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Allotments and creatures.

So... thoughts are for first time having an allotment.. Fun and frustrating, hard work but lovely fresh air, and mainly it costs a fortune!!

Expensive weedkiller when my organic digging out approach doesn't work with couch grass, bindweed and thistles.

Having blackfly & slugs on my beans, so I pay out for bug killer when the soap spray fails and three bags of coarse sand for the slugs

Stopping cabbage fly on my cauli's & sprouts, so I pay out for expensive environment mesh & some poles.

Pay out for some fleece for my carrots to stop the flies.

Stopping slugs generally, pay for pellets then building electric boxes around some veggies and having to buy wood, wire and batteries. Copper tape around bottles to protect young plants.

Strawberries, paying out for netting, poles and straw to stop slugs and birds

Not to mention the cost of compost for the clay soil and more to quickly grow and replace the veggies I'd already grown which was eaten by critters.


I think... IF all that's left in the ground works, I may just about break even!


Seems that the work of actually digging out allotments and growing is a breeze compared to the cost and work of keeping every critter away from eating my crops!

Great fun tho image



  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 17,446

    Never take up gardening as a way of saving money.image


    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • I shudder to think how many good holidays I could have taken if I hadn't started on the gardening lark...

  • me londonme london Posts: 119

    Oh yes, holidays. You can't go away without coming back to a jungle...

    It's certainly not cheap, perhaps next year be better, grins.

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 3,121

    It is your first year though and most of those things will stand you in good stead for a few more.

    Once you have killed off the perennial weed roots you will be able to maintain order by hoeing off seedlings. And once you've got your compost bins up and running you won't need to buy so much as soil improver or need so much additional feed.

    I don't have an allotment,  just a veg patch, but given the cost of supermarket veg, you don't need a very large harvest to break even on the cost of the seed. If you don't grow F1 varieties you can save your own there too!

  • Gardengirl..Gardengirl.. Posts: 4,080

    blighty mam  I got my allotment plot a month and half ago still trying the dig out weeds option have couch grass,bindweed, thistles, docks, nettles  lots of weeds but does mean the soils is fertile

    lots of bits to pay out for there

    does your allotment site get free horse manure?  if not find a stable who would want to give it away 

    have a nose at Gumtree website sometime others chuck stuff out that is just what you want

    how long you had an allotment plot?   sounds as though you are doing well with growing even with creatures

    Hampshire Gardener
  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 802

    You're doing fine - but watch out for badgers, cats, rabbits or mice!

    Seriously, not all you're doing now will have to be repeated or re-purchased, and now that you know some of the enemies you will be able to take preventive action sooner next year. And when you do manage to harvest a crop without one of them getting there first, the triumph adds to the enjoyment of eating it!

  • CeresCeres Posts: 1,867

    Just picked some strawberries on my allotment. Reckon they must have cost at least £1 each, but they do taste gorgeous.

  • FruitcakeFruitcake Posts: 810

    Don't get allotment chickens then.... A rough estimate of the cost of my first egg is in the region of £400 image

    As time goes on, you will be amazed just how resourceful you can be - last year I was taking some stuff to the tip and someone else was throwing out an intact gazebo frame- it ended up in my car and is destined to become the frame for my fruit cage image

  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    I haven't got an allotment but I see it as having fresh fruit and veg no matter how much it costs.
  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 802

    I think it's best to regard an allotment or veg patch as an enjoyable hobby that pays for itself. If you tried to pay yourself an hourly rate, it would be costing you a fortune, but with any luck you'll eventually pay out less than the value of the produce.

    And there are some things you can't put a price on, like the taste of that first strawberry or raspberry, or the first bunch of baby carrots; and having something home-grown to give as a little gift to friends and relatives, or people who've done you a favour.   Recently an elderly neighbour had an attempted break-in and was quite shocked by it. I don't know her well, but I called to commiserate, and took a little punnet of strawberries to give her. A bought gift would have been inappropriate, but home produce is always appreciated.

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