Allotment vs Garden?
A couple of evenings ago we went on a hot air balloon ride across Bath. I’m not usually great with heights and so I wasn’t really looking forward to it. I was the person holding on very tight before launch and not saying very much. But once we were in the air, I was fascinated. One of the things that caught my eye was an aerial view of Bath’s Victoria Park allotments. Wow! I was actually stunned to see how big the site is. I’ve driven past it many times but never had a close look.
Everyone’s plot looked so neat from the air. And there were communal areas with poly-tunnels and funky-looking garden sheds. You can even see a little party going on if you look closely next to the tunnels. And I’m sure I saw some evidence of BBQ smoke. What an amazing community!
It made me really miss my allotment. And it got me thinking about what a garden can give you that an allotment can’t, and vice versa. This is my take on it:
- You can go there at any time, even if you only have 5 mins to spare
- All of your tools, seeds, and stuff are to hand
- You can plant trees and put up sheds (most allotments don’t allow you to)
- No-one will steal your veg (at least, it’s unlikely anyway)
- You can weed with your dressing gown and slippers on (very important for early morning gardening)
- You can water your garden with a hose pipe or irrigation system
- You can child-proof your garden with gates and fences
- You can look out of your window and see all your hard work every day
- You can harvest veg whenever you like
- You’ll be part of a great community
- You will get tons of advice from seasoned growers
- You will have lots of room to grow plants that need a lot of room (Pumpkins, Potatoes and Courgettes)
- You don’t have to worry about your plot looking pretty
- You can enter your biggest Marrow in the allotment Veg Show and win a prize!
- You can have a nosy around other people’s plots and get some great ideas
- You will be able to grow waaay more produce than you can ever eat so you can give some away!
- Lastly, (but not to be underrated) the soil will already be very deep after years and years of digging
If you can think of any other pros and cons then add them in the comments.
I’ll stick with my garden for now, but some time in the future (who know’s when) I think I might have to have another allotment if only for the BBQs.