Do you have your allotment?

@p1kef1sh (45642)
March 4, 2009 3:14pm CST
Small pieces of land for the growing of vegetables have been available to British gardeners since the Middle Ages. However, it wasn't really until WW1 that the need for land made the use of allotments by private citizens popular. After WW2 thre was a decline in their popularity, however, with both the desire to eat more organic or locally produced food and the recession, the demand for allotments is at an all time high. Do you have an allotment or vegetable garden? How big is it and what do you grow there?
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@fluffysue (1458)
• United States
4 Mar 09
That is very interesting. So anyone can have a piece of land to grow something on, or is there some sort of qualification? Now that I think about it, I think I remember coming across this in a story I read, but I can't remember the details. I don't have a garden, but I really should. I plan to grow some herbs, and maybe some strawberries or cherry tomatoes in some small pots outside, but I don't really have a place to plant a garden.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
5 Mar 09
Anyone can apply to their local council for a strip of land to cultivate. You can have this in addition to any land that you already own. You pay a yearly rental. However, it is not a right and is subject to the council having a spare plot. You can grow a surprising amount indoors or in a window box of you don't have a garden. Why not give it a try?
@fluffysue (1458)
• United States
6 Mar 09
That's a neat system. Here, if the town has any land to spare, they sell it to developers to build on (regardless of all the empty buildings already standing). I do plan to try growing things out on the deck this spring, hopefully I remember to water them. That's my biggest problem.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
6 Mar 09
They try to sell the land to developers here. But increasingly they come up against so much opposition that they back down. Of course it depends where you live. Some areas there's very little development, whilst in others every square foot is built on.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
24 Mar 09
We haven't done our garden yet.. I know, I know,bad, bad, bad,but we usually grow cucumbers,lettuce,tomatoes,onions,cabbage,corn,peppers,green beans,melons, and a few other things. I think the only thing I wouldn't plant is Okra..I don't really care for it. Our allotment of land is about 15x24 not alot but enough for us.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
24 Mar 09
Don't fret Becky. Mine is hardly what you could call "Ready"! I think that sounds plenty large enough just for the two of you. Just watch the rabbits. Mind you, that's meat for your veg! LOL.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
24 Mar 09
My hubby has a habit of giving alot away. But about the rabbits, I haven't eaten rabbit since I was old enough to understand what it was and from then on I never ate it again..Poor bunny..We have alot of bunnies up our holler we see them bouncing around all the time. We also have squirrels,deers,chickens and other animals to contend with for the food. Chickens and deers are the worse. Chickens will eat everything in site and my brother in law has about 100 or more and he lets them loose in summer months to eat bugs and such..only good comes out of that is their isn't a big bug issue..but my flowers and garden suffer from them more then the bugs would have done.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
5 Mar 09
i presently,now live in mumbai and due to space constraint ,i donot have a vegetable garden but it is a different scenario in my home village where i plan to settle sooner or later,i do have a vegetable garden there which is now being taken care of by my aunt.we do have variety of vegetables there like bitter gourd,green beaans,tomatoes,carrots,potatoes and a variety of spices.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
5 Mar 09
You must miss your garden Riyasam. Your weather is such that you can grow thing all year round. We have a relatively short growing season so we have to get as much as we can from our gardens.
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
5 Mar 09
yup,but right now i donot know anything about growing ,the pains are taken by my aunt,i just enjoy the fruits of her labor once in a while when i go there on vacations.
• Canada
5 Mar 09
We own a farm, so the hubby plows a section to plant his vegetable garden every year. We mix in some sheep manure in the spring for fertilizer. He grows green peppers, hot peppers, tomatoes (regular and cherry), carrots, radishes, and weeds. lol. He wants to try and grow some brussel sprouts, too, this year. I think it is usually about 30 ' square or something like that.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
5 Mar 09
That's a healthy sized plot. I need to get out and make my plot again. However it snowed overnight so maybe not today! I'm hungry just reading what you plan to grow. Together with a little roast lamb....... Blissful Annie.
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• Canada
5 Mar 09
And we don't even have to add mint sauce to make ours taste good since the lambs don't eat grass. he he Green Peppers grow particularly good in our land here as it is high in sulphur. And the hubby has a penchant for hot peppers.
