I’ve closed the previous thread which was here as it is quite lengthy read now and 2020 is virtually upon us!
Anyone who wants a plot on an allotment in Lewisham needs to apply visa the council for a maximum of 3 sites, but waiting lists tend to be quite long (5-6 years or longer for the ones I applied for).
You can alternatively apply for private ones, or ones in Bromley which are self managed, and some are quite close. Cricket Lane allotments (formerly Kent House Road allotments) and Kent House Leisure Gardens are both only a few minutes from Sainsbury’s Bell Green for example. To find allotments in Bromley you need to visit here as each allotment has diffferent application methods - you can apply for as many as you like in Bromley.
Of course, you can grow fruit, veg and flowers in gardens, balconies and pots. So what do people have planned for 2020 to grow? Anything new or recommended?
For me I’m going to finally try and grow some carrots and broccoli, and will be doing a lot of dwarf french beans, peas (my kids view them as sweets when eaten straight off the plant raw) and tomatoes, which again my kids love vs supermarket ones (they love Sungold type ones, and Black Russian) though I have 17 varieties to try out, not sure where to plant them. Will also do pumpkins for Halloween, more scallop squash and will try some different winter squash this year. Am undecided on whether to do potatoes this year.
Am going to try to get a fig tree also - I’ve read it’s better to have them in pots or a base that restricts the roots as you get better fruit this way - let’s see.
Flower wise am going to plant more lavender and borage to get more pollinators in, and more mint also.
Good luck all!