how much time do you need for an allotment


so. i will be moving into a city centre flat next month, no garden. the council have kindly given me a list of allotment sites and numbers to call for them around the city. I have yet to take it further though as i'm not 100% sure whether it would be worth my while. i work full time and have other commitments during weekday nights, so in reality id have maybe all weekend and one weekend evening during lighter nights at the most to be on the plot. is this enough time, to make the most of the plot, in anyones experience? anyone with an allotment here, how often are you there/how much timer per week and what kind of return from the plot can you get?



  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,186 short, I would suggest not...........stuff will need watering in dry weather, weeds to hoe, etc. etc.

    Perhaps you could team up with someone else and spread the work ? 

    The return ( in terms of food I assume you mean ) is commensurate with the amount of work you put in..............for those with the time, it can be well worth the effort both in terms of money saving and eating home grown food.image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,808

    Two orking friends both with allotments have told me that they've managed to keep on top of their allotments if they and partner devoted most of their weekends to them during the growing season - what they found difficult was reaping the harvest - lots of veg need picking every day in order to get them at their best, and beans and peas and courgettes etc stop producing if they're only picked once or twice a week. 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    I have been an allotmenteer for 30 odd years and believe me it is very hard work, but I so love doing it.  When I had a full time job it was a struggle and with it being out of sight it can sometimes be a shock when you do visit to find everything but your vegetables have grown in your plot.  I would not like to put anyone off but be prepared to devote a lot of time to it.  As others have suggested you could always share a plot.

    p.s. I am a female and still managed it on my own as well as all the other household duties!  Hubby does not garden and only helps by eating my results. 

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,639

    After watching the allotment programme on tv It seems to me that those people manage to live in a totally different part of the country from their allotments, hold down full time jobs (presumably), have a family life, a social life (presumably), have time to go out for a manicure etc and still keep a full size allotment site in tip top order. 

    It's obviously a piece of cake (which they also make in their spare time). 

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    Ha Ha pansyfaceimage

  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,082

    As Dove has said you would need to consider what you plant very carefully if you cant visit it regularly during the growing season.

    I would say that growing peas, beans and tomatoes would be a no, no. They require a lot of water and very regular picking.

    For veg, root crops would be a better bet as they dont require as much water or picking so often, also some of the brassicas would be a good bet.

    Fruit wise you could have some fruit bushes such as black/red currant and gooseberries which will stand for a few days.

    Preparing a small plot can be done during weekend days, so it is possible but it depends what you want to grow.

  • dking45dking45 Posts: 4

    there's no substitute for hard graft, but it's worth it.

  • DorsetUKDorsetUK Posts: 441

    Hi there pansyface. I don't have a TV but I was thinking along the same lines as your comments from the occasional programme I've seen when I'm chicken-sitting at my daughter's house.  It's the same with most practical things on the TV, large pinches of salt are an essential requirement.  I've had most sorts of garden from itsy-bitsy to half a field (and allotments).  Chief requirement djjjuk is a reality check, you will need a 'work ethic', enthusiasm, a sense of humour and someone to hold your hand when all else failsimage

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,639

    My garden is always an utter failure. Would you hold my hand DorsetUK?image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,729

    How about covering part of the site with a membrane of sorts and focussing on the remaining part? That way, you don't have so much work to do,and , if you feel can devote more time, remove some of the membrane and take in some more of the site? I think it's true to say , it's supposed to be enjoyable; if it becomes a chore, you'll give up. Start small and see how you get on. 

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