@mummymo (23709)
5 Mar 09
My Grandad used to have allotments and after he retired he rented 8 of them. Each was pretty big - not sure of the size buteach one was probably juat bigger than a full size tennis court. he used to grow every veg you could think of as well as some fruits and Dahlias. He won so many flower shoes etc and was quite remarkable. I don't have an allotment I am afraid as I did not inherit the green thumb! xxx
@p1kef1sh (45642)
5 Mar 09
Goodness. That sounds more like a small-holding Mummymo. LOL. Your fingers may not be green, but you have grown beautifully. XXXX
@mummymo (23709)
5 Mar 09
You are so sweet my darling! It was a major undertaking but he hated not being busy. He supplied produce to so many people and it was such good quality with so much flavour I really wish I was more like him! Hugs xxx
@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
4 Mar 09
I have a lovely memory of my Dad having his 'plot' across the road from our house in Leeds when I was a toddler. I suppose he grew some vegetables and pottered around in his little shed. Every man needs a potting shed - just ask Mr Mellors ...
@p1kef1sh (45642)
4 Mar 09
I have two Guy! Greedy boy! LOL.
@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
5 Mar 09
Ah ... I love the smell of potash in the morning ...
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Mar 09
I probably have enough land that I could grow some vegetables. We're still landscaping. I'll figure it out eventually!
@p1kef1sh (45642)
5 Mar 09
Enjoy. I'm still landscaping and we've been here 16 years Dawn!
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Mar 09
I've never been in the same house more than 11 years but yeah the landscaping never stops. In the case of this house, it was brand new though and we had to landscape almost all of it. So it's going to be ongoing for a very long time just to get the first round of plants in...
• Regina, Saskatchewan
4 Mar 09
LOL, our two plots of land across the road (50' x 100' each) are currently our 'allotments'. They are overrun with wild raspberries and dill. We let them be. But I wonder just how much dill you can put in raspberry jam.................?LOL
@p1kef1sh (45642)
4 Mar 09
"I'm Dill the dog. A dog called Dill...." Opening line to a children's song here. I always think of it when someone mentions Dill! Dill jam? No, can't see that going down too well! LOL.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
4 Mar 09
LOL Me either. That's why we leave all the plants alone. Prolific little buggers though. Bet this years crop of raspberry's has a distinctly dill flavor what with cross pollination and all!
@jwfarrimond (4474)
4 Mar 09
I have a large back garden that grows grass, trees and black currents (lousy crop last year) My sister has an allotment though with a greenhouse on it. The last time that I was up there, she had tomatoes in the greenhouse, and she had potatoes and various veg, (I can't remember exactly what, it's been a while) She's also got gooseberry's and rhubarb both of which were there when she took the allotment over. I think that she has also planted some more fruit bushes since then.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
4 Mar 09
We have a large garden also. The veg patch is about 15x8. However, it just has rhubarb in at the moment. I do have apple trees, a pear, gooseberry bushes and a couple of blackcurrant bushes. Some old Raspberry canes and self set strawberries too. The whole lot got neglected over the last couple of years due to my illness. But I am slowly trying to get some order back into it.
5 Mar 09
It's hard work and I can't do that sort of work any more due to back problems otherwise I'd probably do more with my back garden.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
5 Mar 09
In our country it's only possible in the villages.Bangladesh is most densely populated country.In the cities There are no extra land to make gurden. I personally like to make vegetables gurden.I have to go to my village.That's not possible.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
5 Mar 09
That's a great shame Bhansub as it would not only be good for you, but also save you money.
• China
5 Mar 09
I'm a chinese.In my hometown,every people have an allotment or a vegetable garden.It's about 200~600 square meter.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
5 Mar 09
That sounds a good size. Thank you and welcome to myLot.
