To indulge my inner gardening nerd I made sure to go and see some allotments as a part of the NGS scheme. The closest to us are Paddock Allotments in Raynes Park, there are about 150 little gardens and each one is completely different. There are the organised ones with straight lines of beautiful veg, there are cages full of berries, tall structures supporting beans, English gardens, old granny gardens where the shed actually looks like a tiny house, tall potato trenches, and many more.
I was impressed with the clear lack of slug damage but people use pellets which I don’t like the idea of and even organic ones scare me in case Freddie decides to explore. One of the plot owners told me that crushed egg shells do the job pretty well, they feel like glass and slugs stay away. Everyone growing courgettes had decent sized fruit on the plants, I can’t even grow French beans, slugs eat the flowers! And I have learned that lettuce has got to be covered with netting, too late though, pigeons ate my whole crop already.
We have one of those water tanks but have to get it out of the loft, it will be a task and a half. These carrots looked very happy.
Warning, a bit of gardening geekery!
There were many creative ways of using old pallets and general recycling ideas if you’d like to see.
Icing on the cake? Buying plants for 25p at the end of it.