October: top jobs

By | October 2, 2020

Autumn. For detailed advice try out the National Allotment Society.

  • Most crops will have been harvested by now, but there may be pumpkins, squashes and maincrop potatoes left. Time to get them in.
  • Any veg past their best, chop them up and put into compost bin.
  • Broad bean seeds can be sowed ready for next year.
  • Clear empty patches and rough dig, leaving in big clumps for the frost to do its work.

September: top jobs

By | August 31, 2020

Autumn approaches. For detailed advice try out the National Allotment Society.

Harvest remaining summer fruit and vegetables. If weather turns, bring green tomatoes indoors to ripen.

Plant out Hardy winter lettuce, spinach, onions and spring cabbage to overwinter.

  • Cover late crops with cloche/fleece.
  • Add everything you can to compost bin.
  • Prepare vacant ground leaving rough dug.

National Allotments Week

By | August 8, 2020

National Allotments Week (10-16th August) started in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of allotments and the role they play in helping people to live healthier lifestyles, grow their own food, develop friendships and bolster communities. The campaign week is still thriving 18 years later and interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables has never been stronger since the WW2 Grow for Victory campaign.

Why not share your allotment stories and pictures of the produce you’ve grown with Guardian readers, or perhaps share a video with Gardeners World TV. Alternatively, sit back, relax and simply browse.

Onion Drying Alternative

By | August 3, 2020

There are (probably) lots of ways to dry and store onions and stringing them, in particular, is a favourite of YouTube users. However, here’s an idea if you have the space, courtesy of plot22b. Store them in a dry place, upside down. This allows the moisture, to drain through the stem keeping them drier, for longer. Going to give it a try, as when I string them, they mostly fall off anyhow.