Growing your own food also comes with environmental benefits, as it cuts down on how much of your food is shipped around the world before it gets to you.

Another benefit is the community that you can build around an allotment.  There will be other people tending their allotments around you, who you can connect with through your mutual love for gardening. Not only this, but you could also use the produce from your allotment to connect with other people in your local community by selling it or giving it away to neighbours.

How do you get started with an allotment?

The first thing you’ll need to do is find an available allotment plot. To do this, have a look online; your local council will have a list of available allotment plots and an application form. Other websites such as AllotMe can also help get you started.

Essential skills for allotment gardening

There are certain gardening skills you’ll need to get started with your allotment. If you have plenty of gardening experience already, this will be a breeze. You’ll need a good understanding of:

You can read about all these topics and more on our Knowledge Hub, where we post loads of educational articles about plants and gardening.

Planning and designing your allotment plot

Choosing your crops

Choosing what crops to grow depends on the growing conditions at your allotment as well as your preferences. Here are some crops you could grow in the UK under different conditions:

Full sun

Light shade

Shade

You should also think about how much space you have and how much space different crops will take up. For example, growing potatoes or peas can take up much more room than lettuce or radishes.

Designing your layout

Once you’ve chosen your plants you can consider how you will lay them out in your available space. When you do this, think about how much room each plant needs to grow and make sure it had enough space. You should also have a look into companion planting; this will help you to decide which plants should be planted close together. Click here for our full guide to companion planting.

Updated on May 21, 2024

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