@hotsummer (10413)
• Philippines
5 Mar 09
in the philippines, my family have a long desire since i was young to own a good land to build a home where we could have our own beautiful vegetable and fruit garden. but just last week where we able to purchase the land. we just paid first for the reservation fee. and not started yet the actually monthly payments which will start by next month. actually it is a big residential place but a big part of every lot bought will be given to plants cause it is one requirement of the owner of the land that those who will buy land or lot would or should conform to the rules on building a home. that is what we really wanted. cause here in the city, the houses or beautiful houses don't necessarily have alloted a place or lot for garden or vegetables. we have bought in a country that is why there is emphasis in preserving nature there. actually there are still lots of coconut trees. which many of those coconut threes will be cut off to give way for the housing. but still they have alloted a big portion of land with many coconut trees which will not be cut for the pleasure of the people living the lot in the future. and we want more of nature and beautiful trees outside of the subdivision are hectares of land own by the same owner of the subdivision and so we can still enjoy nature and plants. and they even built man made lake inside the subdivision which they will connect soon to real lakes or natural lakes while they are completing the project. i have seem of the project complete. and it was beautiful. and the price of owning a lot there is not that expensive. anyways, hopefully we will be able to have money to finish paying and be able to build our house there and start having our garden soon. i love planting vegetables than fruit trees. cause vegetables bear fruit faster than fruit tress.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
5 Mar 09
That sounds beautiful. I wish you well with your development plans. Food that you grow yourself always tastes so much better than the food that you buy in shops or stalls.
@jazzsue58 (2672)
5 Mar 09
I've always lived near allotments, but have yet to get involved. I want to though - it's been raining a lot, so I can't use the excuse that the ground's too hard to dig any more! You're right - it is a peculiarly English thing!
@p1kef1sh (45642)
5 Mar 09
I honestly don't know if there are such things in other countries. But I do know that they are more popular than ever now. They are very much part of the British landscape.
5 Mar 09
Hi p1key, I remeber the days when I used to live in Scotland we used to have one and what fun we used to have as well because I was a child then and we used to play round there annoying other grown up till we were given rhurbs with some sugar to keep us quiet, but now I only have a little garden and my hubby is has not got green fingers only greasey ones from hib bikes, but I do grow some herbs in my little garden. Hugs. Tamara xxxx
@p1kef1sh (45642)
5 Mar 09
Fresh herbs are lovely Tamara. I love to get fresh mint or sage etc. My herb garden needs a complete overhaul, it looks a mess. XXXX
@littleowl (7157)
4 Mar 09
Hi p1ke..I have a friend who has an allotment, he gives me some of his veg it is yummy, it is quite a big allotment for one person to keep..also my neighbor has a small allotment on a bit of land where he grows his veg but for some reason him and his wife have never been generous with giving their veg away...my nextdoor neighbor has just started growing her own veg in her garden that is lovely...BUT it is no use me trying to grow any my dogs would eat it all!! hugs LoLo
@p1kef1sh (45642)
5 Mar 09
Generous neighbours are a wonderful thing. I used to have one who would come every year bearing marrows, fruit etc. Unfortunately he is tending a celestial allotment now. Having no pets mean that I simply compete with the natural flora and fauna - especially cats which like to use he garden as a public toilet! Maybe I should charge them. LOL. XXXX
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
4 Mar 09
It's not time to plant yet, it's too cold, but my garden will be about 20'x10'. I was going to have to move a shed to put a garden in but the wind took care of that for me a couple weeks ago by slamming it into my house! Now I don't have to move it, just have it hauled away--there's a bright side to everything! We don't have allotments here, everyone has to use their own yard or farm. I'm going to grow tomatoes, potatoes, squash, beans, peas, bell peppers, onion, carrots and corn. Maybe some strawberries. I'm thinking about learning how to can things so I can not waste any of it. What are you going to grow?
@p1kef1sh (45642)
5 Mar 09
That sounds a good cross section. Right now I am growing rhubarb and weeds! When I reopen the plot I hope to carry a few potatoes, tomatoes, courgettes, lettuce, radishes, etc. I already have gooseberries, black currants, strawberries, blackberries, pears and apple trees/bushes.
@kbourgerie (8774)
• United States
4 Mar 09
No, not on the third floor of an apartment building, I don't. And besides, I don't think much grows out here in the desert anyway. Even if it did, I wouldn't fancy tending to it in 110 degrees. Even if I had the fortitude, the poor garden would need watering night and day. I'd be burnt to a crisp trying not to let my potatoes turn into french fries!
@p1kef1sh (45642)
4 Mar 09
Good point Kat. I don't suppose that much grows there save desert plants.