Gardening is not only great for your health, but can also provide a great source of food – from mint, to lettuce, to rosemary, to garnish your drink.
Andrew and Vicky, who are a part of the team here at Johnsons, have their own allotments.
And to celebrate National Garden Month, we’re pleased to share some of their top tips.
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- Protect everything from birds and slugs.
- Plant successional crops, so they don’t all come at once.
- Rain water is as valuable as gold.
- Be nice to your plot neighbours and they will give you free strawberry plants.
- The best way to get rid of slugs is to go out in the rain and pick them up in a plastic bottle.
- Don’t be surprised if weeds grow back in a matter of days.
- Direct sow what you can as soon as you can.
- Wear sun cream!
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- Once your growing season has finished, dig over you bed and remove weeds as soon as possible, dig in a thick layer of manure and cover over your beds with mypex sheeting to stop weeds growing, and help the worms work the manure through your soil.
- Get potatoes and onions in a soon as possible. You can always cover these with a fleece until the frosts have finished.
- Plant cut flowers – not only do you save you loads of money but it also helps pollination
- Commit a regular amount of time tending to your allotment – once you start missing a week or two the weeds will take over!
- Grow fruit on your allotment. Apples, pears, plums, blueberries, currants and strawberries are all relative easy to grow and can be left to their own devices.
- Make sure your house insurance covers all your tools that you store on your plot – allotments are regularly targeted for their equipment.
- Enjoy your allotment and spending time outside. Talk to your neighbours, swap advice and plants.
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