Benefits of owning an Allotment?
Well, where to start? As we have found out recently with the opening of our Plot to Plate greenhouse, growing your own is a very rewarding hobby. It is so satisfying seeing and tasting the fruits of your labour served on a plate. Allotments allow us to grow fresh, organic crops that suit our own tastes, such as fruit and veg which alternatively may be expensive to buy in the supermarket. You will also escape all those pesticide residues. On top of all that, you’ll get plenty of healthy exercise without paying for a gym membership and you’ll enjoy the camaraderie with friends on your plot, which will quickly grow into a friendly and welcoming community of gardeners to socialise amongst.
The recent promise from the National Trust to create 1,000 new allotments may tempt you to take up a plot. In which case you may need to look further into the pleasures and pitfalls of allotment gardening. However, if you are more ‘Gro-bag’ than ‘Good life’ then fear not, every little counts!
P.S. Don’t forget, we are always willing to pass on our knowledge here at Coolings. Want to know more about gardening but don’t know where to start? Why not try our ‘How to be a Successful Gardener’ course? Whether it’s the basics of gardening you want to learn about (preparing soil, how to plant up, how to prune, growing in containers, composting and making it all look good etc), how to grow your own vegetables or learning more about wildlife in the garden, this course can help you. It’s split into two (15 week) modules so you can do both or just the one you are most interested in. No prior knowledge or experience is required just a practical, hands on course for people who have an interest in gardening or who are just starting out and want to learn the principles of modern day gardening. 3 hours a week
(If you haven’t visited our Plot to Plate Greenhouse yet, make sure you pay it a visit next time you are in store.)