Grow Your Own

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Grow Your Own
« on: April 14, 2009, 09:55:34 AM »
Hi
Im making a shamless plug for growing your own and looking after your green space. In the UK in particular I think we have neglected our gardens, parks and allotments and I think we should all be looking to build a greater sense of community through this. My blog is a digest of toils to get my allotment up and running. As a busy professional chap it has taken me a while to get to grips with growing my own but with a bit of planning, Im determined this is the year.  You can follow progress on the successes and a couple of failures on this link: http://neatandtrue.wordpress.com

Most importantly of all, it makes me realise what a difference gardening can make and in my town, I want to make a difference by encouraging more people to get out there and do something.

Thanks for reading!

JAMES

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Re: Grow Your Own
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2009, 12:04:51 AM »
Loving your blog James, time for an update? :)

I'm just wondering what an allotment is?

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Re: Grow Your Own
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2009, 01:18:24 PM »
It's a piece of land you are allotted (usually by the local council) to grow what you like,mostly vegetables. All the rage in the UK for decades, becoming all the rage in Ireland.

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Re: Grow Your Own
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2009, 12:07:10 AM »
Wow that would be great!
I guess the reason we dont have them in Australia is that lots of us still have backyards?

Re: Grow Your Own
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2009, 12:25:20 AM »
We have backyards too. I didn't know that about the UK though. Very interesting. I'm going to look into community gardens here in the US. I just don't have enough sun to grow everything I'd like.

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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2009, 04:04:48 AM »
Perhaps I should point out that 'back yard' in Australia means a back garden, not the paved small area that 'back yard' usually means in England.

Allotments were very big in England during WW2 and the post war years, then they became a bit old-fashioned, but now they are back, sometimes with long waiting lists.

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Grow Your Own
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2009, 04:27:31 PM »
This is a good site...

www.allotments4all.co.uk

and click on Forums.

like guerrillagardening.org, it's run by one man.

Re: Grow Your Own
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2011, 11:13:42 PM »
Hi all, I'm so sorry I've picked this up just now ... 2years later. Well the allotment is still going strong.  Watch the blog for details. In terms of US allotment type set ups, I know many urban regions have set up and there was an interesting set up in LA where a non profit community interest company worked with communities to help them turn yards into veg plots. Ill dig out the link. Hope all is going well guys.  ATB James