17th August 2021
From perfectly aligned carrots to a sensory explosion of flowers, allotments are as unique as the individuals that tend them but there are a whole host of reasons why they can be a challenge.
Allotments are often ungated so for that reason keeping those secateurs and all-important deck chairs safe can create a logistical/security headache for keen gardeners, so too can the lack of electricity and space to grow those prize-winning leeks and onions.
To celebrate National Allotment Week (9-15 August), we’ve put together our top tips of Savvy allotmenteers that may help with some of those challenges faced.
For many, the allotment is much more than just a place to grow veg. It’s a place to connect with the earth and to those that share the passion for growing your own. They can be social places, places to unwind and even share a brew or to mull over the day ahead. Whatever the motivation, a shed can enhance that experience whilst also being a place to hang up your gardening gloves at the end of the day. “Do your research before choosing an allotment worthy shed,” urged Jenny Davis, marketing manager for Forest Garden. She recommends the following tips:
Look for a shed that has additional security features built in such as metal roof brackets
Choose a product that has smaller panelling which makes the shell much more robust
Doors always offer an easy route to a would-be thief so ensure that you have double Z framed doors with a decent lock
Anti-tamper, hidden hinges that can’t be accessed externally are also a must
We recommend the Forest Garden Overlap Dip Treated 4×3 Apex Shed. RRP. £304.49. with dimensions of 194.1(h) x 133.8(w) x 100.9(d)cm, It’s small enough to suit even the cosiest of plots, windowless for added security and has plenty of hidden security features to keep your strimmer’s and mowers secure.
As we all know, weeds can often feel like an uphill battle for gardeners so our top tip for banishing the weeds has to be – add a raised bed to the allotment. Place a plastic membrane or thick pieces of cardboard down on the ground to suppress weeds then add a raised bed on top. Add compost and topsoil and you’re all set to grow – it really is that simple!
Caledonian Large Raised Bed. RRP. £74.99