So 2019 is upon us. I went back down today to the allotment to start my determined efforts to clear the plot fully of weeds before March. Have a new neighbour now opposite my pot who I met today, great guy, one of the best things about this site, how many nice people you meet.
Anyway, for anyone who wants to sign-up for a plot on an allotment, there are I believe, 3 primary ways - I think these were posted further back, but for convenience:
Apply via Lewisham Council - my experience is waiting lists tend to be long (many many years) but worth applying for anyway if there is a site close to you. You can apply for up to 3 sites, and will be contacted once a space becomes available.
Lewisham Allotment Applications
Apply to for plots in neighbouring boroughs. This is what I and several other members on here have done via Bromley. Allotments in Bromley work differently and you apply to each site (you can apply to as many as you like) -either by email, post or in person.
Bromley Allotment sites
I and several other members here are at Kent House Road allotments (not to be confused with Kent House Leisure Gardens Allotments - also nice) - this is a great site, over 100 plots and a decent turnover - I was on the waiting list less than a year, as was my new neighbour. Now is a great time to apply for the waiting list as people will have given up plots now and waiting lists reduced, which go up again more in summer after open days and good weather!
There are also in Lewisham some privately run sites, such as Barriedale Allotments and others - you will have to google and ask around to find them.
There are also community gardens you can volunteer at etc.
Dependant on the size of plot you have, it’s hard work (at the start especially clearing the plot unless you get very lucky), but very rewarding and enjoyable at the same time.
I’ve decided to make a real go of carrots this year which I’ve never been able to grow, and sunflowers. Lots of other stuff, but those are my main goals for this year.
Going to try and get some garlic in tomorrow or next weekend also, but then nothing but clearing until the spuds go in around March.
Is anyone trying anything new this year? I may also have some spare seeds if anyone wants to swap seeds (and if you don’t have any, am happy to simply pass some on - if anyone is interested I can list what I have, once I’ve itemised them).