Newish Allotment Owner

Hi all,

I have just joined the community group and its my 1st group to join. I have started an allotment at home using mainly raised beds and trying to grow every imaginable vegetable I can which I would eat at home.

I live at home in the Wednesbury area of the West Midlands with my wife, mother and older brother … So you get an idea who I am growing for … Lol

Last year I grew potatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, spinach and lots of herbs. I didn’t have a chance to really harvest and eat the food last year so this year just before covid-19 I have gone tried to go all out and grow the most of what I can.

Now I am growing -

Cherry tomatoes,
Herbs consisting of mint etc,
Brown and red onions,
Rainbow carrots,
Jalapeño peppers,
Sweet peppers,
Rocket salad,

I also sliced tomatoes from the fridge and placed them in compost to see if they grow … Also the root ends of onions both just as an experiment.

Wish me luck !!!


Good luck! Sounds like you have your hands full with lots of crops to grow. I don’t hold out much hope for the tomatoes I’m afraid unless their seeds germinate so I’m willing to be proven wrong :smile: the onions sounds like an interesting experiment. Keep us updated on progress!

I don’t hold out much hope for the sliced tomato experiment either @jackwallington however I have recently planted tomato seeds :+1:t4::+1:t4::+1:t4::100:

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As delicate as it is, I don’t want to pick at it. But would you say that’s a tomato plant coming up @jackwallington. That’s from the sliced tomatoes.

I doubt it will grow actual tomatoes in the end. Last season I couldn’t successfully grow tomatoes even from seed

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I don’t think that is a tomato unfortunately, that looks more like a senecio weed I’m afraid sorry! :slight_smile:

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Hi I’ve just joined your site as I have just acquired a 125m sq allotment, new to growing fruit/veg other than strawberries/raspberries/cucumbers and one pokey little pumpkin last year. So will be looking lots of advice.


Hi Jody! Welcome to the site! Congratulations on your new allotment, so exciting. The only advice I’d really give is to take it on area at a time rather than trying to do the whole plot in one go. Once you have one area cleared and planted, it half looks after itself while you clear the next bit.

Hi all,
I have had my allotment now for 4 months, worked really hard to grow my own. But 3 days ago something came and pulled all my peas out and eaten it, also eaten my beetroot roots. I guess it’s a rodent. Any ideas on how to stop this happening? :thinking:

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Hi all,

There are old raspberry canes on my allotment that have not been looked after for years. Do I dig them out and plant new ones or do I trim them and look after them to see what happens? My plot is less than standard 1/2 so don’t have that much space. :woman_shrugging:

Hmm, rodents are tricky. Could be a rat. The main ways to get rid of them are traps, cats, foxes or calling pest control.

The best way though is to make sure things aren’t attracting them. Usually if someone is putting food waste onto a compost heap.

I would try working with the existing plants. You just need to work out if they are summer or autumn fruiting types based on when they flower and fruit.

hello, very new to the allotment game, literally in the process of just getting the keys. luckily its a five minute walk from my house so i can check the condition of the plot. covered in weeds sadly but i have been looking at what i could possibly plant around this time. i also cant have a greenhouse or poly-tunnels for until 3 months after having the plot, so feel my options for planting and getting things ready for next year at the moment is limited.

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Weeds are an excellent indicator you have fertile soil :revolving_hearts: a bit of forking them out and that soil will be ready for growing - good luck!

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