GYO for National Allotments Week



The National Allotment Society’s National Allotments Week runs every year in August and celebrates growing your own and all the benefits it brings. Tuck into a page of advice, ideas and inspiration for your allotment here…

A quick guide to the allotment year

Eight easy veg for the beginner gardener

What not to do when you get an allotment!

Allotment advice for newbie plot holders

Why my allotment makes me feel better

It’s official: gardening makes your happier! In my latest blog, I share why my allotment has been a lifeline for my mental and physical health over the last 15 years. And I talk to talk to the experts about why growing your own is so good for wellbeing…

Watch my ‘how to’ vlogs

Got a glut? Find tasty ways to use up your harvest

Listen to this week’s BBC Allotment Diary 

Allotment advice for newbie plot holders

Read more tasty allotment features…

Growing up: a history of allotments

I delve into our vegetable patches and allotment plots to discover just how the grow your own movement took root

10 ways to bust a garden glut

A feast of ways to used up the garden vegetable glut

Five feel-good garden activities

Five gardening activities that can improve mood and boost wellbeing

A growing work of art

A group of Edinburgh allotmenteers are making quite an exhibition of themselves in their bid to grow their own in Scotland’s capital city

How to attract hedgehogs to your garden

I snout out the ways we can help the declining hedgehog populations in our gardens this summer and create local hog network!

Noble rot – a step-by-step guide to composting

It’s the perfect time to start making your own compost so muck in with our step-by-step guide to magical mulch

Grow your own pesto!

Think outside the basil box when it comes to pesto and grow and make your own from other garden greens…

Why gardening makes you feel happier

Gardening is good for you – I meet the people who believe it should be on prescription

…and don’t forget your shed

An allotment is not complete without a garden shed! Two-thirds of us have one – and it’s estimated the average gardener spends almost a year inside this horticultural outhouse throughout their lifetime. To find out more, I talked to a group of ‘sheddies’ about why they can’t live without them…

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