National Allotment Week

Date: 11 Aug 2016

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.