In 2007, I took on an allotment with my good friend Adam and things went from strength to strength.

Having an allotment is one of the most rewarding things you can do – it keeps you fit, you learn tonnes about gardening and you get to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables that money can’t buy.

Welcome to plot 71

I hope to share hints, tips and gardening victories!

Plot 71 is located in the heart of Tolworth, South West London on the Knollmead allotment site.  Tolworth may not come across as the most glamorous of places, however, there are some great green spaces darted in the most unlikely of locations.

Each year I try to put together a simple plan to try and lay out what should go where and why.  Although, in reality sometimes it doesn’t really work out like that – so instead and I plant and grow as I go.

I have 14 borders, each of varying sizes, separated by grass paths.  I have compost heaps at the front of the plot and a fruit area, at the base of the plot.  At the very far end of the plot are some giant, oak trees – which is really great for collecting and producing leaf mold in the autumn.

The Knollmead allotments also house the Kingston Permaculture – a project aimed at showing an ecologically sound way of living.

Having an allotment also gets me into the kitchen, so I’ve started to post some simple but effective recipe ideas that people can use with the produce they’ve grown.  Be warned, both my time in the kitchen and on the allotment is carried out on an amateur level – so I welcome any advice, tips and tricks that you may want to share 🙂