A look at Stafford Allotments

Stafford Borough Horticultural has a number of allotment sites spread around the Borough. Each site is controlled by a Site Secretary and an executive committee.

On each of these allotment sites you will find plotholders with different thoughts in mind.

We have some who are concentrating on feeding the family as cheaply as possible, some who are proud of the quality of vegetables they can produce, some who enjoy the idea of exhibiting, some who concentrate on the Organic way of life and some like the author who are just relieved when something edible grows.

No matter what their aims you will find that most are very proud of their plots, with what they can produce (from their own efforts) and the way their plots look.

In the early springtime you will see allotment sites with bamboo canes that have been there through the winter, poking through the mud. There may be odd cabbages still there or leeks that have lasted through the worst of the winter. This is the time to start digging (if you didn’t prepare in the Autumn).

In the spring you can see the green seedling pushing through, or the sudden rows of broad beans that have been grown at home and planted out. This is the time that most gardeners dread – When do you put the seeds in? Where is the best place – in the house, green house or in the soil (If warm enough)? When they start to grow you have those few days away – what about the hot sun to dry them out. Who will water them? Will they live through the period you are away? Do you plant them out before they are ready? What about the frost? The decisions are endless but come the time they are all in the ground come May/June time the relief is palpable.

Early summer shows the flourishing of young crops that are reaching out for the sunlight. The soil turns green as the plants take over. If you have planted the right numbers then it should slow the weed growth.

If not there are a number of days that you must be down on your plot hoeing or pulling out weeds.

Summer time has come and you are eating your own produce – until you eat your own grown vegetables you will not be able to understand how they taste – I always find that carrots and sweet corn are the most different. Carrots have a taste all of their own. With sweet corn I started to add butter (for the taste) but found that it was better without as it supplied its own buttery taste. This is the time you want lettuces, potatoes and your salad crop.

Autumn is when the fruit bushes and trees come into their own with potatoes, cabbage, carrots etc on your plate.

Winter is the time for the swedes, leeks and the start of the parsnip, although they are better after a bit of frost. Preparation of the soil starts now ready for next spring.

DO YOU THINK THIS IS YOU ? WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR OWN PLOT ?

Go to "Considerations for Plot Applicants" and download an application form.

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