Many of our members grow vegetables on an allotment or piece of ground which they rent from the local Council. There are a number of dedicated sites in the Hull and East Riding areas and you can find out more from the respective websites shown on the page Useful Links - Organisations.
Wilf and Dave of Kenilworth Avenue's Albert Cottage Allotments
Committee - previous winners of 'Best Allotment Site' in Hull
Buying fertilisers and other gardening requisites in bulk quantities
normally generates savings which can then be passed on to members
THE 'HUT' - always a source of helpful advice and plenty of tea!
A warm welcome awaits everyone who enters!
THE 'HUT' - usually a source of cheap gardening sundries and
fertilisers. Membership costs just 50 pence per year at this
RECYCLING IN ACTION - two types of home-made, wind-powered
birdscarer fashioned from recycled materials. The traditional CD
with its bright reflective surfaces and spinning plastic drinks bottles
equipped with coloured tape strips and cutout wing slots
GROWING GREEN! - comfrey, sometimes seen growing wild
by the roadside, is deliberately cultivated on this allotment
in order to make an organic fertiliser
GREEN FINGERS - this allotmenteer makes his own liquid comfrey fertiliser
concentrate. The vertical plastic tube is filled with comfrey foliage and a metal
weight suspended on a wire crushes the leaves and forces the ruptured cell
contents into the container waiting below
Contrary to popular belief, gardening is not just for 'oldies'
- you're never too young to start down this path
Digging is a necessary chore but provides healthy exercise provided
you take it steady and don't try and do it all at once!
This allotment site in the centre of Hull is enclosed by a security
fence and provides road access for the delivery of manure
and other services
A well-kept allotment with neat paths, a greenhouse and
a shed can provide enjoyment in all weathers
At Pocklington, there is mains running water provided
although no hosepipes are allowed. If you erect guttering
to your shed or greenhouse, you are provided with a
free water butt in the form of a giant plastic cube and
there are no restrictions to running hosepipes from this
At Pocklington, each allotment is provided with a
dedicated parking space.
RECYCLING IN ACTION An old bath tub
now forms a strawberry container!
Gooseberries grown as traditional bushes
Gooseberries grown on a single vertical stem saves space
and aids harvesting
Pigeons are a particular problem on this site. Unless
protected, young brassicas will not easily survive
Planting flowers alongside vegetables attracts useful pollinating
insects. Some people claim that marigolds, as well as looking
pretty, also deter pests
Marrows grown in the traditional way;
on top of a manure heap which provides
nutrients and a source of water
Once established, an asparagus bed can provide spears
for many years. Don't harvest all of the emerging spears from
each plant; you must let some develop into full foliage to feed the
plant for the following year's crop
But beware the Asparagus beetle during the summer months.
It is a very pretty beetle to look at but the adults and the larvae
can do a lot of damage by eating the fronds which may even
cause the plant to die if the infestation levels are high.
Notice how the young tender leaf tips of these leek plants have been nibbled off. If you use mesh protection then make sure there are no gaps or holes for birds and rabbits to enter otherwise you will suffer the same damage.
Mesh can protect your crops from insect and bird pests
whilst allowing water and light to reach the growing plants
Leeks are biennials that are not supposed to form seed heads
until their second year of growth. The seed head stalks form a
thick internal core which renders the leek flesh tough to eat
Young sweet corn afforded wind break protection
Howden Allotments are on Council-owned land but, since 2013, have been administered by a management committee formed from the allotmenteers themselves. The longest-serving tenant is Calibert, so named because he works part-time at the nearby California Garden Centre. He showed me a Council letter dating from 1964 detailing how his rent was to rise from 10 shillings to 15 shillings per annum!
The site is enclosed by houses on three sides which for some, at least, provides a convenient extension to their back garden.
They hold at Open Day at the end of July which normally includes a scarecrow competition. They also form occasional working parties to trim hedges and perform other communal and collective tasks.
Getting ready for the Open Day 2016
The communal table where allotmenteers place their spare produce for others to share.
Neat paths and fences surround most plots. Vehicles are exceptionally allowed on to the site but limited parking is available on the road outside.
This particular tenant has adapted to gardening from a wheelchair by creating specially raised beds in the form of giant tubs.
This tenant has recently erected a polytunnel on his plot. These carrots and other vegetables were sown at the beginning of June and have made remarkable progress under this protective cover in the course of only six to eight weeks.
Some fine onions developing in this greenhouse using large pots.
Pan squash are closely related to courgettes and marrows.
Sweet Corn developing nicely.
Fleece surrounding carrots but is lateral protection only sufficient to ward off the dreaded carrot fly, or should they be fully covered?
There are six mains water taps spread across this site so water tanks are used to collect rainwater falling from any fixed structures like sheds and greenhouses. Hosepipes attached to the mains taps provided are allowed to be used for replenishing empty water tanks but not for general irrigation purposes.
This tenant has fitted a 100W solar panel to his greenhouse roof at a cost of about £125. You will see what he uses it for in the next pictures.
The solar panel is connected to this wall-mounted terminal which charges a 12V car battery and also powers two USB ports for charging other electronic equipment such as a mobile phone. It generally takes about 12 hours to fully charge the battery using solar power but longer if the weather is dull and overcast.
The transporter is made from an old hospital gas cylinder trolley and the pump is a boat's bilge pump purchased from Ebay.
Add a plastic water container, a short piece of hose and a nozzle gun and yes ............... it works a treat!
DIG FOR VICTORY! - Solve the 'food miles' problem, keep fit and do your bit for the environment!
Grow your own - an allotment, spare patch of garden, containers or even a few pots on the
window sill - you can't beat your own home-grown produce.