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.
The month of plenty. For detailed advice try out the National Allotment Society
- broad, french and runner beans
- second early potatoes
- lettuce, beetroot, turnips.
- onions, leeks.
- marrows, courgettes, squashes
- tomatoes, peppers, chillies, aubergines
Water every day particulary courgettes and french/runner beans. They grow very quicky in August and remember to feed pumpkins if you want to win Halloween prizes.
Stop tomatoes (if you haven’t alrerady) and Pick plums, greengages, and blackberries.
Sow last crops of lettuce, carrots, turnips and spring cabbage
Dry out garlic, onions, and shallots ready for the winter
Remember to show respect to your fellow plotholders and do not wander onto their plots without permission. Stick to the public paths.