Having an allotment or a patch in your garden is a great way of getting outside in the fresh air, exercising, socialising, and also feeling a great sense of achievement when you eat the food you have grown!
Figures estimate that there are over 300,000 allotment plots in the UK, with a further 90,000 plots needed to meet the full demand!
Tasha, our Digital Marketing Executive in Rushden knows firsthand how much joy an allotment can bring – her Grandad Colin has had an allotment for 39 years!
Colin has shared a timeline of just some of the produce you can grow all year round!
January – Prune raspberries
February – In the greenhouse, you can sow cabbage, cauliflower and lettuce
March – Plant potatoes and strawberries
April – Sow carrots and plant pumpkins ready for Halloween!
May – Plant runner beans
June – Plant leeks (they will need to have been sown in March)
July – Plant savoy cabbage
August – Sow spring cabbage
September – Plant spring cabbage
October – Prune blackcurrants and get digging your allotment so it is ready for fresh planting next year
November – Plant rhubarb
December – Prune blackberries (and have a little rest!)
Key words –
Prune - To cut off or remove dead or living parts or branches of (a plant, for example) to improve shape or growth.
Sow – Fill a pot with compost and sow a thin layer of seeds on top.
Plant - Put (a seed, bulb, or plant) in the ground so that it can grow.